Baked Chocolate-Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla-Peanut Butter Glaze

You may have seen this recipe coming.  I mean, come on.

Chocolate and peanut butter.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

I had to.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze


The vanilla glazed donuts, i.e. Krispy Kreme donuts And the cinnamon bun with cream cheese frosting donuts, i.e. Cinnabons in donut form, were lovely but.

The combination of chocolate and peanut butter will always hold a special place in my heart.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

And these have been holding a special place in my heart and in my stomach the past few days.

The peanut butter keeps them extra moist.  So moist and dense you may think they were fried, but they’re baked.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

Does baking them mean they’re somehow better for you than fried and therefore you can go ahead and have seconds?  Or thirds?  Sure, I’ll go with that logic.

The scent of chocolate and peanut butter wafting through your house while these are baking is intoxicating.  You’re forewarned.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

But unlike chocolate cake or brownies which take much longer to bake, you’ll only be tempted for about 10 minutes while these babies bake.

And while they’re baking, you can make the vanilla peanut butter glaze.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

Try not to lick the glaze-mixing spoon too many times while you wait for them to come out of the oven.

This is what they looked like fresh out of the oven and naked, BG (Before Glazing)

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

If for some reason you’re crazy you don’t like peanut butter, you could make a Cream Cheese Glaze or a basic Vanilla Glaze

But I happen to love peanut butter so the glaze choice was obvious for me.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

If you don’t have a donut pan, you should get one.  $8 bucks with a coupon and well worth it but if you don’t have one and you’re desperate to get your chocolate peanut butter fix on pronto, you can make these as muffins as suggested in the recipe.

Donuts seem more fun to eat than muffins though.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

And these were very fun to eat.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

I especially liked licking the vanilla-infused peanut butter glaze from my fingers.  The sweet glaze balanced out the chocolate donuts which were not overly sweet.  The donuts have a rich, dark chocolate flavor rather than a ‘sweet’ or milk chocolate flavor.  They remind me of Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies but in donut form.

Skylar and I were a sticky, peanut-buttery, chocolatey mess after we got done with these.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

Her hair was getting in her eyes and face a bit while she was eating her donut and I had to remind her, “Honey, don’t touch your hair until after we wash our hands.”

Nothing like a little peanut butter in your hair to keep it soft and shiny and a little cocoa powder and chocolate streaked through your hair to accentuate your lowlights. The donuts were so worth a little hair mess.  That’s what shampoo is for. No biggie.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

Baked Chocolate-Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla-Peanut Butter Glaze - Made just for the peanut butter + chocolate lovers! There's plenty of both in these fast, easy donuts. They're baked rather than fried so you can have seconds!

Baked Chocolate-Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla-Peanut Butter Glaze

Soft chocolate-peanut butter donuts are the best of all worlds because you get chocolate and peanut butter in one easy dessert. Because they’re baked rather than fried like traditional donuts, they’re healthier so of course you can feel free to have seconds. The peanut butter glaze really boosts the peanut butter flavor profile. If you don’t have a donut pan, you can bake them as muffins. I loved these donuts so much that I included them in my cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort!



2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

2 tbsp creamy peanut butter, melted

3/4 c all-purpose flour

1/3 c granulated sugar

1/4 c unsweetened natural cocoa powder (I used Trader Joes but you could try Hershey’s Dark or any favorite)

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 c buttermilk (you could use regular milk/cream/vegan milk + 1/2 tsp vinegar, to mimic buttermilk if you don’t keep buttermilk on hand)

1 large egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

2 tbsp creamy peanut butter, melted

1/3 c (or more) powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (use more if you like a stronger vanilla flavor)

1 tbsp+ milk or cream, as needed for consistency



Pre-heat oven to 325F degrees and lightly grease or cooking-spray the donut pan (or muffin tin).  I use this Wilton doughtnut pan. Pans vary by size but this is not a “huge” recipe.  Double or triple the recipe as desired. For the extra bit of batter, rather than waiting for my one donut pan to come out of the oven, I made two small muffins in a muffin pan with it.  It took about 15 minutes for the muffins to cook through.

In a small bowl, soften/melt the butter and peanut butter in the microwave, about 15- 30 seconds.  Stir to combine.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla.  Stir to combine.

Then add in the melted butter/peanut butter mixture and stir to combine.

Use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off) to pipe the batter into a 6-donut pan.  Or just be extra neat and do this with a spoon which is what I did.

Bake 8 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven, until doughnuts spring back when touched or until dough is set.  Donuts will should be springy. (I always underbake my baked goods but in my oven these took 10-11 minutes to set up)

Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes. While donuts are baking or cooling, make the glaze.

Glaze (makes slightly more glaze than you’ll likely need if you’re glazing only the top half of the donuts.  Store extra in the refrigerator for a later use or add to a smoothie, coffee, eat with a spoon, glaze the entire donut)

In a small bowl, soften/melt the butter and peanut butter in the microwave, about 15-20 seconds.  Stir to combine.

Add the powdered sugar and vanilla to the melted butter/peanut butter mixture and stir.

Slowly add the water or milk, one teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.

Dip the donuts into the glaze and add sprinkles or other garnishes as desired.

To make Gluten Free: use your favorite gluten free flour blend. To make Vegan: My suggestion is be to replace the buttermilk with almond milk or full fat coconut milk (because it’s thicker like buttermilk) and add 1 tsp vinegar as noted in the recipe to mimic buttermilk; increase the amount of baking powder and/or add baking soda.  Use melted margarine or Earth Balance, and use a flax/chia egg rather than regular egg.

Inspired by Baked Cinnamon Bun Donuts with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze and Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

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131 comments on “Baked Chocolate-Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla-Peanut Butter Glaze”

  1. I love that you’re having so much fun with your doughnut pan! And yes, who can resist the chocolate + PB combo?

  2. OMG seriously? You are amazing. I have never had a chocolate/peanut butter donut. Now I need to!

  3. Oh my… I do not normally like donuts… but THESE are genius! Anything with chocolate and peanut butter is a favorite of mine. Throwing vanilla in too makes it even better!


  4. I really loved the distressed wood background you’ve been sporting lately! Is it a table you have?

    • No it’s actually a laminate product that’s made to look like wood but it’s not. I have a few of them in difference colors. Thanks for noticing! The chipotle almonds were on really dark, these donuts on natural, and the cranberry mango chutney on white.

  5. OH MY GOODNESS. Apparently you are my kinda woman. In my opinion, the combo of peanut butter and chocolate are heaven sent. These donuts look so amazing! How do you make all of these wonderful creations and not eat ALL of them?! It is quite impressive to me. ;)

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  7. LOL I almost always end up with food in my hair and I have super short hair ;-)

  8. I think baking them DEFINITELY means that you can go back for seconds…or thirds…or fourths :-)

  9. WOW!! Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts w/ Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze, yes please!! :)

  10. Chocolate peanut butter is my favorite combo (so thank you for this ;)) otherwise, I like white cake with a light whipped frosting… not a rich frosting girl!

  11. I need a doughnut pan! I just saw Heather (heathereatsalmondbutter) use her doughnut pan for a savory recipe and now your recipe just seals the deal:)

  12. I’m totally looking forward to those savory donuts…I’ve been working on a gluten free sage and onion biscuit that I think could make a great “donut”…I may or may not be buying a donut pan for my husband for christmas…shhhh

    Chocolate + peanut butter = one of my favorite candies, peanut butter cups! I bet this would be good w/ almond butter, too…yum!

  13. I love making donuts. Thank you for the inspiration!

  14. Those are all kinds of awesome! Really, the best flavor combination ever!

  15. OMG these look so good! I love your pictures too. Can I ask what camera do you use? In in the market and I like the way these look.

  16. Ehh, I love peanut butter (SO MUCH), but unfortunately I have a kind of random allergy to it. The allergist reckons that it depends on the amount of mould in the peanut butter. Apparently peanuts grow a certain type of mould that you can’t see in the nut butter and some people (i.e. me) can be very sensitive to it. Swollen glands, runny nose, eyes like I’ve been punched (blue rings around them). Such a shame because I love it. I can buy fresh peanuts, shell them, and make peanut butter that I don’t react to, but ya know.. it’s that time factor thing again…

  17. Thanks for sending all the info on your camera/pics! I appreciate it.

  18. “hey there doughnuts, please feel free to GET IN MY BELLY”
    I mean seriously, peanut butter frosted and glazed doughnuts?!!!!! <3

  19. Are these dense or light and fluffy? I’m thinking it might be fun to slice them in half and pipe some whipped frosting in the middle. Kind of like a donut whoopie pie?

  20. Love, Love, Love donuts :)

    However since being GF vegetarian have had to yield on them. Thank you for posting such yummy looking things.

    As well as posting gluten free and vegan donut recipe alternatives.

  21. Those look excellent!! So moist and perfect. Yum! I can’t wait to give my donut pan a try. I only have one, I think I should pick up another. Or a baby cakes maker. hehe :D

    I know you are a fan of cream cheese… red velvet donuts, anyone? Sounds good to me!!

  22. Now your talking! I so love Peanut Butter and Chocolate together! Now these donuts I am for sure going to make. I’m off next week from work,and I know I’ll be doing a lot of morning baking! Thanks Averie! I am looking to making these!

  23. averie, you did it again!! it has been far too long since i’ve broken out my donut pan. and yes i agree with your logic. it’s similar to my logic on mini cupcakes — because they are so small, you can have at least 4 (or 5).

  24. oh Averie you have out did yourself now! this sounds amazing and the photos are beyond perfect!!

  25. there should be a app for macs/iphones where, with just one click, you can reach in and grab your desserts….just sayin. :) these look DELICIOUS!

  26. You may have just made my new favorite donut. Seriously, those donuts looks mouth watering!! I love pb + chocolate and this one is definitely a winner. I’m asking for a donut baking pan for christmas just so I can make this. :)

  27. I’ve been intrigued by the whole baked doughnut deal, and I think you just sealed it. And they’re a little bit crispy on the outside? That’s what I’m hoping for. These look killer. But not for my abs. :)

  28. We’re on twin donut wavelengths today! We even both mentioned the thanksgiving donut dessert option. I’ll ahve to give these a try as soon as I get more pb. I’ve been out for far too long as it is.

  29. PB + chocolate = match made in heaven :P
    When it comes to cake + frosting I love chocolate cake with coconut cream cheese frosting. I also love the chocolate and pb combo. LIke you said, it works with pretty much anything. SOO yum.
    Hopefully I’ll be able to try this recipe soon!

  30. These sound amazing and might push me over the edge to but a donut pan this weekend. I think a good flavor combo would be a chocolate peppermint.

  31. You’re like the peanut butter QUEEN! My gosh, I wish I could eat the stuff. It just all looks so great.

  32. Mmm, it’s recipes like this one that make me really wish that Liam liked peanut butter in baked goods!

    Do you think I could get away with making a batch of doughnuts just for myself?!! ;) The kids would, I’m sure, love them but they’d probably only eat a quarter of a doughnut at a time!

    Do you think these would freeze well?

    I love the photos with the glaze dripping down – makes me want to bite into one of these doughnuts right now! :-D

    • you could make with another nut butter or just omit it and make chocolate donuts…alter the flour/cocoa powder a bit as needed.

      freeze well? Not sure…it only makes 6 fairly small donuts so not really tons of leftovers. I’d just keep them in a container on the counter for a couple days if you really think you won’t eat them all within the first 36 hrs :)

      • Unfortunately he’s against any kind of nut butter in baked goods…so annoying! The only way he’ll eat nut butter is plain on toast or with apple slices.

        But I don’t want chocolate doughnuts, I want these chocolate-pb doughnuts! ;) he even tasted the peanut butter in your caramel apple bars…just means more for me I guess! :)

        Thanks for replying!

  33. Those are some of the most professional donuts I’ve ever seen — so uniform and pretty! Great photos, too (as usual).

  34. I so need a donut pan! I love all flavours and types of cake and donuts and cookies and candies and everything else sweet. I am not picky in that department at all.

    Have you ever been to Canada and had Tim Horton’s donuts? Or specifically, timbits? They’re not vegan and nowhere near healthy, but oh man they are good. Different than Krispy Kreme but just as good it their own way.

  35. Those look so good but really any donut I usually like. I really like those cake type blueberry donuts. I really dont eat donuts anymore because of the health factor but would love to make my own baked ones. I have been wanting one of those pans too, maybe Ill get one for Christmas!!

  36. I realllly need to jump on this donut train. Vanilla peanut butter glaze sounds aaammmaazzzinnng!

  37. aaaaaand I’m officially convinced. I’m buying a doughnut (or is it donut?) pan pronto!

  38. Oh I need a donut pan too! Those look incredible!!

  39. Best donuts I’ve ever had were in San Francisco’s Ferry Building. I had a vegan pumpkin spice one and a regular custard-filled one. Swooooon.

    But chocolate and peanut butter? Be still my heart!!

  40. It’s simply not fair, the number of delicious looking baked donut recipes floating around the blogosphere. I still, somehow, don’t have a donut pan, and it looks like I’m missing out! I hear crate & barrel calling my name. These donuts need to be in my life, right now!

  41. Can’t get any better than chocolate and peanut butter! Yum!

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  43. OH. MY. GOODNESS. I want these RIGHT this very second!! These sound/look incredible!

  44. oh MY!! Im with Lisa! Wow!! Thanks for your sweet email! I want to meet you one day soon!!

  45. I literally just bought a donut pan today and this recipe will be my first donut attempt! Can’t wait and great photos!

  46. Oh Yeah Mama! YUM YUM YUM!

    Thanks Averie. I was looking forward to this recipe of yours and now I will just finally go buy my doughnut pan. :)

  47. Eggnog doughnuts! Make it happen! :P

  48. OH BOY. These look incredible! Your pictures are gorgeous as well!

  49. I want one from every photo!!! Amazing!

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