A decadent holiday breakfast or dessert, Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts are soft and tender, with a rich chocolate glaze and crushed candy canes on top!
December is here and the countdown is on, my friends! What say we celebrate all-things-holiday with some cheery Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts?!
I’ve been immensely enjoying my donut pans since I bought them this past summer, but I’d venture to say that my family loves them even more. Why wouldn’t they? Because even though they’re clearly dessert material, chocolate-glazed, crushed candy-sprinkled donuts technically fall into the breakfast category, right? 😉
I have always been a fan of the chocolate + mint combo, and around the holidays, candy canes are an especially fun and festive way to dress up a variety of treats. I added a double-chocolate-whammy of cocoa powder and melted chocolate chips to my basic baked donut recipe, and I added some peppermint extract for a nice, minty undertone. Then I made a simple chocolate glaze in which to dip the donuts and topped ’em with a shower of crushed candy canes. The resulting donuts were fun, festive, and almost too pretty to eat.
Granted, you could always make a run to the donut shop the next time you get the urge to start your morning on a sugar high. Orrrrr, you could stay in your jammies and enjoy these Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts instead! Now I’m not going to claim that these are “healthy” by any stretch of the imagination — because they’re obviously what we call a “sometimes treat” at my house — but at least we can say they’re baked instead of fried.
For optimal flavor and texture, baked donuts are best served relatively soon after you make them. That’s not a big deal if you’re making these for dessert. But if you really do want to serve these for a special breakfast, you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to do so. I recommend baking the donuts the evening before. Then in the morning, it’ll only take a few minutes to whip up the glaze, crush the candy canes, and finish them up. I can promise you this…your kids (or spouse…or overnight houseguests…) will think you hung the moon!
So celebrate the season with a batch of Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts! They’ll thrill your family and impress your friends. Or — best idea yet! — take a donut (on a little Christmas/holiday plate) to each child’s teacher one morning for a surprise treat! Because if anyone deserves a donut, it’s a teacher whose students are being sent to school after having eaten candy canes for breakfast. 😉
Donuts adapted from Five Heart Home
Glaze adapted from AllRecipes
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