Chocolate Fudge Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze

I definitely have a thing for doughnuts.  Give me glazed, chocolate, cake, blueberry--you name it, I'm going to love it. Growing up it was such a treat to have doughnuts on a weekend morning. I grew up in a small town on the Arkansas-Louisiana border and we had Spudnuts. I know you are wondering "what exactly is a Spudnut?", but if you have ever been to ElDorado, Arkansas you've tasted the gloriousness that is a Spudnut.  I haven't really thought about making Spudnuts, but I'm definitely going to start working on that soon (idea literally just popped into my head-oh wow, I'm excited).  Ok, but in the meantime, let's focus on these glorious decadent chocolate fudge doughnuts topped with a delicious chocolate ganache and a light dusting of powdered sugar.  Amazing, right??

I actually made these for a brunch that I hosted a few weeks ago (all about this coming soon) and decided to make three (yes, you heard me) kinds of doughnuts for our refreshments.  These Chocolate Fudge Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze were a definite hit-rich chocolate fudge with a super decadent chocolate ganache glaze.  The perfect morning (lunchtime, afternoon, dinner, dessert) treat.

Yield: 14-16 doughnuts

Chocolate Fudge Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze

prep time: 30 mins cook time: 30 mins total time: 60 mins


For the doughnuts:
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
For the chocolate ganache glaze:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • powdered sugar for dusting*


  1. To make the doughnuts:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350℉.  Lightly grease a doughnut pan.  
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, and mini chocolate chips. Set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract, and melted butter.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well making sure everything is well-combined.  
  6. Spoon the batter into the doughnut pan filling them only 3/4 full. Do not overfill (because the doughnuts will rise).
  7. Bake the doughnuts for 12-14 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Allow the doughnuts to sit in the pan for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to a metal rack to cool completely.  
To make the chocolate ganache glaze:
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and cream.  Cook until chocolate melts and the cream starts to simmer.  Remove from heat and stir vigorously until the ganache starts to smooth and become shiny.
  2. Spoon the glaze over each doughnut and allow to set.  *Sprinkle each doughnut with powdered sugar prior to serving. (Don't sprinkle the doughnuts before serving because the powdered sugar will absorb into the doughnuts.)




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