Brownie Batter Donut Recipes (Decadent & Skinny Version)

If you ask me brownie batter can be used for making all the deserts in the world. No matter if it’s a homemade batter made from scratch or a pre-made box brownie mixture I’ll take it all! There is something special about chocolate-flavored dough.

Naturally, you can guess that my favorite type of donut is a brownie batter donut. Moreover, that is the main reason why I googled and baked for months in search of the best recipe, and here it is.

My version is homemade from scratch, but if you don’t have time you can use boxed brownie mix and follow the instructions.

Brownie Batter Recipes

I’m saying recipes because I will share two versions of this amazing and delicious dessert. One is decadent and something we shouldn’t eat too often if we want to keep our waist size in order. The other one is a skinny version, which we can eat when we overindulge in the first version.

For both recipes, you will need the same kitchen tools. Since there will be a lot of mixing make sure you prepare all the tools in one place before you start working. Here is the list:

  • Two large mixing bowls (for wet and dry ingredients);
  • Few medium bowls (for glaze);
  • Smaller bowl or mug for melting butter and chocolate in the microwave;
  • Spoons;
  • Hand or stand mixer;
  • Sift for sifting dry ingredients;
  • Piping bag;
  • Baking paper (for glazed donuts);
  • Cooling wire rack.

Decadent brownie batter donut recipe

This is a perfect recipe for a lazy winter weekend morning. You’ll only need a few ingredients and less time than dressing up and going to your local donut shop (which might be run out on brownie batter donuts!)

Ingredients you will need

for twelve donuts:

  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 2 cups of semisweet dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of raw cocoa

For glaze:

  • 1 cup of melted milk chocolate
  • ½ cup of melted white chocolate
  • Caramel drizzle of your choice
  • Chopped nuts, caramel bits, or coconut

Step-by-step instructions

Step-by-step instructions
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  1. First, you will need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, grease the donut pan with cooking spray, and set it aside.
  2. The next step is to melt the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave for 30 seconds and stir to check if all chocolate bits are melted. If it is not completely melted, place it back in the microwave for 15 seconds.
  3. In a large bowl mix the remaining wet ingredients, eggs, and vanilla until well combined. Add the sugar and mix with a hand mixer until sugar dissolves completely.
  4.  Add the egg mixture to the chocolate mixture and whisk until it’s smooth.
  5. Now combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa in a separate bowl. Gradually add the dry mixture into the combination of the wet ingredients and whisk on medium speed.
  6. When it’s well combined pour it into the piping bag and fill each donut mold and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
  7. Place your baked donuts on the cooling rack to allow them to cool off completely and prepare your glaze.
  8. Melt both types of chocolate in the microwave. Add a teaspoon of butter or coconut oil to the white chocolate to enhance the melting.
  9. Dip your cool donuts into milk chocolate glaze and drizzle it with melted white chocolate and caramel topping.
  10. Garnish with nuts, coconut, sprinkles, or any other combination you prefer.

Skinny triple chocolate brownie batter donut recipe

Skinny triple chocolate brownie batter donut recipe
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If you watch your weight and calorie (each piece has only 100 cal) intake you’ll be glad to know that this recipe is perfect for your dietary regime. It is low on fat and carbs, yet it is perfectly moist and full of real chocolate flavor.

Ingredients you will need

for six donuts:

  • 3 tablespoons of egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon of sweetener of your choice
  • ½ cup of whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup of real cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of melted light margarine
  • ⅓ cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of  mini chocolate chips

For glazing:

  • 20 grams of melted dark chocolate
  • 10 grams of  melted white chocolate

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Start with preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease the donut pan with baking spray.
  2. Melt margarine in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  3. In a large bowl whisk until combined with melted margarine and egg whites, then add sugar.
  4. Add apple sauce and vanilla and mix on a medium setting with a hand mixer.
  5. Take the second bowl and sift flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Then gradually add this mixture into the wet mixture and stir.
  6. Fold in melted chocolate chips.
  7. Place the batter in a piping bag and fill up the donut pan, bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Let them cool off on a wire rack first in a pan, then after 10 minutes take them out and let them cool off a bit more.
  9. In that time melt your dark and white chocolate each for 30 seconds in the microwave. Keep in mind that white chocolate doesn’t melt as well as dark one so add some margarine or coconut oil to enhance the texture.
  10. Drizzle your donuts with both kinds of chocolate and sprinkle with some coconut shreds if you want.
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How can I store brownie batter donuts?

Both kinds of donuts should be placed in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. If you want you can also freeze them after they cool off but without the glaze. Place them in a Ziploc bag with baking paper between each donut and store for up to 2 months.

Can I use chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa?

Yes, you can. If you want to level up the taste and protein content, you can substitute the cocoa with chocolate protein powder. Add one scoop only, to avoid making your batter too dense.

Can I use any box brownie batter mix?

If you are in a hurry, or you don’t have all the necessary ingredients, but you have a boxed brownie mixture fill free to use it instead. Follow the instructions from the box and if you want you can add an egg to make your donut softer and moister.


Brownie batter donuts are favorite among kids and adults. You can serve them with ice cream and fruit, glaze them with peanut butter and caramel, or drizzle them with crushed Oreos for example.

There are a lot of different topping options, the only thing that is always the same is how divine and chocolaty this dough is. If you have your own homemade version of a brownie donut feel free to post it in the comment section.

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