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Brown Butter Baked Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Brown Butter Baked Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Yield: 6 donuts
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Cooling Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Soft, nutty brown butter baked donuts are topped with a rich chocolate glaze and sprinkles. These donuts are the perfect way to start any morning!
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For the Donuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk, or more


To make the donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a donut pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter until it starts crackling. Whisk constantly until butter begins to brown and brown bits are visible. Remove from heat and pour into a small bowl. Let cool for a few minutes.
  • In a large measuring cup (or small bowl) whisk together buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract and two tablespoons of brown butter.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients all at once and stir until combined. Mix only until all the flour bits are gone. Do not overmix.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan. Fill each donut ¾ of the way and smooth.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze:

  • Whisk together all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Add a tablespoon of milk if necessary to have a thick but pourable glaze.
  • Dip cooled donuts top-side-down into chocolate glaze. Sprinkle with toppings. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving or stacking.


Recipe Adapted from Joy the Baker


Serving: 0g, Calories: 325kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 277mg, Potassium: 170mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 260IU, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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