Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts

Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts for Mother's Day #BrunchWeek #donuts #chocolatehazelnut

These Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts are perfect on any weekend morning. Topped with chocolate hazelnut ganache, they are simply irresistible.

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit this post and for more information.

In case you didn’t know yet- I’m a carb-a-holic. Raised on pasta, flour tortillas and white bread, it was inevitable. Oh, and sugar. Lots of sugar. My dad would stock the house {OK, his dresser} with all sorts of candy bars. My sisters and I may or may not have helped ourselves to one or two on occasion. In the kitchen was just about every brand of cream filled chocolate cupcake or golden cake out there. Not to mention cookies and donuts. The mini donuts were my favorite, you know, the chocolate frosted ones? So addicting. In fact, anytime I visit my mom and dad, one of the first things I do is look for those donuts. Yep, he still buys them.

I’ve been wanting to make my own donuts for a while now, but just hadn’t gotten around to it. Finally, I bought a mini donut pan and went for it.

Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts

These baked chocolate hazelnut donuts are the result. The chocolate hazelnut ganache is simply fabulous.

Did you know that there’s such a thing as hazelnut meal? Bob’s Red Mill has a really good one and it’s a lot easier to use than I imagined. In fact, they have a ton of flours and grains that are easily incorporated into everyday recipes.

My family loved these, and I can’t wait to make them again.

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Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts for #BrunchWeek

These Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts are perfect on any weekend morning. Topped with chocolate hazelnut ganache, they are simply irresistible.

15 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

27 minTotal Time

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  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1/4 C Bob's Red Mill Hazelnut Meal/Flour
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 lg egg
  • 4 Tbsp melted, unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Ganache
  • 1/4 C chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/4 C heavy whipping cream
  • Chopped hazelnuts for garnish, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Spray donut pan with non-stick baking spray
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, hazelnut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar; set aside
  4. In med bowl, combine milk, egg, butter and vanilla; add to dry ingredients and mix well
  5. Fill wells of donut pan 2/3 full and bake for 11-13 mins
  6. Let cool 5 mins in pan before transferring to a wire rack
  7. Repeat with remaining batter
  8. Cool completely before topping with ganache
  9. Ganache
  10. In medium pan over med-high heat, combine chocolate hazelnut spread and whipping cream
  11. Heat until it starts to bubble, stirring occasionally
  12. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly {it will thicken as it cools}
  13. Dip donuts in pan of ganache, one at a time, until tops are covered; sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts
Recipe Type: Breakfast


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I received product from Bob’s Red Mill to use for this #Brunchweek recipe. All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. says

    Mmmmmm….your hazelnut donuts would be a magnificent way to start the day…though I have a feeling I’d be snacking on them all day long!

    • Rachel says

      Ya- I ate too many of them lol

  2. says

    Hazelnut… chocolate…donuts… yes please! These look fantastic – I am so making these. Thanks for participating this year!

    • Rachel says

      Thanks Terri- and thanks for having me again!

  3. says

    These donuts look gorgeous! I love the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts, yum!

  4. says

    Haha yeah, I can definitely be considered a carb-a-holic as well. And you know what? I’m OK with it. Especially when that lifestyle includes donuts like this. Wowza.

    • Rachel says

      Hahaha, ya, I’m pretty OK with it, too!

    • Rachel says

      Can you believe I’ve never used anything but regular white flour?! I feel like I’ve been living in a cave lol

  5. says

    oh my goodness, these donuts look sooooooo good! My friend has my donut pan and I need it back ASAP! Chocolate + hazelnuts = my fave!

    • Rachel says

      See, that wouldn’t have been an issue for me- I don’t like to loan stuff out- my husband says I don’t share well haha

  6. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I wish I had some of these this morning! They look perfect, Rachel! Pinned and scheduled to share on my FB page! 🙂

  7. Diane says

    LOVE this recipe, although in the directions it doesn’t give instructions on when to add the cocoa powder. I had them in the oven before I realized the cocoa powder was still on the counter. Otherwise, fantastic recipe!

    • Rachel says

      Oh Diane! How forgetful of me! Just toss it in with the other dry ingredients, fixing the recipe now. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

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