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Baked Mini Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Mini Chocolate Glazed Donuts stacked up

I woke up yesterday morning feeling sad. It was one of the first things I said to my husband. “I’m feeling really sad this morning.” He hugged me and kissed me on the head. It isn’t abnormal for me to say things like this. I have random episodes of anxiety and intense sadness somewhat regularly. But it just felt different.

Mini Chocolate Glazed Donuts tossed in glaze in a pan

So I did what I always do when I feel down, I got into the kitchen and started baking. It’s always this battle with myself. Is it healthy to always turn to food for comfort? But like I have said many times before, it is my art. My way of creating. My way of making sense of the world and feeling grounded in it.

Close up of Mini Chocolate Glazed Donut

While photographing my creation I got a call from my mother with the news that made sense of my seemingly senseless emotions. My grandfather had passed away. I was heart broken.

My grandfather was one of the greatest men I have had the pleasure of knowing. I can’t even express how much I learned about love, hard work, faith, and just life in general from him.

He was definitely a story teller and I loved hearing his stories. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the story of how he and my grandmother met. He proposed to her on the first date but she wouldn’t say yes until the second date and they were married a week later.

And I never got tired of that story. Because every time he told it you could just see the love in their eyes for each other. I’m sure it took a lot of faith to get married after only knowing each other a week, but he just knew. He didn’t have any real doubts that they were going to be together for the rest of their lives. And every day I spent with them growing up, I saw their love for each other very clearly.

I thought about them a lot and what they taught me about love and faith in love when I was getting married. And I feel so honored that he got to walk me down the aisle and dance with me at my wedding. Those memories and many many more are so dear to me. He was an amazing grandfather.

And I’m finding myself in the same position I was in last time I posted about donuts. Feeling as though it is so trivial, unimportant, or maybe even inappropriate, given the other much bigger things that are going on. And maybe it is sort of like how many people turn to music or art in these situations. It just feels therapeutic to create. Even if it is just donuts.

Mini Chocolate Glazed Donuts on a wire rack

Mini Chocolate Glazed Donuts stacked up

Baked Mini Chocolate Glazed Donuts


  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whole milk


For the Donuts
    1. Preheat oven to 325ºF
    2. Lightly oil mini donut pan and set aside (alternatively you can use mini muffin pans)
    3. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar
    4. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until combined (mixture will look curdled)
    5. Mix in the baking powder, then the salt
    6. Mix in the flour and cocoa powder just until combined
    7. If using mini donut pan, transfer mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip or into a ziplock baggie with the tip cut off. Pipe into the pan only filling ½ of the way fill. If using the mini muffin pan, fill each well ½ full
    8. Bake at 325ºF for 8-10 minutes
    9. Allow to cool before glazing.
For the Glaze
  1. Combine the glaze ingredients in a saucepan over medium low heat and whisk until well combined.
  2. Dip donuts in warm glaze and place them on a cooling rack to set before eating.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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23 comments on “Baked Mini Chocolate Glazed Donuts”

  1. There’s nothing wrong with turning to food when you’re feeling down. I do it all the time. Baking is a stress reliever for me. I stop thinking about everything else and only focus on the task at hand. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. It’s so hard to lose someone that close to you.

  2. Dear Kristin,
    Sorry for your lost. Your words refllects the inmense love to your family and specially your grandfather.
    Warm hugs

  3. These look so delish! I could definitely use one of these for breakfast this morning.

  4. Kristin I am so sorry for your and your family’s loss. That story of your grandparents is beautiful, and he sounds like a wonderful man. Never worry about donuts being trivial, if it makes you happy then that’s what matters. And plus they look tasty and there’s nothing not good about tasty donuts.

    I’m here if you ever need anything <3

  5. So going to have to try these!

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather…Enjoy the donuts, and enjoy the memories of him.

  7. So, so sorry to hear the terrible news.
    The doughnuts look fabulous 🙂

  8. Those doughnuts look very tempting and cooking or baking is a stress reliever for me to. I think it’s that I’m focused on something other than what’s bothering me. Very sorry to hear about your grandfather.

  9. yummy
    i have try this doughnhut…

  10. mmmmmmmm I will fix and have with some coffee….
    while i look at the birdies (avid bird watcher) …..
    yum haven’t had a delightful treat like this in a while. thanks for the recipe….

  11. so many people turn to cooking to express something within themselves that words or the conscious mind cannot give justice to. I am sorry to hear about your loss. He sounds like he was a very, very special blessing in your life. What an amazing man. He gave you so much and you give us donuts, and a story that restores faith in love. Thank you.

  12. how many mini donuts does this make? I have 2 mini donut pans…

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  15. These were delicious. I find baking a definite outlet for feelings and as long as I don’t eat it all im good!

  16. Mine are falling apart, help!

  17. I’m a little late here, but I just wanted to say how I loved your story of your grandpa. Isn’t it wonderful we can be blessed with such great examples of love and goodness! Thank you for sharing. I totally get your going to the kitchen when you’re stressed or down! There’s something uplifting about creating good food! …and I’m going to go give these donuts a try right now! Thanks again.

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  19. Hi Kristin. I too am sorry for your loss. I found your recipe while looking for a mini donut to make with my granddaughter for her birthday. She spends a lot of time with us and we love her dearly. I can only hope we are enriching her life, as your grandfather did yours. Thank you for helping me remember how important we are to her. ❤️ God bless you. Patti

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  21. Excellent recipe, thanks!

    Would love if you posted recipes by weight, not volume –

    I used these measurements, and they came out beautifully:

    5 TBSP unsalted butter or margarine, softened
    1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
    1 egg
    1/2 cup milk or almond milk
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 tsp baking powder
    pinch salt
    1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup (40 grams) dutch processed cocoa powder

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