Chocolate Chai Donuts

6 chocolate glazed donuts with mug of tea in the backgroundThese Chocolate Chai Donuts are made with pantry staple ingredients, loaded with cozy spices and topped with a decadent chocolate glaze. So delicious and the perfect Fall treat!

Happy Friday, y’all! So excited to be sharing another Fall  baking treat! It’s the perfect way to kick off the weekend and boy, after this week, I think we can all agree that we need some chocolate. Ha! 

I know I have talked about this before but after college, I worked for a year as a barista at my local coffee shop. 

My all time favorite drink was always a chai! Chai tea, chai latte, dirty chai (chai with a shot of espresso), you name it! So, if you’re wondering why I often do chai centered baked goods – that’s why! It’s always been a favorite of mine and I feel like chai is severely underrated in the Fall! 

Why You’re Gonna Love These Donuts 

Well first off, they’re donuts! Who doesn’t love a good donut? I love these specific ones because they are baked (slightly better for you than fried) and they have the BEST flavor to them. 

First, you have the deep rich cocoa flavor that lingers through the donut – combine that with the chai spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice…you’ve got the perfect spiced donut that will have you wanting to eat one under a blanket with a mug of hot chai tea! 

close up of a single chocolate chai donut garnished with chopped pecans and cinnamon

The donuts themselves are soft and so fluffy! They are in between melt in your mouth when they’re warm and when they have had a chance to cool down, they become more like cake donuts! 

Oh, and hello CHOCOLATE. Yes, I skipped the normal powdered sugar glaze I might do on most donuts and dipped them in straight up MELTED CHOCOLATE. 

When they’re first dipped the chocolate is melty and messy and perfect. When the chocolate has had a chance to cool down, it hardens slightly into a delicious chocolate glaze.

I had to top the chocolate off with an extra pinch of cinnamon for a little bit of extra chai spice! It takes it over the top. 

side view of glazed donuts with mug of tea in the background.

Another thing that takes it over the top? Chopped pecans! I know, i know. I’m not normally the type of gal that likes nuts in her baked goods either but hear me out, y’all! 

The chopped pecans add a nutty sweetness that’s necessary for these donuts – as well as a wonderful crunchy texture. 

Put it all together and you have the coziest, warmest, most delicious donut you could ever dream of baking at home! So let’s get into what you need for these donuts 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • All purpose flour 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • Light brown sugar 
  • Cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, nutmeg, pinch of salt 
  • Baking powder + baking soda 
  • Egg 
  • Whole milk 
  • Greek yogurt 
  • Melted, salted butter 
  • Vanilla extract
  • Semi sweet or dark chocolate chips 
  • Pecans for garnish (optional) 

Best Donut Baking Tips: 

Well first, you will need a handy dandy donut pan. I’ve linked mine here for you (not an affiliate link – just the best deal I personally found at Target!) 

I know it might seem like an arbitrary kitchen tool but I promise, once you get one, you will be baking donuts all the time because they are SO simple. It’s a cheaper, slightly healthier, ultra delicious process that you will want to repeat over and over again! 

Next – this is only a two bowl baking project! Not bad, huh?! First, I would recommend whisking together your dry ingredients in a large bowl – this would include your flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda + powder + spices. You want to make sure they are all equally combined! 

In a smaller bowl, melt your butter. Salted, as always. Let it cool for a couple of minutes once it’s melted and then add in the eggs, milk, greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Whisk vigorously to combine and quickly! You want to make sure this is also equally combined. 

Pretty much immediately add those wet ingredients directly into the dry ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon. It’s going to be thick and probably look a little weird like this: 

donut batter in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon.

But fret not! 

Now, if you’re like me and not the most seasoned baker, I would take my trusty ziploc bag and put the batter into it and cut one end of it off to help squeeze it into the donut pan. 

donut batter piped into the donut pan

If you’re more of a seasoned baker, you can always use a piping bag for this! 

Make sure that your donut pan is GREASED! We don’t want the donuts sticking. You can do this either by using butter, oil of your choice or cooking spray! 

stack of donuts with the top donut having a bite taken out of it.

Add the donut batter into the pan via your bag and fill it up ¾ of the way full.

Next, bake the donuts! They will rise up and be perfectly fluffy and delicious. 

Let them cool in the pan for a few minutes and then use a butter knife to gently remove them from the pan and let them cool fully on a cooling rack. 

Once they’re almost cool, melt your chocolate in a bowl that you will be able to dip the donuts in. I recommend adding a tsp of coconut oil in your melted chocolate to make sure that it’s extra melty and easy to distribute amongst the donuts. 

overhead shot of stack of donuts with the top one having a bite taken out of it.

Dip away! And then add on the chopped pecans and a dash more of cinnamon. 

Eat while warm or store them in tupperware at room temperature until you’re ready to devour. 

Enjoy with hot coffee, hot tea, afternoon tea, decaf coffee at night – whatever floats your boat! I hope you guys enjoy these delicious chocolate chai donuts 🙂 XO – Haylie 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few more donut recipes you might like: 

Baked Mexican Mocha Donuts 

Baked Maple Glazed Donuts 

Baked Caramel Apple Streusel Donuts

Dark Chocolate Donuts with Blood Orange Glaze 

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Chocolate Chai Donuts

These Chocolate Chai Donuts are made with pantry staple ingredients, loaded with cozy spices and topped with a decadent chocolate glaze. So delicious and the perfect Fall treat!

Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword baked chocolate donuts, chocolate chai donuts, chocolate donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) melted butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chips
  • extra cinnamon/chopped pecans optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Take a donut pan, grease it (either with butter or cooking spray) and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and salt until combined.

  3. Melt the butter in a smaller bowl. Make sure you give 3-4 minutes for it to cool completely. Once it has cooled, add in the vanilla extract, egg, greek yogurt and milk. Whisk vigorously to combine and then IMMEDIATELY add it to the dry ingredients using a wooden spoon until they are mixed together.

  4. You want to add it immediately to prevent the butter/egg/milk mixture from clumping.

  5. Next, carefully spoon the donut batter either into a ziploc bag or a piping bag if you have one. If you're using a ziploc bag, cut the tip of the bag and pipe the batter into the greased donut pan, about ⅔ of the way full for each donut. 

  6. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then carefully remove them to continue cooling on a wire rack.

  7. While they are cooling, melt the semi-sweet chocolate in a bowl that you're able to dip the donuts in. Melt it in 30 second increments until fully melted. Add a tsp of coconut oil for smoother melting chocolate.

  8. Gently dip one side of the donut into the melted chocolate, making sure you coat it fully on one side. Place it icing side up on the wire rack and repeat until all of the donuts are iced.

  9. Garnish with chopped pecans and a pinch of extra cinnamon. Enjoy!

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