Mint Chip Donuts

Mint Chocolate Chip Donuts

I’m not really sure what to say here, except…I had a craving. A fierce mint chocolate craving. A pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream jumped into my grocery cart last week (on its own accord, I swear!), and it’s really just been one downhill, slippery slope ever since. And somewhere along the lines, I got tired of icy cold and wanted my craving to be warm and fluffy. So, I present these as evidence that I’ve been eating too many chocolate chips. And using mint frosting as a substitute for brushing my teeth. (Kidding. Kind of…)

Mint Chocolate Doughnuts

We have this super hipster donut place in the town that I live. The problem is, the donuts really aren’t that good. And that makes me so sad. I want to love your $4 donuts. But I just don’t. When we get a craving for perfect donuts, we head to a doughnut shop that hasn’t changed what they’re doing since the 1950s, including the prices, and they are perfection. (It’s called World’s Fair Doughnuts, if you’re ever in St. Louis). Anyway, a classic donut shop does the classics right, but lacks the flair of fun, new flavors. So I’m here with soft, fluffy chocolate baked donuts topped with a zippy mint frosting…that totally doubles as toothpaste. I’m kidding! Or am I?

I have a baked donut pan that holds 6 donuts. When I bought it, I doubted I would use it that much, but as it turns out, I use it a lot. I’ve made Chocolate Chai Donuts, Crumb Donuts, Cranberry Cornmeal Donuts, and Pumpkin Donuts with Honey Glaze). If that doesn’t convince you that you need a donut pan, I’m not sure what will! Here’s the one I use, if you’re feeling the donut urge.

Yield: 6

Mint Chip Donuts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Mint Frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk, plus more as needed
  • mini chocolate chips, for garnish
  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375, and grease a donut pan with a capacity of 6.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, sugar, and baking soda. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, vanilla, buttermilk and oil. Combine the wet and dry mixtures and stir just until no streaks of flour remain.
  3. Finally, stir in the mini chocolate chips. The batter will be thick.
  4. Spoon the batter into the donut molds, smoothing the surface.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes, or until they spring back when touched.
  6. Immediately after coming out of the oven, dump the pan onto a cooling rack, and let the donuts cool while making the frosting.
  7. To make the frosting, whisk together all ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) until smooth. Add additional buttermilk as needed to make a smooth consistency. Spoon the frosting over the donuts and top with the mini chocolate chips.