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Baked Chocolate Donuts topped with cherry glaze and sprinkles.

Baked Chocolate Donuts with Cherry Glaze

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 12 donuts 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


An easy recipe for Baked Chocolate Donuts with an easy Cherry Glaze. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a special holiday treat.



Chocolate Donuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg

Cherry Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice (from the jar of maraschino cherries)
  • 4 maraschino cherries, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry extract


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Generously spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. 

In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream, melted butter, vegetable oil and egg.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. The batter will be very thick – more like a dough than a batter.

Transfer the batter to a ziplock bag. Cut the corner off and pipe the mixture into the donut pan, filling each about 1/2 full.

Bake for about 8 minutes, until a tester inserted comes out clean. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan. (You may need to gently run a knife around the edges, but the donuts should come out fairly easy.)

Let the donuts cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar and cherry juice together until smooth. Mix in the chopped cherries and the cherry extract.

To glaze the donuts, spoon the glaze over the tops of the donuts and allow the glaze to run down the sides. Add sprinkles, if desired.

Recipe Notes:

The donuts are a bit tender and will crumble if you handle them too much. They are too tender to dip into the glaze (they will fall apart!) so just spoon the glaze over the tops. They will firm up a bit the longer they sit.

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts.


  • Serving Size: 1 donut
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 28 g
  • Sodium: 104 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg

Keywords: baked chocolate donuts, cherry glaze