Gluten free chocolate donuts topped with an edible cookie dough frosting make this the best gluten free chocolate donut recipe I have ever made!
I hope you're ready for a special treat because these gluten free chocolate donuts are hard to resist. I bet these mini chocolate donuts are a decadent dessert your whole family will love.
Don't forget to check out my most popular gluten free donut recipes...they are all hard to resist!
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Today is special for two reasons.
It is National Donut Day, and even more importantly, my son's birthday! I have no idea where the years have gone...but all of a sudden, I have a 5'8 growing teenage boy. My son loves gluten free baked chocolate donuts and I am hoping that he will love this new chocolate donut recipe.
With two very important occasions today, I wanted to celebrate his birthday with a treat he will remember for years. He loves chocolate.
He is also VERY guilty of trying to steal cookie dough anytime I am baking. I am not kidding....he never gives up. (He gets this from Mr. Fearless Dining...it must be genetic!)
Today, I am combining both of his favorite sweet things into one special dessert! Here is the Gluten Free Edible Cookie Dough Frosting recipe.
This easy cookie dough frosting recipe is quick and easy, and is delicious on any baked item...or just eat it by the spoonful!
Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend. If your gluten free flour blend doesn't contain Xanthan Gum, make sure to add 1 teaspoon to your dry ingredients.
What cocoa powders are gluten free?
There are quite a few great gluten free cocoa powders out there. I haven't tried many new brands that I see online. My favorite cocoa powders for gluten free baking are:
- Anthony's Organic Cocoa Powder is certified gluten free (and their price is really great on Amazon!)
- Ghirardelli is in most grocery stores.
- Rodelle is special order on their website.
- Hershey's (I don't use this as often but it is probably the easiest to find in stores.)
- Nativas Fair Trade Cocoa Powder is also on Amazon but I saw it at Sprout Market as well.
Mix the wet ingredients and whisk to blend. Pour the wet ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
This is what your chocolate donut batter will look like when mixed.
Let your batter sit for 10 minutes. This helps especially with the more gritty gluten free flour blends. Also, do not overmix your batter...your donuts will be fluffier if you just barely mix the batter.
Add the batter to your donut maker. Note this is an older model Babycakes Donut Maker, the new donut maker has a more square body shape. Cook for 4-5 minutes until done. I love this donut maker because it makes the outside of the donut a little crisp like a fried donut!
Allow cooling then frost with the cookie dough frosting. (Recipe above) You can also top with this edible gluten free chocolate cookie dough. You would just need to add 2 tablespoons additional butter to the cookie dough recipe to make it spreadable.
Baked donuts are a lot healthier than fried donuts.
Frosting or Glaze?
This cookie dough frosting works so well with this doughnut recipe. Of course, this gluten free edible cookie dough is also good enough to frost a cake like this Simple Gluten Free Layer Cake recipe.
You can also make a glaze for your gluten free donuts with powdered sugar and a little water. (2 cups powdered sugar to 3 tablespoons almond milk.) Just dip your donuts in and then set onto a rack to dry.
And just in case these chocolate donuts with cookie dough frosting aren't enough, here are a few more of my most popular donut recipes to get you through your day.
Can you make this dairy-free?
You can easily make this recipe dairy-free by substituting the butter for either coconut oil or vegan butter.
Can you make this nut-free?
Yes, you can omit the almond flour and add 1/2 cup additional gluten free flour blend. Keep an eye on the moisture level, you may need to add more dairy-free milk because of the additional flour.
(Almond flour doesn't absorb as much liquid so make sure the batter looks like a similar consistency as my photo above.)
(Feel free to add some fun mix-ins to these donuts!!)
- Mini chocolate chips
- Walnuts or other nuts
- White chocolate chips
- Caramel chips
- This is my sneakiest donut recipe...these are healthy donuts, but nobody can tell! Super Healthy Breakfast Donuts are great and kids love them!
- If you need to be grain-free, these Grain-Free Blueberry Donuts with Coconut Glaze are a big hit.
- For those who have some ripe bananas on hand, this delicious Gluten Free Banana Donuts recipe is crazy good!
- If you prefer a fried donut, these Gluten Free Jelly Donuts are amazing!
- Babycakes Donut Maker. This is my very favorite kitchen toy!
- Donut pan...just in case you prefer to bake your donuts.
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 cup gluten free flour blend, (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn't, add 1 teaspoon.)
- (*Please note my gluten free flour blend contains xanthan gum as a binder. If your blend doesn't have this
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup almond milk or water
- Cookie Dough Frosting:
- 1/2 stick butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- dash salt
- 3/4 cup gluten free flour blend
- mini chocolate chips
- Preheat Babycakes Mini Donut Maker or Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray coconut oil in the mini donut pan if that is what you will use for this recipe.
- In a large bowl, add all donut dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
- In a smaller bowl, add all donut dry ingredients and mix well.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix.
- Put dough into each cavity of the donut maker or donut pan.
- Follow directions on donut maker.
- If using a pan, bake for 10 minutes, check to see if done.
- Remove from the donut maker or pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
- For Cookie Dough Frosting
- Mix all ingredients and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool.
- Spread onto cool donuts. Top with sprinkles, more chips, etc.
1. If your gluten free flour blend doesn't contain Xanthan Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
2. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute coconut oil or vegan butter for the butter in this recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 4g
Please note this nutrition information is calculated by a recipe plugin and is an estimate based on the ingredients used in this recipe.
(This post was updated from a July 2016 post with more cooking information)