Peppermint Hot Chocolate Donuts

Good news: We have lot of snow! The interstates around us have reopened! Presents are wrapped! I’m mostly packed! Bad news: Though the interstate has been reopened, travel is still not advised on the interstate we need to travel on this evening. . .Hopefully the sun comes out and melts the ice and the wind stop blowing so we can travel. If not, I guess we’ll be stuck at home drinking hot chocolate and eating these peppermint hot chocolate donuts! :)

I had to sneak in one more peppermint and chocolate recipe before Christmas! Peppermint mochas and hot chocolates are perfect this time of year, so why not drink them while eating peppermint hot chocolate dontus? The use of hot chocolate mix in the donut with a hint of peppermint extract brings out the favorite drink flavor. Top it off with a rich chocolate glaze covered with crushed peppermint candies and marshmallow bits, and you have the perfect pairing!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends! That being said, I am taking off the entire next week from blogging. I want to thoroughly enjoy my time with my family and friends and not worry about posting, commenting, etc. Thanks for understanding. Merry Christmas, friends!!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Donuts

Yield: 1 dozen


  • For the Donuts
  • 1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C hot chocolate mix
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 C non-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 C butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract or 1 tsp vanilla extract if you don’t want the extract peppermint flavor
  • For the Glaze
  • 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp honey or corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 – 1/2 C crushed peppermint candies
  • 1/3 C marshmallow bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, hot chocolate mix, baking cocoa, brown sugar, and baking powder.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, yogurt, melted butter, and peppermint extract. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Spoon batter into a pastry bag or ziploc bag with the corner cut off. Pipe batter into donut pan filling donut indentation about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove pan to a wire rack. Allow donuts to cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from pan.
  6. While donuts are cooling, begin preparing glaze. In a medium saucepan, melt together chocolate chips, butter, honey, and milk over medium-low heat. Stir to prevent burning. When chocolate chips are melted, stir in vanilla until smooth and glossy. Turn heat to low. **If you want more a sweet, thick glaze, add a couple of tablespoons of sifted powdered sugar.
  7. Dip the tops of the donuts into the chocolate. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies and marshmallow bits. Allow glaze to harden before serving.
  8. Store leftovers in an airtight container, though they are best eaten the same day.
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  1. These look heavenly.

  2. I just made my first batch of donuts myself. Of course, I cheated and used cake mix…these inspire me to make them from scratch. :) Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  3. I’ve asked for a donut pan for Christmas so I hope I get it so I can make these gorgeous donute! I hope your have a fabulous holiday with friends and family Jessica! You deserve it :) Merry Christmas!

  4. These donuts look awesome. I am going to have to use that glaze with honey sometime. I am loving it. My kids would devour these donuts…..

  5. I tried to make doughnuts one time and they did not turn out very well. These look incredible! I just might have to try again just so I can some of these.

  6. what a fun treat! I love peppermint + chocolate!

  7. Would being snowed in with all these donuts really be such a bad thing? I think not! Have a wonderful Christmas! 😀

  8. Jess, these look amazing. And, hey, if you have to be stuck at home, why not be stuck at home eating these donuts. I hope you’re able to travel soon. Enjoy the holidays!

  9. I’m wishing you good luck with your travels!! Although sitting at home with these babies is not such a bad option either…. 😛

  10. yum– what amazing donuts!!! wonderful holiday treats!

  11. I hope you can travel soon! But being stuck at home with these awesome donuts wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world!

  12. Now that is my kind of donut:-) Perfect for this time of year!!!

  13. Yay, more donuts! I love it. These are so darned festive. I wish I weren’t the only one who liked donuts around here…

    I hope your travels went well and that you had an amazing Christmas! :)

  14. My kids would love to wake up to these donuts any time of the year! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  15. Oh my gosh these look just mouth watering. I love donuts.

  16. I love love donuts and these look fabulous, they would disappear at my house in a big hurry.

  17. Eeep, how did I miss these? They look INCREDIBLE. Lately, I’ve been getting really into drinking peppermint mochas at breakfast and I have a feeling (crazy, I know) that these donuts would be pretty perfect with my morning mochas :) and I hope you had a fantastical Christmas, Jessica!!

  18. I can think of worst things than spending time eating some of these donuts. Super cute and they look amazing to eat too!

  19. These donuts look so festive and really delicious! Perfect for a cold day with a hot cup of coffee. I hope your holiday worked out nicely in spite of the weather!

  20. Very nice! I am so backed-up, but I’m finally here. I hope you had a great Christmas

  21. AHHH so good! And the pictures are beautiful! I love these. Can you come over and make me donuts pleaaaase?

  22. Jessica…..these look divine! What a great idea to add hot chocolate to the mix and I bet with the yogurt and buttermilk they were wonderfully moist! Plus…they just look so pretty! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and that you got to your destinations safely! Happy New Year! : )

  23. Jen, I love these donuts!! YUM! By the way… I think I told you a time back but your blog design is lovely! You are soooo lucky you have had snow!! Ugh… I would love even just a little. :( Happy New Year sweetie!!! Can’t wait to see all of the yummy creations you make this year too!

    • NOT JEN… Jessica!!! There are A LOT of Jens in bloggy land and I was just so taken by the doonuts! lol but I know your Jessica… the second I clicked send I was like “OH NO!!” Hugs!!

      Shelley at Piggy In Polka Dots

  24. Oh my, these are just over the top amazing!! Hope you traveled safely and had a great Christmas!

  25. These donuts are so cute! I got a donut pan for Christmas so I can’t wait to make my own!

  26. I can’t get over how delicious these look! I’ve been here 3 times too drool over them. I guess it’s time to pin them so I can make them. :)

  27. These look SO good! Peppermint everything is the way to go. I almost overdosed during December because I’m seriously addicted. I need to try these!

  28. Love these donuts! Can’t wait to try them. You have a beautiful blog with such nice pictures! Sweet Smiles, Pam

  29. what is the texture like? similar to bakery donuts? look fabulous!

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