Chocolate Donuts

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The other day I was talking with my friend, Jimmy, and he mentioned making some chocolate donuts. He said they were Tim Horton Donuts. It turns out Tim Horton is known in Canada for Donuts, or something along those lines.

My friend was in Florida, and I’m in Georgia but he just couldn’t say enough about these donuts. 

And he said he got the recipe online. 

So while we’re talking I bring up Google and immediately do a search for “Tim Horton Chocolate Donuts Recipe”  

It’s the third hit.

I confirm, this is the recipe from

I’m good to go!

So this morning, I wake up, the kids have all been good, we even have an extra one (Grace’s friend slept over) I decide it’s time.

To make these donuts.
Chocolate Doughnuts

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup  cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons butter, melted

vegetable oil      (for frying, 6-8 cups)

Mocha Glaze

6 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate (I used 3/4 cup semi sweet chips)

1/2 cup whipping cream

1 tablespoon butter

2 teaspoons corn syrup

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. 

In a small bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, buttermilk, and melted butter to blend. 

Stir into dry ingredients

until well blended. 

Chill until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours.

About ten minutes before you are ready to start cooking, make the Mocha glaze.

Mocha Glaze – In a heatproof bowl, combinesemisweet chocolate, 1/2 cup whipping cream, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 teaspoons and corn syrup.

 Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pan; remove from heat. Place bowl over water and let stand, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 10 minutes.

Scrape dough onto a generously floured surface. With floured hands, pat dough out to about 1/2 inch thick.

 With a 3-inch doughnut cutter, cut out doughnuts. I just used a biscuit cutter. 

Pat together scraps of dough and cut again. Place doughnuts on a well-floured baking sheet.

I used well floured fingers to get the hole in the middle, make sure the hole is large or when frying, it will close up.

Heat oil in an electric deep-fryer or pour about 4 inches of oil, I had maybe 2 inches, into a 5- to 6-quart pan, I used a 2 quart; heat oil to 375°F. Place one doughnut at a time onto a wide spatula and gently slide into oil, frying up to three at a time. Cook, turning once, until puffy and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes total (to check timing, cut first one to test). With a slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to paper towels to drain. Repeat to fry remaining doughnuts. Be careful not to over cook.

When cool enough to handle, dip the top half of each doughnut in warm mocha glaze and place on a plate.

 Let stand until glaze is set, about 5 minutes.

These were delicious cake donuts and I could have made myself sick on the glaze, yum, yum.

Also, next time I will halve the recipe. I had 4 hungry kids eating these and we didn’t come close to finishing them.

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Wow! You did an amazing job at recreating those yummy looking doughnuts..Was it worth the effort? Shame on me I hesitate to make doughnuts because of the grease. Yours look wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh my gosh, those look amazing! Good thing I live in a small town with no donut shop, or I’d be on my way now!

  3. @MJ, they were definitely worth the time but I would only make them as a special treat, these are almost too much chocolate. (no way I just said that!)

    I do make my easy Donuts
    all the time for the kids.

  4. @Lesa, I have to drive 20 minutes to the closest one, thankfully. I love Dunkin Donuts coffee but while I’m there, who can say no to a donut, lol

  5. Well done! I remember going to Tim Hortons when I visited Toronto so many eons ago – but never grabbed a donut – just tried to teach the gals how to make a proper ice coffee *LOL*

  6. Girl, I’ll never know where you find the time to do all you do, but I’m sure glad you do!

    I love reading/seeing this!

    You’re the girl!

  7. These look amazing!!

  8. I am soooo making these! Thanks for posting! xoxo!


  9. I stop off at Tim Hortons every morning for coffee. Mostly because it’s on the way to work (and they’re all over the city – I’m in Toronto) but before Christmas I was eating doughnuts almost daily and bringing one for my friend. We were addicted. They had a really nice coconut cream which they only have at some locations. The filled ones are my favourite but my 4 year old loves the double chocolate and chocolate Timbits. She’d love this recipe I’m sure! I wonder if it can be baked.

    • Jennifer, I would be in big trouble if I lived anywhere near a doughnut shop. You could try baking one, but I think that the baking might dry them out. Deep frying seals in the moisture fast. Let me know if you try it.

  10. Tim Horton is known in Canada for being a great Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player. The donut shop was named after him after he was killed in a car accident.

    So Tim Horton was not known for donuts, he was known for hockey.

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