Baked Nutella Doughnuts with Frosting

baked nutella doughnuts

Every so often, I decide to surprise my kids for breakfast. Sometimes it’s sprinkles or chocolate chips in the pancakes, or even fancy blueberry pancakes. Sometimes it’s chocolate peanut butter muffins, or even a slow cooker breakfast casserole. But then there are the chocolatey surprises, like these Baked Nutella Doughnuts, that wake them up just a with a little excitement. It’s the little things that show I care that I think mean the most.

baked nutella doughnuts

Nutella doughnuts frosted with Nutella frosting, drying on the rack super-secret-like

When I saw Amy’s recipe for Baked Chocolate Doughnuts, I couldn’t help but adapt it with my own special spin on it using my kids’ favorite, Nutella. Oh, how they love its hazelnut chocolatey goodness.

baked nutella doughnuts

Baked Nutella Doughnuts

Baked Nutella Doughnuts
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This light and airy baked doughnut is made with Nutella and frosted with a Nutella glaze.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 18
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Nutella (or chocolate hazelnut alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 teaspoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Nutella glaze (optional):
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoons hot water
  • 1-2 tablespoons Nutella
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat oven to 325.
  2. Spray your donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In small bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients - milk, sugar, egg, butter, Nutella, and vanilla - until smooth.
  5. Add wet mixture to the dry mixture, whisking together until well-blended.
  6. Using a spoon (a teaspoon would probably be best), fill each doughnut well approximately ⅔-3/4 full (approximately 2-3 teaspoonfuls each).
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until doughnuts spring back when pressed.
  8. Flip onto a baking rack to cool.
  9. If no icing is made, you can dust with confectioner’s sugar.
For the Nutella glaze (optional)
  1. Blend confectioners’ sugar, hot water and extract in a small bowl.
  2. Spoon in the Nutella and mix until well-blended.
  3. Dip cooled doughnuts in the glaze, twirling them around in a circle once before lifting, continually turning until it stops dripping.
  4. Set out onto a rack to dry.

My kids could not get enough of these. Usually when things are frosted, my younger ones always lick the frosting off, and leave the cake or cupcake untouched. But these? They devoured them, frosting and all.

baked nutella doughnuts

Once the frosting dries, it makes it easier to place into a container for another time. These also taste pretty magical heated up for 10 or so seconds in the microwave. Mmm.

Pair these with a hot cup of coffee, and you’ve got yourself a jammin’ breakfast for yourself, too.

baked nutella doughnuts

You could also make some glazed strawberry doughnuts instead, or check out more breakfast recipe ideas and more in my recipe index.

What do you think? Is this something you could easily make for your kids?