Fudgy brownies in donut form! Insanely addicting fudgy bronuts are baked in the oven and dipped in a simple but delicious chocolate ganache. They're easy-to-make chocolatey perfection. It's like brownie meets donut meets chocolate cake. These brownie donuts are sure to impress!
I'm honestly obsessed with these brownie donuts! They are incredibly delicious, and I want to eat them every day. I'm in love. They are a must-make! I like to garnish with sprinkles or shaved chocolate, but crushed-up Oreos or any chocolate cookie would also be fun and tasty!
Why you'll love this recipe
- (Not so) secret ingredient that makes these bronuts stand out! I like to add just a small amount of ground cinnamon to the batter. It REALLY enhances the chocolate flavor! It's truly a game-changer, and I think I'm going to start adding it to all my chocolate desserts.
- Chocolate ganache glaze. This glaze is super simple to make with chocolate chips and heavy cream. Dip the donuts and you're ready to enjoy!
- Super simple to make. The batter comes together in about 5 minutes. The most time-consuming step is piping or spooning the batter into a donut pan.
- All-purpose flour
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Espresso powder (optional, but recommended - enhances the chocolate flavor)
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Vegetable oil
- Butter (I like to use salted)
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Milk (any milk will work)
- Vanilla extract
- Apple cider vinegar (helps the batter rise)
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How to make bronuts (brownie donuts)
Making bronuts requires just a few simple steps. Here's an overview.
- Step 1: Mix together the dry ingredients.
- Step2: In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
- Step 3: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together until just combined.
- Step 4: Pipe or spoon batter into donut baking pans and bake.
- You can get fancy and use a piping bag or you can add the batter to a Ziplock bag and cut off the corner to pipe. Alternatively, you can simply spoon the batter into the molds.
- Step 5: Make the chocolate glaze while the donuts bake. Heat heavy cream on the stove then add chocolate chips. Let melt and mix until smooth.
- Step 6: Dip the donuts. Dip the tops of the donuts into the chocolate glaze. Enjoy while warm or let the glaze cool and harden. Either way, they're delicious!
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Tips & tricks for the best bronuts
- Spoon and level the flour. Avoid packing flour into your measuring cup. This will result in a dry cake. To measure flour, I like using a spoon to scoop it into the measuring cup, then level it off with a butter knife. This way the flour is light and airy going into the cup and it's not packed too tight. If you scoop your measuring cup directly into the flour container, toss the flour around to loosen it up before scooping, then shake to level off the top.
- Whip the sugar and fat. Using a whisk or an electric mixer to cream together the sugar, butter and oil for a couple minutes helps to give baked goods structure by beating air into the butter and sugar.
- Don't overmix the batter. You don't want to overmix the batter when baking cakes or brownies once the flour is added. Overmixing the flour can result in a dense cake. I like using a spoon to fold the flour into the wet ingredients until combined.
- Don't skip on the espresso powder and cinnamon. You might be thinking why would I buy espresso powder to just use one teaspoon, but espresso powder can be used in just about any baked chocolate dessert. Just mix 1 teaspoon in with the dry ingredients. BUT the real star of the show is cinnamon! O.M.G. You'll taste just the slightest hint of cinnamon and it pairs SO well with chocolate!
- Careful not to overbake. You don't want to overbake the donuts or they will be on the drier side. I like to pull them out of the oven when a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs (not wet batter).
Frequently asked questions
What are bronuts made of?
Bronuts are part brownie and part donut and are completely delicious! The brownie donut batter is made primarily using flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and eggs. They are topped with a chocolate ganache glaze made with semi-sweet or dark chocolate and heavy cream.
Can bronuts be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze bronuts in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. If you're stacking the bronuts, place a square of parchment paper between each bronut to prevent them from freezing together.
How long do glazed donuts last?
Glazed brownie donuts are best enjoyed within 1-2 days, but last for up to 4-5 days in an airtight container.
Are baked donuts better than fried?
Baked donuts are more dense with a cake-like texture whereas fried donuts are puffed and more airy.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.
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Bronuts | Fudgy Chocolate Glazed Brownie Donuts
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ¼ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
- 1 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a donut pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, milk, vanilla, and vinegar for another minute.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and use a large spoon or spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
- Spoon or pipe the batter into the donut molds, filling ½-2/3 of the way full. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs (not wet batter) or clean. Let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. If the donut holes fill in while baking, you can use a knife to cut them out and eat the holes!
- In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat until it starts to gently simmer, stirring often so it doesn't burn. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Cover the pot and let sit for about 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
- Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and finish with chocolate sprinkles, if desired.