Doughnuts are one of my favorite breakfast treats. But these Cosmic Doughnuts might be the dessert treat of breakfast. I say treat because it is not something we have all of the time. Otherwise, I would look like one. My parents always had a weekly tradition after church. We would stop at the local doughnut place and my Dad would purchase a dozen doughnuts. Then when we got home, he would cut each one in half so that we could all have a chance on being able to have different flavors.
Is it Doughnut or Donut?
When it comes to these tasty treats I have never been sure if it is doughnut or donut. So I decided to do a bit of research. I found in my research that the origin of the name doughnut is still at this time up for debate. Even after all of these years some think it refers to the nuts that were added to the dough. The dough was often tied in a knot style. A dough knot later became a doughnut. If you look you will find that the word doughnut is used as far back as the 19th century.
All in all, if you prefer to use doughnut or donut, that is all up to you.
What Type of Doughnut Pan Should I Use?
I have found a few different doughnut pans that you can purchase. On Amazon, you will find a variety of different types and sizes. Just make sure unless you want little mini doughnuts that you purchase the right size pans.
The ones that I have found are easy to use are the following:
- Large Donut Baking Pans-Nonstick 12 Cavity Doughnut Pan. These are made of carbon steel and can be used for full-size doughnuts or mini bagels.
- Professional Premium Silicone Donut Pan 3-Pack – Non-Stick Doughnut Pans for Baking with 6 Slots. If you have never used silicone, these may be a game-changer for you. With this set, you will get 3 pans so enough for 18 doughnuts. Also, they are priced to be affordable and can be in the microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe.
- Food-Grade Silicone Donut Baking Pan, Non-Stick 8-Cavity Donut Mold, Set of 2-This is another nice silicone set. With these, you get 16 donuts altogether from the 2 molds. With this BPA free, food-grade material, you will like that it is safe up to 455 degrees in your oven.
If you are looking for a little fancier than your average looking donut they have these neat pans that make a dozen doughnuts in 4 different shapes.
Are Doughnuts Hard to Make?
One would think that doughnuts are hard to make. I remember when I made them with my kids when they were little. The oily mess, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, etc were everywhere. Back then I didn’t know about the handy doughnut pans. Now making doughnuts are a lot easier.
The ingredients aren’t anything out of the ordinary. Most you probably already have in your cupboard and fridge. The dry ingredients are flour, sugar, unsweetened dark cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. You will also need whole milk, two large eggs, unsalted melted butter, pure vanilla extract, and one large disposable piping bag.
The measurements for the recipe can be found in the recipe card below.
- 2 cups Flour
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 2 Large eggs
- 4 tablespoons unsalted melted butter
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 large disposable piping bag
- ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup rainbow candy coated chocolate chips
- Directions for Doughnuts:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a doughnut pan with pam baking spray
- Using a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, milk, and melted butter set aside.
- Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Gradually mix into the wet ingredients
- Scoop the batter into the piping bag and fill the doughnut cavity about ¾ full
- Bake for about 8 minutes to 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Chocolate Ganache Instructions:
1. Using a small pot, bring the heavy whipping cream to a simmer
2. Pour the chocolate chips into a medium bowl and pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips
3. Allow sitting for 2 minutes before whisking until smooth
4. Dip the doughnuts into the chocolate ganache and then place onto a wire rack
5. Sprinkle some rainbow candy-coated chocolate chips on to the top of the doughnuts
Depending on your oven you may want to try 8-10 minutes. 8 first then add on the extra 2 minutes if needed.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.