Brownie Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

Light, fudgy brownie batter bakes into a moist donut that goes perfectly with a fluffy peanut butter frosting. This is pure indulgence for breakfast, brunch, or snack-time.



I know. Seriously? Brownie donuts? Topped with sugary peanut butter frosting?


To be sure, these are not an “everyday” breakfast item, but they sure do add some fun on occasion!


To make these, you’ll need a donut pan. Realistically, the same recipe will work in a muffin tin; they just won’t look like donuts.



Brownie Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting


Ingredients (for donuts):

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup oil (I used pure olive, but canola or vegetable would work.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups flour




  1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease donut pan well.
  2. Mix together melted butter, milk, oil, and sugar. Stir in the eggs until evenly incorporated.
  3. Add salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Stir.
  4. Mix in cocoa powder, then gradually add and stir in flour.
  5. Fill greased pan(s) about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake at 325 for 12 – 15 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let cool in pan(s) for at least 5 minutes before removing. This donut is on the delicate side, so it’s important to give it that time to rest. 
  8. Allow to cool completely before frosting. (Donuts cool quite quickly once out of the pan.)


Ingredients (for frosting):

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch salt




  1. Place all ingredients in bowl of electric mixer. Beat for 2 minutes, gradually increasing speed from low to medium. Frosting should be fluffy.
  2. Frost donuts and enjoy.


Yield: 10 donuts


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