Chocolate Donuts With Peppermint Schnapps Glaze

Whisking Wolf
by Whisking Wolf
6 servings
24 min

Chocolate Donuts with Peppermint Schnapps Glaze will give your holiday dessert table all the festive feels. Rich and chocolaty, these baked donuts are dipped in a schnapps-spiked glaze then decorated with crushed candy canes. Moist, delicious and minty they’re the perfect treat for Christmas.

Welcome December, the month infamous for après-ski cocktails and ice cold weather. I don’t jive with frosty temps, that’s why I live in South Florida. While my family up north is chilling with sub-zero temps, I’m chillin’ at the beach with sunscreen and a Santa hat.

My idea of a wintery mix is hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps, not freezing rain and sleet. Chocolate and peppermint booze are two of the best things on earth. When you combine the two in a warm, creamy drink it’s blissful, but combine them in a Christmas donut and it will blow your elf-ing mind.

Freshly baked and super fluffy, these rich chocolaty donuts are so festive for December. Dunked in a dark chocolate glaze spiked with peppermint schnapps then sprinkled with crushed candy canes, these delicious donuts have all the holiday feels. The next time you’re dashing through the snow, fuel up with these Peppermint Schnapps Glazed Chocolate Donuts.

Chocolate Donuts With Peppermint Schnapps Glaze
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 9 Minutes Total time: 24 min
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Chocolate Donuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour unbleached
  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder 100% cacao
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1/3 cup milk room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla pure
Peppermint Schnapps Glaze
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp peppermint schnapps
  • 2 candy canes crushed
Chocolate Donuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease donut pan with olive oil and set aside.
Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and brown sugar together in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl whisk egg, milk, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla until combined.
Carefully add wet ingredients to dry, stirring with a wooden spoon until just combined. Take care to avoid overmixing. Note: Batter will be thick.
Pipe batter into donut pan, evenly distributing between the six cavities.
Bake for 9 minutes. Donuts are done when tops spring back when pressed by a fingertip.
Cool donuts in pan for 3 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Peppermint Schnapps Glaze
Place chocolate chips in a heat safe bowl. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring heavy whipping cream to a simmer over medium heat.
Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and allow the mixture to sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. After the chocolate has melted add peppermint schnapps and stir until smooth.
Dip donut tops into glaze then decorate with crushed candy canes.
Donuts tastes best the day they are made but can be covered and stored at room temperature up to 2 days.
  • Always use the spoon and level method to measure flour. Scooping flour is a no-no. That technique overpacks flour into the measuring cup which will result in drier, denser donuts than the moist donuts you’ll get with properly measured flour.
  • For the moistest, fluffiest donut texture be sure all ingredients (egg, milk and yes, even yogurt) are at room temperature before beginning.
  • Peppermint extract can be substituted for peppermint schnapps if the measurement is reduced to 1/8 of a teaspoon. (A little goes a long way with extract.)
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  • Ellen Dougherty Aspell Ellen Dougherty Aspell on Dec 13, 2020

    I don’t have a donut pan. Can I use a muffin tin?

    • Whisking Wolf Whisking Wolf on Dec 13, 2020

      Hi Ellen,

      Since this recipe has not been tested with a muffin pan I cannot recommend it. Sorry!! You could put a donut pan on your list to Santa this year. I saw one for sale at Bed, Bath and Beyond for only ten dollars!