triple chocolate snickerdoodle donuts

A dreamy combination of part breakfast treat, part cookie.  A cocoa and cinnamon infused donut studded with chocolate chips, dusted in cinnamon sugar and then drizzled with dark chocolate.   These Triple Chocolate Snickerdoodle Donuts are a perfect treat any time of day!

Triple Chocolate Snickerdoodle Donuts | Melanie Makes

Seven and a half dozen.  That’s how many of these donuts I made last week.  More specifically, that’s how many of these donuts I made in just three days times.  So yes, I suppose you could say they’re good.  They started as the baked good I brought for Leighton’s preschool art show and then Camryn decided that they were the perfect treat to bring to her kindergarten class to celebrate her birthday.

This is where I also should mention that these donuts are fairly easy to create.  If you can bake a cupcake, you can make a donut.  I’d rather make seven and a half dozen donuts over the same amount of cupcakes anyday!

Triple Chocolate Snickerdoodle Donuts | Melanie Makes

Part breakfast good, part cookie and a whole lot of chocolate.  If it can be considered a dessert and something that you can serve someone first thing in the morning, I’d say you found yourself a winner.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Triple Chocolate Snickerdoodle Donuts | Melanie Makes

First up is the actual donut.  A chocolate donut studded with chocolate chips with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg for true Snickerdoodle taste.  After the donuts are cooled, they’re brushed in butter and then dusted with cinnamon and sugar.  And if that were enough, a dark chocolate glaze is drizzled over the top for the perfect finishing touch.

Triple Chocolate Snickerdoodle Donuts | Melanie Makes

Triple Chocolate Snickerdoodle Donuts
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Serves: 18
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Cinnamon Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dark Chocolate Glaze
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar baking powder, cream of tartar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. In bowl of an electric mixer, combine buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Slowly add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Spray donut pan with cooking spray and fill with batter just to top of center post.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. Let cool in pan for one minute before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
Cinnamon Sugar
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Brush top and side of each donut with melted butter and then dip into cinnamon sugar mixture.
Dark Chocolate Glaze
  1. In a small bowl, combine chocolate chips and whipping cream and microwave for one minute. Stir until completely melted.
  2. Drizzle onto tops of donuts.
To fill donut pan easily, I prefer to spoon the batter into a large plastic storage bag and snip one end to act as a large pastry bag.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1

Triple Chocolate Snickerdoodle Donuts | Melanie Makes

Count them, one, two, three types of chocolate.  Because really, who would want to eat a humdrum Double Chocolate Snickerdoodle Donut?  That’s what I thought.


  1. OMGosh, Melanie! These donuts look absolutely amazing! WOW! :)

  2. Dying over these!! So pretty Melanie and I love the cookie doughnut combo!

  3. Melanie,
    LOVE these doughnuts!! Doughnuts are a big weakness of mine. . I can’t resist them. My friend is borrowing my donut pan. . I think I need to get it back ASAP!

  4. Whoa! My kind of donut! Triple chocolate perfection.

  5. Wow! These look incredible! I think you’ve convinced me to invest in a donut pan :)

    • I have to admit I had one donut pan and this recipe made me invest in another two! Let me know if you give them a try!

  6. Who doesn’t love doughnuts? This recipe is for the most delicious ones. Thanks Melanie, I ‘ll have to try these!

  7. Oh yummy…these look amazing. I sooo love donuts, I need to get a donut pan and make some of these. I am so happy I found your on Saturday Night Fever…Pinning now!

  8. abbeyviolet says:

    Hi! We started making these and I noticed that sugar and chocolate chips aren’t listed in the first section of ingredients. Is that intentional? The batter tastes pretty bitter and the instructions reference folding in chocolate chips. Suggestions? Thanks so much. They look delicious!

  9. These are just absolutely gorgeous! Pinned and can’t wait to make!

  10. Loved them!
    thanks a lot for the recipe,
    chocolate yumm!!

  11. I made these today and they are amazing. I made them as mini doughnuts, and got like a bazillion, but the girls at work are going to be so excited for them tomorrow!

    Thanks for an amazing recipe.

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