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Mexican Hot Chocolate Baked Doughnuts

By: Ashley Fehr from
Mexican Hot Chocolate Baked Doughnuts
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These delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate Baked Doughnuts are the most delicious way to treat yourself. These fudgy-baked chocolate donuts are spiked with cinnamon and cayenne for a festive take on the classic chocolate doughnut. Make this easy doughnut recipe anytime you're feeling like adding a little sugar and spice to your life. If you are someone who celebrates Cinco de Mayo, this is the perfect recipe to start the day off with. Even if you don't celebrate this holiday, we're pretty sure everyone could use any excuse to make these seriously scrumptious-looking pastries.


Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time8 min

Cooking MethodOven

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I knew this recipe was going to have cayenne in it when I seen the title. I love Mexican hot chocolate because of the spice. Do your kids like it? Mine like spicy foods and drinks. I am not sure how they will feel about a spicy donut. To be honest, I am not sure how I feel about it, but I love the drink, so I am ready to try it out.

There's a dark chocolate that our local Aldi's carries that has a bit of chili flavor to it. My wife loves it, which surprises me since she's normally averse to spicy foods. But the chocolate has a very subtle kick to it, and this recipe sounds quite similar. Many thanks to Maggie G for the advice about using buttermilk and the possible pitfall if cocoa powder is used. I'm looking forward to giving this a try.

I have a decent amount of experience making donuts and I definitely agree with how this recipe calls for buttermilk as your first option over regular milk. Regular milk works well but the buttermilk gives a nice airy texture to the donuts. I'm surprised at the small amount of cayenne pepper but I guess the flavor is strong enough to shine through! Keep in mind that if you use cocoa powder instead of hot chocolate powder, you should only use 1/2 cup total because it might make the donuts dry!


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