Double Chocolate Easter Candy Doughnuts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12 doughnuts

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I was debating over the name for these doughnuts for a long time.

chocolate donut with chocolate glaze topped with crushed candy

On a whim, when I was picking up some seasonal goodies (along with the Lucky Charms for this recipe), I was passing by the Easter Candy section and, as a food blogger, I couldn’t just walk by.

I picked up a bag of Mini Eggs and a bag of Robin’s Eggs (the Easter whoppers), and told myself I would use them in some recipe and not actually eat them all straight from the bag.

And they sat in my cupboard for a couple weeks while I tried to dream up something creative and original to make with them. So many times I was tempted to tear into the bag, but I refrained, telling myself I would need them for a recipe soon.

And in the end I just wanted chocolate doughnuts.

But it’s Easter.

overhead image of stack of three double chocolate baked donuts with crushed easter candy

The food blogger in me says, “if you crush up Easter chocolates, and sprinkle them on a chocolate glazed doughnut, they become Easter Doughnuts.”

Just like if you make cookies with red and green candies they become Christmas Cookies. And if you use just green candies they become St. Patrick’s Day Cookies.

Orange and brown? Halloween Cookies!

It always used to bother me, to be honest. When I’d see something like a basic cake recipe, with red and green sprinkles get like 147, 834 pins at Christmas time. I was all like, “can’t they see beyond the sprinkles?!”

And now I’ve totally fallen victim to the Holiday Madness.

stack of three double chocolate easter candy baked donuts on wire cooling rack

Hence, Easter Doughnuts.

I turned to my bloggy friends and asked their advice.

Chocolate Easter Candy Doughnuts?

Chocolate Easter Doughnuts?

Double Chocolate Doughnuts?

Double Chocolate Doughnuts with crushed Easter Candies?

Double Chocolate Glazed Mini Egg Robin’s Egg Easter Doughnuts?

Okay, so the last one was never a contender.

And even though they’re Double Chocolate Easter Candy Doughnuts, you can mix things up and add red and green sprinkles for Christmas, orange and brown for Halloween, pink and red for Valentine’s Day… or just skip the sprinkles and candy and stick with the chocolate!

six double chocolate baked donuts lined up on a wire cooling rack over parchment

I tried 2 recipes for chocolate doughnuts before picking a favorite, and this one is from King Arthur Flour. They are cakey but have a super chocolatey flavor and are so moist!

I made a thin chocolate glaze, because I like a glaze on my doughnuts that firms up nicely. Smash up some candy using a plastic bag and a rolling pin and you’re good to go! Even without the Easter candy, they’re totally fudgy and delicious!

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Double Chocolate Easter Candy Doughnuts

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Double Chocolate Easter Candy Doughnuts: because chocolate on chocolate on chocolate is a good thing. Perfectly fudgy doughnuts with chocolate glaze and crushed Easter chocolates!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12 doughnuts
Calories 284cal


  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or use regular milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  • 1 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6-8 tbsp milk
  • Chopped mini eggs and Robin’s eggs Easter Whoppers or candy of choice


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease doughnut pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, vinegar and oil and stir until combined (don’t overmix, but make sure everything is combined evenly).
  • Scoop into a large piping bag or freezer bag (or you can just spoon it into the pans – I find piping it easier) and pipe a circle around each doughnut hole. Bake for 8-9 minutes until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs or dry (not batter!).
  • Let sit in the pan a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. (Refill the doughnut pan if necessary).
  • For the glaze, combine the sugar, cocoa, and milk in a medium bowl with a whisk until smooth.
  • Dip each doughnut into the glaze, then overturn, place on a wire rack and sprinkle with crushed candies (I recommend doing it this way rather than dipping the doughnut into the candies because then the candies become too wet and it’s difficult to stick them on the rest).
  • Let set on the counter for 2-3 hours for the glaze to set (I mean, you can eat them right away if you want!)


*I prefer to glaze doughnuts the day you’re going to serve them and leaving them on a wire rack until serving. I find if you store them in a container after glazing the glaze gets soft again and isn’t firm. Just a personal preference!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 284cal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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  1. Michelle says

    Wow! So spectacular. I agree with you about the holiday themes – but honestly, it’s the pictures that win the day. So you could just remake these for 4th of July but photograph them with red, white and blue candies (M&Ms?) and they would be super popular all over again! Gotta love that. 🙂

  2. Mary Frances says

    Yep… it happens to all of us. Holiday madness is a real thing! And hey, that just means these are super versatile donuts! I like them best in this form though. It’s all my favorite candies! Pinned!

  3. Christina @ Bake with Christina says

    My mouth is drooling over these doughnuts right now! They look SO incredibly yummy!! Happy Easter 🙂

  4. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    Oh my goodness, no matter what you call them I think these donuts look absolutely heavenly! I’ll take a big batch please 🙂 Love how adorable you decorated them, the perfect way to use up those mini and Robin eggs!

  5. Izzy says

    You have some good willpower! I would have told myself that they have thousands of more bags at the store and I would have tore straight into them! I’m glad you waited and came up with these amazing doughnuts though! They are so pretty and now I’m really craving chocolate doughnuts!

  6. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says

    Whatever you call these…. I’ll take them! Seriously, mini eggs and robin eggs are my downfall. I actually put them on my shopping list for this afternoon because I am out and I’m having withdrawals and anxiety over not being able to buy them come next week. AHHH!!

    • Ashley says

      Haha, if I were you I’d be waiting until Monday morning and then buying ALL THE CHOCOLATE. Lol. I’m a sucker for half price candy!

  7. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says

    Those doughnuts look amazing Ashley, a thousand times better than the chocolate doughnut recipe I tried a few weeks ago! I’ll have to try this one, it looks like the chocolate cake doughnut I was looking for. And I’m with you on the holiday madness, I totally thought it was a little strange, and now I’m doing it. Oh well, it’s kind of fun!

  8. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says

    I have to avoid the holiday candy aisle at the store at all costs! Otherwise, I will buy it, and I will eat the entire bag. I have no self control! But for these super cute doughnuts? I will make an exception. I am hosting an Easter brunch at my house on Sunday. These will be the perfect chocolatey addition!

    • Ashley says

      Haha, I don’t usually buy a lot of candy, because I know what will happen if I do! The exception for me is post-holiday half price candy — then I load up! Lol

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