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Cookies and Cream Chocolate Doughnuts

August 22nd, 2014
5 from 5 votes
5 from 5 votes

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Doughnuts have a baked chocolate fudge doughnut, an ultra thick sweet icing, and a generous sprinkling of crushed Oreos.

Yield: 12 doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Sweet and chocolaty, a perfect indulgence! Texture: The doughnuts are perfectly moist and fudgy yet soft, the icing is ridiculously thick, and the Oreos on top add a wonderful crunch. Appearance: Eee soooo adorable! Ease: Much easier than making a yeast dough and deep frying it! I love baked doughnuts because they take less than an hour to make. Appearance: These just <em>look</em> crazy good. Pros: Fun and tasty twist on the doughnut, plus they're simple to make. Cons: None, really. Would I make this again? Of course! Though there are many more doughnut variations I want to make.

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Cookies and Cream Chocolate Doughnuts - we loved these baked doughnuts! I dare you to make these Cookies and Cream Chocolate Doughnuts without anyone in the house noticing. Just the sight of these over-the-top doughnuts is bound to get your mouth watering. If you do manage to whip up a batch of these doughnuts (they take less than an hour!) be sure to enjoy one on the couch while watching some trash TV with a glass of cold milk nearby. It’s really the only way they can truly be savored. You’re going to love this recipe because not only are the doughnuts baked instead of fried, seriously cutting down on your time in the kitchen and on the indulgence factor, but they just taste like heaven mixed in with a sprinkle of childhood memories. I mean, who didn’t love Oreos growing up? I used my beloved Wilton doughnut pans to bake these. They’re super cheap on Amazon but you can also find them at stores like Michael’s and Sur la Table if you don’t already have them. Cookies and Cream Chocolate Doughnuts

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Cookies and Cream Chocolate Doughnuts

5 from 5 votes

How to make
Cookies and Cream Chocolate Doughnuts

Yield: 12 doughnuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Cookies and Cream Chocolate Doughnuts have a baked chocolate fudge doughnut, an ultra thick sweet icing, and a generous sprinkling of crushed Oreos.


For the doughnuts:

  • 2/3 cup (2.3 ounces or 65 grams) cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-process
  • 1 3/4 cups (7.88 ounces or 223 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, melted

For the icing:

  • 2 cups (8.8 ounces or 250 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 Oreo cookies, crushed


Make the doughnuts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly greasy two standard 6-cavity doughnut pans. In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and vinegar. Add to the dry ingredients with the melted butter and stir until combined. Scoop the batter into a zip-top plastic bag or piping bag, cut a hole in one corner, and pipe the batter into the doughnut molds, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 2 minutes before flipping the pans upside down over a rack to remove the doughnuts.

Make the icing:

  1. Whisk together the sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth and combined. The mixture will be very thick. Dip the tops of the doughnuts in the icing or use a spoon to spread a thick layer. Sprinkle with crushed Oreo cookies before letting set for about 20 minutes, or until the icing is slightly hardened. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. You may microwave the doughnuts for 15 seconds before serving to refresh.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from this recipe
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Eden — August 15, 2023 at 10:07 am

    i have made these before and they turned out great! do you think same recipe could be used for mini cupcakes? i enjoyed the taste and would be great not to have to hunt for something different haha

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 16, 2023 at 7:03 am

      Hi Eden! So glad to hear that you enjoyed these doughnuts! This recipe might make mini cupcakes that are a little heavier than regular cupcakes, but it might work just fine – we haven’t tried baking these that way, so we can’t say for sure. Alternatively, you could use Tessa’s Best Chocolate Cupcake recipe, and just use this doughnut icing recipe to top the mini cupcakes. Let us know how it goes if you give this a try 🙂

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    Colin Killilea — December 11, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    I chose to make this recipe for a family bake-off. It was so easy to make and tasted really well. The best part of making this recipe was the Oreos. Hope I win the back-off!!

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    Leah J Burns — May 15, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    These are AMAZING. I have made them 3x now. Perfect. I sub flax meal for eggs because of egg allergy and still the bimb

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    Chantel Chaves — February 28, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Can you use a silicone doughnut mould instead of the steel pan? Would there be any kind of differences?

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    Leah J Burns — February 28, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    These turned out AMAZING. My little dude has an egg allergy so I subbed 2 Flax eggs and they held together perfectly. I was worried about how thick the batter was but they were perfect.

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    Ann Marie Lokey — July 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I made this for a College and career retreat and they loved them!! Will be making over and over again. I wish I could post pics they look this good as they tasted!

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    Autumn — May 28, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Only thing is that regular fried donuts take literally TWO MINUTES to fry and two minutes to either glaze or dip in icing. It doesn’t take 20 minutes for one batch. I was trying to find new ideas for the donut shop but this would take too long.

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    Sadie — May 18, 2018 at 7:01 pm


    Would you recommend using sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder?

  9. #
    Ariel — May 10, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I am SO excited to try this recipe out! I just bought a doughnut pan and have been exploring the endless possibilities of making these little guys! So many options! Thanks so much for the post! 🙂

  10. #
    Dung — October 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Looks amazing!

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    Darcie [Darcie Bakes] — October 6, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I made these last week, and then I finally blogged about them today [Here, if you’re interested:! They were amazing. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

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    Marie — August 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Why 2-6 pans and not one 12?

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      Tessa — August 26, 2014 at 8:07 am

      I’ve never seen a 12-cavity full-sized doughnut pan, and I used to work in a kitchenware store!

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    Elli — August 25, 2014 at 6:15 am

    What an easy recipe! We also like them with smarties and it’s delicious. Donuts are generally favorite in our family so I’m very thankful for a smart way to do them. Very simple and tasty!

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      Tessa — August 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Ohhh I just saw a picture of doughnuts with smarties and it looked perfect. I’ll have to give that a go the next I get my hand on smarties.

  14. #
    Sarah @ Devour — August 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    My gosh. I think I need these in my life immediately! These are beautiful and I can’t wait to try them.

  15. #
    Gaby — August 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Over the top amazing, I need these this weekend!

  16. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — August 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Oh I’m ready to eat one (three?) of these while watching Bachelor in Paradise (my current guilty TV pleasure!).

  17. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Donuts!!! I could eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Pinned!

  18. #
    Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen — August 22, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Tessa, your donuts always look so amazing! Love these!

  19. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

    This is my kind of breakfast Tessa!! You make the best doughnuts. Hope you have a great weekend!

  20. #
    Amy — August 22, 2014 at 7:09 am

    This recipe looks so easy and delicious! One thing, though.

    The ingredients are not displaying as a list, rather, they appear as a paragraph, making it much harder to read. In other recipes you’ve posted, the ingredients are in list form, so I’m wondering if there was a formatting snafu during the final step of posting. I tried opening the link in both Chrome and Internet Explorer, and it appears that way in both browsers. It also doesn’t change when I click on the print button.

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      Tessa — August 22, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Hi Amy! It looks like it was exactly a formatting snafu, the ingredients definitely didn’t look like a paragraph when I scheduled this post. I’m not sure what happened but it’s been fixed now 🙂

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    Audrey @ Audrey’s Apron — August 22, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Oh. my. goodness. Those look iNCREDIBLE! I’m typically not a huuuge fan of donuts (it’s weird, I know), but I love anything with oreos, and I’d love to have one of those for breakfast right now!

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