CHOCOLATE MINI DONUTS WITH SPRINKLES!

 CHOCOLATE MINI DONUTS WITH SPRINKLES

CHOCOLATE MINI DONUTS WITH SPRINKLES

Hello! This is my first post. I hope you enjoy it. I'm starting with donuts because they're sweet, colorful, delicious, and manageable.  Donuts run in my family. My grandfather owned a donut shop in San Francisco.  My mom thinks I should follow suit and open my own donut shop. I'd rather make and enjoy them on occasion. Remember, this blog will feature mostly healthy recipes, right? Ha ha. Mostly. 

When deciding which flavor to create first, I thought about my favorite donut growing up. Chocolate with sprinkles screamed hello when I entered our local donut shop. Who doesn't love chocolate? As well, if you had an opportunity to read my about page, you read that I used to own a chocolate company. Sprinkles make me smile. I could have stopped there. Instead, I added some chipotle chili to the recipe. I like a little spice! It keeps things interesting. And, it balances out the flavor. Happy Eating! 

INGREDIENTS
1 c flour
1/3 c cocoa powder
1 ¼
 ts baking powder
¼ ts salt
1 egg
½ c sugar
¾ c whole milk
3 tb melted butter
2 ts vanilla extract
1 ts ground chipotle chili powder

½ ts ground cinnamon

Icing
4 tb butter
2 tb whole milk
1 tb honey

2 oz chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
1 c powdered chocolate
½ ts ground chipotle chili powder
½ ts ground cinnamon

PROCESS
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 3 mini donut pans with nonstick spray

Donuts
-Combine the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl
-Whisk together wet ingredients
-Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients
-Stir until there are no lumps
-Fill each donut cup approximately ½
 full
-Bake for 5-7 minutes
-Insert a toothpick to test doneness.

Icing
-In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat
-Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low, stirring until the sugar lumps have dissolved.


Assembly
Pour 1/2 c of sprinkles onto a plate. Remove donuts from pan and cool on a wire rack. Once donuts have cooled, dip the top of each donut into warm icing.  Immediately dip into sprinkles. Transfer donuts to a wire rack. Serve immediately.

*Donuts are best enjoyed fresh. If there happens to be leftovers, store in an airtight container. 

Oxx (one BIG hug, two air kisses)
Carly