Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Donuts

I have a serious problem with breakfast pastries. I love them. A lot. It’s hard for me to go to Starbucks and NOT buy a scone.

I also have a serious problem with free things. Like, I get all crazy and my eyes get big and my heart rate speeds up when I’m in Costco at lunchtime. I love free samples. Of anything. Shampoo, food, you name it. I’m addicted to little packets and I firmly believe that one bite of a deep fried piece of shrimp has no calories, because it is a sample and therefore, free.

So, you can assume correctly that free food + breakfast pastry would send me into an absolute tizzy. And you’d be right.

Way back in the dark ages, when I was a teacher at the high school I attended (what up, BHS peeps?), Wednesdays were staff meeting days. School started an hour later for the students, and we teachers got to go to a faculty meeting and enjoy the droning of whatever was deemed important that week.

It was also “Starbucks leftover day.” The best day of the week, if you ask me.

I don’t know if it was a mom who worked at the local Starbucks or if it was just some good samaritan parent who knew we teachers would devour anything free that wasn’t nailed down. Whoever she was, she was like a Goddess sent to us by the Heaven of Free Pastry.

The Goddess would bring in the day-old pastry, rescued from certain dumpster death, and drop them on the front counter in the main office for us.

But here’s the funny part. Were they in bakery boxes? No. Paper Starbucks bags? No.

She would drop them on the counter in all their glory…in a big, clear, plastic garbage bag. (So I never really knew if they actually came from the dumpster or if they were just awaiting their trip to the dumpster when she picked them up for us.)

And us teachers would descend on that garbage bag like it was the last food on earth. I’m amazed no one got penciled over a blueberry scone.

And if I got the blueberry scone? Then it was a good Wednesday.

There would most certainly been some bloodshed if these donuts had been part of the garbage bag.

A peanut butter donut. Dipped completely in chocolate. And topped with chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Has your head exploded yet?

These were a Happy Birthday-Thank You gift for a friend of mine. I hope she doesn’t mind she only got five of them. I had to eat one. Blogging rule #1: always taste.


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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Donuts


¼ cup peanut butter
¼ cup sugar
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 bag chocolate candy melts
1 cup chopped mini Reese’s peanut butter cups (or you could use peanuts)


Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 6-hole donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Mix peanut butter and sugar with a mixer until fluffy. Add milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla; mix. Stir baking powder, salt, and flour into wet mixture. Mix just until combined. Place your dough into a large Ziploc bag and cut off the tip. Pipe evenly into the donut pan.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool a few minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
When donuts are cool, melt your chocolate according to package directions. Place a wire rack over a cookie sheet. Place the donuts in the chocolate, covering the entire bottom half. Place chocolate-side up on the wire rack and chill to harden. Repeat the dipping process, covering the other half of the donut with chocolate. Sprinkle with chopped peanut butter cups while still wet. Let harden and enjoy!

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  1. Oh Dorothy, these are speaking to me!!

  2. holy cow…for real? This is on my “last supper” list for sure. YOU ROCK

  3. Totally outrageous!

  4. Wow! That still counts as breakfast right??? Awesome!

  5. I was the lucky recipient of these donuts from heaven! They were pure peanut butter chocolate bliss! I ate 3 of them, one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I shared the other 2 with my husband and son. These were very hard to share because they were THAT delicious!

  6. mmmmmm-mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, good lookin’!!!

  7. Yeah, these look pretty darn sinfully delicious. I can’t believe the WHOLE DONUT is dipped in chocolate and not just like, a partial frosting job. Dude, you outdid yourself. Now bring me some!
    Oh, and fyi, if Starbucks brought me day-old pastries in a garbage bag, I wouldn’t think twice, either! I’d be No. 2 pencil stabbin’ my way to those coffee cakes. YUM.

  8. Honeslty I couldn’t stop laughing, I’m like that whenever I go to Costco but I mean it doesn’t matter it those pastries were meant to go to the garbage can, they were free and as far as I can see they were still delicious and clean

  9. Anything will disappear if you put it in the teachers’ lounge. Including the old burnt coffee in the never-gets-cleaned coffee pot. I like the term “penciled”. Like the teachers’ version of shanking…This just reminds me that I need to use my doughnut pan more!

  10. I’m pretty sure I would pencil someone if they tried to get these away from me!!! My head is definitely in exploding danger as I sit here and drool over these!!! And yes, it is a definite blogger rule that you have to try everything you make:-) I’m sure I read that somewhere!!!!

  11. WHY WHY WHY DID YOU POST THIS??!!!!! 🙂 I pinned it and I’m going to stare at the pin all day hoping I can use the force to make the picture real.

  12. These look insane! I am always looking for a reason to use my donuts pan. Have to make it worth the purchase right?

    Thanks for linking up at Mealtime Monday!


  13. I believe in the sacraficial sample…How else are ya gonna know it’s ok? I really should get one of those pans…

  14. WOW! These doughnuts look DIVINE! 🙂

  15. Oh my gosh. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited by a donut! Love you post, too. I totally agree than any and all free samples are calorie free because they come in such tiny portions!

  16. Wow! These scream trouble! Maybe I’ll make a half batch so I don’t feel so bad when I consume all of them!

  17. I can’t wait to make these!!!

  18. LOL I can just imagine the teacher fights;p And these look awesome, but she would have only got four if it was me. You need to taste two, to make doubly sure they are really good.

  19. Dorothy this looks beyond delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  20. Holy crap! These look like heaven in a ring! That’s so funny. I work in a school and we have no Goddess that brings in delicious baked goods for us =o( Shoot. You have one lucky friend to receive 5 of these bad boys! YUM!

  21. I’m just laughing to myself thinking about feeding one of these to my kids for breakfast before they go off to school! 🙂

    We actually have a nice old man that collects the baked goods from Starbucks and puts them in the teacher’s lounge! They come in a big plastic storage container which makes it seem a little more legit than a garbage bag!

  22. chocolate and peanut butter were made for each other! Those look amazing!

  23. I made baked donuts over the weekend…but now that I see these, I realize I’m going to have to make more THIS WEEK. Chocolate and peanut butter is really the best combination there is, and these are definitely calling my name. These turned out gorgeous!!

  24. WOW! These look amazing! Can’t wait to try this out. Megan

  25. This looks like pure heaven! I’m a sucker for anything peanut butter and chocolate….. Yum!!!

  26. Of course you have to taste one! 🙂 I have a mini donut pan just waiting to be christened:) These sound amazing!

  27. Oh my goodness… don’t these just look amazing. xo

  28. ohhhhhhhh my gosh. These look dangerous! even worse (or better?!) i have all of those ingredients on hand AND a new donut pan i need to break in…. 🙂

  29. oh oh oh…this is scarey stuff, chocolate and peanut butter the best combination ever and now in a donut… head exploded…

  30. Head explosion? More like heart explosion <3

  31. My husband has an unnatural love for peanut butter and these would be perfect. 🙂 I will be making these soon. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Whoa! That’s all I got – Whoa!

    Oh, and… um… garbage bag? really? Classy!

  33. Best. donut. combination. ever. Seriously, I think I would die eating these.

  34. Oh my, these look absolutely sinful! drooling.

  35. I’m so glad I own a donut pan. I’d love it you shared these at my link party as well.

  36. Oh my… Yes my head has exploded! Can’t wait to try these!! Exactly what hormonal prego needs!! hehe!! Thanks for sharing on 2 Maids a Baking!!

  37. These look too good to be legal. Yum!!

  38. Hi! Visiting from Michelle’s Tasty Creations! My head did explode! Ha.. just kidding. But this looks delish and I want one please 🙂

    Im going to see what other amazing recipes I can find on your site.. if you get a chance I would love for you to share this on my Friday link party tomorrow!

  39. Hi Dorothy,

    You’re killing me! These are so sinful looking that the calories already jumped off your blog onto me! I can’t wait to try these out; we are definitely a chocolate/peanut butter family.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week; although I might gain less weight if I wear a blindfold on your site. Have a wonderful weekend.


  40. I don’t even know where to begin?! These are all kinds of wonderful. And I’m so with you on the free stuff. I will race up to people on the street who are giving stuff away before they even have a chance to offer it to me. I need help!

  41. Oh My…these look delicious! Dangerous but delicious! I wanted to let you know that I featured them today! Come check it out

  42. I dont know how I missed these earlier!! I just happen to have an emergency bag of pb cups in the cabinet….I will be needing them today to make these. So much for organizing the basement. At least I know I have my priorities straight!

  43. These look so good! Of course you had to taste, I would probably end up eating all of these! The school where my husband teaches sounds like yours, they have a donut day once a month and the donuts are devoured. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you there next week!

  44. Oh geez. Wow. I am at a loss for words. These look awesome! Thanks for teasing and posting them at Scrumptious Sunday 🙂 Love them!!

  45. Oh my, this looks amazing!! Thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday at NapTime creations. You are being featured this week! Come by and grab a featured button.

  46. Oh my I just found your blog and have so many recipes that I must make!! I’m a DeMarle at Home Rep and I can’t wait to try this in our new Euro Donut Tray!

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  55. i love chocolate I am so excited to try these recipes. I have wrote down a bunch and bookmarked your page just incase I lose the pages!! It all looks so good.

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