baked chocolate doughnuts with chocolate glaze & cherry kool aid powder

baked chocolate doughnuts with chocolate glaze & cherry kool aid powder

They always say, “save the best for last.”

I don’t know about you, but doughnut week has made choosing a favorite pretty darn impossible. Did you see the peanut butter and jelly doughnuts? And these bourbon bacon doughnuts?  I can’t even handle these Doughnut Monte Cristo Sliders. If you weren’t a believer that doughnuts make the world a better place, I hope you’re a believer now.

So, to wrap up doughnut week, I wanted kick it old school. When was the last time you had a glass of Kool Aid? Do you remember their funny commercials, when the giant pitcher would come crashing threw the wall of a kid’s house and start pouring fruity drinks?

Comedian, Dane Cook, does a stand up routine where he talks about the consequences of the Kool Aid character. Imagine if a parent came home and found a huge hole in their wall and a weird character serving their child drinks. I highly recommend checking the clip out! You will laugh your tookus off.

Anyways, these baked chocolate doughnuts with chocolate glaze are your standard fair when it comes to the delicious treat. But add a little dusting of cherry Kool Aid powder on top and your doughnut went from break room status to fire escape, wall crashing acceptable! 

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze & Cherry Kool Aid Powder

Also, don’t forget you could win a Deep Fryer perfect for frying up all things doughnuts from Park & Main! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below and follow the instructions. It’s so easy!


Make sure and check out the rest of the sugar and savory doughnut line up for today!

Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama – Grapefruit Cake Doughnuts
Brandy @ Nutmeg Nanny – Maple Doughnut Breakfast Sandwich
Julie @ Table for Two – Chocolate Chocolate Donut
Rachel @ Baked By Rachel – Strawberry Glazed Valentine Donuts
Megan @ Country Cleaver – Raspberry Beignets
Kita @ Pass the Sushi – Peanut Butter Chocolate Dipped Donuts
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen – Blood orange cream cheese filled chocolate glazed donuts
Lauren @ Healthy Delicious – Salty Peanut + Honey Doughnuts
Emily @ Jelly Toast – Doughnut Monte Cristo Sliders
Heather @ Farm Girl Gourmet – Donutmisu

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze & Cherry Kool Aid Powder

Yield: Makes 12 doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 to 9 minutes


for the doughnuts:
2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1/4 cup Cherry Kool Aid Powder

for the chocolate glaze:
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon corn syrup
2 teaspoons hot water


for the doughnuts:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray. In large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cocoa powder, and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs, and butter. Beat until just combined. Fill each doughnut cup approximately 2/3 full.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4 to 5 minutes before removing. Spread chocolate glaze on each doughnut and dust with the Cherry Kool Aid Powder and devoure!

for the chocolate glaze:
In a saucepan, add chocolate chips, butter, and corn syrup. Turn saucepan to medium heat, and stir frequently until all ingredients are incorporated. Add hot water and stir until glaze is smooth. Add more hot water if glaze is too thick. Glaze doughnuts immediately.

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34 Responses to “baked chocolate doughnuts with chocolate glaze & cherry kool aid powder”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 17, 2014 at 12:43

    Oh my gosh! Koolaid ON a donut? I have put in cookies before, but never on a donut. That is pure brilliance! I am loving that these little guys are baked…
    Then I can eat them all and pretend I am being healthy. Winwinwin.

    • Lauren replied: — January 17th, 2014 @ 18:12

      Thank you, Taylor!

  2. #
    kita — January 17, 2014 at 13:03

    Classic and perfect! Now send some this way ;)

    • Lauren replied: — January 17th, 2014 @ 18:13

      Coming right up!

  3. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 17, 2014 at 13:26

    Wow, Koolaid?! Haha I just picture that Koolaid man being like “OHH YEAHHHH!” – cause he’d be right about these donuts!! :)

    • Lauren replied: — January 17th, 2014 @ 18:13

      BAHAHAH! I loved the “ohhhhh, yeahhhh!” Thanks, Julie!

  4. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 17, 2014 at 14:19

    Ohhhh yesssss pllzzzzzz!!!!

    • Lauren replied: — January 17th, 2014 @ 18:13

      I have one with your name on it!

  5. #
    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — January 17, 2014 at 14:23

    Koolaid + donuts = deliciousness
    And it is baked, so I can have 2. ;)

    • Lauren replied: — January 17th, 2014 @ 18:14

      Better make it 3!

  6. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 17, 2014 at 14:53

    donuts on fridays should basically be mandatory, dontcha think? love!

    • Lauren replied: — January 17th, 2014 @ 18:15

      HECK YES!!!

  7. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 17, 2014 at 15:11

    These are so cool!! LOVE this flavour!

    • Lauren replied: — January 17th, 2014 @ 18:15

      Thanks, Katrina!

  8. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — January 17, 2014 at 16:28

    I LOVE these doughnuts! The sprinkling of kool aid totally sends it over the top. We used to make kool aid all the time as a kid but I haven’t had it in forever! Now i have a craving…. :)

    • Lauren replied: — January 17th, 2014 @ 18:16

      HA! I forgot about Kool Aid too. We need to bring it back! Thanks, Brandy!

  9. #
    Trevor aka The Burger Nerd — January 17, 2014 at 16:58

    So I’m sitting here with a coffee and after reading the recipe all I can think is “Why don’t I have one of these donuts to go with my coffee!!!” (yes, I’m yelling that in my head) They look amazing and I love the cherry kool aid twist.

    • Lauren replied: — January 17th, 2014 @ 18:16

      LOL!! Thanks, Trevor!

  10. #
    Happy Valley Chow — January 17, 2014 at 18:21

    Oh wow that sounds incredible! Fantastic recipe that I definitely need to try. Be sure to stop by my link party today, #OmNomNomFriday, and sure your goodies!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  11. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 17, 2014 at 19:17

    Pass me some of that creativity girl?! :) Love these.

  12. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — January 17, 2014 at 20:29

    Ok, wow! You have totally outdone yourself with these doughnuts! Love them!!

  13. #
    Megan {Country cleaver} — January 17, 2014 at 23:34

    How could you not crash through a wall and Yell ” OH YEAHHH” over these?!?! Love that skit, man is hilarious!

  14. #
    Joanne — January 18, 2014 at 00:35

    My mom never used to let us have Kool-Aid so I used to sneak it when at my friends’ houses! Such an awesome throwback.

  15. #
    Tieghan — January 18, 2014 at 04:26

    You know, I have never actually had Kool-Aid! I know, what person has never had kool-Aid! Well, I would say doughnuts are a good start. These look amazing!

  16. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 18, 2014 at 17:59

    Super creative! Love these!

  17. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 18, 2014 at 23:39

    I love that you sprinkled these with straight-up kool aid powder. who does that?! Absolutely brilliant!

  18. #
    Kathryn — January 19, 2014 at 14:18

    Love how you take a chocolate doughnut and then just take it over the top delicious with the cherry kool aid. Awesome.

  19. #
    Erika — January 19, 2014 at 15:39

    Gurl!!! Kool- Aid.. this is too legit too quit.. I need like a dozen of those sent my way..

  20. #
    Deborah — January 20, 2014 at 04:33

    Kool Aid powder? I seriously don’t know how you come up with these things, but you are genius!!

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