toasted coconut & chocolate mini doughnuts

January 7, 2013

in Breakfast & Muffins

Baking doughnuts in January is risky when the words “diet” and “detox” abound, but I’m hoping you’ll forgive me since these are mini baked doughnuts. I topped these tender one-bite wonders with a glossy cocoa glaze and toasted coconut for crunch. You could argue that these are guilt-free given the petite size and the cooking technique: baked versus fried.

Toasted Coconut & Chocolate Mini Doughnuts | Tutti Dolci

I picked up my mini doughnut pan at Sur La Table. This recipe is part of January’s Chocolate Party; scroll down below for more chocolate and coconut creations.

Toasted Coconut & Chocolate Mini Doughnuts | Tutti Dolci

Toasted Coconut & Chocolate Mini Doughnuts
1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups cake flour*
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze & Topping
6 Tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 Tbsp low-fat milk
1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Preheat oven to 425°F and spray mini doughnut pan with nonstick spray. Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat to cool slightly.

Whisk together cake flour, sugar, baking power, and salt in a large bowl. Add buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and brown butter; stir just until combined. Spoon batter into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and fill each doughnut cup just over half full. Bake about 5 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. Let cool in pan 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter, spraying pan with nonstick spray in between batches.

Place coconut in a rimmed baking sheet; toast 2 minutes. Toss with spatula and toast 1 minute more, until golden. Immediately place into a small bowl to cool. For the glaze, combine butter, milk, and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to combine as the butter melts. Whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Remove from heat and let stand 15-20 minutes (glaze will thicken as it cools).

Set rack with doughnuts over a piece of wax paper. Dip doughnut tops into glaze and set on rack; sprinkle with toasted coconut. Store leftovers in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 day.

*Make your own cake flour: place 2 tablespoons cornstarch in an empty 1-cup measure, then top up with flour. Sift the mixture several times to evenly distribute the cornstarch.

Yield – 32 doughnuts (serving size: 2 mini doughnuts)
Calories – 130
Carbs – 22



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48 Comments

1 The Café Sucré Farine January 7, 2013

I think these are quite legal ……. along with being beautiful and very delicious looking/sounding!

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2 sara January 7, 2013

Lovely! These look so tasty. Happily, I’ve recently gotten a mini doughnut pan over the holidays, so I will definitely be making this!

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3 claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 7, 2013

Um these are seriously so freaking cute.

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4 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme January 7, 2013

These are adorable! I need to get my hands on a mini doughnut pan!

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5 Deb January 7, 2013

Indulgent and adorable! A wee bit of irresistible is a perfect antidote for the after holiday “return to normal” pace of the life. You’ve added a bit of sparkle to my Monday!

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6 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 7, 2013

These are adorable, Laura!

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7 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) January 7, 2013

Those look awesome!!!!

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8 marina {yummymummykitchen.com} January 7, 2013

I am freaking out. These are amazing. My hubby is a donut fanatic and lover of coconut so I am definitely making these for him!

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9 kristy @ the wicked noodle January 7, 2013

You are most definitely forgiven! I really need to buy a donut pan right away!

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10 Laura January 7, 2013

So cute. And, how could you not adore a chocolate coconut combo? Esp on a mini doughnut? Love it!

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11 Ashley - baker by nature January 7, 2013

These are down right adorable! And all that chocolate and coconut?! Swoon!

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12 Suzanne January 7, 2013

These look so cute and tasty, I’m trying to eat better but I think the word mini sold me!

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13 Nancy/SpicieFoodie January 7, 2013

Hi Laura! I don’t believe in depriving myself when I’m “dieting”, a sweet treat now and then is okay. Your mini and baked doughnuts are perfect! Thanks for sharing:)

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14 Valerie January 7, 2013

Oh, I’m bookmarking this recipe- I need to dust off my mini doughnut pan!! These look wonderful!! I’m not dieting or detoxing. :D

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15 Cassie | Bake Your Day January 7, 2013

These are adorable and since they are mini, I definitely won’t feel so bad about eating them. I love these, Laura!

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16 Liz January 7, 2013

What delicious bites of pure yumminess! I know I couldn’t stop after just one!!! Perfect for the Chocolate Party!

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17 Anne@FromMySweetHeart January 7, 2013

Oh Laura….I LOVE mini donuts! Though they look soooo good, I doubt I’d stop at one! Sur La Table is one of my favorite stores. And baking the donuts is just as good as frying to me! These look scrumptious! : )

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18 Julie @ Table for Two January 7, 2013

These are so cute!! I love anything mini and these are perfect with the toasted coconut sprinkled on top!

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19 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} January 7, 2013

They are simply adorable! I could eat tons of these and especially with the coconut addition. These are perfect for a party – and even more perfect for this month’s chocolate party!!!

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20 Anna @ Hidden Ponies January 7, 2013

These look perfect for curbing a craving for a snack without having a whole doughnut! So cute.

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21 Courtney @ Neighborfood January 7, 2013

I would have forgiven you if you would have made regular sized donuts. (Cause let’s face it, I’m eating about 7 of these.) Happy Chocolate Party!

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22 Kankana January 7, 2013

I tried baking doughnuts the other day and it was a complete failure! These looks so cute and I love mini treats any day. Got to buy than pan soon.

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23 Deborah January 7, 2013

I’m not one that goes on a diet in January, so I’ll gladly take your donuts! I love baked donuts, but only have a regular size, not the mini. I’m convinced now, though, that I need the mini pan – these are too cute!

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24 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 7, 2013

Oh I totally see the logic in this Laura! In fact the idea of baking donuts is just so clever :D

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25 Jennifer @ Delicieux January 8, 2013

I know everyone talks about diets at this time of year, but really, who can say no to one of these adorable doughnuts? I’ll have three :D

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26 Terra January 8, 2013

I totally forgive you, a little sweet treat once in awhile never hurts anyone:-) They are adorable too, Hugs, Terra

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27 Carol | a cup of mascarpone January 8, 2013

Forgiven! These are sooo cute, Laura…and toasted coconut is a favorite of mine!!

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28 Patty January 8, 2013

Sweet mini doughnuts, I think we can forgive you for sharing these in January;-) Great addition to the chocolate party!

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29 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 8, 2013

I absolutely love chocolate and coconut! These are so adorable!

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30 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today January 8, 2013

No it’s not. For sweet treats like this one the timing is always perfect :)

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31 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 8, 2013

So cute!! Love mini donuts!

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32 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 8, 2013

Now that’s a party I want to be invited to! They look incredible and so cute. Mini food tastes better!

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33 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings January 8, 2013

OMG. These are the cutest little doughnut orbs!!! I want a whole bunch of them right now. Seriously, detox and diet?? Out the window…! Pleasure and Sweetness are more my key words!

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34 Suzanne Perazzini January 8, 2013

You’re right, diet and detox are all over the internet and I am glad to see someone is not doing it, so good for you. It should be more about a balanced lifestyle not all or nothing.

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35 Karen (Back Road Journal) January 9, 2013

Mini is the key word here…everything in moderation. The doughnuts sound great.

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36 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} January 9, 2013

I’ll agree with the guilt-free argument! These have got to be crazy yummy!!

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37 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 9, 2013

They are adorable, I’ve been itching to get a doughnut pan!

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38 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 9, 2013

I’m trying hard to do the “clean eating” thing (definitely not a diet!) but clean eating involves these donuts too, right? :)

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39 Liren January 9, 2013

I’ve had a hard time “detoxing” so this works quite well for my current diet. Besides, you KNOW my daughter will go gaga over these. She just loves her coconut!

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40 cakewhiz January 10, 2013

anything mini and i am in ;)
these donuts are super cute laura!

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41 Peggy January 10, 2013

These are so cute! Love the chocolate/coconut combo!

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42 Magic of Spice January 10, 2013

I adore minis and these are seriously adorable!

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43 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) January 11, 2013

I’ve already thrown out the idea of dieting in January–it’s hopeless. I’d rather enjoy these doughnuts instead. :)

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44 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 12, 2013

Laura, dear! You are my type of gal!!! As you, I am passionate for Jesus and love both baking and Italy!!! (Brazil, my home country, has been influenced a lot by Italian cuisine – especially in Southern Brazil that has the largest number of Italians outside Italy). Your coconut-chocolate mini doughnuts made me drool like a baby. I love this combination of flavors, which we call prestígio in Brazil. Thanks for sharing so many great recipes. xx

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45 JJ - 84thand3rd January 17, 2013

These sound perfectly acceptable any time of year ;) I can’t quite bring myself to get a doughnut pan but there is a mini-muffin pan just calling out for this recipe!

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46 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 22, 2013

Hey, they’re mini. Totally diet food! And the coconut is a vegetable…right? Your photos are gorgeous!

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47 Nancy @ gottagetbaked January 27, 2013

Baked mini donuts? Total health food. These are adorable – I need to get a donut pan so that I can make this recipe, stat!

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48 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking January 28, 2013

I have a mini donuts pan and rarely use it. Looking at these donuts I think I have to dust it off. Love the shredded coconut on top, a great change of texture and flavor. Thanks for bringing them to this month chocolate party

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