Chocolate Pretzel Donuts

Pretzels get a sweet update with cocoa powder, a light glaze and a donut shape

Chocolate Pretzel Donuts

Today is an extra special, donut filled day πŸ˜‰ It’s baby shower day for Cate from Chez Catey Lou!

Chez Catey Lou Donut Shower Graphic

Cate always creates the most gorgeous treats. Some of my favorites include:

Chocolate Pretzel Donuts

Cate, I know you must be so excited to meet your little girl. Enjoy every moment. Sending you and your family lots of love πŸ™‚

Chocolate Pretzel Donuts

When Zainab contacted me about participating in this baby shower I was thrilled – especially with the donut theme. I’ve always wanted to make a traditional donut. I’ve only made baked donuts. This time I was intent on frying up a batch. But – I was low on canola oil. Let’s be honest, this was probably for the best. Knowing me I would’ve caught the kitchen on fire – eek!

So, I settled for an old favorite – pretzels! I took my favorite pretzel recipe and revamped it to be more donut-ty! These were so delicious. They were a great treat without being overly sweet.

Chocolate Pretzel Donuts

What’s your favorite type of donut to make?

Chocolate Pretzel Donuts


  • 2.25 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 10 cups boiling water
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp boiling water
  • Sprinkles, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine yeast, water and sugar. Allow to sit five minutes.
  2. In a measuring cup, combine flour, cocoa powder and salt. Add to liquids.
  3. Once combined, add oil. Knead for five minutes.
  4. Transfer to an oiled bowl and allow to rise one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  6. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll into balls and use finger to make a hole in the middle. Allow to rise 30 minutes.
  7. Towards the end of rising time, bring water and baking soda to boil.
  8. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly coat with oil.
  9. Boil donuts one at a time for 30 seconds each. Place on prepared baking sheet and top with oil and sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Bake 10 minutes.
  11. Glaze:
  12. Combine powdered sugar and boiling water. Drizzle on hot donuts and top with sprinkles if desired.
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Chocolate Pretzel Donuts

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66 thoughts on “Chocolate Pretzel Donuts

  1. Thank you so much for the baby shower and all the love!! I am so happy, and what a perfect theme for me πŸ™‚ Your chocolate pretzel donuts are such a fun idea – I can’t wait to try these! My husband would go crazy for them!

    • Maybe we’ll get around to frying donuts one day πŸ˜‰ Until then, we’ll just have to enjoy all the other donut varieties. Thanks Nancy!

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