cajetadulce de leche

Mexican Chocolate Donuts

Mexican Chocolate Donuts

Donas de Chocolate Mexicano

Recipe Yield

12 mini donuts or pancakes

Cooking time

22 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.17 from 6 votes


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Mexican chocolate bars, 3 ounces each cut into large chunks
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1 large egg
  • Special equipment optional – Ebleskiver filled pancake pan
  • Fillings dulce de leche or cajeta, chocolate and hazelnut spread, jams or preserves
  • Confectioners' sugar optional for dusting

To Prepare

  • In a medium saucepan, heat milk over medium-low heat. Add chocolate chunks and stir occasionally until it has dissolved, a few minutes. Remove from heat and using a molinillo or whisk, emulsify or foam as much as you can. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients as well as the beaten egg and start to mix with a spatula. Slowly, pour the Mexican chocolate milk, mixing fast so the egg will not cook (!) if the milk is still hot. Continue to combine until you get an even and homogeneous batter, just a minute or so. You should have a shiny and a bit runny batter. Taste it: it’s so good! Let it sit for a few minutes, it will fluff up a bit, which is what you want.
  • Meanwhile, heat your special pan or skillet over low to medium-low heat until very hot, about 4 or 5 minutes. Butter the pan and spoon batter into each hole, about 3/4 of the way up each cup. Once you can move the balloons around (like when pancakes are ready to flip), but the batter in the center can still be runny, you can add a half a teaspoon of a filling of your choice. Cover with a bit more batter to fill the cups just a tad beyond the rim. Using two spoons or two wooden skewers, flip the donuts to the other side. Give them a minute or two and remove from the pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired, (I always do!) and eat while hot.
  • If making normal pancakes, cook as regular pancakes. Heat the skillet over medium-low heat until very hot. Grease with unsalted butter and ladle batter into the pan. Flip once the top shows bubbles and the bottom is cooked enough to be released from the pan. Cook on the other side for a minute or two and serve. Add the fillings as toppings instead of as a filling.


24comments inMexican Chocolate Donuts

  1. Sharon Tuttle

    Jun 02

    So yummy! Even though we baked them a tad differently in a cupcake tin and they were super messy, still delicious! We used gluten-free flour as well and they turned out great! We used PB and nutella in the middle 🙂

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 02

      Yummy filling Sharon, thanks for sharing 😉

  2. Susan B

    Jul 11

    Hi Pati,
    I just watched your show featuring Mexican chocolate donuts and that pan is fascinating, I must get one. In your recipe, you mention Mexican chocolate. Is the total weight of each chocolate bar 3 ounces? Or, do we cut the chocolate into 3 ounce pieces? If so, what is the total weight of each candy bar ? Please advise. Gracias!

    1. Pati

      Jul 13

      It is 2 Mexican chocolate bars that are 3 ounces each. I hope you have fun cooking and eating the donuts, Susan!

  3. carmen Ramirez

    Aug 05

    Patti I have to let U know that your program is one of my favorite in create show.Your finished cooked product look so good !!.God bless U always ,and blessings to u beautiful fam..I’m from Dover,fl.where I learned to eat and cook Mexican food and I love it.

    1. Pati

      Aug 12

      Gracias, Carmen!

  4. kenna

    Aug 01

    This recipe sounds great, however the last paragraph of the recipe talks about pancakes. Doesn’t seem to fit the origional recipe. Type-o. Or Sam I missing something.

  5. carmen

    Feb 28

    Pati I enjoy so much you show. I love Mexican conchas bread and mantecaditos.Please,if is possible gave the recipes.Thanks.Dios te bendiga.

    1. Pati

      Mar 03

      Hi Carmen, Thank you so much for watching! Here’s my conchas recipe:

  6. Kristen

    Feb 14

    First time watching your show and my half-Mexican, half-Scandinavian (All-American) son and I felt it was fate that you and your son were making Mexican Chocolate Donuts in an Appleskiver pan – exactly something the two of us do! It felt like a magical and fateful moment for us! Thank you for that special moment.

    1. Pati

      Feb 17

      Wow! What a wonderful coincidence!! Thank you for watching!

  7. debbie

    Feb 04

    Where can I find one of these pans? What are they called? Thank you

    1. Pati

      Feb 06

      Hola Debbie, It’s called an Aebleskiver pan. You can find them online! 🙂

  8. Jeannine

    Jun 13

    Hello, you all,

    Is there any way to use a muffin tin to make the doughnuts?



    1. Pati

      Jun 15

      Surely you can give it a try, but keep a good eye on them as it is very similar to pancake batter and may dry out fast… It will bake quickly.

  9. Sue Hale Hayes

    May 12

    This uses a different pan on top of stove,easy to make & recipe is a delightfull surprise.Thank You,Miss.Pati!

    1. Pati

      May 12

      My pleasure!

  10. Sue Hale Hayes

    May 12

    We have an “Enbelskiver” pan and even bone turners to turn over the delights. We found “cajeta sauce” and look forward to trying this recipe so different from a white cake batter & Lingonberry Jam. {The Tripical ingredients.We are ready for viva le difference`!}

    1. Pati

      May 12


  11. Gina

    Feb 08

    How much melted butter??

    1. Pati

      Feb 08

      Hi Gina, It is 3 tablespoons for the batter, plus whatever you need to lightly grease the pan…

  12. jan

    Jan 18

    the recipe says 1 large egg.

  13. Lynda

    Jan 12

    These look so yummy and I have the correct pan! Directions call for eggs, but ingred. list doesn’t tell you how many eggs. Help!!!!

    1. Carrie

      Jan 18

      Hi Lynda,
      The recipe calls for 1 Large Egg.

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