Food Hack: Choco Butternut Munchkins

Here’s the deal: we hacked into your childhood. As much as days past were fueled by fast food apple pies and supermarket-bought juice packets, it’s boxes of Munchkins that elevated the sugar high. If you were up for something light and airy, the snowy bavarian or strawberry jam-filled ones were top choice, while chocolate heads went for the Chocolate Honey-Dipped balls.


Then, of course, there was the constantly in-demand line of orange powder-coated bonbons that always seemed to jump out in an otherwise neutral display of pastries. So, in this latest food hack, we’ve decided to turn to doughnut emporium, Dunkin’ Donuts. That’s right, we ripped off the diabolical Choco Butternut Munchkin which has created many a doughnut junkie.


Dunkin’ Donuts Choco Butternut Food Hack

Total Time: 45 minutes | Yield: 24 donut holes/munchkins

Ingredients: Chocolate Doughnuts

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Procedure: Chocolate Doughnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the vanilla, egg, heavy cream, milk, and oil.
  4. Add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon or pipe the batter into a cake pop mold. Fill each half-sphere to the top.
  6. Once filled, cover and close the mold.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Set aside to cool

Ingredients: Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 drop blue food coloring

Procedure: Chocolate Glaze

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Glaze should have a thick consistency. (The food coloring is optional, but helps achieve the dark, almost black color of the donuts)

Ingredients: Butternut Topping

  • 2 cups desiccated coconut (preferably finer)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 drops bright orange food coloring

Procedure: Butternut Topping

  1. Add all the ingredients into a medium bowl.
  2. Work the mixture until well combined and al of the coconut is colored.
  3. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet or flat surface and dry for 20 minutes before using.


  1. Take the cooled doughnuts and dip into the glaze.
  2. Fully coat the doughnuts and remove them using a fork, allowing the excess glaze to drip off.
  3. Place the glazed doughnuts into the coconut topping and roll until fully coated.


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7 Responses

  1. I just tried this last night. The cake was absolutely fluffy and light. Not sure if that’s how it suppose to be. I remember Dunkin’s to be denser, but I do not mind this really, because the taste is amazing and it melts in your mouth. I should have been careful with storage, because each munchkin sticks to each other if you pack them side by side or in my case in a tall tupperware.
    Thanks for this recipe! Will surely do it again and again.

  2. Hi! Thanks for the recipe. I tried it once and it was absolutely delicious. Way better than the original version. My donuts were soft, and perfectly shaped. I added 1/4tsp of coffee powder to the dry ingredients also to intensify the cocoa flavor and it worked well. I want to add my photos but I don’t know how to..

    1. Hi Elvin! Since turbo ovens often have a heating element close to the food, it might be a good idea to put foil over the food once it is sufficiently browned. Turbo ovens also usually have fans (otherwise known as convection cooking) which could cause the doughnuts to cook faster.

    1. Hey Katrina! Will definitely keep that in mind. Personally, that one’s my favorite flavor from DD.

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