Food Hack: Choco Butternut Munchkins

October 19, 2016

Article and recipe originally published on August 5, 2015. We’re republishing this post because we added a video.

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

Yield: 24 donut holes/munchkins
Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients: Chocolate Doughnuts

  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp heavy cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Ingredients: Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2–3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 drop blue food coloring

Ingredients: Butternut Topping

  • 2 cups desiccated coconut (preferably finer)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 drops bright orange food coloring

Procedure: Chocolate Doughnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  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

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)

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.
Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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8 responses to “Food Hack: Choco Butternut Munchkins”

  1. Uhav1jerb says:

    This is relevant to my interests. Thanks. Now, can you do me a solid & hack wonderboy?

    • skeptic says:

      Create a slurry using breading mix, starch, flour, water, and lotsa cracked pepper. The mixture should be thinner than pancake batter. Using a regular frying pan (and not a deep fryer), deep fry about a couple of tablespoons’ worth of batter – the batter should spread as it forms a thin disc and sink to the bottom of the pan, and as it cooks and becomes crunchy, it will float to the top. Flip. Give it enough time to cook as undercooking will lead to a chewy center. As soon as you think the whole disc is crisp enough, remove it from the hot oil and put it on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

      I do this whenever I fry breaded meats (chicken or pork). The excess breading turns into crispy discs which everybody in the household enjoys.

  2. Lara says:

    hackuracy rate?

  3. wanderingtribe says:

    looks good! where’d you get the donut hole mould?

  4. Che says:

    I just made this. The family and I didn’t like it at all. It’s nothing like Dunkin’ Donut’s Choco Butternut. Very sad and disappointed.

  5. Mark says:

    I just love how the recipe were organized. I made my own munchkins and i added a little trick. since i dont have that the donut hold mould, i used my cupcake pan. After i cooled it. I rolled it like a ball in my hands then dip it to the glaze mix, Put it in a stainer for 30 sec. then filled it in the desiccated coconut mix. It tasted great. Just like that one in the dunkin’.

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