Bat Doughnuts

These Halloween bat doughnuts are every bit as easy as they are sweet. Perfect for a party or All Hallow’s Eve breakfast.

  • Author: Claire of The Simple, Sweet Life
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 dozen doughnuts 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American



For the chocolate doughnuts:

  • 2 tbsp. (30 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp. baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

For decorating:

  • 10 oz black candy melts
  • 2 oz bright white candy melts
  • 3 oz black sanding sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350*F (175*C) and grease your doughnut pans (This recipe makes approximately 12 mini and 8 large doughnuts). In a bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients (baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar, baking cocoa, and flour). In a large bowl, whisk together your wet ingredients (melted butter, egg, and milk) until just combined. Add the dry ingredients and continue whisking until the batter is completely lump free.
  2. Spoon or pipe your batter into your greased doughnut pans and bake for 9-10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the doughnuts comes out clean. Once the pan is cool enough to handle (about 5 minutes after coming out of the oven), turn the doughnuts out onto a wire cooling rack to continue cooling.
  3. Melt your black candy melts and spoon them into a piping bag. Cover your wing templates with parchment paper and pipe out enough wings for each doughnut to have two. Immediately sprinkle with black sanding sugar.
  4. Pour the remaining melted candy melts into a small bowl. Reheat using 5-10 second increments in the microwave if your candy melts are starting to harden. Dip your cooled doughnuts into the candy melts and sprinkle with black sanding sugar. Set aside to harden.
  5. Once your doughnuts and winders have hardened, cut two slits into the sides of your doughnuts, just big enough for the wings. Reheat your leftover black candy melts until smooth. Dip the end of each wing into the melted candy melts and push the wings into the slits you’ve created.
  6. Melt your white candy melts. Pour the candy melts into a piping bag and pipe your eyes and fangs. Pour your leftover black candy melts into a piping bag and pipe on top of the white eyes to create pupils. Add another dot of white candy melt on top of the black.
  7. Let harden completely before packaging.