Monster Doughnuts

doughnuts with royal icing eyes against a black backdrop

5 from 11 reviews

Make your Halloween morning, party or office potluck spooky AND sweet with these easy monster eye doughnuts!



For the chocolate doughnuts:

For the glaze:

For garnishing:


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients for the doughnuts (flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder).
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (melted butter, egg, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree) until just combined. Whisk in dry ingredients.
  3. Use vegetable shortening and a paper towel to grease your doughnut pan. Fill a piping bag with the doughnut batter and pipe it into the doughnut pan until each cavity is about 2/3 full.
  4. Bake the doughnuts at 350F for 8-10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the doughnuts comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan for 1-2 minutes before turning them out onto a baking rack.
  6. In a small saucepan, combine the powdered sugar, water and vanilla extract for the glaze.
  7. Cook over low-medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the glaze is warm and starts to form a crust on top. Remove from heat.
  8. Dip each doughnut into the glaze, gently shaking it to allow any excess glaze to drip off. Immediately dip your doughnut into the sanding sugar (it will crust quickly).
  9. Be sure to stir the glaze between each doughnut so it doesn’t form a crust.
  10. Melt 3-4 squares of chocolate (any kind of chocolate will work), and spoon it into a piping bag, or into the corner of a ziploc bag.
  11. Pipe a little chocolate onto the back of your royal icing eyes, and gently press them onto the tops of the doughnuts.
  12. Allow the chocolate to harden completely before packaging the doughnuts.