Chocolate Pumpkin Spider Donuts

 A couple years ago I decided that I was going to boycott dusting.

I was putting out my Halloween decorations…things like skeleton bones, spiders, and gravestones.
They kind of looked out of place on nice bright clean shelves.
Last year I added some rats.

Let’s face it…bones and rats look much better with a layer of dust surrounding them.

So, for the month of October, I let the dust pile up.
The spiders have free reign of my ceiling corners.

Then in November I am very thankful for cleaning supplies and vacuums.
See what a good system I have come up with.
I just made not cleaning my house part of my decorating.

Now I just need to figure out how that would work for the other holiday’s in the year.
Easter bunnies live outside in the dirt, soooo dust makes them feel more at home?

Yeah, I might be stretching it a little:-)

So, the other day I was at Target browsing the Halloween aisle for something fun to make.
They have all sorts of kits for making spooky and yummy food.
But I just wanted the box of black string licorice because I had this cute donut in mind.
All the dust and cobwebs in my house have me on spider alert.
I sure hope the real spiders don’t think I am inviting them to come live with me.
Because that would not be cool…not cool at all.

Now spiders made of chocolate and googly eyes…
they can come visit me any time they like.

Let’s talk about the donuts for a minute.

I have started using Chobani yogurt in place of sour cream for all my donut recipes.
There is nothing better that you can replace the high fat items with.
Plus, all my baked goods come out super soft from the yogurt baked in them.

I love that it is packed with protein.
It makes me think I am eating healthy,
even when I’m really eating chocolate covered donuts:-)

Recently Chobani sent me a box of their different yogurts to try out.
My family loved every flavor that they included.
The yogurt disappeared very quickly with 5 of us eating it.
It’s a good thing I kept the plain one hidden so I could make these cute spider donuts.

(You can buy a mini donut pan here and a regular one here.)

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They will come packed in boxed freezer bag, cold, and ready to be eaten.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Spider Donuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Yield: 24 mini donuts or 10 large donuts

Chocolate Pumpkin Spider Donuts

Chocolate pumpkin donuts with a chocolate coating and a fun candy twist.


1/2 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2/3 c. plain yogurt
1 c. canned pumpkin puree
1/3 c. buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. dark cocoa powder
2 c. flour
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
2 c. chocolate chips
1/4 c. white chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp. shortening, divided
chocolate sprinkles
candy eyes
black licorice


  1. In a large bowl, sift together the baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Set aside. In another mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg, vanilla, yogurt, pumpkin and buttermilk and blend well. Slowly add the flour mixture until just mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  2. Spoon the batter into a large plastic bag and cut the tip off. Spray the donut pans with non stick spray. Pipe the batter into a mini and large donut pan, filling the cavities at least half full. Preheat the oven to 425* Bake the mini donuts 4-5 minutes and the large donuts 8-9 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a microwave combine the chocolate chips and 1 tsp. shortening. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until melted and smooth. Dip the tops of the donuts in the chocolate. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. Attach eyes and licorice legs with chocolate. Melt the white chips and 1/2 tsp. shortening the same way and drizzle over the large donuts in a web pattern. Makes 24 small donuts and 10 large donuts. Store in a sealed container.
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  1. says

    completely adorable Jocelyn! I love chocolate and pumpkin. Halloween is my favorite holiday ever :)

    I’d enjoy my chobani with granola for breakfast at my work desk! That’s what I usually eat everyday!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness! These are so stinkin’ cute, Jocelyn! I don’t even think I’d have time to even THINK about dusting if these were around because I’d be eating them all up :) love it!! And I’d totally use my Chobani yogurt in some donuts like these–I can’t wait to make them!

  3. says

    Jocelyn, these are so adorable. I love that you made web donuts too!! You are so crazy talented!!! I’m going to try substituting greek yogurt, love that idea!

  4. says

    How fun are THESE! Great substitution…we definitely know what we’ll be making for Halloween. 😉 Hope you had a wonderful weekend!


  5. says

    Jocelyn…these are adorable!! I love how YOU can make even spiders look so cute :) We enjoy yogurt for breakfast or snacks around here. I’m thinking I should start baking with it really soon!

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  6. says

    Jocelyn, these are absolutely adorable! I have to make a treat for Grace’s class on Friday and I know what I’m making!!!! These! Pinned, and I follow you everywhere! (Just don’t report me for stalking)

  7. says

    These might be the cutest thing I have EVER seen–and I’m not even a big Halloween fan! My kiddo is SO into spiders right now–he would go crazy for these!! As for the yogurt, I’d probably use it in a breakfast bread/muffin (or these donuts!).

  8. says

    Love these little guys. I really do have to make some donuts… One of these days.
    I like to eat my Chobani with granola and dried fruit. Sometimes fresh fruit. Sometimes sliced almonds and flax. Yeah, I make a “meal” out of it!

  9. says

    My boys love real spiders and would especially like these chocolate ones! I LOVE the chobani kids banana-vanilla. Perfect size and flavor!

    • says

      You could still bake them in a mini muffin pan and just watch your time. Try 8-10 minutes for a mini muffin pan and 18-20 for a large muffin:-)

  10. says

    Oh Jocelyn! These are just out of control cute!! And you made the table-backdrop-thingy! I’ve been excited to see it!!! It’s gorgeous! I’ve been wondering if you can use bead board to make different color backdrops by sanding and spraying? Maybe I’ll get around to it one day… :)

  11. says

    I’ll be featuring YOU tomorrow morning at 7 am central time. Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday at

    Ginger :)


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