The Best Snickers donut Recipe

Last Updated on July 29, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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Hello snickers lovers, meet your new favorite snickers donut recipe! These donuts are light and cakey and loaded with ganache, salted caramel, and peanuts.

Snickers Donut

I never thought I could make donuts at home that are as good as my local donut shop, but these snickers donuts might be some of the best I’ve had.

overhead shot of snickers donut on a marble tray

I can’t resist a Snickers bar, so this dessert is right up my alley. I mean, can you go wrong with nuts, caramel, and chocolate? 

The only thing I worry about is that my family will start expecting donuts all the time because between this and my unicorn donuts I’m officially into a donut-making cool mom! 

When you top this sweet baked donut with thick, rich ganache, gooey salted caramel, and plenty of crunchy peanuts you get a snickers donut that is out of this world good!

snickers donut stack on a square red plate

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Snickers Donut Recipe

I love these snickers donuts! They taste just like my favorite candy bar and always leave me reaching for seconds. 

Ingredients

ingredients for snickers donut recipe

For donut

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk

For ganache

  • 8 oz sugar free baking chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For salted caramel layer

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt

For topping

  • ½ cup chopped peanuts

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How to Make a Snickers Donut

snickers donut stack topped with peanuts

Don’t forget to download the full printable recipe below so you can print it out and use it whenever you feel like making this delicious recipe!

  • First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and prepare a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set the pans aside. 
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until combined.
  • In a larger bowl, add the oil and butter and whisk them until smooth. 
  • Slowly add the sugar, vanilla, and eggs to the butter mixture and continue whisking until well combined. 
  • Alternate adding the milk and the dry ingredients into the large mixing bowl, gently mixing until just combined.
  • Add the batter to a large Ziploc bag or piping bag and cut the corner of the bag large enough to pipe into the donut pans.
  • Pipe the batter into the prepared pans, filling it ⅔ of the way full. 
  • Bake the donuts in the preheated oven for 8 minutes or until the tops of the donuts are slightly golden.
  • Let the donuts cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack.
  • While the donuts cool, you can make your salted caramel. First, add the sugar to a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Continually stirring, cook the sugar until it turns a dark amber color and begins to liquefy.
  • When the caramel starts to liquefy, remove the pan from the heat and add in the butter. Stir until melted and combined.
  • Slowly add the cream and the salt and stir until the caramel is smooth and combined. 
  • Transfer the caramel sauce into a heat-safe bowl to cool fully. 
  • Next, you can make a quick ganache by heating your cream in a saucepan just until it begins to simmer.
  • When it begins to simmer, quickly remove it from the heat, add in the chocolate, and cover the pan with a lid. 
  • Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid from the pan and stir the mixture until it’s smooth and shiny. Set it aside to cool and thicken.
  • Now it’s time to assemble! Dip each donut in the ganache and place them on a wire rack.
  • Chill the donuts for 15 minutes in the fridge. 
  • Remove the donuts from the fridge and dip the donut again in the salted caramel. 
  • While the donuts are freshly dipped, sprinkle the salted peanuts right on top and enjoy!
process shot of snickers donut

Tips Tricks and FAQs 

  • Don’t worry if your ganache seems thin when you first begin to mix. As it sits, it will thicken plenty! Just give it some time to cool and it should get to the perfect consistency to dip your donuts in. If after sitting it still hasn’t set, you can speed up the process by putting it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. 
  • You don’t want to rush perfection, and these snickers donuts are surely perfect if you take your time! Make sure that everything is completely cooled and set before trying to assemble. If you try to dip, pipe, and sprinkle before the caramel, donuts, and ganache are set you will end up with a sloppy mess. If you need to cool things quicker, you can place them in the fridge for a few minutes or make the toppings the night before. 
  • Making your own salted peanuts will take these snickers donuts to the next level! All you need to do is grab some raw peanuts and place them on a baking sheet. Bake the nuts at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until they start to get a little color and nutty aroma. Remove the nuts from the oven and sprinkle them with your favorite salt. These nuts are addicting so make sure that you make extra to snack on!

Storage

Store these donuts in the fridge for up to 3-4 days or on the counter for up to 2 days. Keep them in an airtight container to keep them fresh!

Can you make these donuts nut-free?

While I’m partial to the nutty flavor of these donuts, you can absolutely make these nut-free if you need to.

Just simply omit the nuts on top. You won’t exactly have a snickers donut, but you will have a delicious chocolate and caramel bite that is just as delicious! 

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Snickers Donut

snickers donut stack on a marble counter

Hello snickers lovers, meet your new favorite snickers donut recipe! These donuts are light and cakey and loaded with ganache, salted caramel, and peanuts.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz sugar free baking chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and prepare a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set the pans aside. 
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until combined.
  3. In a larger bowl, add the oil and butter and whisk them until smooth. 
  4. Slowly add the sugar, vanilla, and eggs to the butter mixture and continue whisking until well combined. 
  5. Alternate adding the milk and the dry ingredients into the large mixing bowl, gently mixing until just combined.
  6. Add the batter to a large Ziploc bag or piping bag and cut the corner of the bag large enough to pipe into the donut pans.
  7. Pipe the batter into the prepared pans, filling it ⅔ of the way full. 
  8. Bake the donuts in the preheated oven for 8 minutes or until the tops of the donuts are slightly golden.
  9. Let the donuts cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack.
  10. While the donuts cool, you can make your salted caramel. First, add the sugar to a saucepan over medium heat.
  11. Continually stirring, cook the sugar until it turns a dark amber color and begins to liquefy.
  12. When the caramel starts to liquefy, remove the pan from the heat and add in the butter. Stir until melted and combined.
  13. Slowly add the cream and the salt and stir until the caramel is smooth and combined. 
  14. Transfer the caramel sauce into a heat-safe bowl to cool fully. 
  15. Next, you can make a quick ganache by heating your cream in a saucepan just until it begins to simmer.
  16. When it begins to simmer, quickly remove it from the heat, add in the chocolate, and cover the pan with a lid. 
  17. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  18. Remove the lid from the pan and stir the mixture until it’s smooth and shiny. Set it aside to cool and thicken.
  19. Now it’s time to assemble! Dip each donut in the ganache and place them on a wire rack.
  20. Chill the donuts for 15 minutes in the fridge. 
  21. Remove the donuts from the fridge and dip the donut again in the salted caramel. 
  22. While the donuts are freshly dipped, sprinkle the salted peanuts right on top and enjoy!

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