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Doughnut Holes

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 2
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Tasty little balls of deep-fried dough covered in sugary toppings.
by: Girl vs Dough
Updated Mar 7, 2017
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  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for the topping) (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon (for the topping) (optional)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar (for the topping) (optional)


  • 1
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add in milk, egg, and melted butter, and mix until well combined.
  • 2
    Fill a large skillet or medium pot with vegetable oil, about 2 inches deep. Using a fry thermometer, heat oil to about 375°F. Make sure it stays around that temperature each time you fry the dough.
  • 3
    Place cinnamon-sugar (mixed together) and confectioners sugar toppings in two separate small bowls. Set out several stacked paper towels next to the stove for drying the doughnut holes, along with a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath.
  • 4
    When oil is ready, place about 5-6 teaspoonfuls of dough at a time in the oil and fry on each side for about 1 minute (2 minutes total). Remove from the oil and place on paper towel to soak up excess oil. Then, using a fork, roll doughnut in either the confectioners sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture. Then place on cooling rack to cool slightly before serving warm.

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More About This Recipe

  • When my mom was a teenager, she worked at a doughnut shop. Nearly every (very, very early) morning, she’d wake up, put on her pink and orange uniform, and go to work to sell warm, fresh doughnuts to early-bird customers. That’s where she met my dad, actually – he asked her out on their first date right in the shop. Well, over the phone, actually. Well, his friend asked her for him, over the phone, actually. Good grief. That’s why I think I love doughnuts so much. If it weren’t for doughnuts, well, I wouldn’t be here. Plus, who doesn’t love fried dough covered in sugary frosting or a warm glaze? I, for one, will never pass up an opportunity for a good doughnut. And with a recipe like these Doughnut Holes – which is super easy to make, takes little time and is positively delicious – I’m officially in doughnut heaven. Why doughnut holes instead of actual doughnuts, you ask? Well, doughnut holes take little effort in the shaping department – just plop a teaspoonful of dough in the hot oil and, voila! Doughnut hole. Actual doughnuts take a little more time, but only a little, so if you want to use this recipe to make full doughnuts, go right ahead. I like rolling my doughnuts in powdered sugar or a cinnamon-sugar mix so they taste like snickerdoodles. You can play around with this recipe however you want. Jelly-filled? No problem. Put a dab of your favorite jam in the middle of the teaspoonful of dough, pinch it closed and fry it to a deep-fried goodness. Chocolate or strawberry frosting? It’s a can-do, too. Just dip them in the glaze post-fry. Though making your own doughnuts might deter you from finding your own future love of your life at the doughnut shop, making them at home every once in a while is a fun treat. You can always visit the doughnut shop tomorrow!
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