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Italian Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 8
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These easy Italian-inspired cinnamon and sugar doughnuts are made of pizza dough!
by: Broke Ass Gourmet
Updated Mar 9, 2017
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  • 1/2 lb pizza dough
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • 1
    Gently roll the dough out into an 8” x 8” square on a lightly floured surface. Use a wine glass to cut as many 3” circles out of the dough as possible.
  • 2
    Use a narrow shot glass or large thimble to cut out a smaller hole inside the circle so it looks like a doughnut (save the cut-out holes to make smaller doughnut holes).
  • 3
    In a medium bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon until fully incorporated.
  • 4
    In a deep frying pan or pot, heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry the doughnuts and doughnut holes 2 or 3 at a time for about one minute per side or until lightly golden brown. Using tongs, transfer the doughnuts and doughnut holes 1 at a time into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Use your hands to coat well with the cinnamon-sugar and transfer to a plate. Repeat until all doughnuts and doughnut holes have been cooked and coated.
  • 5
    Serve hot with coffee or tea, for dessert or a very special breakfast.

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More About This Recipe

  • Dessert Alert: Italian Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts! These Italian-style doughnuts make a great dinner party dessert or weekend brunch treat with friends! If you can believe it, the Italians found yet another use for pizza dough: doughnuts! These simple, yet classic, Italian Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts are nothing more than lightly fried pizza dough. But a quick dip in some hot oil, plus a dusting of cinnamon and sugar, and they taste entirely different. It’s also not necessary to actually deep-fry them—an inch or so of vegetable oil in a deep saucepan or pot will do. So easy, you'll want to make these every weekend!
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