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Lately, I have been jonesing to make some donuts and putting my new fryer to good use. The extended fourth of July weekend gave me the opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen working with hot oil. Being a little too impatient to make traditional donuts that require yeast to rise, I opted for these quick and easy donut holes. No yeast required and no standby time. Just mix and fry to enjoy some cinnamon sugar donut holes. But mark my words, this isn't going to be the last of the donut recipes on MvsK. I am still looking forward to making the traditional donut. Until that day comes, enjoy these bite size cinnamon sugar donut holes.


  • 1½ cups Sugar, divided
  • 2¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon, divided
  • 1 tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg, divided
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Cake Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt or Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 Extra Large Egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp Finely Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Canola Oil, for frying


  • Preheat oil to 375°F and line baking sheet with 2 layers of paper towels
  • In a small bowl or paper bag add 1 cup sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, and ½ tsp nutmeg. Mix or shake to blend and set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, the remaining ¼ tsp cinnamon and ¼ tsp ginger.
  • Add the remaining ½ cup sugar, ½ tsp nutmeg and salt. Mix to blend.
  • Whisk the egg in a large bowl and add buttermilk, melted butter, lemon zest, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  • Add the dry ingredients in two parts, folding together with a rubber spatula.
  • Use a 1-inch round ice cream scooper to place the dough in to the preheated oil.
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown, turning the donut once
  • Use a skimmer to remove the donut holes from the oil and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Once cooled place donut holes in the bowl of sugar to coat evenly
  • Careful not to dive in too soon. They may be hot inside.


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+1 # RE: Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes 2010-07-12 14:41
These look super yummy!
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0 # Delicious Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes 2010-07-20 16:04
These donut holes turned out great, never did I think I would be able to execute on making donut holes at my house! But it was very simple in fact so simple that my little neice chipped in some help too!

We made some substitutions though because we did not have any buttermilk or cake flour in our house. It probably would have been best with the original ingredients, but we still loved the donuts even with the substitutions.

For the buttermilk, I only had 1% milk so we added 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice into the 1/2 cup of milk and allowed it to settle in for 5 minutes before mixing it in.

For the cake flour, we used 3/4 cup all-purpose flour and added about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.

Even with these minor substitutions, which saved us from a trip to the store, the donut holes were delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!!
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