Cinnamon Sugared Donut Holes

How to make tasty Cinnamon donut holes. These delicious and easy donut holes make a great side treat when making ring donuts.

Cinnamon sugared donut hole recipe

Donut holes or doughnut holes, either way you spell it, they taste amazing. Sometimes you fancy a little sugary treat but don’t feel like eating a full-sized Donut. I would just like to clarify, that I’m not one of these people. I will always take a Donut over a hole lol. But these are perfect for parties, movie nights, and even picnics.

This is a really easy recipe to make and these little donut holes come out perfect every time. They are crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. I don’t normally make the donut holes separately like this. I just fry them as little extras when I make donuts. But I made up a batch of these as a movie night snack. I thought that it would make less mess than eating big donuts in the dark. What I didn’t anticipate was having to hoover up lots of sugar after the film had finished. I think my kids would have made a mess even without the sugar.

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Cake vs Yeast Donuts

When I was doing my research on fried Donut recipes and which Donut was the best, yeast or cake donuts? It was very 50/50 on this subject. So, I did a bit of research on Krispy Kreme Donuts as they are very well known for their deliciousness, and although they do make cake donuts most Krispy Kreme doughnut varieties are made of the same yeast-raised dough recipe. So that helped me in my decision of which recipe to make today. Yeast donuts take a little longer to make as you have to wait for them to rise. But I totally think it's worth the wait. I do think I'll try doing a fried cake donut recipe just to test for myself which one I think is the best.

Do I need a Donut maker to make Donuts?

The great thing about this recipe is that you don’t need to spend lots of money on a Donut maker or Donut tins. You just need a large pan or deep fat fryer and a couple of different-sized cookie cutters. I like to keep things simple when it comes to cooking anything. The last thing I need is another kitchen appliance taking up space in my cupboards. Most Donut makers are for making baked donuts; this Donut dough recipe tastes so much better deep-fried. If you don’t want to fry your donuts, I have an absolutely delicious vegan baked donut recipe in the dessert section that I know you’ll love.

Cinnamon Sugared Donuts
These cinnamon sugared donuts are light, airy and taste absolutely delicious.
Cinnamon sugared donuts
Cinnamon sugared donut holes

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Love Food Feed Editors
These Donut holes are the best, they are light, airy, and covered in cinnamon sugar. Perfect with a drizzle of chocolate dipping sauce.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rising Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dutch
Servings 100 Makes more than
Calories 23 kcal


For the topping


  • To start this donut hole recipe, we are going to make the sugared cinnamon topping first. This is so easy to make, all you need to do is add 150g of white sugar with 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon into a small bowl. That’s it

Making the donut hole dough

  • Now, in a Pyrex bowl add in 2 eggs and whisk well.
  • Add in 1 tablespoon of butter and 150mls of warm milk, Whisk until the butter has melted.
  • Next, add 1 tablespoon of dried yeast and stir in.
  • Now add in the vanilla essence, sea salt, and caster sugar and whisk together.
  • Slowly add in your plain flour, adding it in a bit at a time, while whisking your mix into a soft dough.
  • You will need to rub a little flour on your hands and add a small amount of flour to a clean surface.
  • Knead the dough for a minute and turn it into a dough ball.
  • Return your dough ball back into the Pyrex bowl and cover for about 20 minutes.
  • The dough will become bigger in size during this time. To test if your dough is ready poke a few times lightly with your finger, if the dough tries to ping back it's ready to be rolled.
  • Flour a clean surface and rolling pin and roll out your dough so it's about 1cm thick using a small circle donut dough cutter (if you don’t have a cutter you can use a cap from a drinks bottle, it’s the perfect size for the donut holes).

Frying your Donut holes

  • Heat your oil to 170 degrees
    Preheat oven 170 degrees
  • While the oil is heating up leave your donut holes to raise again.
  • When the oil is heated up lower in your donut holes carefully into the hot oil.
  • Fry your donut holes in small batches at a time.
  • The donut holes take about 1 minute to cook, using a long-handled metal spoon or spatula, keep the donut holes moving around so that they cook evenly.
  • When your donut balls are golden brown, remove the donut holes from the oil and place them onto a plate with a couple of squares of kitchen roll, this will help soak up any excess oil.
  • While the donut holes are still warm rub the cinnamon sugar onto each donut making sure to cover the whole surface.
  • Place the cinnamon-sugared donut holes onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • To be honest these donut holes taste amazing when they are still warm. Hope you enjoy this recipe.
    Cinnamon sugared donut holes


Tips and Tricks For the perfect donut holes 
Keep your dough in a warm place while it's rising, if the room is cold it will take a lot longer to rise.
Flour your hands before kneading the dough, this will stop your fingers from getting sticky.
If you don’t have a donut cutter you can use a cap from a drinks bottle, it’s the perfect size for the donut holes


Calories: 23kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword airy, cinnamon, donut holes, donuts, Doughnuts, fluffy, light, sugared donut holes
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