Cinnamon Doughnut Holes

Annalise, Completely Delicious

You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced hot homemade doughnuts fresh from your kitchen. I know a lot of doughnut shops pride themselves on fresh doughnuts, some even light up a neon sign when they’ve got a batch fresh from the fryer. And while they may be delicious, they don’t compare to the flavor of homemade.

These easy cake doughnut holes are scented with a little bit of cinnamon, and then generously rolled in cinnamon sugar while they’re still hot. I love making doughnut holes because it takes an extra step out of the process, and I think they’re just so much more fun to eat.

Cinnamon Doughnut Holes
By Annalise
Makes 5 dozen doughnut holes


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon


In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In separate bowl, combine buttermilk and melted butter.

In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or with hand-held mixer, beat sugar and egg together on high speed until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture. Cover and chill dough at least 2 hours.

On lightly floured surface, roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Use small 1-inch-round cutter to cut dough.

Fill heavy bottomed pot with vegetable oil at least 3 inches deep. Heat over medium high heat to about 365°F. Fry doughnut holes in small batches, flipping halfway through so that they brown evenly, about 5 minutes total. Remove with slotted spoon and place on paper towel to drain.

Combine sugar and cinnamon and toss hot doughnut holes in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Doughnut holes are best fresh, but will keep in airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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  1. franki rhea-pelham said:

    can these be baked?

  2. Ruth said:

    i will try baking some of them and let you know how they turned out 🙂