If I am being honest, making donuts/donut holes always intimidated me. I never knew if my dough was right, and there was something about heating a huge pot of oil up to 360 degrees that scared the heck out of me. I recently decided to give it a whirl and make these sugar coated donut holes. Honestly, they are incredibly easy - when I tell you these donut holes come together in 20 minutes, I am not kidding. There is no yeast involved, so these are a lazy baker's dream!
Some tips for making sugar coated donut holes:
- Give your butter some time to cool after you melt it - if it is too hot it will cook the egg when you are mixing the ingredients together
- Do NOT over-mix! Your donut will be dense if you over-mix and not light and fluffy
- Make sure your oil is 360 degrees Fahrenheit. That is the perfect frying temperature - it allows for the donuts to fry for 2-3 minutes in the oil and get the most beautiful golden brown color
- During the entire 2-3 minutes of frying, flip them over every 30 seconds or so just to ensure they are not burning on one side
- Can you air fry these? YES - you can! However, there are a few downsides. One: when you roll them in the sugar after air frying, the sugar won't cling to the donut as easily as it would if it was just removed from oil. Two: you won't achieve that perfect golden brown color that you would if frying in oil
- Cinnamon & nutmeg are a must!!! They give the donuts such a yummy flavor
- Finally, drizzle some chocolate on them. Do I need to explain this one?
Sugar Coated Donut Holes
- 2 cups all purpose flour spooned and leveled
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar plus more for coating
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
- In a microwave safe bowl or on the stove, melt your butter and let cool. Once cool, add the egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract and whisk until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg and mix until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together, being careful not to over-mix. If the dough is too wet to handle, add more flour (tablespoon by tablespoon) until it is easy to roll the dough into balls.
- If you are frying the donuts, pour three cups of vegetable oil in a pot and let heat until it gets to 360 degrees Fahrenheit (try to maintain this temperature as best you can!). Roll the dough into tablespoon size balls and carefully place in the oil for 2-3 minutes, flipping every 30 seconds or so to ensure they are not burning. Remove from the oil when they are golden brown and immediately place them in a bowl with granulated sugar. Toss to coat, and then move them to a separate bowl/plate to cool.
- If you are air frying the donuts, fry them at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until golden. Remove them from the air fryer and toss in granulated sugar.
- Once the donuts are cool, melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or on the stove, and drizzle on top of the donuts. Enjoy!!