Sugared Doughnut Holes Recipe

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"These tender tasty doughnut bites are easy to make," says field editor Judy Jungwirth of Athol, South Dakota. "They're perfect for brunch, or as an after-school or anytime snack."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a small bowl, combine the egg, milk and butter. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls, five or six at a time, into oil. Fry until browned, about 1-2 minutes, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Roll warm doughnut holes in confectioners' sugar. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Sugared Doughnut Holes in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p63

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shannonkalka User ID: 8190801 243335
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"Very good This was my first attempt at making doughnuts. I changed out the nutmeg, because I don't like it, for vanilla. We really liked them. We plan making them often"

Lizbird4 User ID: 8587375 235637
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"I liked it is was easy to make and not that much time to fry up at all. I thought that maybe next time I will cut the nutmeg in half it was stronger after they where cooked. I also made fronting for them and dipped them in chocolate which made it better I think. I would do this again."

rihanna4d User ID: 8208533 217604
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015


PurrCat User ID: 7612473 40957
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"Easy to make. Very tender. I am not sure about the nutmeg. Perhaps a reduced amount would be preferable. I thought the taste was more reminiscent of funnel cakes than doughnut holes, but they were still tasty."

avvassil User ID: 4708042 62783
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"Easy to make ,fast, and super delicious!!! I can't see the stars on my screen but I give 5stars"

Cassie1441 User ID: 1455959 57230
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"I made this recipe a few times and everyone loved it, so we made them for a fundraiser. Made about 1500, with a small cookie scoop they were the perfect size. Some tips, make the dough the day before they actually puff up a lot more. We stored the dough in zip lock bags. They are almost better after they have sat for an hour."

RWF Kitchen User ID: 5891367 42653
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"GREAT RECIPE!! I substituted cinnamon in place of nutmeg. Rolled half the batch in cinnamon sugar and the other half in powdered sugar after frying them."

JennyT21 User ID: 6950988 79525
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"Tender and delicious! Delicate and light, yet they do not fall apart. The balance of flavors is perfect. Definitely a keeper!"

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 79521
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2013

"So easy and quick.. Something to take care of your sweet tooth.So good with a cup of coffee or a cup of hot tea.They are also yummy."

christymomof6 User ID: 6370500 205002
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"Made these this morning and they were very easy and taste awesome! My kids are in love! I will make these often :)"

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