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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes are a simple and delicious breakfast treat. Sometimes kids call these sweet doughy treats cinnamon donut balls.

Donut Holes coated with cinnamon and sugar mixture piled into a red plate.

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If you love donuts, then this recipe is for you. No need to go out to your favorite donut shop, when you can stay home and make a sweet donut hole in no time at all.

Why you should make these Cinnamon Donut Holes:

Simple ingredients – You only need three ingredients to make these sweet donuts.

Kid-friendly – Kids can help make these. There is no heat involved in this recipe at all.

Delicious flavor – Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes are tasty on their own or served with coffee or tea.

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this Fruit-Filled Waffle Tacos recipe.

Ingredients Needed

A bowl of white sugar and cinnamon and a can of biscuit dough sitting on a countertop.
  • White sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Biscuit dough
  • Oil for frying

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar for a powdered sugar donut hole.
  • Make together a quick glaze with powdered sugar, vanilla, milk, and dip your donut holes into the glaze if you like a glazed donut.
  • If you love maple flavor, add a small amount of maple syrup to a simple glaze then dip the donut holes and allow them to dry before enjoying.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Steps to make recipe broken up with in-process ingredient images.

Collage of creating Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes.
  1. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside. (Photo 1)
  2. Line a plate with paper towels and set it aside. Have a second plate or serving tray ready for the cinnamon sugar-dusted donut holes.
  3. Place your frying oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Use a candy thermometer to ensure you bring the oil to 350F.
  4. Cut each biscuit with a small circular cookie cutter, then shape similarly sized balls of dough with the remaining biscuit dough. (Photo 2)
Collage of cooking the Donut Holes.
  1. Once the oil is hot, fry donut holes in groups of 5 or 6 for about 1 minute per side, until golden brown. (Photo 3)
  2. Set fried donut holes on the paper towel-lined plate for a minute, then while still warm, transfer to the bowl with cinnamon sugar and swirl to coat. Remove to a separate plate. (Photo 4)
  3. Once all donut holes have been fried, turn off the heat for the oil.
A pile of Donut Holes sitting on a red plate.

Storage

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes are best enjoyed as soon as possible. Store all leftovers in an airtight container or covered with a piece of parchment paper to keep them fresh for up to one day.

Tips For This Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes Recipe

  • Watch the donut holes carefully while they are frying because they cook quickly and you don’t want them to burn.
  • Be sure to stir or flip the donut holes so that they brown on all sides.
  • Don’t wait too long to roll the donut holes in cinnamon sugar. If you let them sit too long before rolling, the oil from frying will have made them a little soggy and the cinnamon sugar won’t stick as well.

Cinnamon Donut Holes FAQs

Can I freeze donut holes?

Yes, they can be frozen for up to three months.

Can I bake these cinnamon donut holes instead of frying them?

You can bake these in an oven at 400F for 12-15 minutes or until brown.

Can I use homemade biscuit dough instead of canned?

If you prefer to make your own, use any biscuit recipe that you enjoy.

Pile of Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, one of which is missing a bite.

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Donut Holes coated with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Yields 33 Donut Holes
If you're a fan of delicious snacks, then you're going to love these cinnamon sugar donut holes! They're simple to make and taste amazing.

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup (100 g) White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 1 can Biscuit Dough

Instructions

  • Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Line a plate with paper towels and set aside. Have a second plate or serving tray ready for the cinnamon sugar dusted donut holes.
  • Place your frying oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Use a candy thermometer to ensure you bring the oil to 350 °F (177 °C)
  • Cut each biscuit with a small circular cookie cutter, then shape similarly sized balls of dough with the remaining biscuit dough.
  • Once oil is hot, fry donut holes in groups of 5 or 6 for about 1 minute per side, until golden brown.
  • Set fried donut holes on the paper towel lined plate for a minute, then while still warm, transfer to the bowl with cinnamon sugar and swirl to coat. Remove to a separate plate.
  • Once all donut holes have been fried, turn off the heat for the oil.

Notes

You will need approximately 4 cups of oil to fry the donut holes, but the amount will differ based on the size of your dutch oven or whatever you are using to fry them. You want at least 3-4″ of depth. You can use peanut, canola, or vegetable oil

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2Donut Holes Calories: 59kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 9g (3%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 2g (3%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 121mg (5%) Potassium: 31mg (1%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 2IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 11mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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