Donut Holes Recipe

Have you ever made homemade donuts or donut holes? My dad used to make them when I was a kid. He would make them from a can of biscuits. He’d use a small cookie cutter to cut out the holes and then fry them up in a pan. It was great! I haven’t made them in years but since today is National Donut Day I thought I would make some with my recipe and fry up a few biscuits and biscuit holes like dear old dad used to make.

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Donut Holes with a Glaze Recipe:

Donut Holes Recipe with Glaze

Ingredients:

Glaze Recipe:

  • 1 2/3 cups of powdered sugar (confectionary sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Donut Holes Recipe:

  • 4 cups of vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

Glaze:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until well blended and smooth.

Donut Holes:

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together, sift and set it aside.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Before you mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, pour the oil into a heavy saucepan. Place it over medium heat and use a thermometer to heat to 350 degrees. Keeping the oil at 350 degrees will cook the donut holes perfectly. If you heat gets too hot, it will burn the oil and make the donuts taste bad so watch the thermometer closely.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Once the dough is mixed, add the melted butter and mix until combined. Once the oil reaches 350 degrees, drop little dough balls in to the hot oil. If the dough is not round when you drop it in the oil, the donuts won’t be round. If you use a small cookie scoop it will help them have a round shape. If you don’t have a cookie scoop they may not be rounded unless you roll them into a ball in your hands.
  6. Don’t put too many in the pot at one time because they need room to float around.
  7. When they start turning brown on the underside, use a fork to flip them over. Continue to cook until they are nice and golden brown.
  8. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with a paper towel.
  9. Allow them to cool for a few minutes and then dip them one at a time into the glaze.
  10. Place them on a rack with a piece of wax paper under it to catch the excess glaze as it drips off the donuts.

One thing I love about taking pictures is people find all kinds of great things for me at yard sales, estate sales and even antique stores. My daughter found this wonderful little sifter at a yard sale and I found the muffin tin at a craft store. Oh and the old mixer, yard sale for $1. You gotta love old props for little money. Anyway, on to the donut holes recipe.

Begin by making the glaze. Cover it with a piece of plastic wrap and set it aside.

How to Make Donut Holes | The Bearfoot BakerMix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together, sift and set it aside.

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Make sure the dry ingredients are mixed well.

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In a smaller bowl, whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract.
Before you mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, pour the oil into a heavy saucepan.
Place it over medium heat and use a thermometer to heat to 350 degrees. Keeping the oil at 350 degrees will cook the donut holes perfectly. If you heat gets too hot, it will burn the oil and make the donuts taste bad so watch the thermometer closely.

How to Make Easy Donut Holes with Glaze | The Bearfoot Baker

Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and mix until well combined.

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Once the dough is mixed, add the melted butter and mix until combined.

Donut Holes Recipe with Glaze | The Bearfoot Baker

Once the oil reaches 350 degrees, drop little dough balls in to the hot oil. If the dough is not round when you drop it in the oil, the donuts won’t be round. If you use a small cookie scoop it will help them have a round shape. If you don’t have a cookie scoop they may not be rounded unless you roll them into a ball in your hands.
Don’t put too many in the pot at one time because they need room to float around.
When they start turning brown on the underside, use a fork to flip them over. Continue to cook until they are nice and golden brown.
Remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with a paper towel so the excess oil can drain off.

Simple Glazed Donut Holes Recipe | The Bearfoot Baker

Allow them to cool for a few minutes and then dip them one at a time into the glaze and place them on a rack with a piece of wax paper under it to catch the excess glaze as it drips off the donuts.

I hope you have had a great donut day! Remember you don’t have to wait for National Donut Day to enjoy making donuts. You can have them any time you want because your awesome! If you don’t like donuts, make these Donut Cookies instead. I think you’ll like them!

Bear hugs,

Lisa