Homemade Donut Holes Recipe

These delicious donut holes are a fun twist on classic donuts and are surprisingly easy to make at home!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil for frying (canola, peanut, or vegetable)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Prepare the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt (if using).
  2. Mix the wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined. Then, stir in the melted butter until a soft dough forms.
  4. Heat the oil: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat enough oil (around 2 inches deep) over medium heat to 350°F (175°C).
  5. Shape and fry the donut holes: Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Using a spoon or small cookie scoop, drop small balls of dough into the hot oil. Fry for 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Transfer the donut holes to the paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain excess oil.
  6. Cool and enjoy!: Let the donut holes cool slightly before dusting them with powdered sugar (optional) and serving warm.


  • For perfectly round donut holes, you can use a donut hole cutter or a piping bag with a round tip.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan when frying the donut holes. Fry them in batches to maintain the oil temperature.
  • If the oil is too hot, the donut holes will brown too quickly on the outside and be raw in the center. If the oil is not hot enough, they will be greasy.
  • You can get creative with flavors! Add a teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg to the dry ingredients for a warm spice flavor.

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