homemade donut holes

i finally did it. i’ve been dreaming of making homemade donuts for weeks, probably months and i finally did it today. and let me tell you, it was the best decision i’ve made all day. 
the recipe is super easy and the result is super delish. 
i found the recipe here but changed it a tiny bit. 
here we go.

here’s your ingredients for the dough: flour, sugar, milk, salt, baking powder, egg and butter
add 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour to your mixer
like this. 

 then add 1/3 cup granulated sugar

and 2 teaspoons baking powder

add 1/2 teaspoon of salt 
mix it all together until well blended

add 1/2 cup milk [i use skim milk], add 2 tablespoons melted butter, add 1 egg
mix it all up until it looks like this

it’s a really small amount of dough, but makes a perfect amount of donuts

i got my cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar ready before heating up my oil

and covered a drying rack with wax paper to put the donuts on after they’ve been sugarfied 
lay out a stack of paper towels next to your oil to lay the donuts on once they come out of the pan. the paper towels will soak up some of the excess oil 
fill the pan with some vegetable oil, about 2 inches worth 
then drop the dough in by spoonfuls and watch the magic happen

they turn into perfect little circles and swell quite a bit

here’s my little assembly line, all ready to go 
 i cut the first donut open just to make sure they were cooked inside. lucky for me, they were. it only took about 2 minutes in the oil
some of those guys kinda look like angry birds, right? 

once the donuts have cooled a little, roll them in your choice of topping!  
seriously, how awesome do these look? and they taste amazing. and only took about 30 minutes total to make them!
homemade donut holes
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
vegetable oil
cinnamon sugar [for topping]
powdered sugar [for topping]
[or use any other thing you want for the topping!]
1. mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in mixer until well-blended
2. add milk, butter, and egg and mix until well-blended
3. heat [about 2 inches of] oil in medium saucepan on medium heat. [you may want to test oil with small drops of dough before starting. you want to see tiny bubbles fizzing around dough.] 
4. add dough by the spoonful to the hot oil and cook for about 2 minutes, rotating in oil to make sure they get cooked on all sides
5. let cool on paper towels, roll in topping, and let cool on wax paper
6. chow down and devour these suckers. 
seriously, i had to remove myself from the kitchen and put plastic wrap over my donuts so i wouldn’t eat all of them within 5 minutes of making them. 
they’re that good. 

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  1. 2 things: 1. I cannot BELIEVE I didn't get to make these with you 2. I CANNOT believe you didn't drop some off at my house.

    I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!! See you tomorrow night!

    Posted 9.23.11 Reply
  2. lenny! we'll make them together, promsicles. they're totes easy and so delish. i'll bring them tomorrow night, when we FINALLY reunite 🙂

    Posted 9.23.11 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Loon, you are such a little Doodle!!

    Posted 9.23.11 Reply
  4. i know, i really am!

    Posted 9.23.11 Reply
  5. genelle wrote:

    That looks so good and simple!

    I'm going to have to try it! Thank you for sharing!!

    Posted 9.24.11 Reply
  6. genelle – it is so simple and so delicious! thanks for reading! 🙂

    Posted 9.24.11 Reply
  7. Barb wrote:

    Hi Lauren, I found you through your sister's blog. Your donuts look yummy – both my kiddos love donut holes, so we will have to give these a try Where did you get the adorable blue egg holder? Anyway, I'm going to follow you, and I can't wait to come back when I have more time. Nice to "meet" you.

    Posted 9.24.11 Reply
  8. those were so good.i made them right away!thanks for sharing.

    Posted 9.24.11 Reply
  9. barb – the donuts are delish! i'm sure your kids will love them…i don't know how you could not! the egg holder is from anthropologie and i absolutely love it. it's so much cuter than those cardboard or styrofoam egg cartons! thanks for following 🙂

    kristina – so glad to hear that you made them! aren't they so easy?! it's kind of a really dangerous recipe for me to have because i'm going to want to make them all the time!

    Posted 9.24.11 Reply
  10. Cindy wrote:

    The dutch call these, "Ollie Boelen"- Oil Balls,and traditionally we make these on New Years Day! We always put raisins in ours and use buttermilk–I have lots of good memories growing up and celebrating the New Year with my cousins and a huge plate of Ollie Boelen!

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
  11. Cindy – thanks for sharing! oh, nostalgia…love it! these remind me a lot of my childhood too. my dad's mom was danish and she passed on a recipe for ebelskiver to my dad. we had it for breakfast many sunday's growing up. it's so delish and these donuts reminded me of them!

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
  12. Jamie wrote:

    Wow, those look really good! My kids would love them! Thanks for the post! Come visit my blog sometime if you have a chance (www.acozyplace.blogspot.com) Thanks 🙂

    Posted 10.2.11 Reply
  13. Thanks for the recipe…it worked….and my kids just loved them….just rolled them in brown sugar….no cinnamon powder @ home. However, I could not get the sugar to coat the doughnuts after it cooled….I had to dip them in butter and coat…that do the trick….how did you get yours well coated…after it cooled?

    Posted 11.8.11 Reply
  14. { lauren } wrote:

    Leena – so glad your kids loved them, they are pretty delicious! unfortunately, i don't have a great trick for you. i coated them after they only cooled for a few minutes, so eventually the powdered sugar turned into more of a glaze. still delicious, but they didn't look so great. your idea with the butter is excellent though! i need to try that!

    Posted 11.9.11 Reply
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    im trying these for sure! i think i might make them for my guests for the holidays 🙂


    Posted 11.20.11 Reply
  16. Do you have any tips on how to make them into circles? My mixture had a hard time all coming off the spoon at once, so it ended up looking like more of a funnel cake looking thing

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  17. { lauren } wrote:

    Hillary Anna – try using two spoons (one to hold the batter and the other to scoop if off that spoon) or one of those things that kinda looks like a mini ice cream scoop that you can use to drop by the spoonful in a circular shape!

    Posted 11.22.11 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    I can't wait to make these for my kiddos! Ok, for me & my husband too. Lol The ironic thing is my Uncle just told me last week how my Grandma used to make homemade doughnuts once a month when he & my Dad were growing up. She has passed & I was bummed cause I wanted to make them a special treat for my kids but didn't know a recipe. So thank you for posting this & now I can carry on the tradition of my Grandma whom was dear to me. Also, on another note, I love your measuring cups/spoons. Where did you get them? -Karri

    Posted 4.2.12 Reply
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks! -Karri 🙂

    Posted 4.5.12 Reply
  20. Cook only a few at a time and turn them often. Be careful not to pierce them.

    Posted 11.2.12 Reply
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    looks good. But I make donut holes from canned biscuits. So easy…

    Posted 1.17.13 Reply
  22. I have made three double-batches in the last five days. Enough said.

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    Posted 2.18.17 Reply

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