Easy Small Batch Donut Holes

This wonderful donut recipe yields 6 cinnamon sugar donut holes. Easy to make and no yeast needed! This small batch recipe is ideal for satisfying a donut craving. These homemade donuts can be ready in minutes, no rolling required.

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There’s something special about warm donuts. A donut that’s fresh out of the oven or fryer and is still warm and tender is my favorite kind. Pour me a cup of coffee to go along with it and I’m a friend for life. Sometimes, my willpower isn’t as strong as it should be and I reach for a second donut, which isn’t great for my waistline. But with this small batch homemade donut holes recipe, I’m able to make just 6 donut holes – perfect for portion control.

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This easy donut recipe comes together quickly. There’s no yeast needed and no rolling of the dough. Just mix, fry, and enjoy!

Homemade Donut Holes

For this small batch donut holes recipe you will need:

  • all purpose flour
  • sugar
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • an egg yolk
  • milk
  • melted butter
  • oil for frying

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How To Make Donut Holes

It’s so easy to make these yeast free donut holes. Here’s all you do…

Step 1

Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg together in a medium sized bowl.

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Step 2

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, milk, and melted butter.

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Step 3

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

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Step 4

Use a cookie scoop or a spoon to drop balls of the batter into hot oil.

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Note: This recipe will make 2-inch donut holes when fried if using a tablespoon cookie scoop. If using a teaspoon cookie scoop, the donut holes will be about 1 to 1 1/2-inches.

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After the donut holes have been fried and drained, place them in a paper bag. Mix together sugar and cinnamon and pour into the bag. Close the bag and give it a little shake, this will coat the warm donut holes with the cinnamon sugar.

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Tips For Frying Donut Holes

Follow these tips for the best tasting donut holes each and every time…

Do Not Use A Small Pot.

You want to use a pot that is deep enough. For this small batch donut recipe, I use a 10-inch skillet that is about 2 1/2-inches deep. You want the oil to be about 1-inch deep.

Use A Thermometer

You want the oil to heat to 350 degrees F and using a thermometer is the best way to know you’ve got the right temperature.

Alternatively, you could try this trick for testing the temperature of the oil for donut frying – Drop a tiny bit of dough into the oil as it is heating. When the dough sizzles and floats to the top of the oil, the oil is hot enough to use.

Pro Tip: Continue to watch the temperature of the oil. It should be in the range of 350 to 360 degrees F. Adjust the temperature of the stove as necessary to keep the temperature within that range.

Drain The Donuts Properly

Use a slotted spoon to remove the donut holes from the oil. Make sure all of the oil drains through the holes of the spoon; then place the donut holes on a paper towel-lined plate.

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For this easy homemade donut holes recipe, I use a 10-inch skillet. For best results, use a skillet of similar size.

To scoop out the donut dough, I use a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop.

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Donut Holes Recipe


Small Batch Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: donuts
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 3 cups oil for frying (I use canola)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar , divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon , divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter , melted


  • Pour the oil 1″ deep into a 10″ skillet. Heat oil to 350 degrees F.
  • While the oil is heating, prepare the batter by whisking together the flour, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a medium sized bowl.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, milk, and melted butter.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Once the oil is hot, use a cookie scoop or a spoon to slowly and carefully drop balls of the batter into the hot oil.
  • Fry the donut holes for 2 minutes on the first side, or until they are golden brown. After 2 minutes, turn the holes over and fry for an additional 1 to 2 minutes to continue cooking.
  • Remove the donut holes from the hot oil with a slotted spoon. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • In a small bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • Place the warm donut holes into a paper bag and pour the cinnamon sugar inside the bag. Fold the top of the bag to close and give the bag a few shakes to coat the donut holes with the sugar.
    Alternatively, roll each donut hole in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.
  • Enjoy while warm.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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8 thoughts on “Easy Small Batch Donut Holes”

  1. You’re welcome! (: I also wanted to say that I had 3 left over & so I put them in a Ziplock baggie & put them in the fridge & had them the next day with coffee & even though they were not warm, they tasted just as good as when I made them, the night before! Thanks again, this recipe is a keeper! (:

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The donut holes are awesome. I have a recipe that makes 3 dozen or so. I’ve been wanting to make them but couldn’t get the recipe quite right. This is perfect! 🌷
    Love this site and the FB site. You are a godsend.

    1. Hi Carol,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so happy you loved the donut holes. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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