How to Make Doughnut Holes

Decadent doughnuts in fun flavors like PB&J and mango-chile are the trendiest new dessert. Our tiny take on the breakfast sweet is easy to make and customizable, so you don't have to choose just one.
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Decadent doughnuts in fun flavors like PB&J and mango-chile are the trendiest new dessert. Our tiny take on the breakfast sweet is easy to make and customizable, so you don't have to choose just one.

A Hole Lotta Fun!

Start with our basic recipe for Vanilla Doughnut Holes, then coat, fill and glaze them however you please!

Doughnuts

Vanilla Doughnut Holes

Vanilla Doughnut Holes

Start with these light-as-air, easy-to-fry minis!

Vanilla Doughnut Holes

Vanilla Doughnut Holes

Chocolate Doughnut Holes

Just replace the four in the Vanilla Doughnut Holes with 3 1/3 cups flour mixed with 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.

Chocolate Doughnut Holes

Vanilla Doughnut Holes

Sugarcoat 'Em!

Roll still-warm doughnuts in one of these flavored sugars for an easy upgrade. Each recipe makes enough to coat one batch.

Sugarcoat

Cinnamon Sugar

Whisk 1 cup sugar with 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and a pinch salt.

Cinnamon sugar

Coconut Sugar

In a food processor, grind 1 cup sugar with 2/3 cup toasted coconut.

Coconut sugar

Citrus Sugar

Rub 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. grated orange, lemon or lime zest into 1 cup sugar.

Citrus sugar

Mint Sugar

In a food processor, grind 1 cup sugar with 1/4 cup fresh mint.

Mint sugar

Fill 'Em!

Once your doughnut holes are cool, use a skewer to poke a 1/4-inch hole in the side. Spoon a filling (like jam, lemon curd or marshmallow cream) into a small resealable bag, snip off a tiny corner and squeeze to fill!

Filling

Vanilla Pastry Cream

Make your own pastry cream filling with this simple recipe that tastes just like the doughnut shop's!

Pastry Cream Filling

Vanilla Pastry Cream

Vanilla Pastry Cream

Glaze 'Em!

Dunk the tops of cooled doughnut holes into any of the following glazes, transfer to a wire rack and let sit until the glaze sets.

glaze

Classic Glaze

In a medium bowl, whisk 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 tbsp. whole milk until smooth. Take this icing in even more delicious directions (fruit! coffee!) with the following tasty variations. Makes 3/4 cup.

Classic Glaze

Chocolate Glaze

In a pan, whisk 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 tbsp. sugar, 1/3 cup heavy cream, 2 tbsp. corn syrup and 2 tbsp. water over medium- high until boiling. Boil 1 minute. Off heat, add 3 1/2 oz. chopped bittersweet chocolate. Whisk until smooth; let cool 10 minutes. Makes 1 cup.

Chocolate Glaze

Fruit Glaze

Thaw one bag of frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or mangoes). Transfer to a fine-mesh sieve and press the fruit into a bowl with a silicone spatula. Substitute 2 tbsp. of the strained fruit for the milk in the Classic Glaze, adding a few drops of water to thin, if necessary.

Fruit Glaze

Coffee Glaze

Substitute 2 tbsp. strong coffee for the milk in the Classic Glaze.

Coffee Glaze

Citrus Glaze

Substitute 2 tbsp. thawed frozen citrus juice concentrate (orange juice, lemonade or limeade) for the milk in the Classic Glaze, adding a few drops of water to thin, if necessary.

Citrus Glaze

Peanut Butter Glaze

Substitute 1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter for 1 tbsp. of the milk in the Classic Glaze.

Peanut Butter Glaze

Roll 'Em

Before your glaze sets, dunk your doughnut holes in a snazzy topping. Here are some of our faves -- go nuts! (Or fruit, or candy...)

From top: crushed peppermints, shaved chocolate, Frosted Cheerios, chopped dried apricots, crushed Oreos, chopped walnuts, Trix cereal, chopped Kit Kats, sprinkles, shredded coconut, chopped gummy bears

Roll

All Together Now!

Mix up some creative combos with your doughnut holes, glazes, fillings and toppings. Here are a few to get you inspired -- and hungry!

Doughnut holes

The Campfire

Chocolate Doughnut Hole + marshmallow cream filling + Chocolate glaze + crushed graham crackers

The Campfire

Rise & Shine

Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Coffee Glaze + crumbled bacon

Rise & Shine

Mojito

Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Lime Citrus Glaze + Mint Sugar + fresh mint leaf

Mojito

Breakfast of Champions

Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Orange Citrus Glaze + Froot Loops

Breakfast of Champions

Strawberry Lemonade

Vanilla Doughnut Hole + lemon curd filling + Strawberry Fruit Glaze + lemon zest

Strawberry Lemonade

Birthday Cake

Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Classic Glaze + sprinkles

Birthday Cake

Choco-Mint

Chocolate Doughnut Hole + Chocolate Glaze with mint extract + chocolate cookie crumbs

Choco-Mint

PB&J

Vanilla Doughnut Hole + grape jelly filling + Peanut Butter Glaze + chopped peanuts

PB&J

All That & a Bag of Chips

Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Vanilla Pastry Cream filling + Chocolate Glaze + crushed potato chips

All That & A Bag of Chips

The Jelly Roll

Vanilla Doughnut Hole + raspberry jam filling + Raspberry Fruit Glaze

The Jelly Roll

Choco-Coco

Chocolate Doughnut Hole + Chocolate Glaze + shredded coconut

Choco-Coco

Mango-Chile

Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Mango Fruit Glaze + a sprinkle of cayenne

Mango-Chile