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Powdered Sugar Donut Holes Recipe

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You can’t go wrong with this Powdered Sugar Donut Holes recipe when wanting something to satisfy that sweet craving. I have a huge list of Homemade Donut Recipes to be sure to put on your baking radar!

Easy to recreate a nostalgic dish in your home that is soft and fluffy with a crunchy sugary crispy bite. You will love them! (and you might gobble them all up!)

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Donuts are super tasty, but when you keep things simple and enjoy them as they are coated in some confectioner sugar, you really are making a little donut hole of heaven.

With every bite, you get that deep-fried crisp with sugar: a taste sensation and a huge hit with the whole family. This would be perfect for Sunday brunch as well!

Powdered Sugar Donut Holes Recipe

Donuts are something that many people avoid making. You likely think you need fancy equipment, that the process of making the donuts is complicated, and that it will take a lot of time and effort. You couldn’t be more wrong.

I have an easy-to-follow recipe to help recreate these sweet treats at home.

You combine most of the ingredients to make your dough. Divide it into the number of donuts you are making—prepare the confectioner sugar for when they are cooked and get them frying. The hard part is ensuring your oil gets to temperature, but that’s about it.

My boys eat a ton of these donuts. I see them eagerly waiting for the first one to be cool enough to enjoy. They are such a delicious thing and one that I know your family will love just as much as mine.

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How do you get a hole in the donut?

Making a hole in a donut is a surprisingly straightforward process involving some cookie cutters or even just the simple use of a knife.

With the cookie-cutter approach, position it in the middle of the donut. Just be sure that the cookie cutter is small and can make a small hole, so it doesn’t overtake the donut.

Inserting a knife at an angle can also work – gently press down to separate the smaller inner ring from its bigger circular frame, leaving a space where a hole should’ve been formed without breaking your donut apart.

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Make it a Meal:

When it comes to meal planning, you’re going to find out that it’s an easy way to prepare for the week. It saved my time and sanity so much over the years!

Main Dish: Italian Hamburger Soup

Vegetable Side: Cooked Asparagus

Starch Side: Pan Fried Potatoes

Refreshing Drink: Strawberry Thyme Lemonade

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Best Donut Recipes:

Once you make these powdered sugar donut holes, you will not want to stop. You can make this recipe over and over again and never get bored!

But just in case you want other options, I’ve gathered some of the best donuts for you to try!

I love making these Andes Mint Donuts! I really enjoy the mint flavor and so do the boys!

Just wait until you start your day off with this Gingerbread Donut Recipe. You can’t go wrong and perfect or the festive season or the fall.

Everyone is going to love these Baked Blueberry Doughnuts! So delicious and the perfect weekend treat.

Just in time for fall, check out this recipe for Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts.

Need even more donut ideas? This list of 25 Homemade Donut Recipes is just what you need!

My taste buds love this Smores Donuts recipe, and the kids do! Super tasty!

Give this simple recipe for Mardi Gras Cake Mix Donuts a try!

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What is the best way to let these donuts cool down?

You will want these donuts to cool down quickly so you can all start enjoying them. My tried and tested method is to put them on a cooling rack and allow the airflow to cool them down quickly.

Place them somewhere cool if you can, not near a hot oven. Opening a window can also help drop the temperature a few degrees in the kitchen.

Once they have cooled down a bit, they’re ready to enjoy eating! Just grab one (or two!) and pop it in your mouth!

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Powdered Sugar Donut Holes

Powdered Sugar Donut Holes

Yield: 50 donut holes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

These Powdered Sugar Donut Holes are fun to make - and fun to eat! Perfect for an early morning treat for the kids!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1⁄2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 5-5 1⁄2 cups flour
  • oil for frying, enough to fill pan 2”
  • 2 cups conectioner sugar


  1. Mix eggs, salt, sugar, sour cream, milk, baking soda, and baking powder. Blend in enough flour that the dough isn't sticky.
  2. Pat out dough on floured board and roll to 1/2” thick.
  3. Cut donut holes using a 1 1/2” cutter.
  4. Prep a bowl with the confectioner sugar and set it aside for when the donuts are ready.
  5. Heat cooking oil to 375°.
  6. When donuts are lightly golden, turn with a slotted spoon and repeat cooking on the flip side. (it should take approximately 45 seconds per side to get the right golden hue)
  7. Carefully remove donut holes from the fryer with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to drain.
  8. While still warm, toss donut holes in the confectioner sugar to coat.
  9. Store in an airtight container.


*The darker the donut, the tougher the texture.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 50 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 8g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/30/2022

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