Fried Cinnamon Donut Holes
on Oct 03, 2023
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Delicious fried cinnamon donut holes are super easy to make and so comforting on a lazy weekend morning.
These donut holes start with biscuit dough and are fried until crispy, then rolled in butter and a cinnamon sugar mixture.
Add some melted chocolate sauce for dipping and thank me later!
Why I Love Homemade Fried Donut Holes
This recipe is easy and delicious, not to mention the ultimate comfort food. But what I really love is how satisfying a cinnamon and sugar donut tastes when served warm.
Next level amazing! So let’s get to it.
This is a simple recipe made with basic ingredients. You may even have them already.
What to Buy
Next time you go to the store, make sure to get the following items:
- Vegetable oil – Used for frying the donuts. Make sure you have enough hot oil to allow them to float and turn easily.
- Refrigerated biscuits – You can use your favorite brand of plain biscuits. This donut recipe uses buttermilk biscuits.
- Unsalted butter – We will use this to coat the cooked donuts before rolling in the topping.
- Granulated sugar – For added flavor, sweetness and texture.
- Ground cinnamon – The perfect topping for warm, fall comfort food.
Use other toppings like powdered sugar, melted chocolate, or an easy sugar glaze if you want to have a few options.
How to Make Fried Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
To get started, separate the portions of biscuit dough and cut each biscuit into quarters.
Roll the dough pieces into balls between your palms, taking care not to smash them.
Set the dough balls aside on parchment paper or foil.
Heat vegetable oil in a pot or fryer over medium to medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F as measured with a candy thermometer or frying thermometer.
Carefully lower a few dough balls into the oil to fry. If you see them bubbling, you will know the oil is hot enough.
Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the underside of the donut holes are golden brown and they start to naturally turn over.
You can use a fork or pair of tongs to gently help flip the donut holes over, and repeat cooking 1-2 minutes on the opposite side until the whole donut is completely golden brown all over.
Carefully remove the donut holes from the frying oil with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate.
Repeat frying 4-8 donut holes at a time until all donuts are cooked. Do not overcrowd the pan or they may not cook evenly.
After the donut holes are all fried, melt butter in a heat-safe bowl in the microwave.
Then, in a separate bowl, combine the cinnamon sugar mix for the perfect donut topping.
One by one, dip the donut holes into the butter, then into the cinnamon sugar mixture, making sure to coat on all sides.
Place donuts on a plate to cool and serve.
Serve with hot fudge sauce for dipping if desired and enjoy!
Or you can make a few batches and create this adorable donut hole Christmas tree for the holidays!
These donuts are best eaten right away after you fry the donut holes. If you want to store leftovers, be sure to keep them in an airtight container and enjoy them within 1-2 days.
Print the Recipe
Make cinnamon sugar donut holes for a holiday brunch, a weekend treat, or whenever the mood strikes. I hope you love them!
Fried Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes
- Liquid measuring cup
- Candy thermometer (or frying thermometer)
- Measuring spoons
- Dry measuring cups
- Sharp knife or kitchen scissors
- Mixing bowls (small)
- Slotted spoon
- Paper towels
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- 1 pkg refrigerated biscuits
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Separate the portions of biscuit dough and cut them into quarters.
- Roll the quartered portions of dough into balls between your palms, taking care not to smash them. Set the dough balls aside on parchment or foil.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a pot over medium to medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F. Use a candy thermometer or frying thermometer to verify the temperature.
- Carefully lower a few dough balls into the oil to fry.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the underside of the donut holes are golden brown and they start to naturally turn over.
- Use a fork or pair of tongs to carefully help flip the donut holes over, and repeat cooking for 1-2 minutes on the opposite side, until the dough is completely golden brown all over.
- Use a slotted spoon to gently remove the donut holes from the hot oil and place them on a paper towel lined plate.
- Repeat frying 4-8 donut holes at a time until finished.
- After the donut holes are all fried, melt the butter in a heat-safe bowl in the microwave.
- In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
- Dip each donut hole into the butter, then into the cinnamon sugar mixture, making sure to coat on all sides.
- Serve with chocolate sauce for dipping if desired. and enjoy.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.