Jelly Filled Donut Holes

These cute Jelly Filled Donut Holes are delicious and tasty too! Make a quick batch for your family (or yourself) today!!

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Jelly Filled Donut Holes: so easy to make and better than any donut shop. Make a batch for breakfast today!

I think I may have said this once or twice before, but I love love love love love pastries for breakfast. Donuts, Muffins, Coffee Cake, Turnovers…I’m all over it.

There is something so perfect about a rich pastry and hot cup of coffee in the morning.

It’s my weakness. (besides rice krispie treats).

Last week I baked FIVE different kinds of donuts. All little bitty bite sized flavors. Because bite sized donuts are better. Right? Okay, maybe not really, but I feel less guilty when I eat a dozen bite sized donuts. Stay tuned for more donut muffin recipes!

And I’m not really sure these are donuts. Maybe muffins? There is quite the controversy on social media if baked donuts are TRULY donuts. And donuts (bite sized ones) made in a mini muffin pan…well, you be the judge.

Regardless of WHAT you call these, I can guarantee they are delicious. 

Jelly Filled Donut Holes: so easy to make and better than any donut shop. Make a batch for breakfast today!

Ever go to a donut shop and ask for an assortment of donuts? I feel like they always put in way more jelly donuts than chocolate, or cream filled. Which is totally cool with me, because I LOVE jelly filled donuts.

However these little beauties are soft (and not dry like a day old donut shop version). I used a pastry bag and tip to fill my muffins. I found filling them while they were warm worked best (I tried both ways). I tipped each mini donut on it’s side then piped it right into the center, giving enough pressure that when the donut started to “expand” I removed the tip. Once they were cooled, I rolled them in melted butter (oh yeah) and then rolled them in granulated sugar. I never said this was a “light and healthy” recipe. ENJOY!!!

Jelly Filled Donut Holes: so easy to make and better than any donut shop. Make a batch for breakfast today!

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Jelly Filled Donut Holes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 donut holes


    For the donut holes:
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • For the filling and topping:
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jelly (or any flavor)


  1. Beat sugar with butter until well blended. Add egg. Add milk, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Beat until combined (about 1-2 minutes).
  2. Spray mini muffin pan with non-stick baking spray. Drop dough by tablespoon into each muffin cup. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 13-15 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven. Cool 5 minutes. Tip each donut hole on it's side.
  4. Fill pastry bag with jelly. Press tip into side of donut, apply enough pressure and fill donut hole until you see it expand. Remove tip and repeat for remaining donuts. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Once cooled, dip each donut hole into melted butter. Put sugar in a bowl, and roll each donut hole gently in the sugar until it's coated completely. Store in airtight container and enjoy within 3 days.

LOVE Donuts?

Check out my Doughnuts Pinterest Board. So many great ideas!


Still looking for more breakfast? Here is a great list of over 75 Breakfast recipes, from donuts and muffins to eggs and casseroles.


22 Responses to “Jelly Filled Donut Holes”

  1. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I love jelly doughnuts, and yes I think those count as doughnuts! These look amazing and adorable :-)

  2. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Jelly filled – my favorite! And because they’re small I can even more without feeling any guilt. Love the way you think! 😉 Pinned!

  3. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 10:17 am

    These look crazy simple and so delicious. Would love to try these!

  4. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I love that you made 5 different donuts in one day. These cute little minis full of jelly would not last very long in our house!

  5. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I have a weakness for all kinds of pastries for breakfast! Love how there is jelly inside!

  6. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I’ll take a dozen.

  7. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I love to make sweet stuff for breakfast when my mom or in-laws are in town. I feel like it fancies things up!! LOL! I’m totally gonna have to make some of these.

  8. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Yuummy, love these cute donut holes. Pinned!

  9. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I love that these look like donut holes…probably taste like them, too…but they’re baked like muffins! These would be such a hit here with everyone. Pinning! :)

  10. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I seriously adding these to my must-bake-list!!! YUM!

  11. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Yum! I love pastries for breakfast too. Give me a sweet, fresh donut and a hot cup of coffee and it’s bliss! I love these little bites. So clever to fill them with jelly. : )

    • posted Mar 26, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Crystal!! Glad to have a fellow pastry lover visiting :)

  12. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Bless your heart for the patience involved in filling all of these! Because I wouldn’t likely have had it :) Pinned

  13. posted Mar 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I love jelly donut holes – they are so cute, with the jelly peeking out! And the powdered sugar, best part :) Love this homemade version, it looks better than anything I could buy at the store!

  14. posted Mar 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Mini donuts holes are the best and I certainly consider baked donuts a donut, they’re just better because I can eat more and not feel so bad! I love the strawberry jam inside of these and the yummy sugar coating, Pinning!

  15. posted Mar 27, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Mini donuts are definitely more fun and I love that you made 5 different ones in one day! These cute little jelly ones would not last long in our house – they look fantastic – pinning :)

  16. posted Mar 29, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I love love love donuts!! And these are so cute!! Anything made mini is automatically cuter :) I’m definitely going to give these a try. Hope you have a great weekend!

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