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Jelly Filled Donut Holes

Homemade Jelly Filled Donut Holes are easier to make than you think. Better than Dunkin’ Munchkins, these cute donut bites are rolled in a sugar topping and bursting with sweetness!

Love homemade donuts? Be sure to try our full size Jam Donuts for delicious flavor. Or give these Bostom Cream Donuts a try for your next breakfast treat.

Jelly filled sugar coated donut holes in a white bowl.

Why this Recipe Works

I think I may have said this once or twice before, but I love pastries for breakfast. A perfect slice of sour cream coffee cake is my jam.

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). There’s something extra appealing to me about bite-sized pastries with my coffee. So easy to pop in your mouth!

After making lots of Donut Muffins in the past few years, it was time to try my hand at jelly filled donut holes!

Jelly Filled Munchkins

These ended up reminding me quite a bit of Munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts. Only they taste even better because they’re made fresh with ingredients you recognize.

Here are a few more reasons this recipe is amazing:

  • Can be made with any flavor jelly. Strawberry, grape, raspberry–you choose!
  • Baked donut holes. No frying or boiling oil to worry about. These tiny jelly donuts are baked in a mini muffin pan.
  • Easy to make. With only 20 minutes of baking time, these donut holes are ready to eat in no time.
  • Buttery sugar coating. Roll the baked jelly filled donut holes in butter and sugar to give them a satisfying layer of extra sweetness.
  • No yeast needed. These treats are leavened with baking powder instead.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for jelly filled donut holes.

Jelly. Any flavor of jelly works. We use strawberry preserves in our donut holes.

Kosher salt. I use this coarse variety of salt in all my baking. Here’s why I always choose kosher salt in my recipes.

Butter. Unsalted is best and I recommend letting it soften for a few minutes at room temperature before using.

Sugar topping. Try rolling these in cinnamon sugar mix instead of just the sugar. Delicious.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos to make jelly filled donut holes.

There are only a few easy steps to make homemade jelly donut holes from scratch.

  1. Beat together ingredients for batter.
  2. Divide batter into muffin tin cavities.
  3. Pipe jelly into the center of baked donut holes with a pastry bag.
  4. Roll in butter and sugar.

Tips and Tricks

  • How to fill jelly donuts. Place donut holes on their sides. Press the tip of the filled pastry bag gently into the side of the donut. Fill until you see the donut hole expand.
  • Storing. Keep donuts in an airtight container at room temperature and enjoy within 3 days. The fresher the better!
  • Prevent sticking. Spray the mini muffin tin with non stick baking spray before adding the batter so the donut holes slide out easily.
  • Make chocolate donut holes. With glaze or powdered sugar!
Jelly filled donut holes falling out of a bowl.

Recipe FAQs

Can I roll these in powdered sugar instead of butter and granulated sugar?

Absolutely! These would be delicious dusted with powdered sugar too (just a little messier to eat!).

Can you freeze jelly filled donut holes?

Yes, jelly filled donuts are delicious after freezing. Store in freezer bags and let thaw overnight when ready to enjoy.

Will this recipe work with jam instead of jelly?

Jam, jelly, and preserves all work well in this recipe!

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Yield: 24 donut holes

Jelly Filled Donut Holes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Homemade Jelly Filled Donut Holes are easier to make than you think. Better than Dunkin' Munchkins, these cute donut bites are rolled in a sugar topping and bursting with sweetness!

Ingredients

For the donut holes:

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup whole milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For the filling and topping:

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup strawberry jelly (or any flavor)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • How to fill jelly donuts. Place donut holes on their sides. Press the tip of the filled pastry bag gently into the side of the donut. Fill until you see the donut hole expand.
  • Storing. Keep donuts in an airtight container at room temperature and enjoy within 3 days. The fresher the better!
  • Prevent sticking. Spray the mini muffin tin with non stick baking spray before adding the batter so the donut holes slide out easily

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Jelly filled donut holes just like Dunkin’ munchkins! These easy no yeast baked donuts are a perfect match for your morning cup of coffee.

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on April 10, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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. : )

  7. 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! 🙂

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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!

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

  12. I love jelly doughnuts, and yes I think those count as doughnuts! These look amazing and adorable 🙂

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