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Nutella Stuffed Donut Holes

These Nutella Stuffed Donut Holes are the perfect way to start your day. They’re baked right in a muffin tin so you can have delicious homemade donuts any morning of the week!

Speaking from experience, these donut holes taste extra delicious paired with a hot cup of coffee or a Brown Sugar Latte. Pair with a delicious easy pistachio salad for the perfect wake up call.

Nutella Stuffed Donut Holes: bite sized sugar coated donut holes filled with nutella!

Why this Recipe Works

We love homemade donuts around here. Have you tried these Chai Donuts yet? I still dream about them.

These Nutella Donut Holes are a fun breakfast treat to enjoy at home or bring to any gathering.

  • Baked, not fried. We use a mini muffin pan to make our donut holes!
  • One bowl recipe. Fewer dishes to wash means more time to enjoy homemade donuts.
  • Nutella filling. Cocoa and hazelnut spread gives the donut holes a luscious creamy center.
  • Quick and easy donuts. They’re ready in about 30 minutes!

Using a mini muffin pan is the perfect hack if you don’t have a donut pan. I also love that donut holes bite sized so you can eat MORE of them.

Love bite size donuts? Try our jelly filled donut holes next. Or give our chocolate glazed donuts a try…they are better than DD Munchkins!

Ingredient Notes

  • Baking powder – This allows the donuts to rise as they bake, making them soft and fluffy, no yeast necessary.
  • Egg – Let your egg come to room temperature so it’s easier to incorporate into the dough.
  • Kosher salt – I always use kosher salt in my baking.
  • Sugar topping – A coating of butter and sugar gives these donuts a perfect sweet exterior.
  • Nutella – This is a decadent spread made from sweet chocolate and hazelnut. You can use the name brand stuff or a generic store brand version (sometimes labeled simply “hazelnut spread”.) Either will be delicious!

Once you have your cabinet stocked with Nutella, you can make my other favorite Nutella recipes like these Nutella Swirled Blondies too.

Easy Instructions

  1. Make the donut holes:

Blend the donut ingredients together with an electric mixer. Scoop the donut batter into a greased mini muffin pan. Bake for about 13 minutes, then let the donut holes cool slightly in the pan.

2. Fill with Nutella:

Remove the donut holes from the pan. They’re easiest to fill if you flip them on their side. Use a frosting bag to pipe Nutella into each donut hole.

I puncture the side of the donut hole and squeeze in the filling until I see the donut expand slightly. Be careful not to overfill!

3. Roll in sugar:

Once all the donuts are filled roll them in melted butter. Then immediately roll each one in granulated sugar until well coated.

Tips and Tricks

  • Enjoy Nutella Donut Holes within 24 hours for best taste.
  • Once cooled, keep the donut holes sealed in an airtight container when you’re not eating them.
  • Use a 1 tablespoon scoop to transfer the batter into the pan. This ensures the donut holes are equally sized and bake evenly.
  • Swap out the Nutella for another creamy sweet spread. Biscoff would be heavenly in these donut holes too.
  • These are just as tasty rolled in powdered sugar instead of granulated. Try it both ways!
  • Try our chocolate powdered sugar donut holes next!
Nutella Stuffed Donut Holes: Sugar coated donut holes filled with nutella!

Recipe FAQs

I don’t have a mini muffin tin. Can I still make donut holes?

If you don’t have a mini-muffin tin you could make these in a regular muffin tin instead. They’ll be more like donut muffins than true donut holes, but still taste great!
You will need to add some baking time if making these in a regular muffin tin.

Can these be fried?

I don’t recommend frying these donut holes. They are more of a cake-style donut batter than a fried yeast donut dough.

Can I use table salt instead of kosher salt?

Yes, you can, but use only half the amount listed in the recipe.

Can I freeze Nutella Donut Holes?

Absolutely. These filled donut holes can be stored wrapped in freezer bags and kept frozen for 2 – 3 months. Let them thaw overnight and enjoy for breakfast the next day!

More Breakfast Recipes

Yield: 24 donut holes

Nutella Stuffed Donut Holes Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

These Nutella Stuffed Donut Holes are the perfect way to start your day. They're baked right in a muffin tin so you can have delicious homemade donuts any morning of the week!

Ingredients

For the donut holes:

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

For the topping and filling:

  • 3 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add all donut hole ingredients and blend with electric mixer until combined, about 2-3 minutes. Lightly grease mini muffin pan with baking spray. Spoon (using a 1Tbsp scoop) into muffin cups and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 13-15 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven and cool about 5-10 minutes in pan. Flip each donut hole onto it's side, as it makes it easier to fill with Nutella. Fill a piping bag with Nutella, and using a tip (I used a size 5 tip), squirt the Nutella into the side of the donut hole, applying enough pressure to see the donut hole expand. Repeat until all donut holes are filled.
  3. Melt butter and place in small bowl. Add sugar to a separate bowl. Drop donut into the butter, roll around. Then drop into sugar, coating generously. Allow to set (about 10 minutes). ENJOY. These are best enjoyed in 24 hours.

Notes

  • Enjoy Nutella Donut Holes within 24 hours for best taste.
  • Once cooled, keep the donut holes sealed in an airtight container when you're not eating them.
  • Use a 1 tablespoon scoop to transfer the batter into the pan. This ensures the donut holes are equally sized and bake evenly.
  • Swap out the Nutella for another creamy sweet spread. Biscoff would be heavenly in these donut holes too.
  • These are just as tasty rolled in powdered sugar instead of granulated. Try it both ways!
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    24

    Serving Size:

    1 donut

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 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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    About Aimee

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    Posted on May 22, 2014

    Comments & Reviews

    1. That last sentence is amusing, “these are best enjoyed within 24 hours.” I don’t think these would even last 24 minutes around most people!! Delicious!

    2. You come up with the best ideas. This is awesome and it was so nice meeting you at Blog Her Food!

    3. You defiantly deserve these nutella stuffed donut holes after that crazy travel experience! 🙂

    4. Oh my goodness, you definitely earned yourself some donut holes! That Nutella stuffing looks perfect!

    5. Ever since living in Germany as a teen, I have an obsession with Nutella! I used to think it was so strange to put chocolate spread on bread, but soon fell in love. These Nutella donut holes look like an awesome treat to satisfy that craving!

    6. I gotta admit, I’ve been enjoying your travel woes just as much as your recipes. I mean, I feel really bad for you, but you’re very funny! So that’s the silver lining in all of your airport drama, right?
      And I’m also very much a fan of these donut holes. They’re magnificent!

    7. My little guy Cole (7) would flip out over these! Loves donuts, loves nutella, so this would be pure heaven to him!

    8. Oh Aimee–You so LOVE flying don’t you?? 😉 You STILL have better job perks that I do! Thanks for the empty water bottle tip though–genius!

    9. I wish I could say I didn’t laugh as I read your travel tips and woes! Seriously though…the mental picture of you sprinting across the airport lugging your swag on sunburned shoulders makes me giggle 🙂 I know, I’m a horrible, terrible no good friend for laughing out loud and then telling you and your bloggy followers about it. Sorry…ok, not sorry! I’m still laughing here! But seriously, I’m scared to ever make travel plans with you. But at least now I know how and what to pack. And donuts, these amazing, awesome Nutella stuffed donuts need to go on that list!

    10. Oh and for these lovelies, my god do they look delicious. Nutella anything is good in my eyes.

    11. I’m having the same issue. I’m leaving for Europe next week and I have no idea what to wear on the plane! It’s going to be hot when I land in Rome, and I can’t wear a dress because, well….. I’m a boy.

    12. Wow Ms. Aimee, you seriously had quite the adventure! I laughed out loud at the wig and glasses part 🙂 I would’ve thought the gym shoes would’ve been great, but I guess not … I’m so glad you made it onto the airplane! Even if it was without your luggage, I can attest to the importance of extra underwear (not an experience I want to repeat) I wish you could’ve told that attendant you had made it! 🙂 Oh well, at least we’ve got donut holes at the end of the day. True comfort food right here, filled with Nutella!

    13. I hate airports! Every time we fly I feel like we are always running to try and catch our connecting flight. Glad you made it in enough time 🙂 Great tips for what to wear though, its always tough to decide what works best.

    14. My husband was laughing at me as I was packing (and when I got home) because I was being super anal about carry on packing, remembering your experiences. Girl, I’m so sorry that all happened!!! Great tips, really. They’re all so true!!! xo

    15. Sounds like quite the travel adventure! You must have needed about 50 of these donut holes when you got home 🙂 They look incredible!!

    16. You have way more patience than I do, filling all these little donut holes AND traveling 🙂 God you have some BAD luck girl! But all these travel tips are seriously amazing and as a fairly seasoned traveling, I am nodding in agreement with all. From always carry a light sweater or jacket to the footwear to the deodorant – I always carry it in my carryon LOL 🙂

    17. Great travel advice, I will sure keep that in mind next time I’ll have to travel by plane somewhere. Such a funny post too, it was a very nice read with a wonderful treat at the end. I love everything with nutella and in this recipe it a wonderful surprise when you bit into the muffin, yum!

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