Powdered Sugar Donut Holes

Love donuts for breakfast but hate all the work? These Powdered Sugar Donut Holes are baked (not fried) and ready in under 30 minutes.

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Powdered Sugar Donut Holes: baked, not fried, and super delicious. Easy enough for weekday breakfast!

Remember last week I shared these CHOCOLATE Powdered Sugar Donut Holes? While they are a HUGE hit in my family, I have a confession.

Today’s recipe is an even bigger hit. I know, regular donuts vs chocolate…and the regular wins. Not to say the chocolate aren’t delicious, because they are (one reader commented that they taste like OREOS), but in my family, these plain powdered sugar donut holes are where it’s at.

And I have to be honest here….I usually avoid powdered sugar donut holes. I hide them from my kids. I serve them glazed instead. Or cinnamon sugar. I do anything to avoid the crazy powdered sugar mess that appears on their faces, their clothes, the floor and the dog (yes the DOG!).

But, sometimes a mom has to give in and give the kids a treat. And when my kids ask for a special breakfast, these donut holes are what they have in mind. Smart kids.

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Powdered Sugar Donut Holes: baked, not fried, and super delicious. Easy enough for weekday breakfast!

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Yield: 24 donut holes

Powdered Sugar Donut Holes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes


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 topping:

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar


  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 and cool in pan about 10 minutes, then cool completely on wire rack.
  4. When cool, dip each donut into the melted butter and roll in powdered sugar. Eat and enjoy!

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Love donuts for breakfast but hate all the work? These Powdered Sugar Donut Holes are baked (not fried) and ready in under 30 minutes.


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Posted on August 20, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. what will these be like if I don’t have a mini muffin pan? Like can I make them just bigger in a regular muffin pan?

  2. I absolutely love donut holes! They are mini so I feel like I can eat more. 🙂 I love that these are baked too – yum!

  3. Those look scrumptious! My mouth is watering right now! I love that they’re baked instead of fried because that means I’ll feel less guilty eating them 😉

  4. You keep all the regular ones and send me all the chocolate ones. Deal? Although I do agree about the powdered sugar mess…totally worth the mess though!!!!

  5. I’ll take a million please. For reals. I love that they are baked (which means I can actually eat a million of them) and powdered donuts were always one of my favorites growing up. 😀

  6. Absolutely in LOVE with this idea of using the mini muffin pan for donut holes! I think I’ll be making this for breakfast for the first day of school, yum!

  7. I agree-one of the few times chocolate isn’t the winner is between choc donuts vs. regular powdered sugar–love how amazing these look and that they’re baked!

  8. Donut holes are the best, especially the baked ones! Love this recipe for the powdered sugar kind, my husband will go crazy for these!

  9. Oh man, I’ve seen homemade doughnuts holes everywhere – I think it’s a sign! I need to try them. (: Thank you for sharing, these look amaze.

  10. I’m with you on the powdered sugar mess, except it always seems to be me making it… I love plain powdered sugar donuts; they were always my favorite as a kid. Will be making these for my family!

  11. I’ve been wanting to try baked doughnut holes (I’ve only ever made them fried) and the way these look are enough to convince me!! Wish I had a platter full right now 🙂

  12. A donut that also tastes like an Oreo? I’m gonna have to get me some of that.
    But these are great. I love the basic powdered sugar donut. Nothing better!

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