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

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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26 comments on “Powdered Sugar Donut Holes”

  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. My kiddos go cray for powdered donuts — they would LOVE these!!

  4. Oh man! I would totally dig these for breakfast this morning 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. Fact: Better mornings begin with donuts (and donut holes!)

  7. Powdered sugar donut holes are the best. Hands down. Even with the mess.

  8. I love donut holes! These look amazing.

  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. Homemade easy donut holes…now this is too dangerous 🙂 Pinned!

  11. I love these delicious donut holes — I’d pop about a dozen myself!

  12. Another delicious donut hole recipe from you. I can’t handle it, I want to eat them ALL!

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  14. Powdered sugar donuts are one of my favs! These look dangerously easy to make at home.

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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. 😀

  19. 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!!!!

  20. 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 😉

  21. I need to make these right now!

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

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