I know this is not the most pinworthy of pictures, but here at Money Saving Parent headquarters I admit that part of the fun of cooking, especially when it’s a new recipe I’m trying it being able to do it with my children. It may not always turn out. It may turn out but not look that picture perfect. This was one of those times that it tastes great and it’s not picture perfect but the smile on my daughter’s face when she told dad she made him doughnut holes for breakfast was the best part of all.
First I’ll share with you the recipe. Then I’ll give you tips on how to make it Picture Pinterest perfect.
- 2 cups all purpose flour sifted
- ¼ cup plus 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon (you can do just 1 if you aren't big on the flavor) You can also substitute using nutmeg or all spice depending on your tastes)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Oil - for frying
- Mix all dry ingredients.
- Mix "wet" ingredients.
- Heat oil in deep dish frying pan or fryer.
- Pour wet into dry and mix gently to form a dough.
- Pat hands with flour.
- Use large tablespoons to do heaping drops of dough into hot oil. In our case they were more "drop" than rounded.
- Depending on the size of your doughnut holes makes approximately 18-24.
- Brown on each side. If you heat it hot and cook fast it will have a crispy outside. Cook it slower and lower and it will be more donut like.
- Drain on paper towel on plate.
- Top with glaze, icing or sprinkles.
Okay for us I made them more drop like so that the kids could drop them in the oil and turn with tongs. But you can take a minute and form them better before cooking.
Also, if you want them soft on the outside make sure to cook it a little lower and slower than Med. High heat for the oil. Turning gently but frequently. Ours were a little crispy on the outside.
Now, if you want the glaze that’s easy.
Mix 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of milk until it’s like syrup. That’s it. Then we rolled the holes into the glaze dropped on a plate and the kids topped with sugar crystals or chocolate sprinkles. They were delicious! And, I had some left over for later. That makes mom happy too.
It was fun, easy, and inexpensive. They were so PROUD of themselves. So go have a doughnut the calories don’t count. You worked them off by making them with love.