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Easy No-Yeast Donut Holes
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

My Easy No-Yeast Donut Holes recipe uses no yeast for a faster donut that's just as light, sweet, and perfectly fried as the donuts you know and love.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 50 donut holes
Calories: 380 kcal
Author: Gemma Stafford
Donut Dough
  • 3 ½ cups (1lb 2oz/497g) all-purpose flour (I used O Organics®)
  • ¾ cup (6oz/170g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 large eggs (I used O Organics®)
  • ¾ cup (6floz/170ml) buttermilk
  • ¼ cup (2oz/57g) butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
Birthday Cake Glaze
  • ¾ cup (3oz/85g) powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Confetti Sprinkles
Cinnamon Sugar
  • ¾ cup (6oz/170g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
Maple Glaze
  • ¾ cup (3oz/85g) powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. Fill a large heavy bottomed pan with about 3 inch of vegetable oil then line a baking tray with a wire rack and paper towel for the donuts to cool and drain, set aside while making the dough.

  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices, set aside.
  3. In another large bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter.
  4. Using a whisk, gradually whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until a sticky dough is formed.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and bring the dough together. Then use your palms to press the dough into roughly a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.

  6. Before cutting out your dough, heat the oil over medium-low heat (this should take 5-7 minutes).
  7. While the oil is heating, cut out your donuts: Using a 1 inch round cutter, cut out the donut holes. You should be able to cut out about 50 holes. If you have any extra dough left over, press it together and repeat the process until you have used up all of the dough.

  8. Transfer your cut out donut holes to a baking tray and place the tray near your stove so you can easily place the donuts into the oil.
  9. To make sure your oil is the right temperature, test it with a donut hole. If it's hot enough this should puff up and be golden brown after cooking for roughly 2 minutes per side.
  10. When ready to fry carefully place the donut holes into the oil. Allow the holes to fry for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
  11. Carefully remove from the oil using tongs or a spider. Be careful as the oil will be very hot. DO NOT walk away from the pan at any stage of frying.
  12. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining donut holes until they are all fried off. While they are still warm you will want to glaze them.
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes
  1. Whisk together the ingredients in a small bowl. Toss the warm donut holes in the sugar until well coated. Set aside.

Birthday Cake Donut Holes
  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Dip the donut holes in the glaze while still warm. Sprinkle over sprinkles and set aside on a wire rack to set.

Maple Glaze Donut Holes
  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Dip the donut holes in the glaze while still warm. Set aside on a wire rack to set.

  2. Once set they are ready to serve. These donuts are best eaten within 24 hours of cooking. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Easy No-Yeast Donut Holes
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 101
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.2g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 455mg20%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 62.6g21%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Sugar 20.2g22%
Protein 8.1g16%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.