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Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Donut Holes

If you love homemade donuts but aren’t sure you want small kids around hot oil, these donut holes are ideal. Essentially mini nutmeg-infused muffins, these sweet little snacks are rolled in melted butter and then tossed in cinnamon-sugar. The dough comes together in a snap and bakes off so quickly (one batch is ready in about 8 minutes) that you can be sharing donut holes with your family and friends within an hour, start to finish.

  • Yield: 56 donut holes


For the donuts
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole nutmegs, ground with a Microplane
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
For the Cinnamon-Sugar Coating
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons cinnamon


  1. Step 1

    Make the donuts: Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray or softened butter.

  2. Step 2

    Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg into a medium bowl and whisk until fully incorporated. Set aside.

  3. Step 3

    In a large bowl, combine the oil and sugar, then whisk to combine.

  4. Step 4

    Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition. Add the vanilla and the buttermilk and whisk again.

  5. Step 5

    Using a rubber spatula, fold in the dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix. Stop folding when there are still visible streaks of flour.

  6. Step 6

    Scoop dough by the tablespoonful into the mini muffin pan and place the pan in the middle rack of the oven.

  7. Step 7

    Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the pan at the halfway point. The muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean. Repeat with the remaining dough.

  8. Step 8

    Make the Cinnamon-Sugar Coating: While the donuts bake, add the melted butter in a small bowl. Whisk the sugar and cinnamon together in another small bowl.

  9. Step 9

    Assemble donuts: As soon as the baked holes have cooled enough to handle, begin dipping them one at a time in the bowl of butter and then rolling them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Transfer the coated holes to a wire rack. Let cool briefly and serve. Donut holes will keep on the counter for up to 3 days, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.