Cinnamon Sugar Kind-of Donuts?

So apparently donuts are far more difficult to make than I realized. I tried out a few different recipes that I found on Pinterest, with very different results. The ones shown here yielded the most successful results. Really, they are more like donut holes or dough balls. There is some slight identity confusion, but bottom line: fried dough covered in sugar…you really can’t go wrong!

What You Need


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (plus another teaspoon)
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 mixing bowls and spoons
  • Wok or skillet
  • Baking sheets

Honey Lemon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon extract

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. nutmeg (optional)

How To Do It

1. In one bowl, mix water, yeast and one tbsp. sugar. Let sit for 7-8 minutes or until frothy.

2. In other bowl, mix in remaining ingredients.

3. Kneed the dough with extra flour. Cover with a wet cloth and some saran wrap for 45 minutes to an hour (it should be noticeably bigger by the end of time).

4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Heat canola oil in wok or skillet on medium heat.

5. Break dough into small balls and fry them evenly on all sides. Because the inside will still be slightly uncooked, place on a baking sheet. Once they have all been fried, insert them into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. They will expand slightly in the center, accounting for there sometimes irregular shape.

Oops, some were slightly burnt. Oh well!

6. Make honey lemon glaze by whisking all ingredients together. Brush on top of hot dough balls, dip in cinnamon sugar mixture and serve. Makes 18-20 donut holes.

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See similar: Easy Cinnies


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