Just when we thought Friday couldn't get any sweeter, today also happens to be the most holey day of the year... it's National Doughnut Day! I've never come across a doughnut I didn't like. From sprinkled cake doughnuts to jelly-filled doughnuts to simple glazed doughnuts, I love them all! However, I've always had a huge soft spot for doughnut holes, specifically cinnamon sugar doughnut holes. They're so easy to just pop in your mouth, and I like the fact that I get to eat more than one (it tricks my mind into thinking I'm eating more than I actually am). In a perfect world where calories didn't exist and I could eat anything without gaining weight, I could go through a whole box of these. But alas, that's never going to happen.
Fortunately, I found a recipe for cinnamon sugar doughnut holes that are significantly healthier than anything you can find in a store, not to mention they're extremely easy to make! They pretty much encompass everything you want in a doughnut hole: soft, doughy center, slightly crisp exterior, and a cinnamon sugar coating. There's no frying or yeast involved. And despite the fact that they're baked in a muffin pan, they actually do turn out spherical.
So celebrate this holey day with a baked doughnut hole (or five)!
BAKED DOUGHNUT HOLES
Yields 12 doughnuts
For the doughnuts
- 3/4 cups milk
- 3/4 cups white sugar
- 1/3 cups oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup Flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cups (1/2 stick) butter
- 1/3 cups white sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Combine milk, sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
- Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir only to combine.
- Distribute batter evenly between 12-cup muffin pa.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a bowl.
- Combine the white sugar with the cinnamon in another bowl.
- Take muffins out of the oven and remove from the pan while still hot. I was worried they would stick, but they just popped right out!
- Dip the muffins into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon / sugar mix.
- Let cool.
Doughnut holes immediately after being removed from the oven
Dip the doughnut holes into the butter, cinnamon, and sugar for the delicious coating
Take a look at that soft, airy center!