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Donut Holes

This recipe was prepared for the wedding of Eunice Moyle and Daniel James by the San Francisco-based caterer and event-design company Fork & Spoon Productions. Photo by Sara Remington.

  • Yield: Makes about 30

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2010


  • 3 to 3 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 envelope (about 2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • 6 cups vegetable or cottonseed oil, for frying
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Whisk together 3 cups flour, 6 tablespoons sugar, the yeast, and salt, and set aside.
  2. Combine milk and eggs in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add flour mixture, and mix on medium speed 2 to 3 minutes, or until dough comes together and forms a ball.
  3. Add the soft butter, slowly, one piece at a time. Continue mixing for about 3 minutes, and add remaining flour 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough forms a soft ball (you may not need the full 3/4 cup).
  4. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm place, and let rise until doubled in size, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  5. Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface, and pinch off 1 1/2-ounce pieces, about 1 inch in diameter. Place on a lightly floured cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes. Meanwhile, mix cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a wide bowl.
  6. Heat oil to 365 degrees, and drop donut holes into oil in batches. Cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, and toss with cinnamon sugar while still warm. Let sit 5 minutes before serving; let cool completely before packaging in glassine bags as favors.

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