Maple Glazed Donut Holes

These Maple Glazed Donut Holes are super easy! Who knew making donuts at home could be quick and so much fun?!

Easy Homemade Maple Glazed Donut Holes | Hall Nesting

Guys I’m so excited today we’re throwing a surprise baby shower for Cate! You know the “always hungry” girl behind Chez CateyLou. So I guess you might be wondering how a group of talented food bloggers are throwing Cate a shower? Well the way we do in true blogger fashion. Virtually, of course!

So surprise Cate this is for you and your growing family!

Chez Catey Lou Donut Shower Graphic

You all should know by now I love babies! I mean my blog is 75% food and 25% babies.  Well maybe I should say 20% so my other half can take some of the credit. So you see I just can’t wait to see motherhood on Cate!

I found Cate’s blog a couple of years ago and fell in love with these cake batter puppy chow and these baked blueberry donuts. Hence, the reason we are here today babies and donuts! Cate loves donuts – I mean she has only 13 recipes on her site!

So unbelievably good. Little donut holes fried and covered in a sweet maple glaze!

And my contribution today happens to be these lovely Maple Glazed Donuts. So let’s get down to business. I had never made a donut before in my life. (GASP!) Now before that steers you away from these little bites of perfection. You can ask all the family members who tried them and I even brought them to my mom’s Bible study. I think they were all quite impressed (or so they claimed).

The donut batter is whisked together easily by hand – you heard that right no need for a mixer. The center is fluffy and doughy like you want it to be with the outside a little crisp. And the glaze…well you know the saying “finger lickin’ good” – I have stepped it up a notch and said “bowl lickin’ great”. I may or may not have licked the bowl after each batch that I made…

Easy Homemade Maple Glazed Donut Holes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – one of the things I love the most about food blogging is all of the great friendships I have made. So I felt incredibly blessed when Allie and Zainab asked me if I wanted to shower the new mother to be! So pass around some more love and scroll down to see what everyone else has made to bring to this Virtual Baby Shower for Cate!

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Maple Glazed Donut Holes
Serves: 20 donut holes
For the Maple Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
For the donut holes:
  • 5 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Make the glaze:
  1. In a bowl sift the powdered sugar (sifting will decrease the lumps in glaze). Then add in melted butter and maple syrup. Stir together until mixture is smooth. Cover and set aside while you make the donuts.
Make the donut holes:
  1. Pour vegetable oil into heavy bottomed pot (or fryer). Heat until 350 degrees is reached.
  2. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and if available place a cooling rack on top to allow oil and glaze to drip off.
  3. In one bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl whisk the milk and egg together. Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Then add the butter until a soft yet thick dough forms.
  4. Using a cookie scoop or spoon scoop dough into a ball and drop in fryer* in batches. You do not want to overcrowd.
  5. Fry the donut holes for 2 minutes on one side until deep golden brown and an then use a pair of tongs to flip and fry an additional minute. (Fry a little less if making smaller donut holes).
  6. Using a slotted spoon remove the donut holes to the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Repeat with any additional dough.
  8. Then one by one dip the donut holes into the glaze** and return back to the rack. Serve warm.
*The dough will expand so if you want a donut hole smaller than a ping pong size ball you can use a smaller spoon.
**If the glaze has hardened too much for the donut hole to be glazed - zap the glaze in microwave for a few seconds.
Donut hole recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour


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  1. I love these little donut holes! SO simple aaaand adorable. And hey, small world… That cake batter puppy chow Cate made was in celebration of the release of my puppy chow cookbook! So we were already connected and didn’t even know it 🙂 I have never tried frying donuts at home, but I think I could manage trying for the first time with these little cuties!

  2. I LOVE donut holes! And ones glazed in maple, well, I could eat a dozen just on my own! These look perfect!

  3. Oh lordy these look good! I wouldn’t be able to stop till the whole plate was in my belly!

  4. Yay!! Catey is awesome, and these doughnut holes are awesome!! Seriously, I would give anything for one right now!

  5. You are inspiring me to make fried donut holes!! These look so insanely delicious, I would absolutely eat that entire plate, AND lick the bowl. Thank you so much for my awesome shower – you are the sweetest and I am so honored!! xoxo

  6. Oh yum! You are talking to my thighs!

  7. I am totally craving these right now! They look amazing, I love making my own donuts!

  8. Wow these sound delicious!! I haven’t had donut holes in ages!

  9. I love the sound of these! Oh that maple glaze takes them right over the top! And I just bet Cate is going to make a great mama 🙂

  10. Oh yes!!! This looks amazing.

  11. I love these donut rolls! So amazing. Thank you vey much for being a part of the shower!

  12. Oooo! I wish I had a plateful of these right now!

  13. I’ve always been too afraid to fry donuts but these look so easy to make!!

  14. What a sweet gesture! These donut holes sound delicious too. What a yummy glaze.

  15. I’ve never made donut holes (or traditional donuts – gasp!) but I have to try these little bites of deliciousness 😉

  16. Donut holes are the best! Except for how they’re so easily and quickly devoured given their small sizes. Oh well, waistline be damned! Hand me over this entire batch stat.

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