Kids in the Sink

Brown Butter Donut Holes

on March 29, 2012

So, maybe you make these and eat them all in one day with your best friend and a cup of coffee…

Just a thought. Take it or leave it.

We used to be intimidated at the idea of frying anything. Hot oil seems awfully dangerous and oil fires even more so. I’m pretty sure my first instinct would be to throw some water on an oil fire, which I know is TOTALLY wrong, but I’m not sure I’d have my wits about me if I started a vicious oil fire in the kitchen.

One day, though, we just took the plunge. We just did it. We got some oil and a pan and we turned on the stove and we Fried. Stuff. Up. And we fell in love. We don’t have any fancy thermometers or anything. We just use the old wooden spoon trick and we have been able to successfully fry quite a few different things now.

And these, oh these donut holes. Brown butter. Fried. In a donut hole. Yes. These were so addictive. They made quite a batch, about 20 or so donut holes. We gave a couple to our kids. We ate some for breakfast. Then had the rest for an afternoon snack. No biggie. And they were heaven. They taste a little like a funnel cake and a little like those sugar donuts you get at the Chinese buffet. They are light and fluffy and rolled in cinnamon sugar and  they might just talk you into eating all of them in one day. Your body might regret it, but your soul will not. Friends, make these. They are super easy and super worth it.


Brown Butter Donut Holes


5 tbsp butter

1 cup milk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 1/2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Oil for frying

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Place the butter in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Swirl occasionally and cook until you see brown specks in the butter and it has a nutty aroma. When the butter is golden and nutty, immediately take it off the heat so that your brown butter doesn’t turn black.
  2. Place 2-3 inches of oil in a deep saucepan and heat on medium while you combine the ingredients.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add the milk mixture and browned butter to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, taking care not to overmix.
  5. Once the oil has reached 360˚, or bubbles immediately form around a wooden spoon handle when stood up in the bottom of the pot, carefully drop tablespoon size mounds of dough into the oil. Fry a few at a time until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully move the donut holes around in the oil to ensure even cooking.
  6. Place cooked donut holes on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain and to cool until able to handle.
  7. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, and while the donut holes are still warm, roll them in the sugar mixture to completely coat. Serve warm.

Source: Not Without Salt


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