Jelly Filled Donut Holes

No fail Donut Holes filled with Jelly. You won’t be able to stop munching on these!


With the end of January drawing near, I thought that I would miss my chance to indulge in some type of Jelly Donut. Last year I made you these. And I am so glad I was able to squeeze in some time to give donut holes a go and continue my January tradition of all things donuts and jelly. Alright, alright, I didn’t really have to make time. I actually happily ran into the kitchen and started to whip up the dough – nothing gets me going like the promise of fresh, still warm inside, and perfectly poppable donut holes.


Just when I thought things couldn’t get better in the donut department, these cute-as-a-button bites, proved otherwise. Of course I’d heard of donut holes before. But every time I go to get a donut at a bakery where donut holes are sold, I didn’t think twice about ordering the minis. Why bother with the small stuff when you can indulge into a big, beautiful donut instead?

But these homemade treats flipped my world upside down. Let me tell you more about these cuties and find out how many more times I will use the word donut in this post ;).


Maybe I should switch things up and call them doughnuts instead?! I can’t figure out which one’s the right one to use, which is pretty clear when you take a look at my donut creations so far. I keep jumping from donut to doughnut and honestly don’t care. As long as the main thing stays the same, I am fine with calling them whatever.


So what brought me to making a batch of donut holes? I’m blaming Dunkin’ Donuts. We finally got one last year and their munchkins have been speaking to me ever since. But then I look up and see all the other donuts they offer and munchkins never make it into my pastry bag. But I kept thinking about ’em and after holding a couple of these in my hands, I know exactly why. My donut curiosity was stilled and I am officially addicted.


Nothing compares to biting into a donut hole and seeing that delicious jelly oozing out. Can you say satisfaction?

Even if you’re familiar with donut holes already, you have got to give these a try. As always, homemade (even though I haven’t compared to them to anything store-bought yet) tastes better than anything out there. I’m that confident.


Have the Happiest Hump Day!

Jelly Filled Donut Holes
Serves 8
Make the best Jelly Filled Donut Holes in the comfort of your own home. They are incredible.
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Dough Starter
  1. 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  2. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water
  3. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
For the Dough
  1. 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  2. 2 tablespoons milk, warmed
  3. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 3 large egg yolks
  6. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  7. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  8. vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  9. 1 cup granulated sugar for coating
  10. 1 1/2 cups strawberry jelly
  1. 1. Prepare the dough starter. In a medium bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water. Add the flour and mix to combine. Starter will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. 2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, dissolve yeast in the milk. Add flour, salt, egg yolks, butter, sugar and the dough starter and mix until the dough comes together and forms a ball. Transfer dough to a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about another hour.
  3. 4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Flour your work surface, roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out 1-inch round doughnuts as close together as possible. Reroll the dough scraps and cut out more doughnut holes. Transfer the circles to the prepared baking sheet and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rise for 15 minutes.
  4. 5. In a medium skillet, heat 1 inch of oil to 325 degrees F. Fry the doughnuts until golden (about 5-6 at a time), about 2 minutes. Drain donut holes on paper towel-lined plates, then roll the doughnuts in the remaining sugar. Let donut holes cool slightly. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a small, round tip and fill with the strawberry jelly. Pipe jelly into doughnut holes and serve while still warm.
  1. Donut Holes are best when enjoyed on the same day.
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13 thoughts on “Jelly Filled Donut Holes

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    • Actually you are suppose to fry them in the oil. It’s looks like you are supposed to bake them because she mentions having the oil at 325 degrees.

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