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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Balls

9 reviews / 4.8 average

Alright everyone, gather 'round.

In honor of March arriving so suddenly and catching everyone by surprise (truth be told, I thought leap day was yesterday) (I mean leap year) (whatever), all that to say - I'd like you to meet someone.

This is the Donut Ball.

Before you lose consciousness, let me assure you that usually the donut coma only lasts for about an hour, possibly more if there's a fire going in the fireplace and Michael Buble softly playing and the dishwasher whooshing you into a nap. Possibly even more if you dunked your donuts in a creamy latte. I promise you will wake up with warm fuzzies in your soul and sugar crumbs in your hair.

But let me REALLY tell you about this here beauty.

The Donut Ball. He has a golden brown fried exterior and a slightly spiced, warm, cakey interior. By the way, he is a he, don't you think?

As if that fried wonderful cakiness wasn't enough already. As if.

Cinnamon sugar donut balls on a plate.

In addition, he's obviously rolled in cinnamon sugar at least twice. He's bigger and therefore wayyy yummier than his cousin Donut Hole which is why I reserve the right to call him a Donut Ball. Holla all my donut ballas!

And apparently I also reserve the right to be annoying.

I'm just going to tell you right now. If you make these cinnamon sugar donut calls, ok, realistically, WHEN you make these, like, tonight, you need to get a locked safe in your kitchen. Overnight it on Amazon or something. Because sometimes when you “sleepwalk”, you might find yourself in the kitchen eating one or five in the middle of the night. “Sleepwalking” can be really dangerous.

Cinnamon sugar donut balls with crumbs on a napkin.
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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Balls


These cinnamon sugar donut balls are easy to make and will make your whole house smell delicious! Fried perfectly golden brown and rolled in cinnamon sugar.


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon sugar for dusting
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until a sticky dough forms.
  2. Pour the oil into a large skillet or Dutch oven for frying, about 2 inches deep. Heat the oil to about 375 degrees or medium heat. You can test the oil by pouring a drop of water into the pan; if it sizzles across the top, it's ready.
  3. With floured hands, roll the dough into small balls, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Drop the balls immediately into the oil (they start to lose their shape if you roll them ahead of time). The balls should start to puff out on the bottom and turn a golden brown color. If the tops of the donuts aren't covered with oil, flip the donut balls and fry for another 1-2 minutes. When the donuts are cooked through, remove them from the frying pan and place them on a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. When the donuts are dry to the touch, roll them in cinnamon sugar. These are best served fresh and warm, but they will also last for a day or two in an airtight container. This recipe makes about 20 donut balls.


If your donuts are dark brown after just 1 minute in the pan, you probably have the oil too hot and you'll end up with a crispy outside with an uncooked inside. Make sure you cook them for 3-4 minutes total to make sure the insides are fully cooked. I went back and forth between the medium-lo and medium heat settings on my range (because I don't have an oil thermometer).

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cinnamon sugar donuts, cinnamon sugar donut balls, donut balls

What are the symptoms of withdrawal again?

I think I need an intervention.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Ooh yum! Crunchy and soft and spicy and sweet and all things delicious. Also love that you didn’t use a thermometer either!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I’ve never been one for fancy kitchen tools. :). Although, if someone gave me an oil thermometer, I’m sure I could put it to good use! 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I definitely burnt a few but once I got the oil just right… Wow. They were really good.

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        Saturday morning, here I come… and I’ll have three (or four) very happy kids along for the ride. 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I was lucky that I had a bunch on hand when I made these.. otherwise these might have never been!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      If I can fry something, you can too! Just keep the heat relatively low and you’ll be fine. 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Good call. When I made these for my younger brothers, they were gone in about 15 seconds. 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Grrr. No. But I actually already took a 1/2 day today to take care of a few errands, so it kinda felt like one anyways. 🙂

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Holy cow. I love love love cinnamon sugar donuts. These look incredible!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      They remind me of the cinnamon sugar donuts from the State Fair! One of my all-time faves.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I remember seeing those cinnamon sugar mini muffins! They were so yummy looking! But I bet they didn’t have the added bonus of being fried…. 🙂

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    This brings back memories of working in a restaurant when I was a teenager. We used to take bits of bread dough and fry them up into crude little donut balls, which we rolled in cinnamon and sugar. It did the job, but these look vastly superior. 🙂

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    Donuts in a creamy latte sounds like absolute perfection. So I’ll be there tomorrow for breakfast? This school thing can probably be put on hold for one day 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Well, tiny might be a stretch. 🙂 But definitely right on about the heaven part!