Cinnamon sugar doughnut holes

Cinnamon sugar doughnut holes with espresso ganache.

Fluffy doughnut holes coated in cinnamon sugar served with silky espresso chocolate ganache. The perfect, easy dessert or indulgent snack.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Donut, doughnut holes, Doughnuts
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 349kcal
Author Alida Ryder


for the doughnuts

  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp (7g) dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • oil, for frying

for the chocolate espresso ganache

  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 50 ml espresso
  • 50 ml cream

For the cinnamon sugar

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Heat together the water, butter and milk until the butter has melted.

  • In a separate bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), mix together the flour, caster sugar, salt and yeast.
  • Pour the warm butter mixture into the flour and add the egg.
  • Stir to combine and knead for 5-8 minutes until the dough is smooth and soft. If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Place in a clean bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Allow to rise for 1 hour
  • Roll out the dough and cut out "holes" (circles). Cover with a damp tea towel and allow to rise while you heat the oil. Fry until golden brown and cooked through.
  • To make the ganache, melt together the chocolate, cream and espresso in a double boiler until smooth.
  • Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper before covering in cinnamon sugar.
  • Serve the doughnuts with the ganache for dipping.


  • I often just make doughnut holes out of the holes I cut from regular doughnuts but feel free to use the entire amount of dough for doughnut holes. 


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 4mg