Bacon Brown Sugar Doughnut Holes

Soft, fluffy cream doughnut holes that are made with bacon and brown sugar, filled with cream cheese filling, and coated in powdered sugar.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, Doughnut holes, doughnuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Lyuba Brooke


  • Doughnut holes:
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup bacon grease melted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Tbsp. baking powder
  • 5-6 crispy cooked bacon strips, crumbled or minced
  • Powdered sugar for topping
  • 5-6 cups of vegetable oil for frying
  • Filling:
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Optional: extra bacon bits on top.


  1. Pour oil into a medium pot, a frying pan with high sides, or a large sauce pot. Heat it over medium heat until oil reaches 350 degrees. (I find that heat setting that's just a little bit over medium holds the temperature best.)
  2. Line a large wire rack with paper towels to catch oil.
  3. Filling: Beat ingredients for the creamy filling in a mixing bowl for a couple of minutes. Transfer the filling into a piping bag fitted with a long, filling attachment. Set aside.
  4. Doughnuts:
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk milk and egg until smooth.
  6. Add flour, baking powder, and brown sugar, mix until all combined.
  7. Add melted bacon grease and mix well.
  8. Fold in bacon crumbles until evenly spread throughout.
  9. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out dough and drop it into heated oil in batches of 5-6, depending on how big your pot is. (I dip the cookie scoop into some oil and shake it off before doing each batch, this prevents dough from sticking and created smooth dough drops. I also rinse out the scoop between batches, to wash off any stuck on dough. Again, this is to help create smooth doughnut holes.)
  10. Fry doughnut holes for about 4-5 minutes (until they turn deep golden), turning them over every couple of minutes if they haven't turned themselves. (Remember to use metal tongs or metal slotted spoon to take doughnuts out and turn them.)
  11. Take doughnuts out onto the prepared cooling rack. Repeat frying the dough in batches with remaining batter.
  12. Once the doughnut holes are cooled enough to handle, gently inert the pastry filling tip into the doughnut and squeeze some cream filling inside. Repeat with all doughnut holes.
  13. Sprinkle filled doughnut holes with powdered sugar.
  14. Optional: you can add some more bacon bits on top if you wish.

Recipe Notes

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