Cranberry Sauce Doughnut Holes

These little cranberry sauce filled doughnut holes make a delicious and easy breakfast treat. 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry, Doughnut holes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Lyuba Brooke


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbsp. white granulated sugar
  • Tbsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • About 1 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce for filling
  • Powdered sugar for topping
  • Cinnamon for topping
  • 5-6 cups of vegetable oil for frying


  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 cookie sheet with paper towels to catch oil and place a cooling rack on top of paper towels.
  3. Mash cranberry sauce with a fork if needed, to break up whole berries. Add mashed cranberry sauce into a piping bag fitted with a long, filling tip (Wilton #230). Set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk milk and egg until smooth.
  5. Add flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Whisk until all combined.
  6. Add melted butter and mix well.
  7. 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 to the scoop too much and creates 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.)
  8. 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.)
  9. Take doughnuts out onto the prepared cooling rack. Repeat frying the dough in batches with remaining batter.
  10. Once the doughnut holes are cooled enough to handle, gently inert the pastry filling tip into the doughnut and squeeze some cranberry filling inside. Repeat with all doughnut holes.
  11. Sprinkle filled doughnut holes with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

Recipe Notes

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