Glazed chocolate donut holes (Plus: Giveaway + Chanukah Blog Party!)

By | December 10, 2012

They’re perfect.

Soft little cakey chocolate donuts ensconced in a sweet shell of glaze. No greasy residue from the frying. A batter made of pantry items that doesn’t even involve yeast. Highly addictive. And — ready for this? — they are better than Dunkin Donuts.

Like I said, they’re perfect.

It’s not that I think the stuff sold at Dunkin Donuts chains is the be-all and end-all, but it still always catches me by surprise when I realize that I can replicate the “real thing” in my own home. Of course, when you think about it, it’s what I make at home that’s the real thing.

These were kind of messy. That’s real, too.

As is the fact that you don’t have to waste a second wondering if it’s worth it. Because of course it is. Worth the mess? Yes? Worth the calories? Yes, yes. Although because they’re innocent little donut holes and not big huge fat donuts the size of your head, you can totally stop at one with your pride intact.

But then you might want to wait until there’s only one left to try. Otherwise, that’ll never work. Never never.

Donuts aren’t even my favorite sweet thing — that would be (as I’ve mentioned once or twice) iced coffee. Which, incidentally, would go beautifully with a handful of these little guys. Huh.

While we’re talking, I should let you in on a little secret.

I made these without a candy thermometer. Yep.

It was risky, to fry without really knowing the temperature of my oil. But I’ve done that a few times and I was fairly certain I could make it work here, too.

I heated about an inch of oil for something like three minutes. Hoping for the best, I test-fried one donut hole for two minutes on the clock. Once I had fished it out of the pot and let it cool for a minute, I cut it in half to see whether the inside looked (a) cooked and (b) delicious.

It earned modest marks on both counts.

Keeping the heat on low, I moved the pot to another burner to let the oil’s temperature come down slightly as I moved another two test donut holes inside it. Back to the heat, another two minutes of frying, and another round of slicing them open to peer at (and then taste) their insides. This time, I was satisfied.

So I had a little system going: Move the pot off the heat for 30-60 seconds while I transferred the next batch (I fried in groups of three) inside, then put it back on the heat for exactly two minutes of frying. Those two minutes were interspersed with frequently flipping the donut holes over and back with a (long-handled) slotted spoon. Then move the pot to the side to transfer them to napkins for draining (no paper towels in the house). And…repeat!

So. The moral of the story is that you should probably just stick to using a candy thermometer and eliminate the guesswork.

But the other moral of the story is that if even without the thermometer, I can create moist chocolate donut holes…then so can you.

* Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the printable recipe! *

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Welcome to our first Chanukah Blog Party, hosted by Leah of Cook Kosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook. It’s traditional on Chanukah to eat fried foods, most notably donuts and latkes, and we’ve got a fabulous array of Chanukah-themed recipes and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world! Scroll down to browse the 42 recipes!

But first — to help get everyone into party mode, we’re giving away six fabulous cookbooks:

Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, Dec. 16. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs for extra chances to win! Prizes can only be shipped within the U.S. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify. Want to participate in future Jewish holiday blog parties? Email

Ready to enter? Leave a comment on this post that answers this question: What is your favorite Chanukah indulgence?

And now for the party food…


Donuts & Other Desserts: 

Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks & Other Chanukah Foods:

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. 


Devora on December 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm.

My favourite chanukah indulgence is definitely the sufganiyot! In Israel it’s hard to find any donuts the rest of the year and I really wait for these all year.


Blima on December 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm.

Chocolate coins


Leah on December 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm.

Doughnuts and Latkes!


Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on December 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm.

These look SOOO good! Latkes are my favorite indulgence.


YULIA FEDER on December 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm.

My favorite Chanukah indulgence is zepole. I am not sure how to spell it, but it is definetely a treat to savor. Although latkes are not far behind.


ABC on December 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm.

doughnuts of course


dassy on December 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm.

definitely my caramel donuts!


Shelley on December 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm.

Caramel Sufganiyot in our house!

So glad you joined the blog party – can’t wait to see how you used the printables to decorate your home!

Shelley from The Kosher home!


elisheva on December 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm.

My favorite Chanukah food is latkes and donuts, of course.


Rachel on December 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm.

Latkes or sufganiyot ever night!


Sarah on December 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm.

you took a perfectly good doughnut hole and made them even better. Who doesn’t love chocolate fried dough? Love it!


Rochel S on December 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm.

donuts and chocolate coins!


Malka on December 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm.

Obviously donuts! Never made home-made before but theeeese look tempting!!


This American Bite on December 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm.

They look awesome!!


Breindy on December 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm.

DONUTS!! Love them with custard, but these look gr8 gotta try them!


rivka on December 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm.

anything fried is great! i love latkes and these donut holes look awesome!


G6 on December 11, 2012 at 3:01 am.

Latkes straight out of the pan!


rena on December 11, 2012 at 3:39 am.

I love sufganiyot!


Gigi on December 11, 2012 at 4:55 am.

these look absolutely delicious! they def. look worth the calories. I love my donuts on Chanuka. Thanks for sharing this recipe. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ Gigi’s Kitchen.


Krissie on December 11, 2012 at 5:29 am.

My favorite indulgence is Apricot Noodle Kugel


Eve (GlutenFreeNosh) on December 11, 2012 at 6:06 am.

Favorite Hanukkah indulgence? … Shall I admit that it’s eating the browned potato and onion bits at the bottom of the frying pan?


grace harari on December 11, 2012 at 6:55 am.

My favorite chanukah treat is definitely custard donuts!


Miriam @ Overtime Cook on December 11, 2012 at 8:11 am.

Tali! You are making it very hard for me to diet this chanukkah!! My favorite indulgence is fresh homemade donuts, but now I REALLY want to try these!

Thanks for joining!


Ayelet May on December 11, 2012 at 8:55 am.

chocolate gelt – lots of it!


Rachel B. on December 11, 2012 at 9:33 am.

I love latkes!


Faigie E on December 11, 2012 at 11:23 am.



ariel-sara gerowitz on December 11, 2012 at 11:28 am.

My favourite indulgence is donuts when they have lots of filling!!


Nick @ Bakingbeardy on December 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm.

I admit, I find better than Dunkin Donuts hard to believe (I LOVE Dunkin Donuts), but these look amazing!

My favourite? The chocolate, definitely the chocolate. But Hanukkah is just one massive indulgence – chocolate, fried food. Pretty great!


Aliza S on December 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm.

Latkes with homemade applesauce!!! Yum!


elana on December 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm.

totally making this on thursday night….can i sub soy milk+lemon juice instead of using buttermilk ???


Tali Simon on December 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm.

Should be fine. Pour 3/4 Tbsp lemon juice into the 3/4-cup measuring cup, and fill it the rest of the way with soy milk. Enjoy!


Rena on December 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm.



Laura on December 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm.

Yum, homemade muchkins. My favorite treat is latkes.


Elana on December 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm.

English Cake sufganiyot!


Amital on December 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm.

Chocolate. Almost all kinds!


Chrik on December 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm.

I think these will b now… They look amazing!


Vicky on December 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm.

Home made donuts beat store bought any day! They look amazing!


esther on December 12, 2012 at 2:42 am.

Doughnuts and latkes because I try to avoid eating fried foods!


Sara Fayga on December 12, 2012 at 3:11 am.

The classic Chanukah treat – powdery and sweet sufganiot with red gooey jelly oozing out. Need I say more?
That’s my Chanukah indulgence!!


Tali Simon on December 12, 2012 at 10:18 am.

Wish I could give you an extra entry for that last bit. :)


Ariela on December 12, 2012 at 11:04 am.

cream filled doughnuts. and my homemade doughnut with chocolate fudge frosting.


Brina on December 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm.

Tali all your food looks amazing. My favorite Chanukah treat is custard filled donuts, glazed with chocolate. Chanukah sameach!


Pnina on December 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm.

Definitely have to say sufganiyot (channuka cant go buy without at least a few bites of a sufganiya) but I think I like crispy latkas better… happy channuka!!


Gianna on December 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm.



Sruly Bomzer on December 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm.

Hi Tali! This blog is great! I’m glad Yedida sent me the link! On Chanuka I love fresh latkas with apple sauce or sour cream (pre-veganism).

Chanuka Latka Challenge: Low fat (or no-fat) vegan latkas. Go!


Tali Simon on December 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm.

I’ll put that on my to-do list, stat. :)


Shoshana on December 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm.

homemade custard sufganiyot!!!
cant beat that :)


Kreindy Weiss on December 13, 2012 at 9:47 am.

Of course donuts! These look amazing! Happy Chanukah!


Rena on December 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm.

Doughnuts! Creme filled, please.


Fonda in Jerusalem on December 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm.

I love love love your blog. It’s the first and only food blog that I’ve subscribed to ever. By far, my favorite Chanukah food indulgence is latkes, and I’m so happy to have the variety of latke recipes from your blog.
So far this Chanukah, I’ve made latkes and sufganiot, and the smell of fried food is permeating in our apartment. Aside from opening all the windows while frying, any other ideas to clear the air, lest the odor/aroma will linger long after Chanukah is gone… when I’ll need to start my diet!


ZAHaVA on December 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm.

Jelly donuts!


MM on December 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm.

Favorite Chanukah indulgence? All those fun dairy salads and quiches and baked goods. Yum!


Keshet on December 17, 2012 at 2:03 am.

Coming in right under the wire (behind on my blogs). What a fun giveaway and these donuts look amazing!


Victoria (Itsy Bitsy Balebusta) on December 19, 2012 at 2:26 am.

These look fantastic! Can’t wait to try them out!


Sara Rapp on April 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm.

I want these in my mouth….NOW!!!


Tali Simon on April 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm.

I know. :)


ita on May 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm.

I’m making these tomorrow! Can I do them without the cocoa?


Tali Simon on May 31, 2013 at 8:52 am.

For vanilla donut holes? Since I haven’t tried them that way, I can’t give exact proportions, but I expect you’d need to reduce the wet ingredients (here, I’d cut the buttermilk) if you cut an entire cup (the cocoa) from the dry ingredients. Good luck!


Marissa Cohen-Barashi on November 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm.

Doughnuts!!!! Man, I miss good UK doughnuts.


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