Learn how to make these soft and fluffy Krispy Kreme Donut Holes at home. This copycat recipe is easy to make and so delicious.

Krispy kreme donut holes on a plate.
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Everyone loves Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut holes. This simple recipe makes it effortless to enjoy at home. Just add a cup of hot coffee and you are set.

If you love donuts as much as we do, try these Italian Donuts, Air fryer donuts and Homemade glazed donuts.

Why we love this recipe

Each donut hole is so light and fluffy. The glaze is so decadent. Anyone can make this krispy kreme doughnut recipe.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Krispy kreme donut holes.

For the Donut Holes

  • Milk
  • Boiling Water 
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Sugar
  • Dry Active Yeast 
  • Butter, melted 
  • Vegetable Oil for Frying 

Glaze

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Melted Butter 

Find the complete list at the bottom of the page.

How to make Krispy Kreme donut holes

Milk in bowl.

Step 1. Combine the milk and boiling water in a large mixing bowl.

Yeast and sugar added to milk.

Step 2. Then stir in the yeast and sugar.  Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. 

Flour in bowl.

Step 3. Add the flour to a mixing bowl.

Melted butter in bowl with flour.

Step 4. Pour in the melted butter and combine with the flour using a standing mixer.

Sugar and salt mixed in the dough.

Step 5. Add the remaining sugar and salt. 

Eggs blended into the dough.

Step 6. Mix in the egg and yeast mixture and blend until a dough is formed. 

Flour mixed in the bowl.

Step 7. Add more flour if needed.  The texture of the dough should pull away from the spatula but will still be slightly tacky.  

Dough on floured surface.

Step 8. Place the dough on a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 4-5 minutes.  

Dough in bowl.

Step 9. Place the dough in a bowl coated in oil. Allow the dough to rise for at least an hour until the dough has doubled in size. 

Dough on wax paper.

Step 10. Put the dough on wax paper or parchment paper.

Dough separated into pieces.

Step 11. Separate the dough into 4 even sections. Then stretch each section into a long rope that is approximately 1 inch thick. 

Dough on baking sheet.

Step 12. Cut into pieces and roll them into balls with your hands. 

Dough in oil.

Step 13. Heat the oil in a stockpot. Work in batches and fry the donut holes until they are golden brown.

Bowl with glaze.

Step 14. Combine the glaze ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Make sure that the glaze is warm. 

Donut hole in bowl.

Step 15. Dunk each of the donut holes in the glaze.

Donut hole on wire rack.

Step 16. Place the donut holes on a cooling rack. Once the donut holes have cooled, they are ready to serve and enjoy! 

Krispy kreme donut holes grouped together.

How to store

Refrigerate the leftover donut holes in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Reheat the Krispy Kreme doughnut holes in the microwave when enjoying the leftovers.   

Pro Tips

  • Stockpot or deep fryer. Either option is perfect for this recipe.
  • Fry in batches. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  • Allow to rise. The donut holes should double in size.

More copycat dessert recipes

These bite-sized treats are so easy that you can prepare them today! Make sure to leave a comment once you try this Krispy Kreme donut hole recipe.

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Krispy Kreme Donut Holes

4.85 from 20 votes
Learn how to make these soft and fluffy Krispy Kreme Donut Holes at home. This copycat recipe is easy to make and so delicious.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 453

Ingredients

For the Donut Holes:

  • ¼ cup Milk
  • ¼ cup Boiling Water
  • 1 ½ cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Dry Active Yeast
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 Egg
  • Vegetable Oil for Frying

For the Glaze:

Instructions

  • Mix together the milk and boiling water in a large mixing bowl.  Stir in the yeast and 1 tsp of the sugar.  Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the melted butter, flour, remaining sugar and salt.
  • Mix in the egg and yeast mixture and blend until a dough is formed.  Add more flour if needed.  The dough should pull away from the spatula but will still be slightly tacky.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface and knead the dough for approximately 4-5 minutes.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and allow the dough to rise for at least an hour until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Separate the dough into 4 even sections.  Stretch each section into a long rope that is approximately 1 inch thick.  Cut approximately 1 inch pieces of the dough off the rope and roll them into balls with your hands.  Then place them on a baking sheet, cover them with a cloth while you prepare the oil.
  • Place vegetable oil in a large stockpot at least 3-4 inches deep.  Heat the oil to 375 degrees F.  Fry the donut holes in the oil and fry them until they are golden brown on each side (approximately 2 minutes).  Work in batches so you do not over crowd the pan.  After frying, move the donut holes to a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a mixing bowl. Make sure that the glaze is warm.  Dunk each of the donut holes in the glaze and place them on a wire rack to cool.
  • Once the donut holes have cooled, they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 453kcal, Carbohydrates 74g, Protein 5g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 66mg, Sodium 322mg, Potassium 85mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 48g, Vitamin A 488IU, Vitamin C 0.01mg, Calcium 27mg, Iron 2mg

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