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Chocolate Caramel Doughnut Holes

There's not much better than a regular old doughnut, but I think these chocolate doughnut holes filled with caramel might just take the title for best dessert (breakfast??) ever!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Desserts, Chocolate Desserts, Donut Recipes, Doughnut Recipes, Fried Donuts
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Author: Sues


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling dough
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus ⅓ cup for coating
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 4 Tbsp (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 30 caramels or ½ cup caramel bits
  • 5 cups canola oil, for frying


  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, buttermilk, melted butter, and eggs and whisk until smooth.
  • Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
  • Lightly flour a surface and roll dough out into ⅓ thickness. Sprinkle some flour over the dough, too.
  • Using a 2 ½ inch cookie or biscuit cutter, cut rounds into dough. Re-roll dough scraps to get as many rounds as possible (should have about 30)
  • Put a caramel or 4 caramel bits in the center of a dough round. Pinch dough closed around the caramel and roll into a smooth ball. Continue with all of the dough rounds.
  • Cover a baking sheet with paper towels and fill a wide, shallow bowl with remaining ⅓ C sugar.
  • Heat canola oil in a large pot to 350 degrees. Once oil comes to temperature, place 5 dough balls in it. Let fry for 4 minutes total, turning halfway through. Remove doughnuts from oil with slotted spoon and place on paper towel-lined baking sheet.
  • Let doughnuts sit for 5 minutes before rolling in bowl of sugar. These doughnut holes can be eaten warm or at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.
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