June 5 is National Donut Day… as if we needed more of an excuse to indulge. If you don’t want to brave the crowds of people looking for free donuts, or you are looking for a fun indulgence for a lazy weekend breakfast (or dessert), then give these Cinnamon Donut Holes a try. They are super easy, especially if you run by the grocery store and pick up some pre-made pizza crust (not the kind in the can – the fresh stuff that you will probably find closer to the prepared foods section of your grocery store. Make sure that the dough uses yeast as the leavening agent, or you will end up with fried blobs instead of fluffy little spheres. They are best when they are still warm (like any donut), and may or may not be really good with warmed hot fudge sauce (I hear a rumor).
- 1 pound pre-made pizza crust
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2-3 tsp ground cinnamon (to taste)
- oil for frying
- Preheat oil in a saucepan to 325-350 degrees F. Oil should be at least 1 inch deep in the pan.
- Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl to make it easier to roll the donut holes around.
- Divide dough into 4 pieces.
- Roll each piece to about 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut dough into 1-inch rounds (the dosage cups you get with children's medication are perfect for this)
- Carefully place rounds into the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.
- Fry for 1-2 minutes per side, until lightly browned.
- Carefully remove donut holes from hot oil with tongs or a slotted spoon.
- Roll in cinnamon sugar, then place on a cooling rack to cool slightly.
- Serve warm.
- You may need to reduce the heat on your saucepan as you cook. If you notice that the donut holes are cooking quickly, back off on the heat a little bit.
- It's easier if you roll out and cut all the donut holes before you start the frying process.
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