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Chocolate-Caramel Doughnut Holes


These quickly fried, cakey confections boast a molten center of liquid caramel. The filling is made by stuffing the dough with store-bought candies.

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  • Yield: Makes 28 to 30

Source: Everyday Food, October 2009


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for coating
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 28 to 30 store-bought soft caramel squares, unwrapped
  • 5 to 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, buttermilk, butter, and eggs until thoroughly combined. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until a smooth dough forms.

  2. On a lightly floured work surface, pat dough flat and lightly flour. Roll out dough to a 1/3-inch thickness. Cut into rounds with a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter (to lift rounds from work surface, use a thin spatula). Reroll and cut scraps.

  3. Place a caramel in the center of each round, pinch dough closed around it, and gently roll into a smooth ball.

  4. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Fill a wide shallow bowl with 1 inch sugar. In a large heavy pot, heat 4 inches oil until it registers 350 degrees on a candy thermometer. In batches of 4, fry doughnuts 5 minutes, turning once with a slotted spoon and adjusting heat as needed. Transfer doughnuts to prepared sheet; let rest 4 minutes. Roll in sugar to coat. Serve immediately.

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  • MS10354777
    3 JUL, 2017
    These look great! Since this is like a cake dough, instead of frying them, could you put the rolled balls in a mini muffin pan and bake them instead? And if so, at what temperature do you think?
  • MS10461565
    15 JUN, 2014
    These are very good! We found 4 min was a better frying time and the caramel center is still very hot (enough to burn) after a 4 min rest so enjoy carefully when fresh.