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Yogurt Doughnut Holes are tender and incredibly delicious homemade doughnuts that you can make at home in just 20 minutes! Fried until crispy and dusted with powdered sugar, your family will be begging for you to make them every day!

Need other yummy ideas for desserts that use yogurt? Try this easy Frozen Yogurt Bark with Berries Recipe, this healthy Mixed Fruit Salad with Honey-Lemon Yogurt Dressing, or this tasty Pineapple Upside Down Yogurt Cake Recipe.
Homemade Doughnut Holes Recipe

My Favorite Homemade Doughnuts For National Doughnut Day


I am a HUGE fan of HOMEMADE doughnuts. Caps Lock needed because, you know, emphasis and such.

I am not someone that would make a trip to a Dunkin Donuts or a Krispy Kreme – I’ve had one bite of a Krispy Kreme doughnut, and, uhm WOW! – but I am that someone who will get up on a Sunday morning to bake OR fry a batch of doughnuts without much thought. I love MY doughnuts (donuts)! Obnoxious? Perhaps. BUT I just really enjoy homemade-anything.

Homemade doughnuts may look like an all day project, but they’re less work than you think, and the result is a truly great, hot, delicious doughnut.

Thus, since today is National Doughnut Day – and there’s a really good story behind it, including the recognition of women’s contribution to World War 1 – I am sharing 8 of my favorite QUICK & EASY doughnuts recipes, including the recipe for these amazing Yogurt Doughnut Holes, which is an updated recipe from the Diethood archives.

Easy Homemade Doughnut Holes Recipe

What Is The Secret Ingredient In This Doughnut Hole Recipe?

These Yogurt Doughnut Holes hail from my beautiful Macedonia.

Funny thing is, IN Macedonia these doughnut holes are called, “American Doughnuts”! And the reason they carry this name is because of the round shape. But when I asked the street vendor in Macedonia about his secret ingredient in these “American Doughnuts”, he said, “YOGURT! What else?!”… which is what Macedonians use for every.thing, from a sunburn to a Pita. American doughnuts, indeed. 

Easy Yogurt Doughnut Holes

Does This Doughnut Recipe Use Quick Bread Dough Or Yeast Bread Dough?

Doughnuts can be made from a quick bread dough or a yeast bread dough. These are definitely a quick bread – ain’t nobody got time for the dough to rise. Also, the yogurt is the secret to keeping them super light and moist, and the addition of 2 tablespoons vanilla is to keep them extra flavorful. If you want, use only 1 tablespoon, but I still think you should use 2. 

If you are looking for a flavorful, light and fluffy doughnut to enjoy, consider giving these a try. Hit that save button and make them today! OR this weekend. You will love ’em!!

If These Homemade Doughnut Holes Are Not Your Thing, Here’s 7 More Quick & Easy Doughnut Ideas To Choose From!

Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze


Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts


Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Holes


Chocolate Cake Doughnuts


Cherry Donuts


Mojito Doughnuts


Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts



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Yogurt Doughnut Holes - Tender and incredibly delicious yogurt doughnut holes that you can make at home in just 20 minutes!

Yogurt Doughnut Holes

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Yogurt Doughnut Holes are incredibly delicious homemade doughnuts you can make at home in just 20 minutes! Fried until crispy & dusted with powdered sugar!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 26


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • oil for frying


  • Powdered Sugar
  • Chocolate Syrup


  • In a medium size mixing bowl sift together the flour and baking powder, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, vanilla, eggs, and sugar; whisk until well combined.
  • Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Heat the oil to 350F. (Use a thermometer, please!)
  • Once the oil is hot, lower the heat to medium and keep the hot oil at 350F.
  • Drop about a 1/2- tablespoon of the batter into the saucepan, 3 to 4 doughnuts at a time. (Doughnuts expand when fried)
  • Fry for about 1 minute, or until golden; flip the doughnuts and continue to cook for one more minute, or until done.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Top with powdered sugar.
  • Serve warm.


Do not fry for long as the batter is light, and they only need to cook for about 2 to 2-1/2 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Yogurt Doughnut Holes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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40 Responses
    1. Katerina Petrovska

      I have not tested this recipe in the air fryer so I can’t say if it will work or not. I think a muffin tin in the oven would work – pour the batter into muffin liners and bake at 350˚F – but again, I haven’t tested it so I can’t say for sure.

  1. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Pretty sure this is what my next pregnancy craving is…holy yum. For some reason I have been dying for doughnuts and these came at the perfect time!

  2. Josie - Eat Thrive Glow

    These look delicious, and I can imagine how light and airy they taste with the yogurt! Perfect for National Donut Day! 🙂

  3. Sara

    I can’t believe how good these look, I’ve actually never made doughnuts at home before but I think it’s time to try!

    1. Aminah

      Love this recipe. Donuts taste absolutely amazing. Soft and fluffy on the inside. I didn’t include the vanilla as I didn’t have any but they tasted fine without it. Dusted them with a mix of cinnamon powder and sugar. Kids loved them.

  4. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    So many great looking doughnut recipes, I seriously need to make doughnuts more often! They all look amazing!

  5. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    I am such a donut addict. You have no idea! All of these donuts look amazing. I am a huge fan of making donuts at home. Only because I am too embarrassed to show my face at the donut shop more than 3 times a week. lol
    Pinning these!

  6. June @ How to Philosophize with Cake

    Those sound delicious! I love how easy they are–just mix and fry, that is my kind of doughnut 🙂

  7. dixya | food, pleasure, and health

    i like to make things homemade but again, i live right next to a really cute donut place so yea, this morning it happened 🙂 i ended up taking a dozen to my employees. i love your donut collection, will have to check it out soon.

  8. ashley - baker by nature

    Oh lordeeeee…. keep the round, bite sized treats coming please!!! These look incredible!

    And congrats on the home 🙂

  9. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Ohhhh definitely I want to have a bite of this! I was at a birthday party and birthday girl’s dad is from Macedonia. I was talking to him about a great Macedonian food blogger (aka you). 😀 Wish this was served at the party! heheh.

  10. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    Congrats on the new house–looking forward to seeing the before and after shots. 🙂

    And now I think I’ve finally been convinced to make doughnuts at home. I love these little bites. 🙂

  11. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

    Congratulations on your house!! Love the sound of yogurt doughnuts – they look absolutely divine!

  12. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)

    It sounds like you had a huge week. These doughnut holes look fabulous! I can imagine just sitting and eating one after another.

  13. Zach

    Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at thefeastingeye.com. The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).

  14. Ramona

    A big fat CONGRATULATIONS on your new home. Can’t wait to see more pictures. I would eat that entire bowl of doughnut holes.. no kidding. 🙂

  15. Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Congrats on the house, Kate…may it bring you years of joy!!! LOVE these doughnut holes! My absolute weakness! Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. Liren

    Oh, you made me chuckle! Congrats on being a ball-sy blonde who can’t do the dishes! And congrats on the house (woo hoo!)! These doughnut holes are a perfect way to celebrate 🙂

  17. steph@stephsbitebybite

    Congrats on the new house!!! So exciting! These little poppers are also very exciting!! Wonder how many I could fit in my mouth at one time?

  18. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    Congrats on the house, Kate!
    I’d like to travel around the world eating donut-like pastries . . . starting with heading back to Hawaii to have malasadas.

  19. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Oh, HUGE congratulations! I can’t wait to see the before and afters. I can already tell that it’s loaded with charm and personality (much like its owner).

    The donut holes are amazing. I think yogurt is to us what Windex is to the Greeks. 🙂

  20. Valerie

    Wow – congratulations on the new house!! (Love the brick around the entryway.) I also love these Macedonian doughnuts! If you’re too busy fixing up the new house to enjoy them, please feel free to send ’em my way!

  21. A_Boleyn

    Your donut holes look delicious and using yogurt for flavour, tenderness and liquid sounds like a wonderful idea. I recently researched a similar Romanian donut type dessert called “papanasi” and wonder whether I could use your batter as a base instead. Something to consider.

    Good luck on the fixer-up. We bought a similar property 30 yrs ago and are still working on it.

  22. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Congrats on the new house, Kate! These Yogurt Doughnut Holes of yours are a must make ASAP recipe! Pinned… xo

  23. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Congrats on the new house! How exciting!! These doughnut holes look amazing! Yogurt, huh? Gotta try it! 🙂

  24. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    I can’t even believe that these seem that easy to make. I thought any donut might be a long drawn out process. Can’t wait to try these!!!

  25. mjskit

    Congratulations!!!! A new house – how exciting is that! We’ve bought two fixer uppers and, even though it was a lot of hard work, the results were fabulous! The one we are in now is almost complete and we’re ready to sit back, relax and enjoy it. 🙂 So have fun! You scrumptious little donut holes are the perfect way to celebrate!

  26. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You

    Congrats on the house!
    These little babies doughnuts are literally to die for…I am still salivating.

  27. Nancy R

    Congratulations Kate! That’s so exciting! I’m sure the fixer-upper will keep you all busy.

    I think these yogurt doughnut holes look amazing. I cannot wait to make these first thing tomorrow morning.

  28. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    So great that you bought a house Kate! Can´t wait to see the transformation. In the meantime, these holes are amazing, just the recipe I was looking for. Not so dense, love that.

  29. Averie @Averie Cooks

    You bought a house…CONGRATS!!!! Wow…that’s awesome!

    And these donut holes look awesome…yogurt! Mmm, I bet so good. Pinned!

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