Yogurt Doughnut Holes + 8 Quick and Easy Doughnuts Recipes

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

Do not fry for long as the batter is light, and they only need to cook for about 2 to 2-1/2 minutes.

WW SmartPoints: 1 

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.

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36 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 :-).

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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