Mini Donut Recipe

This Mini Donut Recipe is a treat that both adults and children enjoy alike. Made without yeast they come together in minutes, you skip the waiting around for the yeast to rise. To enjoy, just drizzle these quick donuts with Nutella, caramel or just dust with powdered sugar, there’s no wrong way to eat these fried mini donuts.

Soft donuts topped with Nutella drizzle on a cooling rack.

Hi there, Marina from LET THE BAKING BEGIN.  Today I want to share a quick recipe for the most delicious donuts that are so fun to make and eat! I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does.

mini donut recipe-

This mini donut recipe is made with the addition of ricotta cheese which makes them so perfectly fluffy and moist. When you want something quick but delicious, these no yeast donuts are the perfect solution.

Ricotta donut topped with Nutella drizzle on a cooling rack.

the best oil for frying mini donuts-

Deep-fried donuts need to be fried in temperatures between 350°F – 375°F to achieve the crispy outside without absorbing the oil. For this reason, any neutral oil with a high smoke point will work for this donut recipe. Corn, canola, or vegetable oils are all good choices for fried donuts. I use light olive oil (not the same as virgin olive oil).

How to make donut batter and fry the donuts.

how to make mini donuts-

Don’t be discouraged by homemade donuts, they are actually SOO easy to make. Read through the steps carefully so you know what you are doing before you start the process!

  1. Mix all ingredients except for the flour until smooth.
  2. Add flour and mix until incorporated.
  3. Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface, then sprinkle liberally on top and press or roll into a 1-inch thick disk.
  4. Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut out as many circles as you can fit, then use a 3/4 inch cutter to cut out the middle. Collect scraps into a ball and repeat steps 3 & 4 until all dough is used up.
  5. Heat about 1-inch or neutral oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and bring to 350°F degrees. Fry donuts in batches for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they’re golden in color.
  6. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool. Drizzle Nutella on top or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

NOTE: Though you use anything with a sharp edge to shape the donuts, we found that an actual cutter works best (like THIS one).

Three fried donuts in a strainer next to a frying pan with fried donuts.

TIP from the chef- 

Do not add extra flour to the dough when mixing. The dough will be extremely sticky, but that is to be expected. Just dust the rolling surface with flour, but do not mix it in.

You can use any type of pot to fry the donuts, but for better temperature control do use heavy-bottomed or cast iron pot.


Homemade donuts on a cooling rack drizzled with Nutella chocolate.

I’m so excited to have my dearest friend guest post on the blog, I hope you guys love the recipe. She is also the creator behind the Mangolian Beef (which we love), and the Instant Pot Plov. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us, Marin.   -Valentina <3

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Mini Donut Recipe

Easy and amazing homemade Mini Donut Recipe made with Ricotta cheese (and no yeast). Fried donuts topped with Nutella, powdered sugar or caramel.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: donut, mini donuts
Servings: 30 mini donuts
Calories: 133.86kcal
Author: Marina of Let the Baking Begin



How to make the Mini Donuts:

  • In a large bowl mix together ricotta cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla extract, and baking powder until combined. Then, add flour and mix together.
  • Next, dust the working surface liberally with flour and dump the mini donut dough out onto it. Sprinkle more flour over the top of the dough, then using your hands or a floured rolling pin roll or press the dough until it's about 1-inch in thickness.
  • Using a 3-inch cutter, cut out as many donuts as you can, then collect and press the scraps together and re-roll and cut out more circles. Keep repeating until you have no more dough left. Using a 3/4 inch cookie cutter cut out the centers of each donut.

How to fry the mini donuts:

  • Preheat a heavy-bottomed pot with about 1-inch of oil until it registers at 375°F. Carefully add some mini donuts and fry them for about 3-4 minutes per side or until they're nice and golden. Once cooked through, remove from the oil onto a cooling rack to cool.
  • Fill a Ziploc bag with 1/2 cup of Nutella, snip off the end and drizzle the donuts with Nutella or sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Mini Donut Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 133.86 Calories from Fat 51
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.64g9%
Saturated Fat 3.99g25%
Cholesterol 20.88mg7%
Sodium 30.14mg1%
Potassium 104.56mg3%
Carbohydrates 15.84g5%
Fiber 0.53g2%
Sugar 7.27g8%
Protein 4.83g10%
Vitamin A 142.49IU3%
Calcium 87.55mg9%
Iron 0.83mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Kristyn 10/29/2019, 6:34 pm Link Reply

    So excited to make these with my kids!! We love donuts in our house!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/29/2019, 6:52 pm Link Reply

      These would be so fun to make with kids, Kristyn. And they’d be able to top the donuts with their favorite toppings. 🙂

  • Sara 10/29/2019, 6:16 pm Link Reply

    This was a great way to start my day! Enjoyed these delightful bites with my morning cup of coffee; perfect!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/29/2019, 6:50 pm Link Reply

      These donuts would be perfect with coffee.

  • Beth 10/29/2019, 5:34 pm Link Reply

    I absolutely LOVE that you used ricotta cheese in these donuts! Trying these ASAP!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/29/2019, 6:50 pm Link Reply

      I can’t wait for you to make them, Beth! You are in for a treat.

  • Stephanie 10/29/2019, 4:16 pm Link Reply

    My kids could eat donuts every day if they could. We made a batch over the weekend and now they want me to make them every day before school. Insert eye roll here.:)

    • Valentina's Corner 10/29/2019, 4:27 pm Link Reply

      You are going to fall in love with this recipe. Seriously, the BEST.

  • Natalie 10/29/2019, 3:25 pm Link Reply

    My family loves these!! We seem to want & crave donuts more in the winter, so we will be making these more often! They are the perfect size & taste so great!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/29/2019, 4:27 pm Link Reply

      I know.. Aren’t they SO cute and I can’t believe how easy they are to make.

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