Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes

These tiny strawberry jelly donut holes taste just like Dunkin’ Donuts jelly munchkins. They’re simple to make at home and taste so much better than the stuff from the donut shops!

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I could totally live with it not being in my hair. Although, I will say, it does smell quite pleasant. A snacky snack for later? Ew. Okay. No. Gross. I’m on a major strawberry jelly high right now.

These little jelly donut holes created quite a ruckus this past week! They were made after I had mentally signed a contract with myself saying that I was to consume only one donut hole and no more. Guess what? I should be in donut jail right now. Because I probably ate like 10, okay 15 times that amount! My self control didn’t stand a chance when the doughy goodness hit the hot oil, then rolled around in granulated sugar. Oh and if that wasn’t enough, I stuffed them with sweet strawberry jelly. <–Nope didn’t stand a chance.

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Let me tell you about these little munchkins.

They’re soft pillowy bubbles of airy, doughy goodness that are rolled around in sugar and then filled, and I do mean filled, with strawberry jelly. It’s the perfect kind of doughnut hole that’s made to be consumed by the dozens with lots of hot coffee.

Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes - better than any donut shops version and easy step by step picture so you can make it at home! #doughnuts #donuts #donutholes #jellydonuts | littlespicejar.comI’m just going to tell you this now. WHEN you make these donut holes, because NOT making them is not an option. Make sure you just make a double batch. Although this yields 8 servings, it really means 8 servings for those who have (and practice) self control. Because us regular people that don’t eat donut holes and then have one and can’t stop, are going to polish 1/2 a batch of these jelly donut holes all by themselves!

What I love most about these little munchkins is the fact that they’re made with all regular ingredients. There’s no funny additives of junky preservatives in my donut holes recipe! Just plain old yeast, flour, sugar, and eggs.

Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes - better than any donut shops version and easy step by step picture so you can make it at home! #doughnuts #donuts #donutholes #jellydonuts | littlespicejar.comThe first step to making homemade donut holes is to make the dough starter. All you need for the dough starter is warm water, yeast, and flour. Once you’ve mixed the 3 ingredients together, allow them to sit covered in a warm area to rise for about 1 hour.

Here’s a tip: start your front load dryer (yes, as in the thing that dries your clothes) and let it run for 5 minutes on the low heat setting. When it’s nice and warm, turn it off and place your covered bowl inside. The yeast get’s all nice and happy when it finds a place that’s both warm and dark.

Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes - better than any donut shops version and easy step by step picture so you can make it at home! #doughnuts #donuts #donutholes #jellydonuts | littlespicejar.comWhen the hour is almost up for the dough starter, dissolve the remaining yeast in a couple tablespoons of warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Add the remaining flour, salt, egg yolks, butter, sugar and the starter that was prepared earlier. Allow the mixer to mix together and form a ball. This may take up to 10 minutes. The original recipe that I adapted these donut holes from never stated a time on how long the dough would take to form and I had a mini freak out when after 5 minutes it just would pull together. But luckily I hadn’t tossed out the mixture by then and at 10-12 minutes it came together.  Place the dough in a greased bowl and allow it to rise until doubled. Back to the warm dryer it goes!

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut out 1-1 1/2 inch circles. Don’t worry if they’re not perfect, organic shaped donut holes taste just as good if not better!

Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes - better than any donut shops version and easy step by step picture so you can make it at home! #doughnuts #donuts #donutholes #jellydonuts | littlespicejar.comDrop the dough into a a couple inches of oil that’s been heated in a saucepan to 325ºF (or just eyeball it to medium low in the heat settings). Fry the doughnut holes for about 2 minutes or until they get nice and golden brown. Drain them on a paper napkin.

Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes - better than any donut shops version and easy step by step picture so you can make it at home! #doughnuts #donuts #donutholes #jellydonuts | littlespicejar.comRoll the donut holes in sugar. I like to roll them, let them sit in the sugar for a minute or so and then roll them again. Extra sugar never hurt anyone, right? Using a piping bag and a medium sized frosting tip fill the doughnuts with your favorite flavored jelly.

Here’s a tip: use the jelly that comes in the squeezable containers. The flavor tastes just like the jelly that’s used in donut shop donut holes and it’s so much easier to just squeeze the jelly into the piping bag.

Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes - better than any donut shops version and easy step by step picture so you can make it at home! #doughnuts #donuts #donutholes #jellydonuts | littlespicejar.comBecause we’re making donut holes from scratch, keep in mind that these will taste best on the day that they’re made. They are okay for 1-2 days after making them too but that’s if they last that long! Ours were gone in 2.5 seconds. I think we may have even licked the plate clean! *red blushy face*

Have yourself a cozy, lazy Saturday this weekend and give these little munchkins a try! This is by far my favorite breakfast (after pancakes, of course!). Anything that’s bite sized like these jelly donut holes are sure to be a hit with anyone and everyone!

P.S. wish me luck, this is moving weekend! I could use a batch of these donuts after we’re done moving everything.

Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes - better than any donut shops version and easy step by step picture so you can make it at home! #doughnuts #donuts #donutholes #jellydonuts | littlespicejar.com

Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes - better than any donut shops version and easy step by step picture so you can make it at home! #doughnuts #donuts #donutholes #jellydonuts | littlespicejar.com

Strawberry Jelly Donut Holes
Author: Little Spice Jar
These tiny strawberry jelly donut holes taste just like Dunkin’ Donuts jelly munchkins. They’re simple to make at home and taste so much better than the stuff from the donut shops!
Ingredients
  • Dough starter:
  • 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dough:
  • 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm milk
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 1 cup strawberry jelly (preferably jelly that comes in a squeeze bottle)
Instructions
To make the dough starter:
  1. In a medium bowl, dissolve the active yeast in the warm water. Add the flour and mix to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a dark, warm place for about 1 hour (see notes). The dough should double in size.
To prepare the dough:
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the hook attachment, allow the yeast to dissolve with the warm milk. Add the flour, salt, egg yolks, salt, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and the dough starter and mix until dough ball forms, mine took about 10 minutes (see note). Scrape the dough into a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a dark, warm place until doubled for another hour.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface into 1/2 inch thickness. Use a 1- 1 1/2 inch round cutter. Place rounds on baking sheet. Reroll any remaining dough and repeat till the dough is used up. Cover baking sheet with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rest for about 15 minutes.
  3. Heat 1 inch of oil in a saucepan to 325ºF, or to the medium low setting. Fry the doughnut holes for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on a plate lined with a paper napkin.
  4. Place the remaining 1 cup of sugar in a shallow dish. Roll the donut holes around in the sugar. For a thicker sugar coating, allow donut holes to sit for 1 minute and re roll. Using a piping bag and a medium sized tip fill donut with the strawberry jelly. Serve warm.
Notes
[i]I find that turning the dryer on the low setting for 5 minutes, turning it off and placing the cover dough bowl allows the dough to rise perfectly. Being both dark and a warm place, the dryer is the ideal place for letting the dough rise.[br][br]The dough may take up to 10-12 minutes to form into a ball, this depends on humidity and several other factors. [br][br]Donut holes taste best on the day they’re prepared. Store any leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container.[/i][br][br][i]Recipe adapted from [url href=”http://deliciouslyyum.com/jelly-filled-donut-holes/” target=”_blank”]Deliciously Yum[/url] who adapted it from [url href=”http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/doughnut-holes-with-raspberry-jam” target=”_blank”]Food and Wine.[/url][/i][br][br] [br]© Copyright. All images &amp; content are the sole property of Little Spice Jar. Please obtain permission prior to using my images. If you would like to republish a recipe, please link back to this post and re-write the instructions in your own words.

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