Strawberry Donut Holes

One thing I love more than donuts, are home-made donuts!  These donut holes

are made with fresh strawberries which makes them extra sweet and delicious!

Strawberry Donuts

I hate surprises.  I mean I love them, or rather, I love the idea of surprises, but I really don’t have the patience to wait for the actual surprise.  This creates quite a bit of tension between me and my husband.  Each gift giving occasion is a source of stress for the poor chap.   A few weeks prior to the “big day” (i.e Christmas, anniversary, birthday),  my husband will ask me what I want.  My response is “I want to be surprised”.  His counter response?  A HUGE sigh.   It’s a no win for him.  I want to be surprised, but I also want the perfect gift.  I am a high-maintanence giftee.  In addition to being difficult, I seem to have a knack for foiling my own surprise.  I honestly don’t know how that happens???

Strawberry Donuts

My penchant for spoiling surprises started at a young age.  I was the kid who couldn’t keep a secret to save her life!  Seriously, don’t trust me with anything sacred!  I was also the kind of kid who:  1.took bites of each chocolate in a box, then expertly turned them away so my child sized nibble was hidden completely, 2. poked holes in donuts to see what filling would ooze out (custard donuts were placed back, Bavarian creme were devoured) and 3. I was the kid who used my razor-sharp finger nails to discretely peel away at my wrapped Christmas presents in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the gift within.  I was terrible.  I blame my mom for that last one.  She was the one who left the gifts sitting under the tree for weeks! What kid has that kind of self-control?

Strawberry Donuts

So maybe that’s the real issue.  I have no self-control.   I mean I already know I have zero patience (my apologies to my kids), perhaps my self-control abandoned me as well?  I vividly remember those donut-poking, chocolate nibbling days!   To my credit, those treats were sort of rare when I was growing up.  I just couldn’t contain my excitement and I didn’t want to waste time with food I didn’t like.  I never knew when the next donut indulgence would come my way.  My own kids have no idea how good they have it.  Their childhood’s are filled with whoopie pies and cupcakes!


Strawberry Donuts


I made my own donuts.  No surprises here, just seriously delicious balls of fried dough.  I take that back, I DID surprise myself, as I have never actually made fried donuts before!  I can say with certainty, this won’t be the last time either.  These were moist and made subtly sweet by all the fresh, fragrant strawberries.   Since we all know powdered sugar makes everything better, each little donut nugget was generously coated.  A glaze would be nice too, but I just wasn’t in the mood for that.  I must caution you, these are best eaten the same day they are made.  but I’m sure that won’t be a problem!



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Strawberry Donut Holes
  • 5 cups oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven until a thermometer registers 350 degrees.
  2. While oil heats, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, combine milk, egg and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to try ingredients followed by melted butter. Stir until ingredients are incorporated. Gently fold in strawberries.
  3. Once oil has heated, drop dough using a tablespoon size cookies scoop ( or a spoon). Fry donuts for 1-2 minutes per side or until donuts are golden in color. Do not over crowd your dutch oven. Using tongs or a strainer, remove donuts and allow them to drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  4. Once donuts have cooled, roll each donut in powdered sugar.
  5. Makes 3 dozen


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70 Responses

    • Haha Kim, I know what you meant! And I will shut up because I’m going to stuff my face with donuts!

  1. lemontreedwelling

    I’ve never made homemade fried donuts either! But these look amazing!! And I had to laugh at your story of being a high maintenance giftee….I know a couple of those in my own life!! :)

    • I think I’m less intimidated by fried food now. May have to try more donuts! Thanks Cathy!

  2. Oh my! These look wonderful and I love that you used fresh strawberries in them too! I love surprises, but I’m also a high maintenance giftee with high expectations;)

    • See, I knew I wasn’t the only one who likes to have the perfect gift! Thanks Stephanie!

  3. They look absolutely delicious Tanya!! And I loooooooove strawberry :)

    BTW – I stopped receiving mails from you again, regarding new posts, and I thought you were on vacation. I’m glad I came to check……
    I subscribed again

    • I don’t know what’s going on with the emails Winnie, I’m so sorry! I’m so glad you came back though! Thank you!

  4. I definitely wouldn’t have a problem devouring a batch of these the same day they are made! I love baked goods with fresh strawberries!

    • You have lots of good strawberry recipes! Thank you Jessica!

  5. I’m SO horrible with surprises. I hate them, but want them. Like these donut holes. I want them bad!

    • Yes, I find I can eat AlOT Of them in one sitting, actually. Thanks Meghan!

  6. I’m the same as you Tanya! I always peeked at presents, looked for receipts in drawers and put back the yucky chocolates! These donuts, though, wouldn’t be put back. I’d eat them all before anyone else could get their hands on them! :)

    • Thank heavens I am not alone in my sneakiness! Thanks Liz!

  7. cookingwithcurls

    I usually just picked out what I wanted online and sent him a link or emailed him a photo :) He sucked at picking out gifts, so I thought I was doing him a favor!!! These look amazing, but I am allergic to dairy and strawberries. So we will just have to see what I come up with. I’m digging out the deep fryer :)

    • Oh no, allergic to dairy and strawberries??? Maybe soy milk and blueberries?

  8. Wow…these look amazing!! I found your recipe through the What’s Shakin’ party. :)

    • Thanks for visiting Megan, love having your here!

  9. Donuts! I’ll bring the coffee if you make me donuts :) Love the strawberry!

  10. Wow, these look perfect for summer!

  11. I could easily stuff my face with these babies!!

  12. These reminds me of a sweet version of hush puppies. Love the idea of strawberries in a donut –yum! Happy Friday! :)

    • You are right, they are like sweet little hush puppies! Ha, never thought of that! I love hush puppies too!

  13. YES!! Holy crap, this looks SO awesome. You know how I feel about doughnuts — they make my world go ’round and then some. This fresh strawberry version is bananas! Or, er, strawberries! :)

    • Cute Hayley! I agree, donuts make the world a better place.

  14. I have never made actual fried donuts, your look so good!

    • They were much easier than I anticipated!

  15. Oh my word!! What a brilliant idea to put the strawberries into the donuts! YUMMY!!

  16. These look so delish! My husband is the one that tends to TELL me out of total excitement what he bought me the moment it arrives via UPS…even when they are fuzzy socks…he’s SO excited to tell me before he presents them to me! You are too funny about the gifts under the tree! You’re right, what kid could look at those for 3 wks and not be tempted!

    • Thank you Gloria! How cute that your husband gets too excited to keep a secret!

  17. These mini donuts look delicious and very tempting!!! They are just perfect size and love the fresh strawberry idea.

  18. Trish @ Mom On Timeout

    So pretty Tanya! We have made strawberry fritters before and these look like they would be awesome too :) Pinned!

  19. Mmmm, donuts are my weakness … especially donut holes!

    • I rarely pass up donuts! Thanks Nicole!

  20. Donuts are a big weakness of mine. i could eat AT LEAST a dozen of these! And surprises, yes, well, the men-folk have it rough, don’t they? But after 22 years of marriage, I would just rather buy my own gift, since I know exactly what I want! LOL

    • Yeah I feel sorry for my husband! I DID eat a dozen! Thanks Rachel!

  21. I want to eat all of these! I love the bits of strawberries I can see in the donuts. One would not be enough. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures

  22. Best breakfast ever! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  23. Sandra H @ scrumptilicious4you

    These donut holes look amazing! Thanks for sharing on Mandy’s

  24. Okay first– I am in LOVE with these donuts. I am such a strawberry addict right now. I can’t get enough. Second– I am a high maintenance giftee too! I don’t think I realized it until I read your little self-reflective statement there. It actually only applies to my guy’s gifts though. Mom, sisters, kids– they are all off the hook.
    Maybe I could teach him to make donuts.

  25. hehe, welcome to frying Tanya, once you start it’s hard to stop, these little gems are just the beginning! Thanks for sharing at Thursday’s Treasures, I’m featuring you this week!

    • How did I miss Donut Day! Thank you Brenda!


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