Carrot Cake Donut Holes with Cream Cheese Dip


A sophisticated donut hole with a fun creamy dip. Best served warm but good no matter what!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
2 dozen


Donut Holes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ½ cup drained crushed pineapple

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 1 cup grated carrots, packed

  • ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut

  • vegetable oil for cooking

  • cup white sugar

Cream Cheese Dip:

  • ½ cup cream cheese, softened

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Whisk flour, brown sugar, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt together in a large bowl.

  2. Combine milk, crushed pineapple, and egg in a small bowl. Stir into the flour mixture. Add melted butter; mix until a soft dough forms. Fold in carrots and coconut.

  3. Heat at least 2 inches of oil in a large pot to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a wire rack or baking sheet with paper towels.

  4. Scoop a few tablespoons of dough into the hot oil using a small ice cream scoop. Fry donut holes until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Transfer donut holes to the paper towels using a slotted spoon; let drain and cool slightly. Repeat with remaining dough.

  5. Whisk white sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Roll donut holes in sugar mixture.

  6. Beat cream cheese and 1 tablespoon butter together in a bowl until smooth. Beat in confectioners' sugar until dip is well-blended and fluffy. Stir in vanilla extract and 1 pinch salt. Serve donut holes with cream cheese dip.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
9g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 69mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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