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Carrot Cake Donut Holes with Cream Cheese Dip

Rated as 4.83 out of 5 Stars

"A sophisticated donut hole with a fun creamy dip. Best served warm but good no matter what!"
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27 m servings 179
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 dozen)


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  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.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 179 calories; 8.9 23.3 2.2 20 208 Full nutrition

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The donuts tasted so good!!! I made them for a super bowl party, hence the green sprinkles. GO, Eagles, GO. I didn't add any pineapple, because I didn't have any, but they still tasted amazing, ...

I added a couple cups of flour, once I was able to roll it out I cut with a regular doughnut cutter and fried them up. Dropped them into cinnamon and sugar, I thinned the cream cheese dip with ...

We L-O-V-E carrot cake at our house so thought this would be a nice change up. A little too sweet for me but my husband couldn't get enough. Definitely will make them again when we have family...

yes yes and yes. I made these for my anniversary dessert. it made so many I gave some to family and now I am making them for all events. my family isn't shy to indulge a little and I think the d...

Made no changes to the recipe - came out fantastic. I mixed it all up and my husband fried them for me. Thanks for the delicious recipe!