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


Recipe Summary

25 mins
2 mins
27 mins
2 dozen


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Donut Holes:
Cream Cheese Dip:


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

179 calories; protein 2.2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 23.3g 8% DV; fat 8.9g 14% DV; cholesterol 20.4mg 7% DV; sodium 208.4mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
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 and so did the dip which I used as icing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 milk drizzled it over the doughnuts. The family loved them I will make them again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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/friends together. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 dipping sauce should be doubled. but that's us. I will try doing half the batch without the sugar cinnamon coating we will see. but a must for family gathering. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These sound amazing...but Why is there pineapple in it? Just curious what the actual function of it is? Flavor? Texture? Thanks....Jesse Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More