RecipeCinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 40
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Total Fat: 0.5 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 0.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0 g
  • Total Sugar: 4 g
    • Natural Sugar: 0 g
    • Added Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 65 mg

You can score a hole-in-one with these bite-sized delights! Best part? You only need two simple ingredients for the batter and the recipe takes mere minutes to prep. Oh my goodness, they’re SO good: Think soft, moist, cakey deliciousness dusted with a cinnamon-y-sugar coating. Plus, they’re each only 40 calories a pop (what?!?). Trust me, you will love this recipe a hole lot!

  • Prep time
  • Total Time
This recipe makes about 50 donut holes


  • • 1 box vanilla or yellow cake mix
  • • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce, plain or cinnamon*
  • • 1 cup water

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

  • • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (more for a stronger cinnamon flavor)
  • • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

*You can swap applesauce for 1 cup canned pumpkin or sweet potato puree


Preheat oven to 325˚. Liberally mist a donut hole pan(s) (you can use a mini muffin tin, if you don’t have a donut tin) with nonstick oil spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, applesauce (or pumpkin/sweet potato puree) and water. Spoon about 1 heaping tablespoon batter into the prepared tins (fill each compartment only about ¾ way, as they will puff in oven). Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until donut holes are cooked and a toothpick comes out clean. Set pan(s) on counter and let slightly cool before removing holes.

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:
In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. One at a time, brush the melted butter onto each donut top, then sprinkle on some sugar followed some cinnamon (alternatively, you can dip the donut tops directly into the sugar-cinnamon mix). Enjoy warm or room temperature.

Nutrition provided per donut hole

Nutrition analysis courtesy of 
Genesis® R&D