Toasted Coconut Doughnut Holes

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 29 min
  • serves Makes 16 to 20 doughnut holes
Toasted Coconut Doughnut Holes

The addition of lime zest and nutmeg adds a nice touch that complements the toasted coconut. The glaze with the coconut sets as a crunchy shell, yielding to the soft, cake inside of these gems. Courtesy of Anna Olson

Dessert, Eggs/Dairy, Fry, Snack, Vegetarian



½ cup full-fat sour cream

½ cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon cornmeal

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons melted butter

Glaze & Assembly

vegetable oil, for frying

1 large egg white

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup icing sugar, sifted

1 ½ cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted



1. For the batter, whisk the sour cream, sugar, egg, vanilla and lime zest in a bowl until smooth.

2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together. Add this to the sour cream mixture and stir until even blended. Stir in the melted butter (the batter will be thick).

3. Preheat vegetable oil to 375ºF in a tabletop fryer, or in a deep pot over medium high heat (fill the pot with 2 inches of oil). Use a small ice cream scoop to make golf ball-sized scoops of batter and with floured hands, roll the balls to shape them further and place them on a floured plate or tray.

4. Carefully drop 4 to 6 the doughnut holes into the oil and fry for 4 to 5 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Lift the cooked doughnuts onto a cooling rack over a tray to drain and cool while repeating with the remaining doughnuts.

Glaze & Assembly

1. For the glaze, whisk the egg white lightly to loosen and then whisk in the vanilla and icing sugar (if the glaze is thick, you can whisk in a little water). Dip each cooled doughnut holes into the glaze to coat, shake off excess glaze and then roll into the coconut until completely covered. Return the dipped doughnut holes to the cooling rack to set for an hour before serving. The doughnut holes are best enjoyed the day they are made.

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