Question: What tastes like doughnut holes but doesn’t require deep frying (or a Dunkin’ run)? Answer: these baked doughnut holes.
Make the Cutest Doughnut Holes in a Mini-Muffin Tin
Prepared in a mini-muffin tin, these cinnamon sugar doughnut holes have all the flavor of the fried version without the mess and fuss that comes with deep frying.
When the Cook’s Country team developed the original recipe in a regular-size muffin tin, they made a few tweaks to bring these “muffins” into deep-fried doughnut territory: A bit of cornstarch created a tender, cake-like crumb reminiscent of doughnuts, while cranking up the oven to 400 degrees helped crisp their edges.
Finally, brushing them with melted butter and rolling them in cinnamon sugar re-created that signature crunchy, sugary coating.
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ATK Kids adapted that recipe for use with a mini-muffin tin, making the doughnuts resemble bite-size doughnut holes.
You can find that recipe, plus dozens more kid-friendly baked goods, in ATK Kids’ New York Times best-selling cookbook The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs.