Churro Donuts Holes

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Christiana George
Christiana George
Welcome to The Tart Tart, my not-so-tart take on food, writing, and photography. I decided to start up this sucker after repeated nagging from Chris, my fiance, who cannot understand why the sight of a farmer’s market would send me into ecstatic convulsions (okay, total overstatement. I can be quite the histrionic at times).With that said, my interests, though chiefly in food, also span fashion, design, literature, and photography. So don’t mind the seemingly non sequitur odds and ends I toss in posts at times.

I watched a documentary about Johnny Cash last night and now I am listening to his music as I write this post. He songs remind me of driving up to Canada in my dad’s Oldsmobile Regency with my parents and oldest brother.  Dad had Johnny playing on the 8-track.  There is just something about his voice that is haunting.  While Elvis is still my number one singer, Johnny comes in a close second.  I was definitely born in the wrong era.  None of this has to do with churros or donuts, I just like good music and thought I would share.  Don’t worry I’ll still share the recipe for these finger-lickin’ treats.

Now I have made Churro Donuts before and they were quite tasty.  This time I decided to make them a little healthier by adding Chobani yogurt.  The first time I used Chobani was in my Maple Apple Muffins and they came soft and moist, so I was aiming for the same texture with these donuts.  I just replaced some of the oil and buttermilk from my original recipe with yogurt.  Chobani has this great chart on their blog if you want to replace butter, oil, buttermilk, or sour cream in one of your recipes.  Okay so the dulce de leche and cinnamon sugar are not good for the diet, but you don’t need to eat all the donuts by yourself.  (I won’t tell anyone if you do.)

I made these donuts holes using my Babycakes Cake Pop Maker.  The machine I bought came with an injector to add filling, so it was perfect to fill my donuts with my homemade dulce de leche.  You can probably use the Wilton cupcake filler tip to do the same.  You want to make sure that if you make your own dulce de leche or buy it, you want it to be thick, otherwise it will just seep out of your little donut holes.  Another tool that is great for this project is the Tovolo pancake pen.  It is so much easier to use it to fill the wells of my machine with batter than to try to do it with a spoon.

After you fill them, you just glaze them and roll them around in some cinnamon sugar.  I like to use brown sugar and cinnamon.  I find granulated sugar to be too gritty for me.  Only after you finish all these steps can you pop one in your mouth.  Yeah, right.  I lost a few before I even got to fill them to my little kitchen troll that wouldn’t stop saying “donut” until I threw him at least three.

These guys are a little messy.  You may need a napkin or two, but they are worth the trouble.  A moist cinnamon donut with a burst of dulce de leche, coated with cinnamon sugar.  If you aren’t drooling yet, you will be once you start baking.  Now get to it.

Churro Donut Holes

by The Sweet Chick

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes per batch

Keywords: bake dessert snack cinnamon dulce de leche Chobani yogurt donuts

Ingredients (55 donut holes)

For the donuts

  • 1 cup Chobani yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the filling

  • 1 1/4 cups dulce de leche

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk

For the coating

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


For the donuts

Preheat your Babycakes Cake Pop Machine.

Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat together yogurt, milk, oil and sugar. Then add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients and slowly add to to the wet ingredients, making sure to have a nice smooth mixture. The batter will be thick.

Use a Ziplock bag with tip cut off or pancake pen to fill each donut reservoir with about 2 tbsp of batter.

Bake for about 4 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of donut comes out clean.

Place hot donuts on cooling rack.

For the filling

With the Babycakes injector or a cupcake filler, make a hole in each donut and fill with dulce de leche.

For the glaze

In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. You want the consistency to be runny, not thick.

Dip each donut in the mixture and flip it around by hand or with a fork until the whole donut is covered.

Then place back on the cooling rack until the glaze is dry, but tacky.

For the coating

In a small bowl combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.

Dip each donut into the mixture and roll around until all covered. Then pop one in your mouth an enjoy the ride.

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