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doughnut holes

Course: Dessert | Beer Style: Abbey Dubbel

Beer Doughnut Holes

Beer and Baking's Jessica Rice used Palmero, a Belgian dubbel from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery to add flavors of dates, rum, spice, caramel and raisins to these perfect doughnut holes.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes | Yield: 24


  • 2 cups canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 1/4 cup AP Flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 Tbsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Put the two cups oil in a skinny and tall pot for frying. You want your doughnuts to float and not touch the bottom. Heat to around 350-375°F. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can put a wooden spoon in the oil and it if bubbles, it’s ready.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients and pour in all the wet ingredients. It’s okay for the batter to be lumpy, you don’t want to over-mix the dough, otherwise the doughnuts will be tough.
  3. Using two spoons, put the batter into small balls and drop into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown. It should take 2-3 minutes. You want the balls to be small, the size of a quarter. Otherwise if you make the balls too big, the outside will cook faster than the inside and no one wants that.
  4. Once the doughnuts are ready, remove them from the hot oil and place on a plate with paper towels for draining and cooling.
  5. After the doughnuts have had a chance to cool down, about 5-10 minutes, you can roll them in powdered sugar or a sugar/cinnamon mixture. I did both options, just for fun.
  6. The beer gave these doughnuts a wonderful flavor. Not overly sweet and not too savory. Palmero is a Belgian-style dubbel from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery with flavors of dates, rum, spice, caramel and raisins. Perfect to integrate into baking. The dubbel added a fantastic spice character to the doughnuts, which played off the added cinnamon nicely. The outside was ultra crunchy while the inside was cakey and moist. I would totally make these again. They would be so perfect for entertaining a late-night crowd!

Jessica Rice enjoys taking photos, reviewing beer events, bars and restaurants and loves making baked goods and various deserts. She also just so happens to be a huge fan of craft beer. All of her passions combine on her blog Beer and Baking.

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