Mini Nutella Doughnuts

I love making a “doughnut” that doesn’t require yeast!  These are much more like a beignet than a doughnut, but who really cares; fried dough is fried dough.  And fried dough is really, really good.

I was reading one of my really old cookbooks, The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham and came across a recipe for some simple doughnuts.  Then, I was reading Helene’s blog and she had a recipe for mini Nutella Doughnuts.  It was a sign!

I whipped up a batch of these a few mornings ago, prior to the kids waking up. When they did ultimately get up
( it is summer, after all – sleeping until 10:00 a.m. has become the norm), they ventured into the kitchen first.  There were quite a few smiles that morning!

These are easy and delicious.  Next time I will pipe them with jelly or lemon curd or some marshmallow fluff for Levi!


Nutella Doughnuts


3 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
8 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
canola oil for frying
powdered sugar for dusting
nutella for piping


  1. heat 3 inches of oil in a dutch oven until it registers 375* on a thermometer
  2. in a large bowl, stir together eggs, ricotta cheese, sugar, salt, and vanilla.  add the flour, baking powder and mix until combined
  3. drop a tablespoon of batter into oil.  fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side.  you want them amber in color.  do not crowd the pan ( I fried one to begin with to check for doneness.  I opened one up to make sure the dough was cooked through).
  4. when cooked, drain on paper towels.
  5. when warm enough to handle, pipe nutella into the center of each doughnut.  dust with powdered sugar.
  6. eat them immediately.  best when fresh from the fryer!

The Urban Baker /

Showing 19 comments
  • lauranav

    Oh, YUM. I love Nutella and love fried dough. Any tips for those of us scared to deep-fry, though?

  • Line

    Wow this looks really good!!Have a good day!

  • Jess--Sugar High

    Yum, I’d love to wake up to these! Lucky kids… 🙂

  • Kat

    These sound so delicious. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Bria

    Those look absolutely delicious! Beautiful photos as well, looks so homey to me 🙂

  • Charlene Huang

    When can I move in to have breakfast with the Salzman boys?

  • The Urban Baker

    charlene…you are welcome for breakfast any time!!

  • my spatula

    these look amazing! i’d love about…oh, a dozen for dinner please! 🙂

  • Deeba PAB

    These look gorgeous, and your pictures are fab too. Must remember to make some ricotta and try these soon! Aaah 10am; they always eventually wake up, don’t they? Thankfully schools have reopened her in India and we’re back to regular schedules again!!

  • Kim

    Nutella is one of the beat things in the world and doughtnuts too… Conclusion= these are probably amazing!

  • The Urban Baker

    Hi everyone,thanks for all your wonderful comments:laura – don’t be afraid of frying. if you have a candy thermometer it makes life so much easier. Plus you only use 3 inches of oil!line – they are goodjess – you to can wake up to these. they take minutes to make!kat – they are delicious!bria – plus they make your house smell goodcharlene – come on down!my spatula – you will eat a dozen – or two!deeba – make ricotta? you go girl!kim – nutella is quite the ingredient. crack for foodies!have a sweet dayx

  • Patricia Scarpin

    These are delish, Susan! Can I grab a couple? 🙂

  • Katie@Cozydelicious

    These look amazing! I am a nutella freak but I have never had it in a doughnut… yum!!!

  • ~Lisa~

    Nutella douhgnuts, WHAT! OH my i’m in heaven. Thanks for your comment on my blog (= Have you replaced your madeleine pan?

  • Justin

    that jar of nutella in my cabinet is calling my name

  • Jessica

    I love these doughnuts! Deliciousness in a sweet little package!

  • Kate Morgan Jackson

    hoo! definitely have to try these babies. I adore anything that features Nutella as an ingredient 🙂

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