Any way you make and eat a doughnut is a good way. With bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions these savory bites are a delightful twist on an old favorite, the doughnut hole. Try this recipe and you will impress your friends and family.

Recipes by Cynthia Hulé and Photos by Evan Henningsen

Bacon-Cheddar Doughnut Holes 

Makes 24 small doughnut holes


1 cup flour
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
1 egg
1⁄2 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
3⁄4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 strips bacon, crumbled (half for garnish)
1⁄2 cup green onions, chopped (halffor garnish)
Oil for frying


In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and sugar. In another bowl, mix together the egg, milk, salt, and pepper. Slowly add the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients; avoid overmixing. With a spatula, gently stir in the cheese, 4 strips of crumbled bacon, and 1⁄4 cup chopped green onions.

Place the dough on a clean surface, and roll out to 1 inch thick. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut the dough into small rounds the size of doughnut holes. Re-roll the dough scraps again to make more doughnut holes until you have 24.

Heat oil to 375 degrees in a large pot or deep fryer. Fry the doughnut holes for about 3 minutes on each side, flipping them once they rise to the surface of the oil. Remove from oil and set aside to drain and cool.

Garnish the doughnut holes with the rest of the crumbled bacon and chopped green onions. Serve with store-bought nacho cheese dip or sour cream and onion dip for an easy party favorite.

Article originally published in the April 2018  issue of Missouri Life.