Carrot cake donut holes with cream cheese frosting dip
Turn donuts into dippers with these sweet, warm, cinnamony carrot treats.
If you follow my recipes, it’s no secret I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and would rather bake than cook almost any day. But it’s a funny thing – I never really liked donuts, especially fried ones. And then I had to write an article on donut making, and test out various recipes, methods and techniques. Somewhere in the middle off all that testing I decided that donuts aren’t half bad, and that these little carrot donuts are quite the bomb.
The way I see it, you’ve got to make fried homemade donuts at least once in your lifetime, and this is the donut recipe you want. Trust me. Just do yourself a favor and invite a small crowd of friends and family over to share them or you’ll find yourself consuming a few too many on your own….
- 4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup coconut or unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup drained crushed pineapple
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cup grated carrots (about 6 carrots)
- Small bowl of cinnamon and sugar mixture
- 1 quart oil, for frying
- 8 ounces cream cheese (can use vegan cream cheese)
- 4-6 tablespoon coconut or almond milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Cream cheese frosting dip
Heat a little less than a quart of peanut or canola oil in a heavy Dutch oven. Use a thermometer to keep the temperature at about 350°.
Whisk together first 6 dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle, and add milk, pineapple and egg and stir gently to combine liquids, then mix entire batter.
Add melted butter and mix until smooth dough starts forming, then fold in carrots gently.
Use a small cookie scoop to form balls, and drop into hot oil. Fry for 3 minutes, flipping halfway, then drain and transfer to paper towel lined platter.
After cooling slightly, dip in cinnamon and sugar mixture and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
To make cream cheese dip, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Add more milk if dip is too thick.
Serve donut holes with cream cheese frosting dip on the side. Best served warm.
Note: Donuts will remain fresh at room temperature for 24 hours, or frozen in an airtight container.
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