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Nutella Donuts

  • Author: Erin Clarkson
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 8 Donuts 1x
  • Category: Donuts
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: American


Small Batch Nutella Donuts are super fun and easy to make. They are made with a small batch brioche recipe which can be made by hand without the use of a mixer. These are Nutella Filled donuts, but you can finish them any way that you like!



Brioche Dough

  • 290g all-purpose flour
  • 30g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (3.1g) instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) salt
  • 120g whole milk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 large egg (60g), lightly whisked
  • 60g unsalted butter, at room temperature

For Frying and Finishing

  • Neutral oil for frying - quantity depends on the size of your pot, you want it at least 10cm (4") deep
  • Granulated sugar for rolling the finished donuts in 
  • About 150g of Nutella, or filling of your choice



  1. Place all ingredients except for the butter into a medium bowl. Bring together into a rough dough, then turn out onto a work surface (do not add more flour).
  2. Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. It will start off as very rough, then will come together and become smooth and elastic, and when pressed lightly with a finger, the dough should spring back slightly.
  3. Flatten the dough out into a rough rectangle and add the butter to the surface of the dough. This part will get sloppy, so make sure that you have a bench scraper nearby. Incorporate the butter into the dough by squeezing it and kneading it in. Keep scraping any excess butter back onto the dough and kneading it in. Don’t freak out. It will all work together.
  4. Once the butter has incorporated into the dough, knead for a further 2-3 minutes.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and then transfer to a lightly buttered bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Leave to sit on the counter for about 20 minutes to kick start the rising process, then transfer to the fridge to rise for at least two hours, and up to overnight. 
  6. Cut 8-10 parchment squares. Turn the dough out onto work surface (try not to use flour if you can). Divide into 70g portions. Roll each portion into a tight ball, making sure that they are well sealed on the bottom
  7. Place each of the donuts onto a parchment square, flattening each one slightly, leaving adequate space between.
  8. Leave the doughnuts to proof for a second time. This rise time will depend on the weather and the temperature of your starting dough so will take anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour. When you poke them lightly with your finger, it should leave a small indentation that springs back.
  9. While the doughnuts are proofing, heat neutral oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot (cast iron works great). Heat the oil to 350°f / 180°c. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the granulated sugar for tossing into a shallow bowl.
  10. Once the oil has come to temperature, test it with a few scraps of dough. Gently lower the donuts two at a time, into the hot oil. Cook for 3 minutes on one side and then flip again, and cook for a further 3 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon and place on a cooling rack.
  11. Allow to cool for 30 seconds before tossing in the sugar. Repeat the process with the rest of the doughnuts. Once the doughnuts are totally cool, poke a hole in them using a chopstick, and widen the hole using your finger.
  12. Place the nutella into a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Carefully pipe the nutella into the donuts, stopping when it starts to feel heavy. You may need to do a test to check the preferred amount of filling in each donut. 
  13. Store leftovers lightly covered at room temperature. Best eaten on the day that they are made.

Keywords: Donuts, Nutella Donuts, Brioche, Small Batch Donuts