Peanut Butter Cup Doughnut Holes

It's hard to resist a doughnut hole, let alone a doughnut hole with a peanut butter cup inside! The only drawback to making doughnuts at home is having to deep-fry them, however... (and you know what I'm going to say) when you're able to make these in your air fryer, you can throw all caution to the wind and jump right in. Suddenly, it's always time to make the doughnuts.

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Doughnut holes being dipped into chocolate.

This is a simple yeast dough that while it does take some time to let it rise, is easy to make. Rolling the dough around a peanut butter cup is also a simple task and with the promise of a tasty treat at the end, it’s a given that you’ll have volunteers to help you do the rolling.

Meredith Laurence, Blue Jean Chef, sneaking a taste of chocolate while dipping doughnut holes.

These tasty morsels can be decorated for any holiday – Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or even just Wednesday!

Halloween Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnut Holes in a jack-o-lantern bucket.

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Peanut Butter Cup Doughnut Holes

  • Prep Time: 45 m
  • Cook Time: 4 m
  • Rising Time: 1 h 30 m
  • Total Time: 2 h 19 m
  • Servings:
    doughnut holes


  • cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 24 miniature peanut butter cups plus a few more for garnish
  • vegetable oil in a spray bottle
Doughnut Topping
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar


  1. Combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a bowl. Add the milk, vanilla, egg yolks and butter. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined and the dough starts to come together. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead by hand for 2 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and transfer it to a large oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 to 1½ hours, until the dough has doubled in size.
  2. When the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it into a 24-inch long log. Cut the dough into 24 pieces. Push a peanut butter cup into the center of each piece of dough, pinch the dough shut and roll it into a ball. Place the dough balls on a cookie sheet and let them rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400°F.
  4. Spray or brush the dough balls lightly with vegetable oil. Air-fry eight at a time, at 400ºF for 4 minutes, turning them over halfway through the cooking process.
  5. While the doughnuts are air frying, prepare the topping. Place the chocolate chips and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for an additional 30 seconds if necessary to get all the chips to melt. Stir until the chips are melted and smooth.
  6. Dip the top half of the doughnut holes into the melted chocolate. Let them set up for just a few minutes while you make the peanut butter topping to drizzle on top. Place the peanut butter and milk into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Add the powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Place the peanut butter mixture in a zip lock bag and cut the tip of one corner off to make a small hole. Drizzle thin lines of peanut butter over the chocolate layer on doughnut holes.
  7. Place them on a rack to set up for just a few minutes and watch them disappear.
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Comments (4)Post a Reply

    1. Hi Carol. I expect the dough could be made using the dough cycle of your bread machine. Without knowing the program of the bread machine, it’s hard to tell, but you could definitely mix it in there and then let it rise according to the recipe directions.

    1. Hi Margie. Bring a pot of vegetable or peanut oil to 375ºF and then fry the donut holes for 2 to 3 minutes or until browned.

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