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Brazilian Funnel Cake Balls

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Author: Aline Shaw


For the dough:

  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla ext
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • oil for frying

For the sugar coating:

  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of cinnamon


For the sugar coating:

  • Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a large plate and reserve.

For the dough:

  • Prepare the oil for frying
  • Add the vinegar to the milk and let it sit while you prepare the other ingredients. Set aside.
  • Add the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, and the salt to a large bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg with the sugar and the vanilla
  • Add the milk and vinegar to the egg mixture and whisk
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold gently to combine
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, or 2 spoons, form little balls (like a 2 bite donut hole) and drop directly into the hot (350F) oil. Fry until golden brown and balls are cooked through.

Bom Apetite!!


    If you are using a frying pan, use a thermometer. Do a couple first to see how they fry. If the bolinhos are too big they will take longer to cook through, and will also absorb more oil, so keep an eye on the size and work quickly. If you feel the bolinhos are the right size (like a 2 bite donut hole) and they are still not cooking through inside, but look golden on the outside, your oil might be a little too hot. Please note that every time you add something to the fryer the temperature of the oil will go down, so if you had to decrease your oil temp to cook through the bolinhos, you might notice yourself having to crank up the heat and then decrease it to ensure they are crisp outside and fully cooked on the inside. Any questions shoot me a note!