Parmesan-Cheddar Donut Balls

These cheesy deep-fried donut balls are based on Colombian buñuelos, made with a tapioca-based dough mixed with grated Parmesan and cheddar cheese.
Difficulty
Easy
Servings
15–20 donuts
Prep Time
10 Mins
Active Time
10 Mins

These cheese donuts take inspiration from Colombian buñuelos, a traditional holiday dessert of fried dough balls flavored with grated cheese. The combination of tapioca starch and cornstarch creates a fritter that's bites differently from the run-of-the-mill donut: a chewy, airy interior covered in a crisp shell.

The dough is simple to make and can be kneaded by hand, though a stand mixer will speed up the process. Don't feel pressured to use expensive cheeses—we use commercial grated Parmesan and cheddar in ours. Processed cheeses like Eden will work just fine.

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