Gluten Free Puff Ball Doughnuts

Gluten Free Puff Ball Doughnuts




If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you know that old-fashioned, southern recipes are our absolute favorite. I found a recipe for puff ball doughnuts (which I had never heard of) in The Timmermann Sisters cookbook, which is just a spiral-bound community cookbook that my mom has had for forever. This type of cookbook is the very best place to find recipes, in my opinion. The Timmermann sisters lived in Geronimo, Texas, the tiny town where I went to high school. They were a family of seven sisters and they were known for their cooking and their kindness. Also, they wore matching outfits everyday, even as adults. I love them.


Their recipes are amazing, and when I found this recipe, I knew I had to try to make it gluten free. It is a breakfast recipe from the 1920s, and the doughnuts are really soft and soooo tasty. Under the recipe is a note from the original 1920s version that says the doughnuts “will not absorb a bit of fat and are not at all rich, and consequently are the least injurious of this kind of cakes”. And it was right! They are not oily or greasy at all and have amazing texture. They would be perfect for a brunch or breakfast and are super easy to make.

A few notes on this recipe…I used a cookie scoop to ensure that they were all equal in size. Also, don’t worry about getting perfectly round dough to drop into the oil (the dough is super loose anyway) because as they fry these little beauties puff up and become perfect spheres. Finally, I added one more component to the recipe. Once the doughnuts come out of the fryer, I recommend drying them off for a few minutes, then rolling them in either powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar until they’re completely covered, and they are SO good. This recipe makes a TON of doughnuts, so make them for a crowd or stick them in the freezer without any toppings, then reheat in the microwave later and roll in sugar.



Gluten Free Puff Ball Doughnuts


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (heaping)
  • flour


Step 1
With a hand mixer, beat all of the ingredients except flour together.
Step 2
Add in one cup of flour and beat. Continue to add flour in 1/4 cup increments until a spoon will stand upright in the mixture. Continue to beat until light and fluffy.
Step 3
Use a cookie scoop to drop scoops of dough into oil at 365 degrees. Cook until just golden brown and let dry on a paper towel.
Step 4
Roll still warm doughnuts in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.
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  1. Meghan · August 31, 2013 Reply

    What kind of flour did you use?

  2. Heidi · September 1, 2013 Reply

    We both use Auntie’s Gluten free flour blend. You can purchase it on line. There are other really good GF flour blends out there that would probably work as well. Heidi

  3. Amy · February 12, 2016 Reply

    I’m so glad I found your recipe! My daughter has celiac disease and her class is having munchkins tomorrow for a Valentine’s Day party. My husband and I made these tonight and they are awesome!! I would love to get my hands on a copy of the Tillerman sisters cookbook, I’ve found two copies online, and after ordering it, my order was cancelled both times. Do you know if they still have copies anywhere and if so how I could get one?

    • Heidi · February 12, 2016 Reply

      We’re so glad you like them! The Timmerman sisters cookbook is just a local cookbook and it’s not gluten free! We just converted their recipe to gf! I’m not sure where else you could find it! Our copy is pretty ancient!

      • Amy · February 12, 2016 Reply

        Darn! Thanks for getting back to me! I don’t always bake gluten free, I was just curious as to what other recipes they had in their book, especially cakes. Maybe one will pop up someday 😉

  4. Amy · February 12, 2016 Reply

    I’m so excited about finding your recipe! My daughter has celiac disease and her class is having munchkins tomorrow for a Valentine’s Day party. My husband and I made these tonight and they are awesome!!! Thank you so much! I’d love to get my hands on a copy of the tillerman sisters cookbook, I’ve found it on 2 separate websites online and both times I order it, my order was canceled because it wasn’t available. Do you know where I could get one?

  5. amy · February 12, 2016 Reply

    Thanks! I appreciate that! I would gladly pay you for it and shipping if you ever come across one!

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