These biscuit donuts are easy as they come. Open a can of biscuits, and you’re 90% there. Hot, fresh donuts with your choice of toppings are on the table in minutes. This post contains affiliate links.
I do not really “rise and begin shining.” I pretty much just “rise.”
Especially with earlier and earlier call times due to children. I love the idea of a fun, weekend breakfast, but I don’t want to hop to it 5 minutes after getting up and then wait another hour to eat. No, thank you. That’s where these Easy Biscuit Donuts come in!
I first tasted this recipe circa 1990 at a friend’s house and I remember thinking they were a total taste sensation. Thirty years later, they were exactly as delicious as I remember and only took about 10 minutes to put together.
First up, grab a can of Grands biscuits. Try to get just the most plain variety you can — no jumbo, or butter, etc. Next, cut a hole in each of the donuts. If you’re a crazy kitchen-gadget hoarder like me, grab your donut cutter. If not, a clean lid from a 2-liter or 20 oz. bottle of pop will work just fine. If you’d like to be a crazy kitchen-gadget hoarder, this is the donut cutter I use.
Heat up your oil. I used just plain vegetable oil here. I’ve tried to get healthy and use olive oil, but it just does not crisp up anywhere the same. I typically use an electric skillet because it’s easier to replicate your results each time since you can put in an exact temperature. I used 325° and it was perfect. Wait until the oil is nice and hot before you put the donuts in — I did the ol’ flick test with a bit of water and made sure it bubbled up. Place your donuts and donut holes in the hot oil.
Let them cook a few minutes on each side These brown up faster than I was expecting, so be ready with your tongs to turn them because it really just takes a few minutes on each side.
Pop them on a plate with a paper towel to drain some of the grease and you’re ready to add the toppings. We did a brown paper bag with cinnamon sugar and one with powdered sugar and then just shook the donuts until they were coated. Then I did a glaze with powdered sugar and water and topped some with glaze plus some sprinkles. Because sprinkles just makes everything better.
Done! Hot, delicious donuts in minutes. I will say that these don’t keep very well for the next day, so be sure to polish them off in the moment, which I promise you will not be hard!
Any easy toppings ideas for these biscuit donuts I missed? I’d love to hear in the comments.
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- 1 can of Grands biscuits (try to get it as plain as possible, not jumbo or butter, etc.)
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Your choice of toppings: powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, a glaze
- Unpackage your biscuits and use a donut cutter or clean pop lid to cut a hole in each biscuit. Heat your oil (I've found that 325 in an electric skillet is ideal.) Once your oil is nice and hot, place each donut and donut hole in the oil. Watch them carefully, and give them a turn after a few minutes. These brown up very quickly. Place them on a paper towel and get ready to top them! Shake in a brown paper bag with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar or top with a quick glaze.
- Easy glaze: 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to 1T of milk or water.