True to the name, these Easy 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.
Easy Biscuit Donuts Instructions
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.
Give the biscuit donuts a flip!
Pop the donuts 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.
- 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.
Tools I used to make Easy Biscuit Donuts: