These fried biscuit donuts are the easiest donuts to make! They are made from a can of homestyle or buttermilk biscuits and rolled in either cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. Who knew you could make donuts from refrigerated biscuit dough?
When we were little and would stay at my grandma’s house, so often we would have these delicious fried biscuit donuts for breakfast. It makes sense. These are SO easy to make, and most of the time she would also be in the process of making a Sunday lunch for over 10 people.
Even though it sounds crazy, donuts using biscuit dough? I’m on board for that every day.
Growing up, we would eat these donuts tossed in powdered sugar, but to mix things up, I also made a cinnamon sugar coating. Having the combination of the two was perfect. If you just want to do one, that works too!
- A Can of Biscuits – For this recipe, I recommend finding biscuits that are NOT flaky or butter lovers of any sort. Plain homestyle or buttermilk biscuits work best to make these donuts. I also like the Grands biscuits for their size, but a smaller size works perfectly well too!
- Canola Oil – you’ll want to use a neutral (flavorless) oil like canola or vegetable oil. Stay away from oils like olive oil, which can impart its own flavor.
- Powdered sugar – I LOVE these donuts with powdered sugar. However, if you decide to just use cinnamon and sugar, you won’t need powdered sugar.
- Cinnamon and sugar – If you decide to go with a cinnamon sugar topping, you’ll need cinnamon and sugar and you’ll want to mix these together before coating your biscuits.
Making the biscuit donuts:
So how do you make donuts out of biscuit dough? It’s so simple! To make the biscuit donuts, you’ll take the can of Grands biscuits (or other biscuits you find) and separate them out onto a cutting board. Then, using a donut hole cutter or a syrup cap, you’ll cut holes in each biscuit to make the donut shapes.
In a large pot, add the oil and heat over a medium heat. I first like to fry the holes when the oil is a bit cooler and just warming up, and then as the oil heats up more, I’ll fry the actual donuts. You’ll fry each one for about 30 seconds each side, or until a light brown color. Then place on a plate lined with paper towels. While still hot, you’ll shake in either the powdered sugar or the cinnamon sugar mixture.
These are best enjoyed warm, so serve immediately!
- 1 Roll of Biscuits Homestyle or Buttermilk work best
- 1 1/2 cups canola oil for frying
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Start heating the oil to a temperature between medium and medium-high in a medium pot. Make sure that the oil covers the bottom of the pan with about 1-2 inches of oil.
- Open the can of biscuits. Watch out for that "pop!"
- Separate the biscuits onto a flat surface, like a cutting board.
- Using a donut hole cutter (or appropriately-sized syrup cap), punch a hole into the center of each biscuit.
- Place the powdered sugar into a bowl that has a lid (tupperware works great!)
- Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon into a separate bowl or plate so that donuts can be dipped on each side.
- Test the oil by placing one of the donut holes into the oil. If the hole does not start cooking right away, increase the temperature of the stove to medium-high.
- Once the oil starts cooking the donuts quickly, start placing them in for about a 30 seconds to a minute per side, until browned and cooked.
- As donuts come out of the oil, dry onto paper towels briefly before either shaking in the powdered sugar or covering with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Plate and enjoy! Best served fresh.