Canned Biscuit Dough Donuts and Holes

Total Time:
32 min
30 min
2 min

16 to 20 servings

  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Icings:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 5 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cans large buttermilk biscuits
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Heat 2 inches peanut oil in a large pot or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F.

In a shallow bowl, stir together the ground cinnamon and sugar and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, set aside. This is the vanilla icing. In another bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of milk and set aside. This is the chocolate icing.

Lay out the biscuits on a cutting board and with a 1 1/2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out a hole from the middle of each biscuit. Fry them in the oil until golden and then flip with tongs to fry the other side. You can even fry the donut holes. Drain on paper towels and then toss in the cinnamon-sugar or ice and decorate with sprinkles, as desired.

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    alright...question. Can I use canola oil instead of peanut oil? I can't WAIT to surprise my kids with these!!
    These were my first attempt at making donuts and they turned out pretty good. The only reason I gave these four stars instead of five is because they are only good fresh. Once they are 12 hours old they taste more like biscuits than donuts. But, they are great fresh so I will definitely be making them again.
    My Mom did this back in the 70's and I still brag about the fact that she made us donuts for breakfast frequently... 
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    I just wanted to thank Paula and the 186 reviewers for their comments. After buying a restaurant hand donut maker tool, my hubby and I hunted for different donut recipes but never found one as good as you can buy. Today I was surfing and when I saw this recipe I almost went berserk. Am so glad I found this to try and wish my hubby was here to enjoy with me. Again, thanks for all your interesting comments. ec
    Made these over 40yrs ago. Was a home-ec class recipe. Think 40yr old ingredients as a base and improve from there. They just had normal size canned biscuits, regular shortening or veg oil, plain old cinnamon sugar in a brown paper bag - toss in and shake each one as you remove from the frypan. My brothers mentioned these - i almost forgot about them...Makes sense they are in 'Cooking w/Kids'. I was like 11.
    I was craving doughnuts and have never made them before so this recipe was perfect for me!
    Happiness!!! Yummy to my tummy!!!
    Oh gosh, these are so easy to make and so good. Make sure your oil is the right temp or they won't cook right. I use my laser thermometer to check the oil temp. I don't put holes in the biscuits. I just throw the whole biscuit in the oil and turn it over when it is brown. I dip them in melted choco chips and butterscotch chips and then dip them in chopped peanuts or coconut. I never knew you could make doughnuts with biscuits.
    Extremely easy to make! Takes 10 minutes max and they really fill the spot for a doughnut craving. I just topped mine with a water/powdered sugar/vanilla/pinch of salt glaze. Have made this recipe 3 or 4 times now and now keep a can of canned biscuits in the fridge, something I never had use of before.
    And we have a winner! I was craving donuts and all I could find without going to the grocery store was a $5 can of organic biscuits. Next time I'll go get a cheaper can. Either way, these are so good! I tried Alton's recipe a while ago and some of the donuts were a hit and some were a miss. Also, it was time consuming and messy. I just cracked open the can, cut them and put them in the oil. I know that you aren't suppose to use vegetable but it worked just fine. They were fantastic!!! Light and fluffy, but they still had some body to them. I topped some with a glaze, some with melted chocolate and nuts, and some with cinnamon sugar. I also put some with agave syrup for my diabetic father. I never expected donut making to be this easy. Will definitely be making again and again.
    This recipe is delicious. I made them for the super bowl and they were a huge hit. EVERYONE loved them. My husband was eating them as they were coming out of the fryer. I had run him out of my kitchen in order to finish making the donuts. Which meant I had to send him off with a batch for himself. They couldn't get enough. I would have never thought that canned biscuits would make such good donuts, but they work perfectly. I will be making these again.
    These were great. My kids loved them and the doughnut holes were a real treat.
    I can't believe how well this recipe worked. I gave it 4 stars only because it's just shy of tasting like a coffee shop donut. The donut itself is not as sweet as a tradtional donut, which is great, because the sweetness of the glaze balances the flavor. This will be in the regular rotation of desserts.
    So easy and so good
    I was hoping for good and we got delicious! I'm surprised at how good these are! I used the vanilla frosting for the donut holes and chocolate for the donuts, then covered them with sprinkles. They are also super easy and quick to make. Will make again!
    I have made these since childhood except I take the doughnut and cut it into fourths that way I get more and it is like doughnut holes. I love the toppings you gave as I usually just put powdered sugar in a bag and shook it up. Thanks for the new toppings....Grandkids loved!!!!!
    I can't say anything about the icings because I haven't tried those yet. And like most others, I was too excited to start to wait on peanut oil so I used fresh vegetable oil I already had. I also cooked mine at 375 degrees because that's the temperature my deep fryer recommends for donuts. They were amazing. One thing I did do was roll them around in some melted butter to get the sugar and cinnamon to stick better. So, so good! I'm going to make more tonight and the icings for my lucky co-workers. We gobbled the holes up and the donuts are so big and messy I'm making only holes this time. Use a slim shot glass and you can get at least 6 holes from one biscuit.
    Very tasy and delicious !!!!!!!! Super easy to make.. yummy !!!
    Very tasty and easy to make.
    Don't do the icing. Great donut otherwise, only used the sugar cinnamon recipe and they were great
    I loved these!!! I didn't make the icing, we were happy just coating them with a cinnmon-sugar mix. These are so delicious and easy. I tried making homemade doughnuts the other night and it was disaster. These turned out perfect. Thanks Paula!!!
    For the amount of effort I would give these 5 stars, but they aren't quite as good as real donuts, but JUST about! Quick and soft and squishy. I thought they would be cake like, but they are soft like yeast donuts.
    These turned out surprisingly yummy. They were so easy and everything came together so nicely. I made them with the cinnamon & sugar and the chocolate glaze. So great.
    Yummm! Made these last night and they vanished! As for the icing. I used one stick of unsalted butter melted, 2 C confectioners sugar, Tsp of Vanilla and enough milk to make it the desired consistancy for dipping the doughnut, note if the glaze becomes too thick then just add enough milk and wisk to desired consistancy. the butter will make a huge difference. I did not have penut oil so I just used vegetable oil. Oil temp should be at 350. A candy thermometer is a good investment and it is necessary here because if the oil is too hot it will burn the dough and leave the inside raw. If the oil is not hot enough then the dough will absorb the oil and taste soggy etc.
    Thanks so much. ec
    These are really yummy and easy to make. I didn't follow the same recipe for the glazes though.
    These are SO GOOD. And easy. Just made them with my daughters, ages 5 and 8. They loved them. This recipe is definitely a keeper :
    AWESOME!!! Why do I go to the do-nut shop??? Of course I didn't use the recipe for the glaze.. That takes all the fun out of cooking.. totally experimented.. YUM YUM.. did it with my boys (3&5 great memories!!
    They are fun and very easy to make. I have made them 3 or 4 times.  
    Just wish it was more of a Krispy Kream fluffy than a Dunken Donut thick.
    These were just ok.I really didn't care for the icing either. But my husband liked them and they were really easy to make!
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