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Biscuit Doughnuts Easy Recipe

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Canned Biscuit Doughnuts are super easy to make and perfect for a quick and easy homemade dessert.

No need to talk about how great doughnuts are because we already know that, right? My personal favorites are Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts but I enjoy a good Butternut doughnut at Dunkin on occasion also. While those are both good, homemade biscuit donuts are even better.

The great thing about homemade biscuit donuts is how easy they are to whip up, quick, easy, and cheap affordable homemade dessert.

Biscuit donuts covered in sugar

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The ingredients to make donuts from biscuit dough are simple and there are only a few. Most of these ingredients are likely already in your pantry.

  • Canned biscuits
  • Oil for frying, about 1 cup
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. of cinnamon

How To Make Biscuit Doughnuts

canned biscuits

Step 1

Begin with a can of biscuits. I selected the small biscuits to make mini doughnuts but if you would like to use jumbo biscuits that would be fine also. I have used this recipe to make both full-size donuts and mini-donuts.

Open the biscuits and line them up on a cutting board.

Cutting the Donut holes for Biscuit Donuts.

Step 2

Use a small round object to cut the hole from the center of each biscuit to create the doughnut shape. I used the orange core tool from Tupperware. It worked like a charm.

You can also use a small biscuit cutter, the cap from a milk carton, or any small round kitchen object you have on hand.

Biscuit doughnuts being made

Step 3

Prepare a paper bag or a Ziploc bag with your choice of sugar coatings. I used Cinnamon Sugar and Powdered Sugar. You can use both or just your favorite one.

For the cinnamon sugar coating, combine one cup of granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon and stir or shake to blend and set aside.

For the powdered sugar, place one cup of powdered sugar in the bag and set aside.

Frying the biscuit donuts.

Step 4

Pour about one cup of oil into your skillet. You may need more or less depending on the size of your skillet. You want shallow oil.

Heat the oil in a large skillet with high sides on medium-high heat. Drop the biscuit donuts into the hot oil carefully. When the top begins to turn golden brown, carefully turn it over using a fork to brown the other side.

Drain the biscuit donuts on paper toweling

Step 5

Place a layer of paper towels onto a sheet pan. Then set a cooling rack over the paper towels.

Drain the hot donuts on the cooling rack prior to adding the sugar coatings.Shake the donuts in the sugar in brown bag.

Step 6

Place the donuts, one at a time into the bag with your choice of sugar coatings. Shake, shake, shake. Coat half of the fried donuts in the cinnamon sugar mixture and half in the powdered sugar.

Remove the sugar-coated doughnuts using tongs. Serve and enjoy!

How To Make Homemade Fried Biscuit Doughnuts

How To Make Homemade Fried Biscuit Doughnuts

Quick and easy homemade dessert using an old recipe cheat, canned biscuits. Biscuit doughnuts are better than store bought and remind me of those little doughnuts for dessert at the Chinese buffet.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 Can of biscuits (5 per can)
  • Oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Granulated Sugar


  1. Mix the cinnamon and granulated sugar together in a paper bag and shake to blend. Set aside
  2. Pour the powdered sugar into a paper bag and set aside.
  3. Heat a skillet with shallow oil. No need for deep oil. The amount of oil you use will depend on the skillet size. Pour oil to about 1/4 way up the skillet, not even half full. Do Not Walk Away from hot oil.
  4. While the oil is preheating. open the biscuits and create a center hole. I used a Tupperware orange juicer for this. It's the perfect size for small canned biscuits.
  5. Once the oil is hot, fry the biscuits until golden brown. Flip over carefully and fry the other side. Only takes a very few minutes.
  6. Drain on paper toweling.
  7. Turn the burn off and remove the hot oil skillet from the heat
  8. Place one or two biscuits at a time in the bag of sugar and shake to coat.
  9. Serve and Enjoy!


This recipe is for one can of 5 small biscuits. You cab make these with Grands or larger biscuits as well. Make plenty, they disappear quick.

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Now that you know how to make donuts from biscuits in a can you can treat your crew and yourself with this sweet treat any time of the year.

Canned biscuit donuts are good to have any time but great for a Mother’s day brunch, sweet breakfast treat, party food, and game day dessert. This easy recipe for fried donuts is perfect for Mardi Gras too.

Storing Biscuit Donuts

Leftover donuts can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for a day or two on the kitchen counter. I doubt there will be any leftover donuts though.

More Homemade Dessert Recipes

We made these Scrumptious Caramel Iced Apple Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls using only three ingredients. You can do that when you know how to use recipe cheats properly.

Sticking with the idea of stuffing cinnamon rolls with your choice of flavors I created the Cream Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls for a fall treat. No real pumpkins were harmed, we only used the spice.

Fresh apples and Crescent rolls come together perfectly to make Homemade Apple Turnovers without making the dough first.

One more Cinnamon Roll trick that is really popular at my house is the Mardi Gras King Cake. My grandson loves these so I make a few each Spring.

We are not quite done with the cinnamon roll recipe cheats. One more are these Cherry Sweet Rolls Not Quite from Scratch. Inspired by my mother’s love for cherry cinnamon rolls.

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  1. We do this too! My hubby actually introduced this to me. He said his mom used to make these for them when they were kids. Love that it’s so easy to make.

  2. When I met my hubby he told me his mom used to make doughnuts this way. We’ve been doing this for quick desserts. Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays.

  3. That’s it? This is got to be the easiest donut recipe I’ve ever seen! I never make donuts because they seem to take a while. Pinning!!!!!

  4. One of my friends used to make these when we were kids. I always loved having them at her house. My mom rarely ever fried anything, so they were always a treat. But she didn’t put powdered sugar on them. I bet they are 10 times better like that!

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