Homemade Biscuit Donuts

These delicious Biscuit Donuts are beyond simple and made using canned biscuits!! If you’re looking for the quickest and easiest ways to make donuts, this is it!

These easy donuts make a great dessert, but you’re absolutely allowed to eat them for breakfast! If you’re feeling adventurous, you could make homemade biscuit dough, but we prefer the easy method. 😉

Three biscuit donuts stacked on top of each other

Made from Canned Biscuits!

In my mind there are only a few perks of cold weather, and that includes cute winter clothes and warm foods like soups, breads and donuts!!

This next recipe is for Homemade Biscuit Donuts and let me tell ya, they are DELICIOUS!! The best part is that they’re SO quick and simple because they’re made from canned biscuits. No dough making required!

Not only were they beyond easy to make but the whole family loved them, and they were perfect for a cold day. But, let’s face it—these biscuit donuts would be great ANY time of the year. 😉

A can of Pillsbury biscuits to use for making donuts

How to Make Donuts with Biscuits

PREP. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan on medium heat.

CUT. Separate biscuits then with a cookie cutter or something similar, cut a hole in the middle to create your doughnut.

FRY. Test heat by frying up a donut hole. You want it to turn golden brown on both sides and also be cooked all the way through. Continue with the donuts and fry until golden brown (a few minutes on each side).

COOL. Let set on a plate with paper towels on it. Let cool a bit and then dip into your favorite topping.

Toppings:

  • For a cinnamon sugar taste, dip donut into butter then into a cinnamon/sugar mixture (3 TB sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon).
  • For a simple glaze taste, mix powdered sugar, vanilla and milk a little at a time to create a frosting and add sprinkles right after dipping.

You can also pair these biscuit donuts with other dips and sauces:

Biscuit donuts and donut holes on a cutting board

Biscuit Donut Tips

Donut holes: Don’t toss the donut holes! Simply roll the cut-out middle part into a ball and carefully drop it into the oil. Make sure to flip the donut hole so it fries nice and evenly.

Oil: You can use vegetable or peanut oil to fry these up. Heat your oil on either medium to medium-high for 5 minutes. You know that it is hot enough when it will instantly sear the dough as soon as it hits the oil. If the oil is too cold it will soak up too much oil making it soggy.

Storage: You can store these in an airtight container for 2-3 days at room temperature. You can also individually wrap each biscuit donut and place them together in a freezer Ziploc bag. Store in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Pillsbury biscuit donuts frying in oil

Alternate Cooking Methods

Oven: If you would rather bake the biscuit donuts in the oven, you can. Once the biscuits are cut into donuts, bake them at 375 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes. They will be golden brown when they are ready! Bake the donut holes on a separate tray for 8-10 minutes or until cooked and golden. 

Air Fryer: Another cooking alternative is to use an airfryer. You get a similar fried texture without the added fat from deep frying.

  • Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the fry basket.
  • Spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray. This will keep the dough from sticking to the paper when it needs to be flipped. 
  • Preheat the fryer to 350 degrees F.
  • Depending on the size of your fryer you should be able to fit 2 donuts and 2 donut holes in a single layer on top of the parchment paper.
  • Cook for 2 to 2.5 minutes then flip and continue to cook for another 2-2.5 minutes until the donut is an even golden brown.
  • Repeat this with the rest of your donuts and donut holes
  • If your biscuit donut is not golden after about 4-5 minutes then check the temperature setting. Continue to cook, flipping every minute until the golden.

Homemade donuts stacked on each other

For more yummy donut recipes, be sure to check these out:

Biscuit Donuts Recipe

5 from 8 votes
These delicious Biscuit Donuts are beyond simple and made using canned biscuits!! If you're looking for the quickest and easiest ways to make donuts, this is it!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 240 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsbury Biscuits non flaky
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • milk
  • sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pan on medium heat.
  • Separate biscuits then with a cookie cutter or something similar, cut a hole in the middle to create your donut.
  • Test heat by frying up a donut hole. You want it to turn golden brown on both sides and also be cooked all the way through. Continue with the donuts and fry until golden brown (a few minutes on each side).
  • Let set on a plate with paper towels on it. Let cool a bit and then dip into your favorite topping.
  • For a cinnamon sugar taste, dip doughnut into butter then into a cinn/sugar mixture (3 TB sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon)
  • For a simple glaze taste, mix powdered sugar, vanilla and milk a little at a time to create a frosting and add sprinkles right after dipping.

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About the Author

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. These look so delicious. When I make these I normally just roll them in sugar and cinnamon, but they look so much better this way!

  2. I’ve made them this way for many, many years. And tstill love em this way. You can even use the cheapo biscuits. I don’t cut the holes though. I just poke my finger through and pull until I have a large hole. Then shape it and deep fry it. I don’t cool it either. It goes straight from the oil to the confectioner/milk .

    1. I’m sure the glaze just oozes off of them when you put them in piping hot…. Oh man, they’re so good – especially when warm! 😀

  3. Oh how I wish I could just reach through my computer screen and grab one! They’re stunning. And I love how easy they are.

  4. Wow, these look so delicious! I’m supposed to create an at home date tonight for my boyfriend and I was trying to figure out what I can do for dessert. These will be perfect and looks so simple to make! I’m thinking about making it a little more adult friendly by adding some kahlua somewhere in the mix. Thanks so much for the awesome idea!

  5. so good and I made them this morning. But I couldn’t seem to get any of them to look nice and golden brown like yours. The one that was cooked all the way through Burnt and ones that did look golden brown were still raw in the middle.

  6. 5 stars
    I love when I come across a canned dough recipe. Sometimes I just don’t have time to make something from scratch. Thanks for sharing easy and delicious recipes.

  7. 5 stars
    Hi I enjoy all things on you site. You recipes are clear to follow. Plus they all turn out tasty. Thank you for the effort you put into your site.

    1. Awe, thank you so much! That is so sweet of you to share! I’m so glad you enjoy the recipes on the site. 🙂