Quick and Easy Doughnuts

I’ve never posted this recipe, but only because it isn’t really a recipe.  You don’t have to mix anything.  You don’t have to knead, proof or tip-toe around rising dough.  These are totally no-sweat, easy-peasy doughnuts.

You buy a can of biscuits.  You pour some oil into a pan.  You drop the biscuits into the oil, and watch them sizzle for a couple of minutes.  Then you burn your tongue because you can’t wait 2 blessed minutes for them to cool.

And then, you feel guilty for eating six of them.

But then, the next morning, you make more because you bought a four pack of biscuits.  It’s a sad, vicious, fried-goodness circle.

I can’t remember the first time I had these, but it was in my early childhood.  My Grandma made them for us occasionally, and I can remember getting SO excited when I figured out what she was making.

A few years ago, I was visiting my brother-in-law in Seattle.  My husband and I spent our mornings wandering around Pike Place Market in search of breakfast, goodies for the girls and atmosphere.  On the last morning there, we decided to give the famous Daily Dozen Donut Company a try.  Amazing, and I was immediately reminded of these fried biscuit doughnuts. From that point on, I knew that I would be making these much more frequently at home.

I prefer them dipped in cinnamon and sugar, but you can fancy them up any way you like. Dip them in chocolate, glaze, add sprinkles, or even fill them with your favorite pudding, jelly or custard.

This one is easy and quick, and you’ll love the results for the amount of work you put in to it!  Enjoy!

Easy Fried Doughnuts
Yield:  depends on number of biscuits in your can
Prep Time:  5 minutes ♦ Cook time: 10 minutes ♦  Total time:  20 minutes

1 can country style or Texas style biscuits
1/2 inch of canola or vegetable oil in a large skillet
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pour about 1/2 inch of canola oil in a large, high-sided skillet.  Heat oil to about 350 degrees.

Open biscuits, and use fingers to slightly flatten and spread the biscuits into a bigger circle.  Using a bottle cap, cut a hole out of the center of each biscuit, and set hole aside.

Once oil reaches 350 degrees, put one doughnut hole into the hot oil.  If it immediately begins to sizzle, the oil is hot enough.  Fry, a few at a time until golden brown.  This will take 30-60 seconds per side.

Remove from oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels.  Allow to cool just enough for you to handle them.

Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Dip warm doughnuts in sugar and cinnamon, and enjoy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12693020680303909151 dmacke

    We make these every Christmas Eve on Scott’s side. I’m not a big doughnut fan, but these are irresistible, especially with a little glaze and sprinkles! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06824597131148093565 peggy

    My mother and grandmother made these too and you just reminded me. There is one can of biscuits in my frig….so….bye!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13403469360334856492 Mimi Finerty

    Oh wow they sound amazing. Can you give an english girl some help….whats country style or Texas style biscuits? And do you have any idea what the english equivalent would be. Im so keen to make these :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/joan.brigham Joan Norris Brigham

      They would be large refrigerated biscuits in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, and they come in a can that you twist to open!

    • Tracy Haacker

      You can use any type of canned biscut

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=738200239 Liz Burden

      There’s no equivalent since we don’t get the refrigerated biscuits. They also mean something different – biscuits here aren’t the same as English biscuits (i.e. cookies). They’re more like a scone. Might you be able to get refrigerated scones in a can?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11339016761160424069 Erin @ Lemon Sugar

    @Mimi Finerty Hi Mimi! You just want to make sure you don’t buy the flakey biscuits – they’ll do funny things when you fry them. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13535186486040575100 Sprinkle Some Sunshine

    Ahhh…my mom used to make these & I can almost taste them from your pics! BEAUTIFUL!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/bella.mosqueda.3 Bella Mosqueda

    I love this recipe because I used to make them as a younger child. Love this post!

  • Baker

    We used to make these when we were kids! They were the only donuts we had as kids!! We would spread out brown paper sacks to drain them on. We usually put powdered sugar on them. I haven’t made them in quite some time, but actually thought about doing so this morning before I saw this on facebook. Now I will have to make some!!!!!!!!!

  • Tracy Haacker

    My mom used to make these for us when I was a kid, I made them for my children and now I make them for my grandbabies. They are absolutely wonderfully delicious and so much fun to make. The kids love helping to make the holes. My son used to love only the baby donut holes so we would cut out a lot of them. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • joyce

    I make with out the hole and cut little slit and put jelly in them

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  • http://getsocialco.com/ Nicole Underwood

    These need to be in my belly….NOW!!

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  • Jenn

    We thin out canned icing & dip them in it & add sprinkles too!! Yum!!

  • Donna

    Could I possibly BAKE these beauties…as I have a REAL “fry” aversion….Thanks for such a fabulous share!

    • EVT

      if they aren’t fried, they aren’t doughnuts. Case closed.

    • ty

      If you baked them, they would just be biscuits with holes in the middle.

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