Easy Canned Biscuit Donuts



“I’m just a girl standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a Donut.”

For some of us “Donut Fridays” are oftentimes celebrated at the end of the work week.  I work from home now but still get to have them… I just make them using canned biscuits.  They’re easy to make, come out great every time (just don’t burn them!), and the kids love to decorate ’em.  To participate in Donut Friday’s from home you need the following:

  • Canned biscuits
  • Frying oil
  • Frosting or Cinnamon & Sugar

Donut Monday-Sunday’s are acceptable days to participate too. 🙂



To begin heat the oil in a large skillet for 5-10 minutes.  You want the temperature at roughly 350º F. which is the “medium” setting on most stove-tops.

I suggest using Pillsbury’s “Honey Butter” biscuits but “Original” work fine too.



Using a biscuit cutter, shot glass, bottle cap, etc., cut out 1″ holes from the center of each biscuit.



Fry for a couple minutes per side or until golden brown on the outside.

The trick is to cook the dough inside without burning the donut outside.  If you have to, turn the heat down a little bit.



Pillsbury “Flaky layers” makes it similar to a Cronut, but without the filling.

Don’t know what a cronut is?  Google it.  In New York 100 people waited in a ridiculous line every morning for a chance at buying a cronut before they were all sold out for the day.  This of course happened the year they were invented by the French pastry chef, Dominique Ansel, but who knows how the lines look six years later.  2x longer?!  Maybe.  They must’ve been delicious.  Freaks.




The easiest way to coat the donuts is to put cinnamon and sugar in a brown paper bag and toss them in the bag.

We ate the donut holes before the big ones were done cooking.  *shrug*   It was a donut celebration!!



Finally, frost and decorate them as you please.  The cinnamon and sugar ones are good dipped in raspberry jam, in case you were wondering. 🙂



Easy Canned Biscuit Donuts

  • Pillsbury GRANDS Flaky Layers Honey Butter biscuits, 8 ct.
  • Canola Oil, 2-3 cups
  • Frosting (see below)
  • –OR–
  • Cinnamon & Sugar
  • –OR BOTH!!–


  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons Milk
  • Splash of Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt

In a large skillet heat 2 cups oil on “medium” heat until you reach 350º F., about 5-10 minutes; and use enough oil that it comes halfway up the donut.  After cutting donut holes out of each biscuit, fry the biscuits for a few minutes per side.  Using a slotted spoon, rest them on a paper towel lined plate until they’re cool enough to touch, and then toss in cinnamon and sugar or dip in the frosting.

For chocolate frosting:  Whisk frosting ingredients in a medium bowl gradually adding the milk until you achieve the preferred consistency.

Serving size depends on how hungry you are 😉

Author: farmtotabletosoul

Thanks for joining me! Good company always shortens the journey so I'm glad you're here. My name is Tara Benson and I'm 33 years young. I'm an energetic wife and mother with a wild imagination and a bold sense of humor. Consider me 100% right brained. I love music, art, interior design, gardening, baking, cooking, creating and hobby farming. I'm married to the best husband, Jason. It's safe to say we're opposites in many ways, but get along GREAT. We have two very intelligent and loving children, Owen (10) and Belle (4). I come from a huge family with three brothers, one sister and about a thousand others in the extended version. I'm also a mother to a mixed herd of animals (13 and counting...). I work in the mortgage industry from my home office. In 2015, my husband and I bought a 13 acre farm on the eastern plains of Colorado. We decided to live out our dreams and make the best of our lives for ourselves and our children. We want to teach them that hard work and creativity will always payoff at the end of the day. So welcome! Stick around a while and make yourself at home. -Tara

4 thoughts

  1. Ok, first “I’m just a girl standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a Donut.” So funny!
    Second – not sure why we never thought of this, what a smart idea. Our son, loves donuts, what a great friend night over idea.


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