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 😉

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Hello, I'm so glad you're here! My name is Tara and I created this blog as a creative outlet for myself but also in hopes that I could inspire others like you. Please stick around and re-imagine your creative side. There's plenty of recipes and DIY ideas to check out if you're willing! _______________________________________________________________________________ About Me: I'm a 36 year old energetic wife and mother. I have a vivid imagination and bold sense of humor. I love to cook, bake and create. ☺️

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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