The Easiest Doughnuts

I love doughnuts. Seriously. LOVE them. Homer Simpson has nothing on me. When a Krispy Kreme opened up in our city was I the first in line..again, and again, and again. I know, your cholesterol level just went up reading that :) BUT, when we moved to a city (sans Krispy Kreme ooey-gooey-ness) I went through a bit of withdrawal. Pathetic. I need help…I know.

So, when I saw a recipe online which promised melt-in-your-mouth doughnuts that were also EASY to make, I had to test it out. Believe me, it was a sacrifice I was willing to make :) Let me tell you…OH YUM! Let me introduce the biscuit doughnut!

The Easiest Doughnuts

Okay, this really IS easy..and it really IS tasty. The recipe I saw (and I use the term “recipe” loosely since it’s, like, one ingredient) used a sugar coating, which I’m not a huge fan of. So, I’m sharing my own preference…a glaze. YUMMO! Okay, let’s meet the players, shall we?

The Easiest Doughnuts 1. a Can of Biscuit Dough. Now, you want the regular biscuits, NOT the flaky ones. Okay? I also think that if you can make a rockin’ biscuit dough from scratch, then that would work great, too. However, I am here representing the lazy bones of the world (ahem..me…ahem) who want doughnuts and want them NOW!

2. Some vegetable oil…enough to fill a large frying pan about 1/2″ deep. Make sense?

For the glaze:

1/2 tsp Salt

3 cups Icing Sugar (or if you are fancy – confectioner’s sugar)

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract (or any flavor you want your glaze to be. I think lemon might be good!)

1/2 cup cold water

Let’s get to work mixing the glaze first because those doughnuts are going to cook up fast once we start. Mix all of the glaze ingredients with a wire whisk until well blended. Then, warm over medium heat just until well dissolved.

The Easiest Doughnuts

Whisk it, baby, whisk it! Whisk it good! We want all of those little white bits of sugar to dissolve.

The Easiest Doughnuts Now that the glaze is ready, let’s get to work making those delicious doughnuts! Open the can of biscuit dough and try not to wet yourselves when it pops open (not that I’m speaking from experience…ahem.) Separate the biscuits. Usually one can has 10 individual biscuits.

The Easiest Doughnuts

This is a fun part. Use a soda bottle lid, or another item of similar size and shape, to cut a hole in the center of each biscuit. Save those little centers for making doughnut holes (or timbits as we Canadians call them!) The Easiest Doughnuts The Easiest Doughnuts They are already starting to look like my favorite indulgence!

Now you want to heat the oil. Heat it on high for a few minutes (like 5-6) then turn down to medium, medium-low. Take one of the doughnut “holes” and pop it in the oil. You’ll know it’s the right temperature if it starts to immediately bubble and cook. If it just kind of sinks and doesn’t bubble…then the oil isn’t hot enough. If it goes crazy and browns instantly, it’s too hot. Those little centers are a great testing ground.

The Easiest Doughnuts When the temperature is pretty good, you can start cooking your doughnuts. You’ll want to cook them for about 15-25 sec per side..or until they turn a nice golden brown. Oh, and don’t go and take photos while you do it or you might forget about them and get some nice and black doughnuts…again, not speaking from experience ;)

The Easiest Doughnuts Use a fork to remove them from the oil and place them on a cooling rack that is placed over a cookie sheet lined with paper towel to catch any oil drips. Let them cool a little. Just a few minutes. While they are cooling, gather your topping goodies (in my case, glaze and sprinkles).

The Easiest Doughnuts

Use your fingers or a fork to dip each doughnut into the glaze, like so. Be liberal with the glaze, people. We aren’t worried about calories today :)

The Easiest Doughnuts

Oh, mercy!

The Easiest Doughnuts

You can now dip in sprinkles, nuts, candies, or just leave plain glazed!

The Easiest Doughnuts

The main thing to remember is…eat ‘em while they are warm and gooey!

The Easiest Doughnuts

Other topping options could include caramel, chocolate, strawberry jam, whipped cream, cream cheese icing that has been thinned out a bit, or a cinnamon-sugar mix! Experiment and enjoy each and every taste-test! I promised EASY and these really are. Best part? My husband exclaims emphatically…”Hey, these taste just like Krispy Kreme!”

The Easiest Doughnuts That Ever Melted In Your Mouth!

The Easiest Doughnuts That Ever Melted In Your Mouth!

Ingredients

  • a Can of Biscuit Dough
  • Vegetable Oil
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 cups Icing Sugar (or if you are fancy – confectioner’s sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract (or any flavor you want your glaze to be. I think lemon might be good!)
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the glaze ingredients with a wire whisk until well blended. Then, warm over medium heat just until well dissolved.
  2. Open the can of biscuit dough
  3. Separate the biscuits. Usually one can has 10 individual biscuits.
  4. Use a soda bottle lid, or another item of similar size and shape, to cut a hole in the center of each biscuit. Save those little centers for making doughnut holes (or timbits as we Canadians call them!)
  5. Heat the oil on high for a few minutes (like 5-6) then turn down to medium, medium-low. Take one of the doughnut “holes” and pop it in the oil. You’ll know it’s the right temperature if it starts to immediately bubble and cook. If it just kind of sinks and doesn’t bubble…then the oil isn’t hot enough. If it goes crazy and browns instantly, it’s too hot. Those little centers are a great testing ground.
  6. When the temperature is pretty good, you can start cooking your doughnuts. You’ll want to cook them for about 15-25 sec per side..or until they turn a nice golden brown.
  7. Use a fork to remove them from the oil and place them on a cooling rack that is placed over a cookie sheet lined with paper towel to catch any oil drips. Let them cool a little. Just a few minutes. While they are cooling, gather your topping goodies (in my case, glaze and sprinkles).
  8. Use your fingers or a fork to dip each doughnut into the glaze, like so. Be liberal with the glaze, people. We aren’t worried about calories today :)
  9. You can now dip in sprinkles, nuts, candies, or just leave plain glazed!
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44 Comments
COMMENTS
  1. October 3rd, 2011 at 6:20 am
    Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
    My mouth is totally watering right now...
    • October 4th, 2011 at 4:58 pm
      JadeLouise Designs says:
      Completely AGREE! SO Mouth Watering! I'm definitely going to have to try this out with the kids this week as they are out of school the ENTIRE week for Spud Harvest!

      I'm wondering how delicious it would be if you were to add a little Chocolate to that Glaze too! Oh yum!

      -Amber
      -www.jadelouisedesigns.com
      • October 10th, 2011 at 9:38 pm
        JadeLouise Designs says:
        We made these Donuts this last week! The kids were out of school for Potato harvest and we NEEDED something fun to do! Bobbie-Jo you saved my children's lives!

        See how ours turned out here: http://www.jadelouisedesigns.com/2011/10/best-ever-lazy-man-doughnuts-diy.html
        • October 10th, 2011 at 10:12 pm
          Shelley says:
          Ooooo! Now I want to try that chocolate glaze!!!
  2. October 3rd, 2011 at 6:58 am
    Sarah says:
    Yum! What a good idea. We used to do these but with cinnamon sugar... and without the cool doughnut hole.
  3. October 3rd, 2011 at 8:38 am
    tzigane says:
    i love these doughnuts! my grandma (and my mom) used to make them like this for us when we were kids and now i make them for my kids too! and we do sugar, cinnamon sugar, the glaze and a chocolate glaze/frosting plus sprinkles or mini chocolate chips. pretty much whatever you want makes a good topping!
  4. October 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 am
    Caitlin says:
    I will be making these for me and my babe tonight!!
    Already have all the ingredients, very excited!! I am a fan of timbits too (Canadian, eh?) So I am excited to try make my own and compare!
  5. October 3rd, 2011 at 9:17 am
    becky says:
    I've made a variation of these for years, but simpler. I don't cut out the holes. I jus poke a hole with my finger, and stretch it a bit for the right size. For glaze, I just use powdered sugar, diluted with milk to make it the right consistency.
  6. October 3rd, 2011 at 10:13 am
    alysha says:
    these look AMAZING bobbi!!!
  7. October 3rd, 2011 at 11:42 am
    Julie says:
    OH. MY. GOODNESS! I've never been a big donut fan and before there were Krispy Kremes in this area I remember wondering what the heck people were going on about. They're ONLY DONUTS after all... Then I had one! :) I've printed this out and I'll definitely be trying it with my girl, thanks!
  8. October 3rd, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    Heather Lynne says:
    So my mouth will not stop watering...
  9. October 3rd, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    Missy says:
    YUM!! I will have to try these. Then maybe the workers at Krispy Kreme will stop calling me by name. :)
  10. October 3rd, 2011 at 5:41 pm
    Vally says:
    mmm! so yummy! thanks for the recipe! :-)
  11. October 3rd, 2011 at 8:16 pm
    Brooke says:
    We just made these and they are so delish!! A+ from So Cal.
  12. October 4th, 2011 at 11:14 am
    veronica says:
    Omg gotta try those right away They look sooooo good :)
  13. October 4th, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    Kayla says:
    We made these all time time when I was growing up, and we used cake frosting (usually chocolate) for the topping! So good!
  14. October 4th, 2011 at 7:27 pm
    Laurie says:
    Our family has been making these for over 20 years and so I very much agree-easy and yummy!!
  15. October 4th, 2011 at 7:33 pm
    Fee @ Oh Gorgeous Baby says:
    Thanks so much for sharing this! My husband and I have been searching for a good recipe to make donuts. I have pinned you to my Pinterest board and will try this out for sure.
  16. October 4th, 2011 at 7:43 pm
    Monica says:
    Omgosh these look soooo yummy!
  17. October 4th, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    wendy says:
    I can't wait to try this! While my husband was in school we lived in a town that didn't have a Krispy Kreme. I was glad when he graduated!
    I've often thought of making a bumper sticker for my car that reads, "I brake for hot doughnuts!"
  18. October 4th, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    Michelle says:
    I made these tonight....super easy...made chocolate frosting and cinnamon/sugar mix....delicious!!!
  19. October 5th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    Angie says:
    My gf and I used to do this in H.S. ALL THE TIME! I had completely forgotten. Thanks for the "recipe" and reminder of the awesome donuts.
  20. October 5th, 2011 at 6:41 pm
    allison says:
    totally made these for dessert tonight...only 1 left! :)
  21. October 9th, 2011 at 9:06 pm
    Karrieann says:
    ...mmmmmMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm, okay! you have my attention! One question..only one! My Hubby is fussy about his donuts... he likes them as fried cakes... plain donuts, no toppings or glazing! Have you tried them this way and if so..were they any good?

    Thanks
    ~Karrieann
  22. October 20th, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    Shannonfabulous says:
    OMGoodness! My mom used to make these almost exactly like this for my brother and I were kids! Thanks for the reminder... Now I need to make them for my girls! WOO HOO!!!!!!
  23. November 2nd, 2011 at 2:10 pm
    Wanda says:
    Try melting canned frosting for a topping. Any flavor works, especially choclate of course. I've been making these for my kids since they were little (a long time). I also just poke a whole with my finger.
  24. November 27th, 2011 at 8:08 pm
    mari says:
    oh my drooling eyes! this looks SO amazing and seeing as how I JUST started getting into biscuits i am SO doing this! muahaha! I love finding an unexpected way to use something i'm familiar with! woo whoo! :)
  25. November 28th, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    Carrie says:
    If these are anything like Krispy Kreme I MUST make them. Somehow, even though I live in the big metropolis of Atlanta I am surrounded by dozens of Dunkin Donuts (not bad but definitely nothing like the melt in your mouth "hot now" original glazed at KK) but the closest KK is 20 minutes away! These definitely look super yummy! Thanks for sharing!
  26. January 29th, 2012 at 6:50 pm
    Adriana Burns says:
    Hey there Bobbie.... Thanks and God Bless I had a really good time sharing this recepie with my donut lover son. God Bless.
  27. February 9th, 2012 at 7:50 pm
    Dana says:
    I used to make these alot when my kids were little. Now they are all grown and I had forgotten about them. I think I'll make some for the grandkids soon. Thanks for reminding me.
  28. February 19th, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    Wendy says:
    I made these this morning, and they are really good. Even my picky child liked them.
  29. February 20th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    Amber says:
    YUM! Printing!
  30. June 6th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    Kathy says:
    My mom used to do these biscuit dough donuts for us and she made cinnamon twists out of them. Just cut them as shown, twist them and dump in the frier. Soon as they're done, into a paper bag with cinnamon sugar and shake, shake shake! They're wonderful!
  31. September 21st, 2012 at 9:26 pm
    Leisure says:
    I want to try this recipe. can i bake the donuts or would they not taste right?
    • September 22nd, 2012 at 9:54 pm
      Shelley says:
      I think frying would be best. A doughnut might not taste the same without being fried, but if you try it, let us know what you think. :)
  32. May 20th, 2013 at 5:40 pm
    Sadie says:
    mama needs to make a run to Walmart and pick up some items. :) we are going to try these this week!!!
  33. August 2nd, 2013 at 11:12 pm
    Sharon says:
    My sister and I used to make these when we were kids.
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