How to Make Donuts from Canned Biscuits

When Derek and I first got married one of our very favorite treats to eat on Saturday mornings were donuts fried in oil made from canned biscuit dough. It was so simple, easy, and cheap... which is exactly what you need when you're first married, flat broke, and have almost zero cooking skills. We haven't made these in ages, but made them with the kids over the weekend and they were every bit as good as I remember them.
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How to make Donuts from Canned Biscuit Dough:
This is the easiest process ever. All you need to go is get a can of biscuits from the store. It can be the name brand Pillsbury Biscuits, or it can be the cheap 50 cent store brand ones. The brand doesn't matter. The only thing you'll want to shy away from are the "flaky" biscuits. They tend to be too thick and don't cook through all the way as well. The simple smaller biscuits tend to work best. 

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Simply open the biscuits, separate them from each other, use a soda cap or something of similar size to punch a hole in the middle, and they're ready for frying!

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What Oil to Use For Frying Biscuits:
You can use any oil that you like for frying donuts, although I recommend something with a more mild flavor. We tend to use canola oil, or corn oil since they don't yield a ton of flavor and are inexpensive for frying where you need to use a large quantity. 

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How to Fry Donuts:
We put about 3 inches of oil into a heavy bottom pan on the stove and set the burner to medium to let it heat up. Using metal tongs we lowered the donuts into the pot, let cook for 90 seconds, and then flipped and let them cook for another minute before removing them from the oil with our metal tongs. 

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Repeat this process until all the donuts are cooked. If you're donuts are burning/browning too fast, lower the temp of the oil.

Ingredients:
Vegetable Oil
1 can of biscuits (non flaky kind)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 c sugar

Directions:
Pour 2-3 inches of oil into a dutch oven or a large skillet and heat it on the stove over medium heat. 

Open the rolls and separate them all.

With a soda bottle top, or something of equal size, make holes in the middle of the roll, save the middle for mini doughnut holes if you like.

Mix together the cinnamon and sugar.

Once oil is ready (splash a small drop of water into the pot, if it makes a crackling pop sound, your oil is ready), place the doughnuts in the oil.

Cook for about 90 seconds on each side, until golden brown.

Remove them from the oil and place them on a wire rack to cool for about a minute.

Once cool enough to handle dip both sides in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Then place back on wire cooling rack until they're ready to serve.

Repeat until all dough is used.

4 comments

  1. Was it as easy as it sounds?! and do they taste as good as they look??

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  2. It WAS that easy and they WERE that good! :)

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  3. wow those look so good. I am now wishing we had a deep frier. haha. Missed you on Friday! We should get together sometime soon. Do you have any plans for this weekend?

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  4. We actually don't have a deep fryer either, we just put oil in a large pot,l it worked like a charm! But... We're going to Idaho this weekend for our new twin nieces baby blessings but definitely lets get together the next weekend! We feel bad about skipping out on you guys last time!

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