Homemade Donuts from Refrigerated Biscuit Dough

Homemade Donuts

This past Thanksgiving was the first time in nearly a decade that my husband’s entire family was able to get together to eat, play and make fun family memories. One of my creative sister in laws gathered the 25 kids together one afternoon for a fun treat – homemade donuts! (What kid doesn’t LOVE donuts?!) Her method for making this special treat is one that I will use from now until forever – frying refrigerated biscuit dough! You can forget all about making a special dough that takes hours to prepare. These donuts taste just like the ones you buy from your favorite donut shop! Don’t believe me? Give them a try!

Homemade Donuts

Homemade Donuts

makes 8 donuts and 8 donut holes



  • 1 tube of refrigerated biscuit dough (I used Pillsbury Grands)
  • vegetable oil (enough to fill your frying pan so your raw dough is completely submerged.)


  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • your favorite store-bought frosting


  • sprinkles
  • cinnamon & sugar
  • crushed nuts
  • your favorite donut toppings!



  1. Heat oil over your stove in a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Pop open the tube of biscuits and flatten each of them just slightly with your hand.
  3. Press a small round cookie cutter into the center of each biscuit and pop out the middle. (If you don’t have a small cookie cutter, the cap of a water bottle or a small medicine cup both work!)
  4. Gently place the dough into the oil and watch carefully as it begins to brown. Flip the dough with some tongs once the underside is golden.
  5. Continue frying until both sides of your donuts are light brown and cooked through the center.
    *Tip- if your donut is not cooked in the center, turn the heat on your stove down just a bit. This will help them cook slower so the outsides don’t burn.
  6. Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Pat the excess oil off and let it cool.


  1. Mix a splash or two of milk in a small bowl of powdered sugar and mix it until it it reaches the consistency you desire, adding more milk as needed.
  2. Buy frosting from the grocery store and heat it up in a microwave safe bowl. As it heats, the frosting turns into a runny liquid, perfect for dipping one side of a donut! (This is the best way to get a ton of flavors for your icing!)


  1. Once your donuts have cooled enough for the kids to handle them, dip one side in frosting and decorate with sprinkles -OR- dip both sides into a simple cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Homemade Donut Recipe

If you’re a visual learner like me,

CLICK HERE to see a video tutorial of this step-by-step process!

Eat & ENJOY!!!

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  1. This is how my grandma taught me to make donuts when I was a little girl. I have so many wonderful memories of sitting at the table with my grandpa and the two of us fighting over the middle’s (because they are the best, of course). I still make them all the time and they are the best donuts ever. The only thing I do differently from your recipe is I cut each biscuit in half to make them skinnier. They fry a little more evenly that way.

  2. My grandmother taught me to do this years ago. It is a great way to have yummy hot donuts in minutes. But, they should come with a warning that they are almost too good!

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