Satisfy your donut cravings with this easy 2 ingredient donut recipe! Light and fluffy biscuit donuts are drizzled with a simple glaze that will melt in your mouth!
Homemade Donuts with Biscuits
One Thanksgiving several years ago, my creative sister-in-law gathered all 25 little cousins together to make a fun treat – homemade donuts from refrigerated biscuit dough! Not only do these donuts taste amazing, but they were also super fun and SO SIMPLE to make!
These easy donuts only require the use of 2 ingredients – refrigerated biscuit dough and vegetable oil. They taste delicious and you cannot mess them up! Don’t believe me? Give them a try! Just flatten, fry, frost, and eat!
Things You’ll Need
- Refrigerted Biscuit Dough – Any brand will work, but don’t get the “flaky” ones. Homestyle, original, buttery, etc. are the best.
- Oil – I always use vegetable oil since I have it on-hand, but you can use whatever oil you normally use for frying.
- Circle Cutter – If you have a small cookie cutter, feel free to use it. I’ve always used the cap to a water bottle – nothing fancy!
How to Make Donuts with Biscuits
The Right Temp – Heat the oil over your stove in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. This is important!! If your oil is too hot, the outsides of your donuts will burn before the insides are fully cooked. Save yourself the hassle of doughy doughnuts and heat your oil up nice and slow!!!
Tip – You can tell when your oil is ready if you wet your fingers with some water and flick the water over the oil. If the oil starts to bubble, it’s ready!
Separate – Take the biscuits out of their packaging and flatten them a bit with your hands. Cut out the centers. Don’t forget to save the middle-pieces for some delicious donut holes!
Fry – Gently place the dough into the oil and watch carefully as it begins to brown. It only takes about a minute! Flip the dough with some tongs once the underside is golden.
Keep Going – Continue frying until both sides of your biscuit donuts are light brown and cooked through the center. Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Pat the excess oil off and let it cool.
Glazes and Toppings
Once completely cooled, it’s time to frost them and make them sweet! Here are some easy ideas –
- Cinnamon Sugar – Mix 1 cup of white sugar with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.Dip donuts into cinnamon sugar while still warm.
- Powdered Sugr – Put a cup of powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Place warm donut in sugar and toss to coat. Shake off excess sugar before serving.
- Glaze – Our basic vanilla glaze recipe is 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. We have a whole list of flavor options (chocolate, maple, pumpkin, etc.) on our Donut Glaze blog post.
- Toppings – Crushed nuts, sprinkles, etc. can be added on top of a glaze before it sets completely.
Here is a short video we made YEARS AGO of the entire process from start to finish:
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Here’s a printable recipe card for your convenience. And if you make these biscuit donuts, we’d love you to leave us a comment below or tag us on social media!
Biscuit Donuts Recipe
for the donuts:
- 1 tube of refrigerated biscuit dough
- vegetable oil, enough to fill your frying pan so your raw dough floats and is half submerged
for the glaze:
- 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons of milk
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- toppings and flavorings, optional
- Heat oil over your stove in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Take the biscuits out of their packaging and flatten them a bit with your hands. Cut out the centers with a water bottle cap or small cookie cutter. Save the middle-pieces for some delicious donut holes!
- Gently place the dough into the oil and watch carefully as it begins to brown. It only takes about a minute! Flip the dough with some tongs once the underside is golden.
- Continue frying until both sides of your donuts are light brown and cooked through the center. Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Pat the excess oil off and let it cool.
- Mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Add more milk or powdered sugar if the glaze is too thick or thin.
- Dip your donuts, one at a time, in the bowl until the donut is half submerged. Transfer to a wire cooling rack. Dip each donut one more time to get a nice, thick layer of icing. Add sprinkles or toppings, then let the glaze harden completely before serving.
- Eat and enjoy!
Eat & ENJOY!!!
WARNING: We are not responsible for the extra calories that will be consumed once you realize how easy and yummy these biscuit donuts are. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!