Angie’s Homemade Donuts

by Angie on October 7, 2010


Making donuts is a family favorite for breakfast, dessert, and craft time! This is one activity that has all ages in the kitchen talking, laughing and shaking things up!


  • 2 cans of biscuits
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Line up the biscuits assembly line style.
  2. Use a cap from a 20oz soda (or something similar) to make a hole in the center of the biscuits.
  3. Heat 3 inches of oil on medium/high.
  4. Place donuts and donut holes in the oil for about a minute on each side, until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
  6. Give each child a small bag with some sugar in it, add the warm donuts to the bags and let them shake, shake, shake until the donuts are coated!

2 cans of biscuits will make about 16 donuts and holes. The total cost is less than $1.50!

We usually do this activity before a movie night. Warm donuts and a family movie, now that is a great evening!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley October 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm

We do this only we use powdered sugar!!! They are sooo yummy and fun!


Sarena October 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I wonder if using olive oil instead of vegetable oil would change the taste? We generally only have olive oil in the house. Off to go digging through the cupboards…


karen October 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

methinks the dunkin donuts has some competition, what do you do for sprinkles?


Kathryn October 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

This sounds easy and fun! Can’t wait to try this with my son. Thanks for sharing this with us!


Heather@Family Friendly Frugality October 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm

i’ve never heard of making them this way! How neat!


Ivy October 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Mmmmmmm….. It looks oh so good!


Connie October 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I grew up with biscuit donuts. We didn’t use a cutter, we just pulled a hole in the middle. Chocolate gravy on them. Yummy.


Michele October 8, 2010 at 6:36 am

We do powdered and cinnamon sugar. My kids are 18 and 13 and still love to shack the bags. :)


Ally October 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

I grew up on these but we baked them dipped them in melted butter and then cinnamon sugar!!! I never thought of frying them!!! I am definitely going to try this!!!!


Lourdes October 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

We do this except we empty a packet of hot chocolate mix (without the mini marshmallows) in the paper bag and then shake shake shake… the kids love these!


Alison October 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

My mouth is watering. I am so excited to try these. We are going on vacation so I am thinking that this is a great breakfast treat to make. YUM! I am going to mix up the powder sugar and cin right now. I already packed the biscuits but I was wondering if this was the buttermilk biscuit or if the flaky layered ones would be good.


Sharon October 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

I love these donuts, but we roll ours in homemade powdered sugar glaze. So good!


Emma October 9, 2010 at 4:46 am

This is a great idea, but calling them “homemade” is a bit of a stretch.

Well, I guess google is only as perfect as the person using it; next time I’ll search ‘homemade donuts FROM SCRATCH’ :)


patti October 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

We made these when I was a kid and now I make them with my kids sometimes on sunday mornings when we’re all home together. They love it, its a super fun treat to make together. We always just quarter the biscuits with kitchen scissors and then fry them and then shake in powdered sugar, or cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar with a little cinnamon. Sometimes we cute a hole in the middle to, but quartering them makes a nice bite size ! So fun!Maybe my kids will teach their kids to do this on family sunday mornings to !:-)


Angie Atchley October 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I’m glad so many of you have fond memories of making these! I hope my kids feel the same way!
You can pretty much shake them in anything, just do it while they’re still hot.

And Emma, I thought about that, but since I was making them at home and they were not bought, I called them homemade. I hope you find a good made from scratch recipe!


Jenn October 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

these look super yummy! Think I’m going to give it a try with cinnamon sugar, mmmm!


Karen October 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

This is just like the donuts they have at the Chinese restaurants. Some people call them biscuits and I laugh because they are fried so that makes them donuts. They are so yummy and good when they are fresh.


Colleen October 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

We make these and add some cinnamon to the sugar … YUMMY!!!


Amber November 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Made these tonight and used a donut glaze I found on another site. These were amazing!! Even hubby who is not a sweets fan enjoyed them. Will definitely make them again =)


Lindsey W. January 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

These are a family favorite! My kids and hubby LOVE them!


Ruthann January 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

My family loves them when I make French Vanilla pudding & inject it after the donuts cool a little.


Ruthann January 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I forgot to mention after filling the donuts with pudding I ice them with chocolate icing.


Bonnie April 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm

what kind of cans of biscuits do u use? Is there a brand that i should look out for.. lol sorry if thats a silly question


Angie Atchley April 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Bonnie, Any kind will work! I usually use the cheapest ones I can find.


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