Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Oldie, But A Goodie...Homemade Donuts

I made these yummy donuts when the girls had friends over one night this summer. Our house is famous for these donuts. Their friends ask for them ALL the time. Not the healthiest snack, but a great once in a while treat.

I remember my mother always making these when I was little too, so I know this is an oldie, but a goodie!

For hot fresh donuts, all you need is a tube of these biscuits...Pillsbury (the camera flash kind of blocked out the name) or any store brand buttermilk biscuit. Sorry for the dark kitchen is in the center of the house, so there's not a lot of natural light.

I use the top of a salt shaker to make the donut hole.

Separate all the biscuits...

Press the salt shaker top into each.

and here you have one donut and one donut hole!

I use an electric skillet, so I can control the temperature of the oil. Vegetable oil usually set at 350* - 375*.

Cut all the biscuits while the oil is heating up.

Carefully slide in the donuts 5-6 at a time. Too many at one time cools the oil down. Cook 1-2 minutes on one side and...

Carefully flip over and cook for another minute or so...until lightly browned.

Take out and drain on paper towel for a second then pop them into a paper bag filled with sugar. I used a bowl of sugar so you could see them.

Toss in white sugar, cinnamon sugar or sprinkle with powdered sugar. We've also used Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut spread. Those are yummy too.

There's a trick with the donut holes. Carefully place them in the oil. Let them cook for a second or 2 and them flip them over even though they are not browned yet.

If you fully cook them on one side first, they puff up so much they won't turn over in the pan.

Keep turning them until both side are golden brown. See that little one in the picture all by itself. That little devil wouldn't turn over so one side stayed lighter.

Here's a quick and delicious plate of donuts. An inexpensive treat, especially great for the cooler temperatures coming up this fall.

It's a MUST that you eat these warm with a big glass of cold milk!


  1. I would have never thought of that! They look delicious. Must try it.

  2. These look quite tasty. I think I may try making these sometime.

  3. Aaargh! What are you doing to me? Don't give me ideas like this. I'm having enough trouble as it is with all the cheese!!

    PS. Those little puffed up holes are so cute.

  4. Oh,'s been years since we did this....I think we'll be doing them again soon!

  5. I remember doing this when I was little. I forgot all about it. I'm will definitely try this some Sunday morning with my family! Thanks.

  6. I haven't made those in ages! I'll have to get some biscuits when I'm in town tomorrow! Thanks for the idea! :0)

  7. Oh, my...I want a can all to myself!!! Those look so good..and so simple...I've never had them...but I will!!!

  8. What a cheap and easy idea. Will have to try!

  9. Karen, you are killing me!!!!!! We don´t have that around here. I HAVE to ask that the girls are not there...are you eating that whole thing by yourself??!!! Wait for me, it can take me a couple of days to get there but I am dying to try that!!! haha!
    On the other hand the picture of the Pillsbury can brought memories to me. I remember when I first got to the States and tried to open one of those cans, for some reason (later I read it was suppoused to be like that)it just almost exploded in front of my eyes!!! It started to grow like a monster (to me) and I was horrified. Not for long. When I tasted the biscuits I fell in love with them.

  10. I found this recipe a while back and have been making them on special occasions for the kids since, and we LOVE them. The kids have fun helping cover them in sugar and they are AMAZING! Too good really, because I can't stop myself from eating WAY too many of them. :) I especially like to make them with the biscuits that pull apart into flakes. YUM...going to have to make some this weekend. :)

  11. Meee too! Quite often these were an afternoon snack my mother would make when I was a kid. It's been AGES but I, too, will have to make some again soon for my hubby and me since the children have all moved out.

  12. My girls LOVED these donuts when they were young.. I need to do these for the grandkids now...

  13. Ok, my daughter and I are seriously admiring this recipe! :o) Oh boy, we will need to make them soon.
    Thank you so much for posting such a yummy idea!!
    I hope that you are having a real nice week!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  14. Oh my word!! Good thing I started walking yesterday :D !! I think I even know where my old electric skillet is...Hmmm to yumm in just a few minutes!
    Mary Lou

  15. Karen I am almost 61yr. old (gee thats' hard to say) anyway my Mom
    used to make these when I was a
    little girl. We loved them because
    we didn't get any other donut back
    then. There was no place to buy
    any then. Mom always put powdered
    sugar on them and they were soooo
    good. Thanks for bringing back
    memories on my Mom's birthday,she
    passed on 20yr ago. I will have
    to make some for my grandchildren.
    They don't need them but I know
    when they are here they can eat

  16. i have never made these, but now i think i'll borrow my mom's electric skillet!

  17. Never knew you could make donuts that way....and I'm NOT telling my DH about it either :-)
    They sure look delish though!

  18. A lot easier than rolling them out from scratch.
    I need to figure out a donut recipe, I can eat.


  19. We made these many, many years ago at home. We always shook powdered sugar over them.

    My dad also made 'fried pies' and I absolutely love them. Does anyone have a recipe for them. He used dried fruit in the center and they were fried in a cast iron skillet.

  20. looks very tasty and very much want to try

  21. What a cool idea. Never new you could use biscuit dough for doughnuts. And so much easier. It's making my mouth water just looking at the pictures.

  22. My mom used to make those for us when I was a little girl ... I had completely forgotten about them! I can't wait to try them again! Thanks so much for the post! :)

  23. OMG! My husband and daughter will go crazy! Thank you.

  24. YUM! Those look fabulous! I'm definitely going to make these. Soon.

    Karen, you are SEW creative in SEW MANY WAYS! I love it!

    xo -E

  25. these look absolutely DELISH!! Can you also use a deep fryer? we just bought a brand new one and oh how I would love to christen it with these doughnuts!

  26. I'm not much of a donut fan, but plain glazed or sugared are my favorites. I also like donut holes :) Shall have to try this!

  27. Having made real donuts from scratch, I'm getting just a little creeped out over the idea of canned biscuit donuts...but I must say it looks like a fun, quick and easy treat that I am fairly certain my kids would totally love to help make and eat! I just might have to try it! You are such a bad influence, Karen! Keep it up!


  28. My jeans feel tighter just from reading this post! lol!

  29. NEVER heard of this...I will be making them when Jeff comes home- Cindy is not eating anything even remotely sugary until AFTER the wedding, so maybe I'll make them at the brunch the day after the ceremony.....if I can wait that long, LOL
    (We did make fried dough -pizza- and put sugar and cinnamon on it-when I was a kid- about a hundred years ago)

  30. those look great! I usually just bake mine with the butter and sugar, and make monkey bread, I didn't think of frying the biscuit dough.

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  32. Oh, my! That brings back memories! My mom used to make these as a special treat when I was little. Thanks for sharing. I will have to make them for my daughter too.

  33. Heaven!! I could eat a couple dozen! LOVE dougnuts!

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  35. I use the same biscuits but cut them into quarters and then fry them up. Cinnamon sugar and I'm in heaven.
    Anna in IL

  36. My mother made these for use when I was a child. Thanks for the memories,
    Kathy B
    Yolo, CA

  37. Thanks for bringing back a great memory. We used to do this when I was growing up, too. I haven't thought about it for years. What fond memories.

  38. My husband DEMANDS them from time to time...he likes them rolled in 10X sugar. I'll have to try the cinnamon sugar for myself. I usually make them when oldest grandson (16) here to help me he dredges them in the sugar while I do the frying.

  39. You just brought back some wonderful memories for me...My Nanny used to make these when I was a little girl!

  40. I can do this!!! YAY! ;)
    They look awesome...gonna make them for my kids this weekend! They'll be shocked! ha!

  41. I think I've tried these before, but not like your recipe, I'm going to try yours! They look delicious!
    I'm a new follower, follow back?

  42. Yum! We've made these but we don't bother with the holes. We just make solid round donuts. I'm too lazy to make holes.

  43. I always made these for my kids when they were young. We would have a "decorate" bar... different frostings and sprinkles. It was messy but yummy and fun! They loved it!

  44. These Biscuits are also good this way. If you ever have a fish fry, after you finish frying the fish, drop these whole into the hot oil. They swell up and are Delicious.

    Rude Ruth


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