Easy homemade doughnuts

Kelly Key

Imagining enjoying hot fresh doughnuts at home, without waiting for dough to rise or running to the nearest bakery. In honor of National Doughnut Day we’re letting you in on the secret for how to make the easiest homemade doughnuts.

What you need:

  • Canned refrigerator biscuits 
  • Cooking oil
  • Skillet or deep fryer
  • 1½ inch round cutter A round cutter set like this one is a great tool to have on hand in the kitchen for doughnuts, biscuits, cookies and more. 
  • Toppings of choice (optional) Glaze, frosting, cinnamon-sugar, sprinkles, and powder sugar are a few options. 


Pop open a can of biscuits and lay on a cutting board. Using a small round cutter, remove the center of the biscuit for your doughnut holes. Kids can help with this task while you’re heating up the oil.

Enlist the kids to help make the holes
Enlist the kids to help make the holes

If using a skillet, add about an inch of oil and heat to 350 degrees. Use a thermometer to check the temperature frequently and adjust as needed.  The oil should be hot enough to achieve a nice golden hue, but not so hot that the outside burns before the inside cooks.

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Heat oil to 350 degrees

Carefully slide your biscuits into the hot oil. Cook in small batches to not overcrowd the pan. These will cook quickly – only a minute or two on each side. Sacrifice a doughnut hole from the first batch for a taste test.

homemade doughnuts
Cook a minute or two on each side

Remove your beautifully cooked doughnuts from the oil and place on paper towels or a cooling rack.

While still hot, you can opt to roll doughnuts around in a simple cinnamon-sugar mixture. Or allow the doughnuts to cool a bit before adding an icing or glaze, and of course, sprinkles.


Treat yourself for breakfast or whip some up for a quick afternoon snack. Happy National Doughnut Day!



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