Doughnuts, Simple

Heather says:

I feel almost dirty for posting this. Do you ever get a craving for funnel cakes and the fair is months away? Or do you ever break all your own advice and wander through the grocery store while your belly rumbles? Well, that’s what happened tonight. Apparently I’m in denial that I’m running a 5k tomorrow or perhaps I’m carb loading. Yes, that must be it, carb loading.

Powdered Doughnuts

Powdered Doughnuts

These are hands down the most simple powdered doughnuts on the planet. Oh, don’t even bother to get intimidated, there are all of three ingredients.

  • Refrigerated biscuits
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vegetable oil*

In a heavy skillet or frying pan, heat an inch of oil to about 325F. It doesn’t have to be spot on. This part is boring and takes a ridiculously long time, so entertain yourself, however you can. I recommend reading through our archives. Entertaining and educational, it’s win-win I say.

The cheaper the better.

The cheaper the better.

After you’ve bored yourself silly and the oil is somewhere around the 300F mark, pop open the tube of biscuits. Dig through your kitchen cupboards or tool drawers and find something round. I swiped the cap from a martini shaker. There are no silly rules about whether you should only press or twist. Just make a hole and save the dough. You’ll want the doughnut holes, too. Throwing them away would be sacrilege. Seriously.

Poke a hole in each biscuit.

Poke a hole in each biscuit.

Now that the oil is hot, add a doughnut. It’ll sink to the bottom, then float.

Time to fry the donuts

Time to fry the donuts

After a minute, flip it over.

Flip it over to blot the other side.

Flip it over to blot the other side.

After another minute place it on a paper towel to drain.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

*Don’t throw away the cooking oil. Strain it through cheese cloth or a fine mesh filter and store in a sealed container until next time. Keep your oil in a cool dry place and it will be good up to 3 months. If a burnt flavor or an off odor develops, discard and use fresh oil. Heavily seasoned foods will affect the flavor of your oil. Consider keeping separate oil different uses. This goes double, no triple for frying fish.


  1. Sinea on April 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    My husband has been dreaming of homemade donuts…he keeps bugging me about it. Now I have no choice. This is too easy to say "no". LOL
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    • HeatherSolos on April 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      A simple yeast dough works well for homemade donuts if you want something more authentic, but these are ridiculously good. So, if you're just looking for something quick, bad for you, and awesome. You're set 😉

  2. jaeven on November 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    How do you keep them fresh like til the next day?

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  4. HeatherSolos on December 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I'm so glad you liked them.

  5. Julie on December 28, 2009 at 3:57 am

    I just made two kids really happy. I tossed mine in cinnamon and sugar.

  6. Chris Seeko on November 2, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Salvage that oil! Simply peel and fry a cubed raw potato in the oil to remove odours! Discard the potato unless you like strange flavoured fries. Repeat if necessary.

  7. regina on June 18, 2009 at 12:27 am

    I’ve used this recipe since the second grade i can’t believe i found it here. To all it truly is quick and easy (try using cinnamon rolls, it’s even better.) kids love it…

  8. Veggiemomof2 on May 15, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Just like my mom use to make 🙂

  9. Eyebee on April 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Kathy likes eating mountains of donuts, but I don’t have a sweet tooth.

  10. Cricket on April 17, 2009 at 9:57 am

    We made these last night…I think we got too excited and got the oil too hot, so they didn’t fry correctly, really, but ohhhhhh how delicious they still were… 😀

    And I can’t believe I’m admitting that we had extras, but what would you suggest is the best way to store these? I waited until they were cool much later and put them in a ziploc bag, and um….they’re scary lookin’ now…. 😀

    • Jenny King on June 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      my guys think they are only good while hot and fresh. If we have left-overs (yeah, right. I have 5 big-eatin' men here: 2 teens, 3 adults), we save them up with bread scraps for bread pudding. Now THAT is something else so yummy, comforting and delish!

      • HeatherSolos on June 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm

        I'd tend to agree. The bread pudding idea? Wow. Thankfully we don't have leftovers with these, either or I'd have to try it.

  11. Heather on April 17, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I’ve always wanted to try these now I’m going to have to, they look so good!

  12. Becca on April 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Luckily I went and did my big grocery trip BEFORE reading this post……so I am safe, for now! (take that, doughnuts!)

  13. Shanele on April 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Going to the store shortly to try these! They look yummy! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Heather on April 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    It’s too late, Becca. It’s like a siren’s call. Now, whenever you enter the grocery store the biscuits will be calling. Behhhh-ca! Behhhhh-ca!
    Heed the call of the biscuits, before it’s too late.

  15. Becca on April 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I have never had a home-made doughnut and I must say that I am going to completely forget that this recipe is sitting on here underneath the beautiful photo of the doughnut. Nope….I’m off to the gym!

  16. thatbobbiegirl on April 16, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Funnel cakes, mmmmm….I’ve actually made them a couple times and they were easier than I’d thought.

    Thanks for that last warning about the oil, though. Now you’ve got me thinking of fresh, warm, fish-flavored doughnuts. *hurl*


  17. Cricket on April 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Oh. Mah. Gah. And I’ve been craving doughnuts… *sigh*

  18. Rechelle on April 16, 2009 at 10:54 am

    my kids love these! and so easy to do-

  19. Heather on April 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

    You absolutely could. I’d refrigerate the dough just a little, so it’s good and cold before dropping it into the oil. Until yesterday I hadn’t purchased refrigerated dough in a long time, but it was on sale and I’d wanted an excuse to make these for the kids.

  20. Meredith on April 16, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I know it probably sounds silly, but could I use homemade biscuit dough, or would I be better off using a “real” doughnut recipe?
    These look so good, but I am trying to stick to my budget. I have everything at home to make biscuits… but no refrigerated biscuit dough!

  21. Heather on April 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

    It’s a good thing you have all those rug monkeys to swipe any leftovers. 🙂 If you’re lucky you’ll get to sample one.

  22. Angela on April 16, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I am trying to lose weight… these are not going to help me and yes I have to try them, look at the picture, who could resist.

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