How to Make Easy Donuts at Home: Cooking With Kids

Yummy donuts ready to eat!
Yummy donuts ready to eat! | Source

Making Donuts at Home

I will start by saying this is NOT a healthy food option but a fun activity for kids to help participate in. Several years ago a parent of a student of mine volunteered to come in and make donuts with my class. With 30 kids in my room and the thought of the crazy mess with dough and hot oil, I thought how in the world are we all going to make it out of here unharmed? Little did I know that she had a great trick up her sleeve. Who knew that making donuts could not only be so fun, but so easy as well. So I will share the great idea that she shared with me, along with photos of my kids helping to make these delightful treats. These do not have to be just a breakfast treat, they can also be used as a dessert or even a party activity. I hope that you and your kids enjoy them as much as mine did!

Ingredients for Donuts

  • oil
  • Refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (number of tubes depends on how many you want to make, one tube makes 8 donuts and 8 donut holes)
  • Toppings of your choice (Suggestions include: powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, frosting, sprinkles, really anything that you can imagine on a donut!)


If you want to make more complex donuts, check out this donut maker and recipe book!

Directions for Making Donuts

  1. Heat the oil in a pot. Fill the pot just under halfway, maybe a little less. To test if the oil is ready, just sprinkle a bit of water in the oil. If it begins to sizzle, then it is ready. You do not want the oil to be boiling. Heating on medium heat will be perfect for getting the oil to the right temperature. **This part should be done by an adult. The oil is hot and will burn if it is splashed on your skin.
  2. While the oil is heating, unroll the package of biscuits. Using a clean top of a pop (soda) bottle, cut out the center of the biscuits. Set the center of the biscuits aside and gently place the donut into the oil. Cook for just about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with each of your biscuits placing only about 2-3 in the pot at a time. Placing too many in will lower the temperature of the oil and prevent them from cooking evenly.
  3. Remove from oil using a metal slotted spoon or metal tongs. Place on paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  4. Repeat with the center cut outs to make donut holes. These do not take as long to cook and need to be watched and turned frequently.
  5. Once they have cooled slightly, bring to the table to have the kids decorate. *Warning: This will be messy and elicit squeals of delight from your children. If you do not want to have fun, DO NOT make these donuts!

Photos of the donut making.

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Grace carefully cuts the hole into the biscuit.Donuts are even good enough for a pirate!  Arrr!Carefully place the donuts in the hot oil and watch closely.  Turn over as they begin to brown on the first side.Finish off the cooking with the centers of the biscuits for the donut holes.Remove when they are golden.Allow paper towel to absorb the oil.Decorating is so much fun!The donut holes are perfect to cover with cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar.Perfection!Good enough to eat!Plate of perfectly homemade donuts!
Grace carefully cuts the hole into the biscuit.
Grace carefully cuts the hole into the biscuit. | Source
Donuts are even good enough for a pirate!  Arrr!
Donuts are even good enough for a pirate! Arrr! | Source
Carefully place the donuts in the hot oil and watch closely.
Carefully place the donuts in the hot oil and watch closely. | Source
Turn over as they begin to brown on the first side.
Turn over as they begin to brown on the first side. | Source
Finish off the cooking with the centers of the biscuits for the donut holes.
Finish off the cooking with the centers of the biscuits for the donut holes. | Source
Remove when they are golden.
Remove when they are golden. | Source
Allow paper towel to absorb the oil.
Allow paper towel to absorb the oil. | Source
Decorating is so much fun!
Decorating is so much fun! | Source
The donut holes are perfect to cover with cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar.
The donut holes are perfect to cover with cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar. | Source
Perfection!
Perfection! | Source
Good enough to eat!
Good enough to eat! | Source
Plate of perfectly homemade donuts!
Plate of perfectly homemade donuts! | Source

Have fun making these tasty treats with your kids!

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instantlyfamily 4 years ago

This looks like so much fun! My son loves to bake with me. We will try this, for sure! Thanks for sharing.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

It was instantlyfamily! The kids had a blast making them, hope you and your son have as much fun as we did!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What a great idea. So I guess the kid part is the decorating, to minimize any safety issues? Voting this Up and Awesome.


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workingmomwm 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

I love this idea! So incredibly easy! My daughter would love these, and they'd be great to take to church on breakfast Sundays. Have to bookmark! :-)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow! This is really cool! I am going to have to find some neighborhood kids and try this! :) I didn't know donut-making could be so easy - I was waiting for the part about having a deep-fryer or something on hand with pefect temperatures and stuff like that. This is a great hub!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes alocsin I kept my children away from the hot oil. They cut out the circles in the middle, decorated and ate them up!

It is super easy workingmomwm. I had no idea that this even existed before that parent shared it with me. This would be perfect for a church function. Hope everyone enjoys it.

Neither did I cclitgirl! It is fantastic that you most likely have everything already in your fridge or cupboard to make these, no special ingredients or equipment required! Who needs kids, make them for yourself! :)


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

What a brilliant idea! My kids would absolutely love this, and using ready-made dough (in the form of canned biscuits) makes the process really easy! Love, love, love this!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I know Leah, I wish I could take credit for the original idea but it was fun making them and has been fun sharing the idea with others. Hope you and the boys have a great time making them.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great tip and simple to follow. Looks like the group had tons of fun. Will have to try using refrigerator biscuits next time.


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tyra marieza 4 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

I can't wait to try this :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Voted up and FUNNY! Couldn't help myself...those are some awesome photos, LOL So...they cooked, they decorated, they ate-and then what? Sugar High! Lucky you...LOL.

What fun. My childhood girlfriend's mom used to make donuts all the time and I was so envious. Wish I had known back then how easy these are. Love the simplicity and ingenuity of it all.

Great photos demonstrating the ease. Thanks for sharing. The kids are adorable. Maybe I'll do this with J.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Glad you found it easy to follow teaches12345. It was a great activity for the kids. Thanks for your comments.

Great tyra. You'll have to let me know how it goes.

Thanks Mom. We should have done this while you were here but there were so many other things going on. I'm sure J would like it.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Your camera really takes clear photos! :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks! :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hey-just two hubs away from that 'magic' 100 !


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I know! Working on it. Typing my little fingers to the bones to get them done! :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a fun recipe! Thanks for sharing!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You're welcome randomcreative, glad you liked it!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Looks easy and fun. As your mom said....sugar high!!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL, if you only knew the sugar high that followed! Of course Grace just ate the one that she was allowed but my little stinker shoved an entire donut in his mouth when I turned my back. Chipmunk cheeks and blue sprinkled lips mumbling "Ok mom I won't eat anymore!"


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Easy to make and delicious too. Kids will love such cooking. Your kids look cute and have a wonderful smile. They must have had a blast making them. Voted up.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks so much for your kind comments Vellur. They did have a great time with this since I don't usually let them make 'junky' types of food. It was a great treat for them. Thanks for your visit.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Hey, did you know it's National Doughnut Day? I'm off to share this one - I have a convenient can of biscuits in the fridge, so my boys will be very excited for these tonight!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I did, that's why I shared this one today! :) Thanks so much for sharing it and you'll have to let me know how they liked it. Have fun!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Wow! You really have a happy family. Your kids are awesome!

I already pinned it and will open it again once I go on board a commercial vessel this year. This will be an awesome snacks for hungry sailors. :)

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