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How To Make Easy Homemade Donuts

Updated on February 11, 2011

Sometimes I get a craving for doughnuts, however I am not willing to make an early morning run to the grocery store or doughnut shop for them. Making your own doughnuts is very easy, although I have to admit, not at all healthy. However, what doughnut is? These fast doughnuts make a great treat every now and then and the whole family loves them.


A tube or two of buttermilk biscuits, the kind you whack on the counter to open

oil, I use olive oil as it is healthier, but any kind will work

toppings - powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar, chocolate, chopped nuts, caramel, sprinkles, etc


Pour oil into a large pan, enough to cover the bottom about a half an inch. Heat on medium. While the oil is heating you need to cut a hole in the middle of each biscuit. I use a corer, however a knife will work as well. Once you have all the biscuits ready and the oil is hot drop the biscuits into the oil. They should fry quickly on the first side and then you can flip them over with tongs. Once the second side is brown remove from oil and drain on paper towels. The biscuits will puff up to look like doughnuts. Do the same for the holes that you cut out.

Once the doughnuts are drained you add the toppings. I dip ours in powdered sugar, because at 7:00 in the morning that is about all I have the energy for. My husband likes to dip his in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. If you are up to it, it is very easy to melt chocolate.

Put 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of butter into a microwave safe dish and heat on high for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Stir well between each heating. When it is almost melted, heat for 10-15 seconds at a time. Once the chocolate is melted you can dip the tops of the doughnuts into the chocolate and then let cool on wax paper. If you want even fancier doughnuts you can put chopped nuts or sprinkles on top right after you dip them and before the chocolate hardens.

As I mentioned before, these doughnuts are not healthy, however they are easy and taste great. My kids all cheered when they came to the table this morning. To them, life couldn't get any better.


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      woothie 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've just tried this. They are cooling on my counter right now! It was staggeringly simple to make. Thank you.

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      susan 5 years ago

      my mom made these when i was a kid, there super dooper. i'm going to make some soon. honestly i had forgotton all about these wonderful treats, thanks for reminding me. i can hardly wait.

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      1s 6 years ago

      I did those doughnuts and it was amazing

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      Debbie 6 years ago

      My mother use to make homemade donuts all the time when we were growing up but there were times she made donuts from rolled biscuits I taught my daughter n neices n nephews now they have taught their children never thought abiut filling them.I am definatly going to do this

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Great post..Thanks for the post

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      karen 7 years ago

      we used to make these but we used bread dough and we called them dough dodgers yummmooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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      Courtney 7 years ago

      thanks for this :) me and my sisters tried this and it worked fantasticly we were so excited :)

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      Kimbrena 7 years ago

      I absolutely love these donuts! Yummy! Now I want some right now.. and it's 2am! :)

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      lucy campbell 7 years ago

      I have made these a lot. Kids love them. I always just punch the holes out with my thumb, spread the hole out soom which makes for a larger donut.

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      Lynnet 8 years ago

      Love your simple directions and pictures. Youngest and I are making donuts today and wanted to make sure I was doing it correctly! I was also looking for the glaze recipe - figured it would be powdered sugar and something else... Thanks for posting.

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      bbbvfcbcg 8 years ago

      i love this A lot!!!!!! I AM NOT AN adult AND I CAN STILL MAKE IT!!!!!!

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      No NaMe 8 years ago

      Do you think that you could make doughnuts out of Jiffy mix?

      Because if that is possible then Great!!

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      Lorenzo 8 years ago

      These worked out good. It didn't turn out soft as expected, maybe the oil was too high. However my kids and wife loved them. Thanks

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      I am glad I have found you and thanks for this great tip.

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      Lety 8 years ago

      Thanks I just tried them with my 3 yr old son and he loved them, especially the holes. I used the top of the salt shaker, but the oil cap is good idea!

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      Tiara designs 8 years ago from undisclosed location

      OMG I was looking for the quickest easiest way to make some homemade donuts and like magic I found one of my fellow hubbers magically had whipped up just the recipe I was looking. I am shutting down and running to the store-to get the biscuits. Before they close and I will be frying some donuts within an hour. Thanks this is exactly the quick and easy recipe I was looking for thanks!

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      debbie 8 years ago

      i like this a lot. its fast and easy.thanks

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      Makaila 9 years ago

      My sister had given this recipe to me when i was eight or so and i woke up this morning and wanted to make them, but i completely forgot how to make them. haha! Thanks for the tip.(:

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      Squeege 9 years ago

      Thanks for the tip. My daughter and niece will be home this weekend from university and this will be a fun catch up and chat time:) I heard you can you pizza dough as well however I am trying your tip first along with using the holes as bites. YUMO~

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      sassyrose 9 years ago


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      dsjghdd 9 years ago

      I hate doughnuts, just kidding

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      Ila 9 years ago

      I assume if you don't cut out hole and make a small batch of frosting you could use a large injecter to put filling in doughnut. Just wondering if this might work.

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      Joel 9 years ago

      I can't wait to try this. I am going out on friday and buying all the stuff. I am going to make them for my co-workers. We work at a little cafe in Salisbury. They will love them. But then again they love anything bad for them. Hehe!

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      Mercedes 10 years ago

      It never occurred to me to make them from biscuit dough. That's a great idea! I need to try making them soon. Thanks for the tip!

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      Jennifer 10 years ago

      Hoodala, great idea on using the oil cap, thanks! I do know that you can make these truly homemade, with your own dough and such, but this is so much faster I haven't tried it that way.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      A plain yeast dough like for egg or raisin bread cut and doughnut shape will work really well too.

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Marye Audet 10 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      I make homemade doughnuts a lot...but I have never used biscuits

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      Hoodala 10 years ago from Mesa

      Yumm my mother used to make those when i was growing up.  She used powdered sugar as a glaze by adding water to it.  Wow now I just have to make some homemade doughnuts for breakfast next weekend.  I remember my mom used to use the cap from the oil container to make the holes that worked really well.