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How to Make Easy Donuts at Home: Cooking With Kids
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove from oil using a metal slotted spoon or metal tongs. Place on paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
- 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.
- 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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Have fun making these tasty treats with your kids!