Doughnuts and Holes Recipe

You know when you get a hankering for something sweet, and you don’t have anything in the house to fit the bill? Well, that’s why I like to keep certain ingredients on hand for those “emergency” sweet tooth moments! One being Pillsbury Grands biscuits. I buy them when they have a big sale, and they stay fresh in the fridge for weeks. That way when the kids or I need a sweet fix, I can pull a couple cans out and quickly whip up a delicious batch of homemade doughnuts to kill that craving!

I found the original recipe here courtesy of my gal, Paula Deen, from the Food Network, and now we can’t get enough of these simple, but tasty treats! A great starter recipe for the kiddos too — with supervision, of course, since you are working with hot oil.

Doughnuts and Holes Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 16-20 servings

Doughnuts and Holes Recipe

Simple, tasty, and inexpensive treat for the entire family


  • Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 5 tbsp. milk, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cans large buttermilk biscuits (I use Pillsbury Grands)
  • colored and/or chocolate sprinkles (optional)


  1. Heat 2 inches of peanut or vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare your "toppings." In a shallow bowl, stir together ground cinnamon and granulated sugar and set aside. For the vanilla icing, in a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Set aside. In the last bowl, prepare the chocolate icing by whisking together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 1/4 of cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons of milk.
  3. Lay out the biscuits on a cutting board and with a 1 1/2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter (I used the top of a shot glass), cut out a hole from the middle of each biscuit. Fry them in oil until golden and then flip with tongs to fry the other side. You can even fry the doughnut holes.
  4. Drain on paper towels and then toss in the cinnamon-sugar or ice and decorate with sprinkles, as desired.



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  1. Oh wow what an easy recipe!!! I’m definitely making these. My fryer is getting put to good use 😉

  2. I’m definitely going to have to try these. My kids would love me for it.. and hubby too.

  3. YUM!! Thanks for linking up and sharing!!
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  4. cathy henatyszen says:

    There’s one happy kiddo… loves your doughnuts!! My mom used to make spudnuts, they were awesome… when we were kids we could never get enough of them.

  5. Who knew that donuts could be made from the biscuit dough. I love this idea, but my waistline is afraid I’ll eat too many. Gotta call the kids for re-enforcements.
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  6. Oh I am in so much trouble with this recipe! Those look really yummy!
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  7. Classic recipe and it looks like you all had fun eating them.
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  8. That would be a neat recipe to try out for a birthday party! Thanks for sharing!
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  9. We are donut freaks! Thanks for this awesome recipe!
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  10. Jillian Mitchell says:

    I absolutely love your little one’s face in the last picture! Off to make some of these for my fam on this super snowy Colorado morning!

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