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Pillsbury Biscuit Donuts

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Make your own homemade fried Pillsbury biscuit donuts with this simple five-ingredient recipe.
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  1. Pillsbury Biscuit Donuts Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Pillsbury Biscuit Donuts Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This recipe for Pillsbury biscuit donuts is the perfect delicious solution when you are looking for an easy and simple treat. All you need is just five ingredients to make these soft fried cinnamon sugar-coated donuts.

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Pillsbury Biscuit Donuts Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 can Pillsbury original biscuits
  • vegetable oil, about 1 inch deep
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, optional

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PUMPKIN PIE SPICE: If you can’t find pumpkin pie spice, you can easily make your own. Just mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, and ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves.

How To Make This Pillsbury Biscuit Donuts Recipe

STEP ONE: Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat to 350°F.

STEP TWO: In a shallow mixing bowl, mix white sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice to combine. Set aside.

STEP THREE: While the oil heats, lay your Pillsbury biscuit dough on a flat cutting board.

biscuits placed on a wooden board

STEP FOUR: Use a 1-inch small round cookie cutter to cut out the center of each biscuit.

holes cut out the middle of each biscuit

STEP FIVE: Carefully place donuts in the hot oil and cook for 30 to 45 seconds on each side or until turning golden brown. Remove the hot donut with a slotted spoon to let the excess oil drip off.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you have an air fryer, you could also experiment with doing this stage in it. You will want to brush the donuts with the oil and cook on the basket then watch the cooking time as it will be different from a normal frying approach.

dough placed into a skillet of hot oil

STEP SIX: Remove the donuts from the oil and place them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Flip over to coat both sides and then serve warm.

PRO TIP:

Instead of using a plate or bowl, add the sugar mixture to a brown paper bag. Add the warm donuts and give them a gentle shake to coat.

donuts coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture

How To Serve

Serve these soft donuts for a sweet breakfast or any other time of the day when you are craving tasty baked goods. Add a homemade pumpkin spice latte or cup of coffee to wash the donut down.

If this gives you the urge to try more homemade donut ideas, check out these pumpkin donuts with their tasty glaze. Or you could see donuts in their more savory light with this donut breakfast sandwich recipe.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: These easy donuts are fine at room temperature for a day or two in an airtight container.

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store the unused Pillsbury dough in the fridge by adding a couple of drops of water and storing it in an airtight container or plastic bag.

IN THE FREEZER: You can pop the unbaked dough into the freezer. Put it on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the freezer until frozen. Then remove and put them in airtight bags. You can freeze the dough for up to three months.

close up shot of Pillsbury Biscuit Donuts stacked on top of each other on a plate

Making donuts out of Pillsbury biscuits is a quick and delicious way to make the best homemade donuts. By covering the biscuit donuts in a spiced cinnamon-sugar mixture, they also have that extra flavor while still being a simple-to-make recipe.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How to store these donuts?

This easy recipe is the best the first day they are made, but you can store these in a single layer in an airtight container for a couple of days.

Can I make these into donut holes?

This easy homemade donut recipe can also be used to make donut holes and, in fact, you can use any pieces of dough you cut out of the donuts to make donut holes. They will not take long to cook in the oil so keep an eye on them.

Can I use Pillsbury Grands biscuits?

While we haven’t tried this, you could use Pillsbury Grands. The dough may be thicker and you may need to cook them slightly longer.

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Pillsbury Biscuit Donuts

5 from 2 votes
Make your own homemade fried Pillsbury biscuit donuts with this simple five-ingredient recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 donuts and donut holes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can Pillsbury original biscuits
  • vegetable oil, about 1 inch deep
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil over medium heat to 350°F.
  • In a shallow mixing bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk together.
  • While the oil is heating, lay your biscuits on a flat cutting surface. Use a small round 1-inch cookie cutter to cut the middle out of each biscuit.
  • Carefully place donuts into hot oil. Let cook 30 to 45 seconds on each side, or until the dough turns golden brown.
  • Remove donuts from the oil and place in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Flip over and coat both sides.
  • Serve warm!

Notes

  • If you have an air fryer, you could also experiment with doing this stage in it. You will want to brush the donuts with the oil and cook on the basket then watch the cooking time as it will be different from a normal frying approach.
  • Instead of using a plate, add the sugar mixture to a brown paper bag. Add warm donuts and give them a gentle shake to coat.

Nutrition

Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Wendy says

    5 stars
    I put my hot cooked donuts in a paper bag that has powdered sugar in it. Shake them up and voila, sugared donuts with grease soaked up by bag