Easiest Doughnut Recipe Ever!

Wow! Wow! Wow! These really are the easiest doughnuts ever! If you like Elephant Ears or Funnel Cakes…you are going to LOVE these- they taste just like them. Your family is going to run into the kitchen when they wake up to the smell of these “almost homemade” doughnuts.

Do you have guests staying with you over the Holiday weekend? This is a perfect breakfast solution that will get TONS of oohhhs and ahhhs! Serve with Easy Ham and Cheesy Quiche, mixed berries, and freshly squeezed Orange Juice.

I simply took a 1/4 tsp measuring spoon and pressed it into a buttermilk biscuit {regular sized}.

I folded the flap and pressed it in. No biggie. You can use any tool you would like to make a small hole-but most people have a measuring spoon.

Do this to the entire can of biscuits. Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a pan on high heat. Drop all doughnuts into hot oil and let cook for appx 2 mins a side until lightly browned.

Don’t overcook! It doesn’t take very long! This is the perfect color…beautiful.

Take doughnuts out with tongs and place on a paper towel lined plate and let cool for 2 mins.

Cover with cinnamon and sugar…

Or powdered sugar.


My little taste tester approves!!!!!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Easiest Doughnut Recipe Ever!
Serves: 5
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  • 1 can {10 count} Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 16 oz Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar in a bowl (to cover doughnuts-optional)
  • 1 cup sugar 1 tsp cinnamon in a bowl (to cover doughnuts-optional)
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet on high
  2. While oil is heating, put holes in every biscuit using a ¼ tsp measuring spoon (or cookie cutter, biscuit cutter, etc)
  3. Place doughnuts in hot oil, cook for 2 mins and turn cooking 2 more mins until golden brown.
  4. Using tongs, take hot doughnuts out of oil and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  5. Let cool 2 mins.
  6. Roll warm doughnuts in either cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar.
  7. Serve warm! {with a glass of cold milk}



  1. My mom always made these when we were growing up, and now I make them for my kids. We cut the center out completely and cook them separately to make “donut holes”…they puff up into little balls. Also delicious with a chocolate glaze!! Yum!!

  2. Great little easy recipe. Looks like they are a hit and your little taste tester is adorable. I am your newest follower. Hop on over to my blog and say hello and follow along. Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

  3. I need to try this recipe! Looks great!

  4. My mom used to make these for us when we were little as a special treat and I have so many great memories. She would put the cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar in a baggie and let us shake the donuts in whatever we wanted. For a special treat – she would put out chocolate frosting. They were a must whenever we had sleep-overs!

  5. We have done this for several years! Super easy and yummy!!!

  6. Yummy!!!!!’ My kids would love these.

  7. That looks so very delicious. Thank you very much for this wonderful tip.

  8. I just found you and this is God send as I have three generations of family coming in Oct. for just 3 days and needed some new ideas to make memories around Thank-you so much.
    So many nancy’s in Gmail they rejected all my 11 tries for an address so went with my dog’s name and it took right away! Nancy Wagner is my name

  9. Made these tonight with my kids… Fifteen minutes from start to finish, delicious awesome yumminess! 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe! I love your blog:)

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