How to Easily Make Donuts Out of Biscuit Dough

It will only take you 15 minutes flat.

Easy Biscuit Dough Donuts — Thrillist Recipes doughnuts recipe simple fried glazed
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Illustration by Maitane Romagosa for Thrillist

When I was a kid, my mom made these donuts every weekend. She shaped them into X's and O's (because she loved me) and served them with a cup of Ovaltine and a saucer of sweetened condensed milk for dunking.

Mom may not have taught me much about healthy eating, but the woman knew her way around cooking shortcuts. As long as you have biscuit dough, hot oil, and a craving for a soft, fried-dough treat, you can make delicious donuts, quickly. That's right, the canned biscuit dough you find in the refrigerated section of your supermarket—that can be turned into donuts. And it's incredible simple, and quick, to make. You're welcome.

Biscuit Dough Donuts Recipe

Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 donuts + 8 donuts holes


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Tube biscuit dough


1. In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat 1 inch of oil until it reaches 350℉ on a thermometer.

2. Place sugar in a medium bowl and whisk to remove lumps. Slowly stir in milk, a little at a time, until you have a smooth glaze. Stir in vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

3. Separate the biscuits and lay flat on a cutting board. Using a small, round cookie cutter, cut out a small circle from the center of each biscuit.

4. Cook the donuts in batches in the hot oil for about 1 minute per side, or until golden. Drain on a wire rack. Repeat with donut holes, but with less frying time.

5. While still warm, dip donuts in glaze, turning to coat completely. Return to wire rack and allow excess glaze to drip off. Eat while still warm.

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Perry Santanachote is a Thrillist contributor.