Canned Biscuit Dough Donuts and Holes

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You will need help from an adult for frying the donuts!

Servings: 16-20 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 2 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Peanut oil, for frying
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
5 tablespoon milk, divided
2 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
Chocolate sprinkles
Colored sprinkles
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
2   cans large buttermilk biscuits





Heat 2-inches peanut oil in a large pot or dutch oven to 350 degrees F.

In a shallow bowl, stir together the sugar and ground cinnamon, set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, set aside. This is the vanilla icing. In another bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of milk, set aside. This is the chocolate icing.

Lay out the biscuits on a cutting board and with a 1-1/2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out a hole from the middle of each biscuit. Fry them in the oil until golden and then flip with tongs to fry the other side. You can even fry the donut holes. Drain on paper towels and then toss in the cinnamon-sugar or glaze and sprinkle as desired.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Show: Paula's Home Cooking
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Hey, Paula, thanks for putting this recipe out there. I had an urge to try these with my kids (I let the 3-year-old cut the holes!), and they turned out wonderfully. My Dad used to put together donut picnics in the park every Saturday with his friends; he'd set up the frying pot on one of the picnic BBQ's and arrange everyone into a big assembly line along the tables. It was so much fun to get everybody into it, and let me tell you, that park smelled INCREDIBLE!!! Yum! Thanks for rekindling the memories!

By MommaBeth on August 23, 2013


I'm looking for sandwiches easy for a mother and daughter tea.

By Debra Light on April 19, 2013


Alert! Get a nice cold glass of milk! One of these yummy easy affordable donuts isn't gonna be enough! Not to mention the best part-they are peanut safe! Thanks Paula, your recipes never let my family down!

By mamamorrill on March 27, 2013


Peanut safe donuts! Easy, affordable, yummy-plain or with the trimmings. Another Paula Deen wonderful classic!

By mamamorrill on March 27, 2013


Wonderful! Easy! Great substitute donut for a peanut free home! Thanks!

By Rebecca on March 27, 2013


Paula I would like to come and cook with you and show you some of my Jamaica dishes

By evadney thomas on December 21, 2012


Paula I would like to come and cook with you and show you some of my Jamaica dishes

By evadney thomas on December 19, 2012


My son and I watch your shows and your son show we love it we try your fried chicken

By Kelly on October 08, 2012


I love donuts made this way! My mom learned how to make them in girl scouts back in the early 60's. The only difference is that we never cut the holes out, wejust used our fingers and made a hole and then stretched the dough a little.

By Caren Ross on July 29, 2012


I love you Paula Dean, my husband and I both watch your show everyday on the Food Channel. Your cooking reminds me of my Mother and Grandmother's cooking, we were born in West Virginia but moved to Ohio. I just love your show and your cooking!! God Bless You, Priscilla Hailey

By Priscilla Hailey on April 28, 2012


These are AWESOME! Thanks again Paula for yet another amazing recipe.

By Nikki on November 05, 2011


This is one of my favorites. These donuts are so easy to make. Thanks Paula for the easy good country cooking.

By Grace Switzer on October 11, 2011


paula i love your show and i love your food. i make your corn casserole all the time.

By Bonnie on July 11, 2011


i just love your show i love when u cook with your family

By lesa on April 06, 2011


I'm trying this out for the first time. I'm really excited about how it will turn out. Wish me luck!

By Anonymous on November 11, 2010


My grandmother used to make these for me when I was little. I made these for my 3-year-old grandson today, and he said, "Gram, these are the best!".

By tngram on July 10, 2009


I make these treats almost every week for my children. They are so easy,affordable and yummy!!!!

By carla gaulin on June 05, 2009

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