Sugared Donut

Nothing better than a classic fried sugared donut! Covered in sugar, this donut is special because it takes only three ingredients to make this. You won't believe what the one major ingredient is!

Nothing better than a classic fried sugared donut! Covered in sugar, this donut is special because it takes only three ingredients to make this. You won’t believe what the one major ingredient is!

Sugared donuts with Pillsbury biscuit dough - SO light and crispy!

Sugared donuts with Pillsbury biscuit dough - SO light and crispy!

Sugared donuts with Pillsbury biscuit dough - SO light and crispy!

There is absolutely nothing in the world that I love more for breakfast than a classic fried sugared donut and a large cup of coffee. Every morning, when I go to a favorite local coffee shop near work, I’m always looking for their pastry display case to have a sugared donut. They sometimes have it and they sometimes don’t. On the days they have it, it’s probably one of the best ways to wake me up in the morning because I instantly perk up and get excited to bite into a freshly fried sugared donut. There’s just something about the light crispy dough and the sugar crystals covering your lips.

I ate far too many of these sugared donuts after frying them up. They were so fluffy and yeasty – just like real donuts, but you’d be surprised to know that I made these with the canned Pillsbury biscuit dough! YES! It’s true!!

Sugared donuts with Pillsbury biscuit dough - SO light and crispy!

Sugared donuts with Pillsbury biscuit dough - SO light and crispy!

Sugared donuts with Pillsbury biscuit dough - SO light and crispy!

I was so skeptical with frying the Pillsbury biscuit dough. I didn’t think they would taste anywhere near a donut. I thought it would just taste like a fried biscuit or worse, it would just sit in the oil and soak it all up.

I was so happily proven wrong.

You NEEEED to make these. They’re the easiest things to make and will fix any donut craving you have. I want to go buy a bunch of biscuit dough now and just fry them up and cover them in sugar so I won’t have a sugared donut craving again! I’m guessing my jeans won’t like that very much ;)

Sugared Donut
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

The easiest donut you will ever make! Full of sugary, buttery goodness!

Servings: 8
  • 1 can of Pillsbury buttermilk biscuit dough
  • 1 quart canola oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  1. In a 5 1/2 quart dutch-oven, or similar, heat up 1 quart (4 cups) of canola oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. While the oil is heating up, separate out the biscuits and using a small biscuit cutter, cut out a hole in the middle of the dough and roll that cut out into a ball for the donut hole.
  3. Once the oil has heat up to the correct temperature, gently drop the donuts, 2-3 at a time, into the hot oil and fry until puffed and golden on both sides, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon or spider strainer, transfer donuts to a wire rack covered with two paper towel layers to cool completely. Repeat until all donuts and donut holes have been fried.
  5. While the donuts are still warm, toss donuts in a bowl of a sugar and generously coat them with granulated sugar.
  6. These are definitely best eaten warm and within a few hours of frying. They do NOT keep well. By the next day, they were super doughy and didn't taste good at all.
Recipe Notes

You'll want to keep your oil temperature steady at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a candy/frying thermometer is the most handy in this situation because it just clips to the side of your pot.

If you notice your oil getting too hot, cut the heat. If you notice it cooling down rapidly, turn up the heat or fry less donuts at the same time.

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Posted on January 15, 2014

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  1. 01/15/2014 at 6:37 am

    Thank you for being brave for all of us with the biscuit dough – nuts! They look heavenly bit into with all of the layers, will have to try!

  2. 01/15/2014 at 7:41 am

    These are making me SO hungry!! I love that you semi-cheated on these because it means they’ll be in my belly that much faster ;)

  3. 01/15/2014 at 7:57 am

    Josh got so pumped the first time I made these for him. He was like a little kid all wanting to sugar the doughnuts. :D Simple and awesome

  4. 01/15/2014 at 8:05 am

    OHMYGODDDDDD I need these.

  5. 01/15/2014 at 8:07 am

    Yes, more donuts! These donuts look fantastic, there is nothing better than the classics that for sure!

  6. 01/15/2014 at 8:24 am

    Words can’t describe how delicious this looks! I want 5! Great post.

  7. 01/15/2014 at 8:41 am

    The texture of those doughnuts looks phenomenal. I’d love some for gouter right now!

  8. 01/15/2014 at 8:45 am

    Those look so good! A perfect way to start the day!

  9. 01/15/2014 at 8:48 am

    Such pretty photos! Who could not love a classic doughnut like this and I love how easy they are with the biscuits! They look incredible!

  10. Tiffany
    01/15/2014 at 9:49 am

    Oh yes…we made these with my dad when I was little. My sister and I’s job was to shake them in a paper bag (with cinnamon sugar for ours). So fun. I tried to make them myself recently, but I think the oil may not have been hot enough as they didn’t taste very good. I may have to try it again now after seeing your blog!

  11. 01/15/2014 at 10:01 am

    I’ve got to stop reading your blog while I’m drinking my coffee in the morning. (That’s a compliment.) it’s taking all I have not to go get a sugared donut after reading this post. Looks great!

  12. 01/15/2014 at 10:05 am

    These sugary classics are my absolute fav! Thanks for the recipe :)

  13. 01/15/2014 at 10:37 am

    These are my favorite donuts of all time. True story.

  14. 01/15/2014 at 11:26 am

    I made these before with the dough and like you I was skeptical, but dang they really work! Awesome choice :)

  15. 01/15/2014 at 11:45 am

    MY FAV!!! Love sugared doughnuts! Beautiful pics!

  16. 01/15/2014 at 12:01 pm

    I can’t believe these gorgeous donuts are from Pillsbury canned biscuits! This is amazing! And only 3 ingredients? *picture me standing up and applauding you at my computer*. Cannot wait to try these. Looks like I’m cooking donuts on Saturday : )

  17. 01/15/2014 at 12:11 pm

    I freaking love sugared donuts!! These look perfect!

  18. 01/15/2014 at 12:20 pm

    They look perfect!

  19. 01/15/2014 at 12:23 pm

    You are totally killing me. I am trying to love kale, but all I want are these donuts!

  20. 01/15/2014 at 3:24 pm

    These are too easy! Now I need to make donuts immediately!

  21. Marian
    01/15/2014 at 4:34 pm

    I have quartered the biscuits, rolled them into balls and fried them like donut holes. Then I toss them in a mix of cinnamon and sugar for a snickerdoodle version. If you are feeling super wild and crazy you can also fill them with instant pudding for snickerdoodle poppers! I have watched those disappear faster than I can make them!

  22. 01/15/2014 at 6:03 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Julie! Your sugar donuts look out-of-this-world scrumptious. Isn’t amazing what this biscuit dough can do? Kinda dangerous to know! ;) Thanks for sharing, girl. Will be pinning to group boards at Pinterest! xo

  23. 01/15/2014 at 6:39 pm

    amen girl amen.
    nothing better–well except for a strong, hot espresso to wash em down with!

  24. 01/15/2014 at 7:53 pm

    I really on of these babies right now! Donut week is a great week!

  25. Gail
    01/15/2014 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Julie
    I live way up in Northern Quebec in Canada and i was wondering if your Coconut recipie can be used for the sugar donut recipie as well? Cant get Pillsbury dough up here.

    Gail :)

    • 01/16/2014 at 8:51 am

      Hi Gail! You would have to omit the coconut extract from the coconut donut recipe, otherwise, yes, you could use that dough as the base for a sugar donut!

  26. 01/15/2014 at 8:42 pm

    I love donuts made from Pillsbury biscuit dough! My mom would always make these for us while growing up in Michigan… She had them warm and ready right when we walked back in the door from ice skating on the pond down the road. lol! Oh, the memories… Yours are beautiful!!

  27. 01/15/2014 at 11:11 pm

    These donuts are beautiful! If I saw one of these babies in the pasty case I would perk up too! I love that are made with Pillsbury biscuits. It make it super simple and totally delicious.

  28. 01/16/2014 at 2:00 am

    These look incredible, I love that sugar coating!

  29. 01/16/2014 at 10:53 am

    Yum, you really can’t beat a good doughnut! They look perfectly cooked and that sugar coating looks amazing! :)

  30. 01/16/2014 at 11:45 am

    I soooo did not need to see this post today! I am just back from a trip to Mexico and should be having green smoothies for breakfast and now all I want are donuts. I’m a big fan of homemade donuts but I’ve always baked them and never fried. As good as they are baked I’m sure they are 10x better fried. Yum.

  31. 01/16/2014 at 12:44 pm

    Okay seriously – could this recipe get any easier? I also love how pillowy and fluffy they look!

  32. 01/16/2014 at 3:17 pm

    These look like the perfect donuts!!

  33. 01/16/2014 at 3:29 pm

    I LOVE sugared donuts! I’m definitely going to have to try these since they are so easy.

  34. Sandra Gonzalez
    01/17/2014 at 2:54 am

    I tried making the doughnuts and mine weren’t cooking right. They were getting too fried outside without cooking through all the way. Do you have any idea what I might be doing wrong?

    • 01/17/2014 at 7:44 am

      Hi Sandra, likely your oil was too hot. Did you use a thermometer to check the oil temperature?

  35. Candice
    01/22/2014 at 11:39 am

    Wow! couldn’t even tell you used Pillsbury buttermilk biscuit dough if you didn’t mention it! Looks amazing!

    • 01/22/2014 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks, Candice!

  36. 03/26/2014 at 7:36 am

    I’ve made these for years. I just stretch out the biscuits as they come in the can to make the hole in the middle and they come out pretty perfect. My kids love when I mix cinnamon + sugar together to coat. Yum!

  37. Yuri
    05/14/2014 at 5:48 pm

    I learned to make these in 6th grade, absolutely delicious and so easy ;)

  38. Heather Harris
    05/31/2018 at 4:57 pm

    We used to make these when I was a Girl Scout. I always think of them as “girl scout biscuits”. We would make them as after school treats long after I stopped being a scout. I still get cravings once in a while. It’s too bad that they don’t keep as there’s only one in my household now.

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