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Sugared Donut

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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

The easiest donut you will ever make! Full of sugary, buttery goodness!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 8

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 145kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Pillsbury buttermilk biscuit dough
  • 1 quart canola oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  • In a 5 1/2 quart dutch-oven, or similar, heat up 1 quart (4 cups) of canola oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • While the donuts are still warm, toss donuts in a bowl of a sugar and generously coat them with granulated sugar.
  • 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.

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.
Nutrition Facts
Sugared Donut
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and note guaranteed to be accurate. 

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Heather Harris

Thursday 31st of May 2018

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.

Yuri

Wednesday 14th of May 2014

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

Teri Cosenzi

Wednesday 26th of March 2014

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!

Candice

Wednesday 22nd of January 2014

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

Julie

Wednesday 22nd of January 2014

Thanks, Candice!

Sandra Gonzalez

Friday 17th of January 2014

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?

Julie

Friday 17th of January 2014

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