Easy Donut Holes

by Alonzo Cantu August 15, 2020 2 min read

Easy Donut Holes

Everyone loves a good donut but making them from scratch can be a lot of work. This recipe skips all the hard work to give you fresh, hot donuts from your own kitchen!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Homestyle Buttermilk canned biscuits
  • Frying oil
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk (not shown in picture but necessary for glaze)

The Biscuits:

This recipe is extremely simple thanks to the canned biscuits, but it is important to note the type of biscuits used. Canned biscuits come in all types these days: buttermilk, flakey, buttery, etc. Although the brand of biscuits does not matter, the type does. If you try to use flakey biscuits, the dough will separate into layers while frying. Therefore, I use the homestyle buttermilk biscuits for making donuts. These biscuits work well in the shape of a regular donut, but I find donut holes easier and faster to make.

The Process:

In a fryer or large pot, heat some oil to 300°F. While the oil is heating up, cut the biscuits into fourths. This is also a good time to get the glaze and sugars ready.

For the Cinnamon Sugar: combine ½ cup of granulated sugar with ½ tsp of ground cinnamon.

For the Glaze: combine 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of milk, and whisk until smooth.

For the Powdered Sugar: pour ½ cup of powdered sugar into a bowl or sifter for coating.

Once the oil has reached 300°F, start frying the donut holes. It will take a couple minutes on each side or just until golden brown on both sides. If you must, do this in batches. You don’t want to overcrowd the pot because the dough will expand.

Remove the donuts from the oil and place on a tray lined with paper towels to let the excess oil drain. Dust and coat the donuts with cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, and glaze as desired.

Eat them while they are still warm, and hurry, because they won’t last long!

Easy Donut Holes

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 5 minutes

1 Can

Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits

Enough for frying

Frying Oil

  1. Heat oil to 300°F. While oil is heating, cut the canned biscuits into fourths.
  2. Fry the biscuit dough for a couple minutes per side or until golden brown.
  3. Coat with sugar or glaze and serve.


Cinnamon Sugar

½ cup

Granulated sugar

½ tsp

Ground cinnamon

  • Combine sugar and cinnamon.


Basic Glaze

1 cup

Powdered sugar

2 tablespoons


  • Combine powdered sugar and milk and whisk until smooth. If it is too thick, add a little milk. If it is too thin, add a little powdered sugar.


Alonzo Cantu
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