Make Easy Canned Biscuit Donuts Recipe with only 4 ingredients. Biscuit donuts are so light and fluffy while taking just minutes to prepare.

Biscuit donuts topped with cinnamon and sugar.
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Hot donuts are so delicious and now we have an easy way to make them at home. This is one of our favorite donut recipes and so incredibly delicious. This is a must try recipe that will be a family favorite.

I love to make Glazed Donuts and Baked Apple Cider Donuts but this new recipe using canned biscuits is perfect when you don’t have much time.

Why this recipe works

  • No supplies needed. You don’t need any fancy tools, special pans or gadgets.
  • Only 4 Ingredients. Just 4 ingredients and a frying pan is all you need.
  • Soft and fluffy. Each bite is so yummy and coated in sugar topping.


Ingredients for canned biscuit donut recipe- canned biscuits, oil, sugar, cinnamon.
  • canned biscuits
  • vegetable oil 
  • white sugar
  • ground cinnamon

Jump to the recipe card at the bottom for complete ingredients and instructions.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Types of biscuits. I used Pillsbury Original Grands Flaky Layers in the 8 count tube. You can use any brand or type you prefer. We just like how the flaky layers puff up during cooking.
  • Topping. Powdered Sugar is another delicious topping for the donuts.
  • Air Fry the DonutsAir fryer donuts recipe takes only 5 minutes and you can enjoy light and fluffy donuts anytime you want.
  • Donut holes – No need to waste the middle of the donuts. Deep fry those as well and enjoy donut holes.
  • Oven – Bake the donuts on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. The donut holes will take about 8 minutes. The donuts should be golden brown.

How to make donuts out of canned biscuits

Biscuits beside a bowl of topping being prepared.

Step 1. Make the topping. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. The bowl should be large enough to hold a donut. You will be dipping the donuts later in the topping.

The middle of each donut being removed.

Step 2. While the oil is heating, prepare the donuts. Use an apple corer to cut a hole into the biscuit dough.

Donuts cooking in hot oil.

Step 3. Now that the oil is hot, start dropping the biscuits one at a time into the hot oil. Flip the donuts. Each donut needs to cook for 1 minute on each side.

Bowl of cinnamon sugar with a donut being coated.

Step 4. After you remove the donuts from the oil, place them on a paper towel lined plate. Then coat in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Tray of donuts and donut holes ready to enjoy.

More topping ideas:

  • Glazed Donuts – Make an easy glaze with ½ cup powdered sugar and 1 to 2 tablespoons milk. Mix this together a little at a time because you may not need it all. Drizzle over the donuts.
  • Chocolate- Melt chocolate chips and lightly dip the top of the donut into the chocolate. This is an easy and tasty way to satisfy a chocolate craving.
  • Sprinkles– Most kids love sprinkles so feel free to top a few donuts with festive sprinkles. It would be fun to make these for a special birthday breakfast or Christmas morning.

Tips for Success

  • Making the donut shape. If you do not have an apple corer, use a small round cookie cutter to make the donut shapes. You can even use a small cup to make these.
  • Melted butter before coating. Melted butter can be used prior to dipping the donut in the cinnamon sugar coating if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much oil do you need in the pan?

You will need enough to have 2 inches of oil deep in your pan. Make sure the oil is not too hot or the donuts will get brown on the outside and not be cooked on the inside.

What oil is best?

Vegetable oil is best to fry donuts because it has a lower smoke point than other oils. This is where the fat breaks down during the heating process and burns in the pan.

Other types of oil will change the flavor of the donut and make it darker in appearance.

How to store the donuts?

These are definitely best fresh. However, if you have leftovers store them inside an airtight container or bag at room temperature. They will last about 2 days.

If you want to make the donuts last longer, place them in the fridge. They will last up 5 to 7 days stored in the fridge.

When ready to eat, reheat them in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. The texture will be different from when they were just fried but they will still be good. The donuts will just be softer.

More easy donut recipes:

These easy donuts will be a hit. Make some today and come back and leave a star recipe rating. I love to hear your feedback.

Biscuit Donuts

5 from 12 votes
Make Easy Canned Biscuit Donuts Recipe with only 4 ingredients. Biscuit donuts are so light and fluffy while taking just minutes to prepare.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Cool before cinnamon sugar mixture 2 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 379


  • 1 tube refrigerated biscuits I used Pillsbury Original Grands Flaky Lakers 8 ct
  • vegetable oil enough to fill your saucepan about 2″ deep
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
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  • Add sugar and cinnamon to a small bowl and mix well. Make sure the bowl is big enough to hold your donuts.
  • Add oil to a small saucepan. You’ll need about 2″ of oil. Heat on medium heat until hot.
  • Meanwhile, use an apple corer to cut a hole into each of the biscuits. Drop biscuits into hot oil, one at a time, cooking for 1 minute on each side. This is essential. If you go by “looks” your donuts will probably be doughy/uncooked in the center. It seems like a minute is a long time and they tend to get pretty dark in the oil, but it’s enough time to cook each side. Flip when 1 minute is up and continue to cook on the other side for 1 minute. Remove from oil carefully and place onto a plate lined with paper towels. Let set for another 2 minutes before dunking the hot donuts into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Coat all sides evenly.
  • Makes 8 donuts

Nutrition Facts

Calories 379kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 4g, Fat 23g, Saturated Fat 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 544mg, Potassium 134mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 15g, Vitamin A 4IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 38mg, Iron 2mg

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