With the kids out for summer break we’ve been spending a lot more on groceries each week. Add in their friends, who practically live here, and it seems like there is always a child in my kitchen looking for something to eat. So, I’ve been looking for inexpensive and easy ways to feed them all. Since everyone likes something different that can be quite challenging.
Donuts aren’t the most nutritional food on the planet. Okay, there are pretty much zero nutritional benefits of eating donuts. But, they taste so good. And, even better, all the kids like them. I’m sure there are some children out there who don’t like donuts, but I’ve never met them.
Even my son, who’s the pickiest child I’ve ever met, likes the donut holes. I haven’t figured out how the holes are better than the donuts, but I remember as a kid preferring the holes too. It’s probably a psychological thing.
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I started making these donuts as a teenager. Once my mom was willing to trust me around hot oil, I started frying donuts a couple of times a month and never grew tired of them. As I got older, I forgot about the goodness of freshly fried donuts until my kids were born and the cycle started anew.
These donuts really are the easiest to make. Why? Because they start as premade biscuits. I don’t even use the expensive kind. The four-packs of donuts found in the refrigerated section at most grocery stores are perfect for making donuts. You can use the larger biscuits if you want, but for the kids, I like to use the smaller ones.
Also, I prefer the Homestyle biscuits. The buttermilk variety tastes like buttermilk, which isn’t something you want your donuts to taste like, and the flaky kind pulls apart as you’re frying them.
For cutting out the hole, I use a small cookie cutter. I bought a pack that has different sized cookie cutters, and the smallest size makes a perfect donut hole punch. The ones I have are actually scalloped on one side and a regular circle on the other.
If you don’t have a small cookie cutter, you can use a bottle top. You will need to poke a hole in the top of the lid for air to escape through as you cut the donuts. Make sure you flour the lid. I don’t have a problem with the donuts sticking to the cookie cutter, but back in the day when I used to use a bottle lid, the biscuit would often get stuck if I didn’t flour the lid.
After opening a roll of the biscuits, I lay them out on a cutting board. Then I use my palm to flatten the biscuits slightly. This makes them spread out a little. I then use the cookie cutter to cut out the holes and make a pile of each holes and donuts.
I like cutting all the donuts while the oil is heating. That way when I start frying them, they’re all already ready. I also add the powdered sugar to the paper bag, so it’s ready. I fry the donuts in batches of five or six. When they’re golden brown on both sides, I place them on a plate with a couple of paper towels while I add more donuts to the grease.
I only let the cooked donuts sit on the plate for a minute or two before I toss them in the paper bag and give them a good shake. The remaining grease coating the donuts will help the confectioner sugar stick better. I work in batches, frying the donuts, shaking them in the bag, and placing them on a plate until they are all cooked.
It’s as simple as that. You will be amazed at how fast these donuts go. I’ve fried a couple of cans of donuts only to have an empty plate at the end because the kids ate them as soon as they were placed down.
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Heat your oil to 350°. While it heats, open the cans of biscuits and lay them out on a flat surface. Use your palm to flatten the biscuits slightly then cut out a hole in the center with the cookie cutter.
Place one paper bag inside the other and then add the powdered sugar. Doubling up on the bags keeps the powdered sugar from escaping as you shake the donuts.
Add five to six donuts to the hot oil and cook for a minute until golden brown. Flip the donut and cook the other side. Remove the donuts from the grease and place them on a plate covered with paper towels.
Cook your next batch of donuts while allowing the first batch to cool for a minute. Add the fried donuts to the bag of powdered sugar. Close the bag and shake it vigorously for several seconds then place the coated donuts on a serving plate. Enjoy!
If you would like to dip your donuts in a glaze instead of coating them in powdered sugar, allow them to cool on the napkins or on a rack. Once they’re cool, you can add them to either of the following recipes. Or both, dip them in the classic glaze and then dip the top half in the chocolate glaze. Scrumptious!
Classic Glaze Recipe
- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 2-4 Tbsp. Milk
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Sift powdered sugar into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the milk and the vanilla extract. Whisk the ingredients together. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk until the mixture is smooth. Dip the donuts and place them on a rack until the glaze hardens slightly.
Chocolate Glaze Recipe
Sift powdered sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons milk and the vanilla extract. Whisk the ingredients together. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk until the mixture is smooth. Dip the donuts and place them on a rack until the glaze hardens.
I hope you enjoy making these super easy donuts. They are an easy and cheap way to fill the kid’s bellies, not to mention tasty. Let me know if you try them.