homemade donuts {the cheater version}

as you may know, i am not much of a cook.

i am trying, but still.

but donuts?  i am the queen of homemade donuts.

they are simple, quick, and super cheap.

and your kids will love you 10 times more for this.

there’s a good chance you already have all the supplies on hand for this!

here’s what you need:

biscuits – i bought the cheap 89 cent version and they were great.  but you could always spend $3 for the grands and get bigger donuts.

some sort of vegetable oil


paper towels

paper or plastic (ziplock) bag

step 1 – heat up the oil in a pan.  i can’t tell you how much oil exactly – it depends on the size of your pan.  but you want it to be about 1/3-1/2″ deep.  heat it on medium high.

step 2 – while the oil is heating, cut out your donuts.  now as a kid, we always just got the biscuits and quartered them, making bunches of donut holes, but my kids wanted “real” donuts.  so we found a small round object to cut out the holes with – the lid to our cinnamon and sugar shaker!  it worked perfectly!

step 3 – check the oil.  to make sure its hot enough, take a tiny drip of water and flick it at the oil.  if it starts to pop then its ready.  if not, then maybe turn it up a teensy bit.  you don’t want it too hot or the donuts will burn quickly.

step 4 – carefully set in the donuts and the donut holes.  the oil will most likely splash and pop, so be careful!  i only do a few at a time because these suckers cook so quickly, like in seconds.  there is no walking away from the stove.

just wait a few seconds and watch the dough brown, then flip over with tongs and brown the other side.  when both sides are cooked, take out of the pan and drain on the paper towel pile you’ve set next to the stove.

step 5 – after the donuts have cooled a little, put them in a bag with about a 1/2 cup or so of sugar

and shake the heck out of it!

step 6 – enjoy!  these suckers will go faster than you can make them, and they are best when they are warm, straight from the sugar bag!

seriously, go make these.  your kids will adore you for it!



  1. 1

    Aesome! We’ll be having donuts this weekend!!!

  2. 2

    These are the donuts from my childhood. I always called them “womp” donuts because of the sound the can makes when the seal is broken. They’re so good and addicting!

  3. 3

    Those look fabulous!! A little naughty for the diet….but fabulous:):)

  4. 4

    Love them…donuts for us this weekend! Thanks for the post!

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    Thanks! I’m going to try making them this weekend. My kids will be SO happy!!


  6. 6

    I’ve been wanting to make donuts for the kids and these are super easy! Thanks!

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    I learned to make these over a campfire in Girl Scouts. We also rolled them in powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar. Yum! I hadn’t thought about these in years!

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    I am definitely making these!!! Awesomeness, thanks for the “recipe”

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    thanks for reminding me about this easy fun treat! I am marking it down as a kick off to summer fun activity with the kiddos! We like to use powdered sugar on ’em. mmmmm xo

  10. 10

    We grew up on these. So yummy. I also make quick powdered sugar and milk icing mix and dip one side in that. Yum!

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    Hubs learned how to make these when he was a boy scout – LOVE them :D

  12. 12

    these are not sbd any phase approved. you’re killing me.

  13. 13

    Oh! Yummy, and here I forgot my lunch today. C:

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    We make these when we are going camping! :)

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    Yep, that’s the way I make them too! My Granny used to do the full deal and they were amazing! I’m just too lazy…. haha

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    Oh goodness, my mom used to make these for my sisters and I when we were young. They are soooo good ~ and I haven’t had them in years. Thanks for the post and bringing back a wonderful memory. I will have to make some soon.

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    THANK.YOU.SO.MUCH for sharing this super easy recipe. My kids are always asking for donuts and by the time you get everyone’s favorite, you’ve spent $10…on bread and sugar. LOVE this! Trying this weekend. Yum!

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    My mom used to make these when we were growing up! Such good memories brought back by this post…now I’m drooling :-)

  20. 20

    Love these donuts! My mom would make them when I was growing up by cutting each biscuit into fourths.

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    Love this simple recipe! I will be making these soon!

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    These bring back memories of making these at home with my mom ( now gone) and my sisters. Then I made them with my kids when they were young. We always used a sewing thimble and/or a apple corer to cut the holes and keep them a bit more proportionet. When making them with my mom and sisters we only ever used regular sugar. But when my kids and I made them we tried different things, including powdered sugar, a sugar cinnamon mix, and then we started gretting creative with leftover baking supplies. We’d melt leftover tubs if icing and dip the donuts in that as a glaze, sometimes even adding leftover sprinkles to decorate them. Those were the good old days.

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    I tried it! It’s AWESOME!

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    I love cheap and I love easy even more! Thanks for sharing! If we did not have an 8 oclock baseball game I would be doing that in the morning!

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    Love the salad with avocado (my favorite salad ingredient)…it looks delicious. It would be the perfect summer salad with those doughnuts for dessert! :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Jennifer says:

    This idea came just in time for our very first sleepover breakfast! : ) Thanks for sharing!

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    I LOVE cheater donuts!!! :)

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    Just made these with the kids…here’s a tip for those of us who did not grow up making these: Don’t heat the oil on high. That does nothing, but burn the outsides and leave a gooey middle. Not real tasty. ;)
    We ended up turning our heat WAY down (number 3 on my stove – between low and medium) and flattening the dough to make miniature elephant ears. Finally worked!

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    I do not have kids but I am pretty sure that my husband will love it! I will also cook one of these when I get back to my hometown! Thanks for the idea and I will keep coming back for more!

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    You can also make glaze by using xxx powder sugar add a little cold water to the sugar in a bowl mix well and dip the doughnuts in the glaze right out of the fryer eat with a cold glass of milk :-)

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