Donuts Made With Pillsbury Grands Biscuits

8 donuts
15 min

Who doesn't love a hot, fresh donut? Who has time/money/energy to run to the local bakery and pick up a dozen? Not me. Here is a recipe that gives you those fresh donuts for less time/money/energy.

Below are instructions to make using vegetable oil and using an air fryer.

Whichever way you choose, they are yummy!!

Basic Glazed

Chocolate Glazed

Cinnamon Sugar

Jelly-Filled without center hole

Donuts Made With Pillsbury Grands Biscuits

Recipe details

  • 8  donuts
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1 pkg of Pillsbury Original Grands Homestyle Biscuits

Basic Donut Glaze

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar

Chocolate Donut Glaze

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon

Jelly Filled

  • Strawberry Preserves

Instructions

Donut Instructions

Open tube of biscuits
Lightly flour a cutting board and a small circular cookie cutter
Place the biscuits onto the board, keep space between
Using the floured cookie cutter, cut a hole in the center of each biscuit
Keep the circles to make donut holes
If making jelly-filled, don't cut the center whole

To Fry In Oil

Place two inches of vegetable oil into a large fry pan
Heat pan to 350 degrees using a candy thermometer to check correct temperature
Carefully place each biscuit into the hot oil making sure there is space between each donut
Once the donuts have become golden on one side, carefully flip them to the other side to brown.
Once both sides are golden brown, carefully remove them from the oil and place the donuts onto a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the oil.

To Fry In Air Fryer

Set the temperature to 350 degrees
There are many different models of air fryers on the market so follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to place the donuts into the fryer
Allow donuts to fry for a total of 6 minutes, turning after 3 minutes if necessary.

Basic Donut Glaze

Place whole milk and vanilla into a small sauce pan
Place over medium heat
Add a small amount of sifted confections sugar to the milk and vanilla, mixing after each addition of sugar
Once the two cups are mixed in, remove from heat
To keep the glaze from hardening, place the sauce pan in a shallow bowl of warm water.
Dip each donut into the glaze. Allow the excess to drip off before placing them on a plate to dry.
If desired, add sprinkles while the glaze is still wet.

For Chocolate Glaze

Add milk and vanilla to a small sauce pan
Over medium heat, add butter continually stirring
Once butter is melted, add chocolate and continue to stir
Once the chocolate is melted and mixed well, add small a small amount of confectioners sugar, mixing after each addition of sugar
Once the two cups of sugar are mixed in, remove from heat
To keep the glaze from hardening, place the sauce pan into a shallow bowl of warm water.
Dip each donut into the glaze. Allow the excess to drip off before placing them on a plate to dry.
If desired, add sprinkles while the glaze is still wet.

Cinnamon Sugar

In a bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar together.
Dip the donut into the mixture

Jelly Filled

Using a pastry bag with a large open tip, fill the bag with preserves.
Push the tip into the side of the donut
Carefully squeeze the pastry bag to fill the donut
If desired, sprinkle with confectioners sugar

Tips

  • For the glazes, use whole milk. Any other type of milk won't give you the correct consistency.
  • The only difference between the oil fried and air fried donuts was the air fried were more like biscuits where the oil fried were more like traditional donuts. Either way, they were both yummy!
Alicia W
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