My mom was not a baker. In fact, I don’t recall her using our oven to bake anything; not cookies, cakes, muffins, pies… Although baking was not her thing, she was very creative, incredibly resourceful, and knew how to delegate tasks. With six children and a tight budget she had to be.

The congregants of our small Korean-American church would always take turns providing doughnuts and coffee after the service. When it was our turn to bring doughnuts my mom would go to the grocery store and buy eight tubes of store-bought biscuit dough. I’m not sure who taught her how to make them, but she taught my siblings and me how to make fresh sugar coated doughnuts using refrigerated pre-made biscuit dough.

My mom’s system included an assembly line. One of us would deep-fry the dough, and then the next would wait till they cooled just enough to toss them in a large brown grocery bag containing a cup of sugar, and so on. At the end of the line someone would place the finished doughnuts on large trays to transport to church.


Mom had an unconventional yet delicious way to make fresh warm doughnuts at home. Using biscuit dough worked surprisingly well for making one of America’s favorite pastries. More of a method than it is a recipe, today I’m sharing with you how to make these doughnuts at home.

I loved making these doughnuts as a kid and I hope your kids will too.


Recipe: Easy Canned Biscuit Doughnuts

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 8 min(s)
  • Total Time: 18 min(s)
  • Servings: 8

Easy doughnut recipe made from canned biscuit dough.


    1 roll of canned biscuits
    2 cups peanut or vegetable oil

    Plain Glaze
    1 cup confectioners' sugar
    3 tablespoons butter
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon kosher Salt

    Chocolate Glaze
    1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
    1/2 cup cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 cup milk or more if necessary

    Maple Glaze
    2 cups confectioners' sugar
    1/4 teaspoon maple extract
    5 tablespoons milk
    1/4 teaspoon kosher Salt


    On a gently floured board, cut a hole in the center of each biscuit using a shot glass or cookie cutter.

    Pour the oil into a small pot and preheat it to 350 degrees F.

    Fry the doughnuts for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.

    Remove the doughnuts carefully and allow them to rest about 3 minutes before covering in glaze or sugar.

    Glaze instructions:

    To make a glaze, combine the ingredients and stir until smooth.  Dip the doughnuts into the glaze, or drizzle the the glaze over the doughnuts.

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