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Easy Homemade Donuts

Have you ever thought about making homemade donuts? Who would have thought homemade Donuts can be so easy to make. Plus your kids will love to help and decorate their own with some fun sprinkles and yummy chocolate frosting.

Make these super easy Donuts for a Mom win on the weekend!

Kids love Donuts don’t they and it does not matter the age, I mean even I still love going to the Donut shop! I am not sure if it’s all the pretty donuts to choose from at the or the fact that it’s like eating dessert for Breakfast. Who doesn’t love a good donut run on a Saturday morning!

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Do yourself a favor and keep a few cans of biscuit dough in the fridge. That’s right biscuit dough is used for these “Homemade” Donuts. Hey I did not say they were made from scratch Donuts, I just said they were Homemade.

All you need is a can or two of Biscuits (regular or buttermilk NOT FLAKY), Something to make the hole in the middle with and a few ingredients for the icing. I actually have two ways to make the icing on this post. You can also make powdered sugar donuts which are SUPER EASY to do.


I had made a batch of donuts for Eric’s friend at work after he had requested some. Eric brought some leftovers to his work and his co-worker said I must make more and he even gave him money to go buy more ingredients. So I made another batch, but I made a oopsie when doing the chocolate icing this time.

Needless to say that oopsie turned into me having to make another recipe off the top of my head (what I believe donut shop icing is really made of) and it turned out so yummy. The powder sugar icing recipe is more of a “Donut Shop” icing in my opinion and the one using chocolate chips has a thicker consistency.

There are all kids of recipes out there for icing, one popular way uses corn syrup with chocolate chips. I think either one of these recipes I have here are yummy and it can be decided when you figure out what ingredients you already have on hand if you want.

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To make the holes for my donuts I used a 1/2 oz jigger, I thought it made a good size middle. You can simply just cut a hole with a knife or use a tall double shot glass, although these will make bigger holes (but that means bigger donut holes).

Separate all of your biscuits onto a flat surface and press each one just a little with your hand until all even. Poke or cut holes in the center of each biscuit and set aside for Donut Holes (that’s right no wasted dough here).

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Heat a large skillet with about an inch and half of oil over medium high heat. Use “tester” Donut hole to make sure the oil is hot enough to fry, should take 2-3 minutes per side. If oil is ready add Donuts to your pan and cook each side 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Set donuts on a plate lined with paper towels so excess oil can be absorbed. Continue cooking all of the Donuts in batches, don’t forget the donut holes. Some donut holes may spin on their own and you may have to turn others yourself. Cook until they are all a nice golden brown color.

While Donuts are cooling prepare icing. In a bowl add powder sugar, milk and cocoa powder together and mix until smooth and slightly thick. If it is too thin add more powder sugar and a bit of cocoa until you get a thicker but still slightly runny icing. If it is too thick add more water but be careful. A little bit of water or milk goes a long way with powder sugar.

Original Icing Recipe (which is the darker icing pictured ones before my oopsie I encountered and had to make the above – Add semi sweet chocolate chips, butter and vanilla to a microwave safe bowl.  Heat for 1 minute stirring half way through. Make sure chocolate is melted and no chips are left, you should have a nice smooth chocolate.

So my oopsie was I tried to do this with milk chocolate chips and it turned into more of a fudge. I even tried twice, so my advice is to stick with semi sweet chocolate chips like I did in the pics below if you make this icing. I could have added too much butter but I am no professional baker, just a mama that loves to bake.

I altered the chocolate icing recipe after this oops because the powder sugar icing ended up tasting just like the Donuts at the donut shop, I thought. I did enjoy both icing recipes though, which is why there are two on here.

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Get creative, buy fun toppings and sprinkles. Mini chocolate chips, crushed Oreo’s or Cocoa Puffs! You can have so much fun with this recipe.

My favorite Donuts to buy from the shop are White Chocolate with sprinkles. I am super curious how those would taste using a white chocolate chip. You could also make a cinnamon sugar mixture to toss the Donuts in if you like those kind.

If you are making these during the Holidays you can make it a little extra fun by grabbing some cute holiday themed sprinkles. Try adding other fun toppings too like crushed up oreos, or cocoa pebbles, or chopped nuts get creative!

I have never been to one of those fancy donut shops that have all the crazy toppings but you can totally go crazy here! Of course our favorite to make at home are the traditional chocolate glaze donuts and the powder sugar donuts.

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Chocolate Glaze – Dip each Donut and Donut Hole top into your chocolate icing until entire top is covered. Set on a plate and add sprinkles before chocolate dries, let the kids add their own! Let chocolate dry for 5 minutes and Enjoy.

Powder Sugar – Roll Donut holes in a bowl with powder sugar or shake in a paper lunch bag. If desired cover regular sized donuts too.

Show me what flavor you made and what fun sprinkles or toppings you used by tagging me using #moerecipes. Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for fun recipes to try.

Easy Homemade Donuts

Who said you have to leave the house to enjoy yummy Donuts? Make these easy homemade donuts that are still just as fluffy and sweet as the ones from the Donut Shop. 

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 can of Biscuits
  • Canola or Vegetable oil for Frying


  • 1 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 -2 tbsp water or milk


  1. Heat a large skillet with about an inch of oil over medium high heat.

  2. Separate all of your biscuits on a flat surface and flatten each one just a little to make sure the biscuit is even. 

  3. Poke or cut holes (I used a ½ oz jigger) in the center of each Biscuit. Set center aside for Donut Holes.

  4. When oil is hot put a Donut hole in to make sure it is hot enough to fry (bubbles should form on all sides) should only take a few minutes to brown. If oil is hot enough add Donuts to your pan and cook each side 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

  5. Set donuts on a plate lined with paper towels so oil can be absorbed. While donuts are cooling make the chocolate icing.

  6.  In a bowl mix together powder sugar, cocoa, vanilla and 1 tbsp of water or milk. Add in the other tablespoon of liquid until icing is slightly thick but still runny. 

  7. Dip the top of each Donut and Donut Hole into the chocolate and make sure entire top is covered. Set on a plate and add sprinkles before icing dries.

  8. Let chocolate icing dry for 5 minutes and Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you like Powdered Sugar Donuts or want to make both we roll our Donut Holes in a bowl with powder sugar. You just turn or roll each one until the entire Donut is covered in powdered sugar. This way tasted just like a Funnel Cake – No Lie.

Alternate Chocolate Icing Recipe  - Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips. 1 tablespoon of butter to microwave safe bowl. Heat for one minute stirring halfway through. Chocolate should be melted until there are no lumps and has a smooth consistency. 

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