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Winter Weather Recipe: Semi-Homemade Donuts



During the winter break my kids wanted donuts, but it was cold and rainy outside. Desperately wanting to please them, I decided to make homemade donuts. Now, when I say homemade, I really mean canned biscuit donuts. So, I gave my kids the recipe and had them gather all the ingredients for me. It's a very easy treat to make, and only requires four ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need:

- 2 cans of canned biscuit dough

- 1 cup sugar

- 1 1/2 TBSPs of cinnamon

- Peanut or vegetable oil 

Here’s how to make them:

1. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. 

2. You will need a small round cookie cutter to cut holes in the center of your biscuit dough. My toddler has a playdough set that comes with different small shapes. So, I washed them, and the boys used them to cut shapes into the middle of the donuts. 

3. Roll up the center pieces to make donut holes.

4. Heat a little less than half an inch of the oil in a skillet on high for several minutes. Then set the heat to medium. You want the oil to be hot so that the donuts are instantly seared when they enter. Doing this prevents the donuts from absorbing too much of the oil and getting soggy. It should only take one minute on each side before you turn them over. Place them on a paper towel. 

5. Dip both sides in the cinnamon sugar mixture. If you are unsure if the donuts are fully cooked, you can stick them in the oven at 350°F for five minutes. 


These donuts have become a staple in our household. It is so easy and fun for the kids to help make. I do recommend an adult frying the donuts since the oil gets pretty hot. Enjoy your donuts with hot chocolate for the kids and some coffee for Mom and Dad!

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Gabriela Fuller

Gabriela Fuller

Gabriela is wife to husband, Aaron, and mom to four boys! She is a full-time mom, works as a substitute teacher, and owns her own cleaning business. She runs the Facebook group, I Only Make Boys, where she enjoys chronicling her boys' crazy adventures and sharing wisdom with other boymoms. 

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