easy peasy "homemade" donuts




This post may contain my affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclosure policy: Thanks! :)


I am not much of a "fryer." I think I have maybe fried something in oil once, maybe twice in my life??? I don't like the way it makes the house and clothes smell and it just seems like a lot of work. And I always laugh when I think of the line from Sweet Home Alabama when Candice Bergen tells Reese Witherspoon's mom "why don't you go back to your double wide and fry something" and then gets punched out. Oh, that makes me want to watch that now.
Anyway, for our little rotating preschool, I had the letter "d" and I found this super simple donut recipe. It looked so easy in fact, I was willing to fry. We tried it and liked it so much, we made them again for our family night.


First, buy some tubes of refrigerated biscuits: super cheap, 100 calories, and no trans fat! Already better than Krispy Kreme, right?? You can also buy the big grands ones if you want bigger donuts.
Pop open the tube (best part!) separate the circles, and then use the lid of something in your refrigerator (we used the lid to the lemon juice) to cut holes in the middle. Save the holes for donut holes.
Pour some vegetable oil in a skillet about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep and heat it to about 375. If you don't have an electric skillet, you could do this on top of the stove as well. Place the donuts in the oil, and they will golden brown fairly quickly~like 30 seconds or so
Then flip them to the other side, do the same. Drain them on paper towels, and then do the same for the donut holes. Those turn brown really, really quick so be ready.
Sprinkle them with cinnamon & sugar, or powdered sugar, or put glaze or frosting, or sprinkles, possibilities are endless. We just stuck with the cinnamon & sugar.

They may not be the prettiest, but they are soooo good, especially warm. Perfect for watching Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, or after a visit to the pumpkin patch, for family night, after carving pumpkins, with a mug of cider. And the kids love doing this. My oldest suggested we start a donut business and we could do this every day. :)
Happy Fall Fryin'!

25 comments:

  1. Oh, how fun! I was going to make donuts with the kids when we were learning the letter "D" but only had a yeast recipe. This is great! We'll have to try it for a little treat.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think this is my first time commenting on your new site:) Just had to say that I LOVED making these as a kid! I just recently saw the recipe in a Paula Deen book and it brought back so much memories of making these for my mom and dad. I used a little Fry Daddy-in fact I'm thinking I might go out and buy one just so I can make these with my girls! I know why your kids thought these were so cool:)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ok, I think we are going to do this for FHE next week! I love how you used a cap to get the center out!

    ReplyDelete
  4. ok.. I think I could even do this recipe! looks so delish and would be perfect after family night!! thanks!
    ps: thanks for the tip on using the lemon juice lid! how clever!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. what the heck are you doing posting at 5 a.m. you crazy fryin' donut lady? Get some rest before the baby comes! I am totally excited about the donuts!

    ReplyDelete
  6. MMMMM I'm hungry for breakfast now!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. annalee~in my DREAMS I'm up at 5 a.m.! I write my posts at night and then you can schedule them to post whenever you want. Why do I choose 5 a.m.? Maybe because I wish I was up then?? lol
    Melissa

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh, yum. We did this when we were younger, but just cut each biscuit into quarters-kinda like munchkins. I've never done this for my kids. I'm going to get some at the store this weekend. They will love it.

    We are having a giveaway. Come by when you can.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I have to second Christina's comment. When we were little it was so much fun to make these! I haven't thought about them in YEARS. My Sweet Girl & hubs would probably enjoy these so maybe we'll have to make some this weekend. Oh and I totally forgotten about Charlie Brown & the Great Pumpkin!

    ReplyDelete
  10. We've made these several time and my kids devour them!

    ReplyDelete
  11. That is such a great idea. I am going to have to try these with my kids! I know they'll love it. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  12. OMG my grandma used to make those for us when we were little. I haven't thought of them in years...I bet I've never made them for MY kids!!

    Thanks!!
    ~Tidymom

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh forgot to ask earlier...what do you mean by "rotating preschool"?

    ReplyDelete
  14. My dad makes these yummy donuts for our family when we go camping..they are so good! You'll have to come check out the family pleasing soup recipe on my blog today! Have a happy day!
    Stephanie

    ReplyDelete
  15. I really want to try these--I really hate all of those same things about frying too, but this is pretty tempting! I just wish I could come over to your house and have our families do them together!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Oh yum yum yum. I am so excited to try this. I am not really sure if I can successfully fry something, but I am willing to try!!! I also love that Sweet Home Alabama scene! :)
    Carrie

    ReplyDelete
  17. Victoria~
    our "rotating" preschool is just some other moms that have a child that is 2 yrs from starting school. We each take a 1 week a month and on Tuesday and Thursday of that week we host a little hour and a half preschool in our home where we have a letter of the week, craft, snack, playtime etc. It's just a fun way to get them together to play and learn a little as well.
    Melissa

    ReplyDelete
  18. That is sooo cool! What a fun activity! Can't wait to try it.
    ♥Jen

    ReplyDelete
  19. Yummy! I remember doing something similar in home ec class, except we rolled out the biscuit, twisted it, rolled it in the cinnamon sugar and baked it. I'll have to give this a try with my kids.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love the lemon cap idea! We just use rhodes rolls when we make these and they are good, too! I think you are great!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Just linked to this post on mine...tried it last night and they were devoured. Thanks for giving me my groove back ;)

    ReplyDelete
  22. I got linked here from another blog. Oh my heck! Those look SOOOO good and naughty and easy. I don't fry much either- it intimidates me and I'm always sure I'll screw it up. I am thinking I might have to try those though. Like tonight. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I just found your blog, for the second time. First from Chris's handmade party & now from House of Whimsy.

    Great ideas!

    I just had to comment here b/c we used to make these with my mom when we were kids! Loved these as a kid. I should make with my own son. Thanks for the reminder!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I do this too only we leave the centers because they get fluffier. They are SO yummy!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to leave me a note!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
© 320 Sycamore, 2013. Blog design by Wonder Forest. Powered by Blogger.