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What is one of the most common coupons? I would say those for refrigerated biscuits. I have a lot of them and I use every last one! With the holidays coming up, many stores will have this product on sale! So what better time than NOW to start stocking up and using those extra biscuits to make an amazing treat. Here’s the secret to turning an ordinary biscuit into a favorite family treat!

Semi-Homemade Mini Donuts


  • 1 package of refrigerated biscuits. Use original biscuits, not layered biscuits or croissants.
  • 1 – 2 cups of Vegetable oil. Amount needed will depend on size of frying pan.
  • Soda pop BOTTLE. Plastic or glass will work.
  • Cutting board
  • Tongs or fork
  • Frying pan
  • Toppings: Sugar, powdered sugar, cinnamon & sugar, or make a glaze (optional to your taste.) Add food coloring to your glaze to go with any holiday. And don’t forget the sprinkles!


1. Remove biscuits from the refrigerated container and place on cutting board.
2. Using the top of the soda bottle, press down in the middle of each biscuit.  Separate dough rings from balls. Now you have donuts and donut holes!
3. Place in large pan of hot vegetable oil. Caution, will/may spatter! Adults please do the cooking.
4. Cook until dough slightly floats and turns very light brown.
5. Dip immediately in granulated sugar, cinnamon or powdered sugar and set on plate or tray.

As a child it was a special treat for my sisters and me to make and eat these “semi-homemade donuts.” I remember wearing an apron, punching the holes in the biscuits and thinking we were wonderful bakers! I can still remember standing in the kitchen watching over the stove as they cooked. My sister Barb and I would take orders, like waitresses, from my dad and sisters and then serve them when the donuts were done cooking. I hope your family enjoys this delicious treat.  Let the memories begin!

This has been a guest post by Laurie from Akron, OH
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14 thoughts on “How to Make Mini Donuts Using Refrigerated Biscuits”

I have a question about those biscuits (and the cinnaon rolls and other pillsbury items)…Can they be freezed???? I just bought a bunch today but wasn’t sure if I could stick them in the freezer to make them last longer.
I am super excited to see a few more ways to use the biscuits :) My kids will love them

This looks amazing!! Going to make some this weekend!!

Tried to make these and they were still raw inside?? I even cooked them till they looked burned and they were still doughy in the inside: ( had to throw them all away…

Sounds like the oil was too hot.

This is great! I have a package in my fridge right now that I need to use! this will make a great Saturday morning treat for the kiddos! Thanks for sharing!

Pizzazezz Deep Thought of the Day-

“A donut without a hole is a danish!”

my family makes what we call Snicker doodles using the biscuits we put a marshmallow in it sandwhich it looks tike a half moon. make and egg wash coat to seal in edges then place in pam coated muffin/cupcake pan cook at 350 for 10-12minutes when done place in cinnamon sugar the best thing to do is eat them warm

My mom has made these since I was little and I’ve been making them for my kids. This is always what they request for their birthday breakfasts. I’ve never punched holes in them though. I just stick my thumb through the middle and stretch the dough out.

I have made these for many years. I always test one donut to be sure the oil is the right temperature so I don’t ruin a whole batch.

How do you know the oil is the right temp? Is it bubbly/sizzly?

That is correct =0)

my family has made these for years we call then poor mans donuts they are absolutely wondrful!! you can also leave them whole and cook the same way if you have a piping bag you can fill them with jelly, custard, icing, we even made pudding to fill them.

My mom used to make these all the time!

GREAT IDEA! I love these refrigerated biscuits. I use them all the time as well… I roll each biscuit out and stuff with chicken pot pie stuffing, or mashed potatoes, or I make my own mini pizza stuffers and then you just fold them into half-moon shapes and drop them into a pot of oil and fry until golden brown. They’re yummy no matter what you put into them. Try them the day after Thanksgiving with your leftover turkey and sides- and then topped with gravy when they come out of the oil- DELICIOUS!