Melt In Your Mouth Doughnuts, Made At Home! (Foolproof and GREAT For Beginners!)

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melt in your mouth doughnuts

Look at that photo. Is your mouth watering yet? How about if I told you that you could make these amazing treats, serving them warm and golden to your family, with no knowledge whatsoever of yeast or dough, no special equipment other than what you likely have on hand, and have them done start to finish in under ten minutes, including prep time?

I sound like an infomercial, don’t I? I bet you’re half expecting me to cock one eye
“ShamWOW! You’ll just say, WOW!”

Seriously though, we Southerners (and humans in general), love our doughnuts. Mama says you always need to drink a diet coke with doughnuts because it cancels out the calories. This is what she and Aunt Sue did the time they were in Gatlinburg, and stopped by the Krispy Kreme. They got one dozen hot doughnuts (the ultimate in luxury!) and two diet cokes. By the time they got back to the hotel, they had eaten the entire dozen! They had the good sense to throw away the doughnut box (hiding the evidence) before they got to the room but then discovered their husbands were waiting on them so they could go out to eat. Still, by then there were stuffed (and feeling slightly ill) and couldn’t stand eat!

Now one of the great things about these is that you don’t have to run to Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ and you don’t have any evidence to hide! The most important thing though is that they begin with CANNED BISCUITS! Seriously!! No, they do NOT taste anything like a biscuit when you are done. They taste every bit as melt in your mouth good as they look!

Ingredients For Canned Biscuit Doughnuts

Ingredients For Canned Biscuit Doughnuts

The ingredients are simple and as I said before, you likely have them on hand. You’ll need vegetable oil and canned biscuits for the doughnuts and margarine, cinnamon, and sugar for the coating.

For the biscuits, I get cheapie generic Texas style, but any style at all will do, just don’t get the flaky layers because they will absorb the oil whereas normal biscuits won’t if we get our oil hot enough before frying them. When I was done, you couldn’t tell a difference in my oil level from when I started! :)

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

In a bowl, stir together cinnamon and sugar.

Melt a stick of margarine and place the margarine and cinnamon sugar bowls side by side so we’ll be able to use them as soon as the doughnuts are done.

Cutting out centers of canned biscuits to make doughnuts

Cutting out centers of canned biscuits to make doughnuts

Now you can go buy a doughnut cutter or some other fancy finagled device (which I actually have tucked away in the dark recesses of my kitchen drawers) but I like to show y’all how to do things the simple way. I’m a big fan of not over complicating a simple matter. For that very reason, we are going to just use a plain old bottle cap to cut the centers of our doughnuts out. I love y’all so much that I drank a Diet Dr Pepper just to have this for you. Oh, the sacrifices I make for my Southern Plate family!!

Cut out the holes in every doughnut, reserving them to cook along with the doughnuts.

Voila, our doughnuts are done!

These are my every day dishes, which I love. You always remember the dishes you ate on growing up. Ours had little green flowers going around the outside of the plates and my grandmother’s had little blue flowers. When I chose these dishes, I wanted my kids to remember a colorful rainbow. They just seemed happy and reminded me of what a childhood should be like, don’t you think?

Pour your oil in a skillet. You need a little less than a half inch. Heat your oil on medium to medium high for several minutes. We want it to be hot so that our doughnuts are instantly seared when they enter it. This prevents them from absorbing too much of the oil and being soggy.

Doughnut Hole sizzling

Doughnut Hole sizzling

To test my oil, I put a doughnut hole in it. It should sizzle and bubble around the edges and then you know its hot enough.

Now I put all of my doughnuts in at once. If your skillet isn’t big enough you may have to do them in batches. By the time you have put them all in, some may already be ready to turn. It takes less than a minute for them to be ready to turn over.

This is how they look, nice and golden. Turn them all over and let them cook until the undersides are this way. All in all, this should take less than two minutes.

Remove cooked doughnuts from oil and place on paper towel lined plate.

Now do the same thing with the doughnut holes.

Here is our plate of cooked doughnuts, now lets add a little bit of heaven to them!

The doughnuts should have cooled slightly so that you can handle them but they will still be very warm.

Pick each one up and dip both sides in melted margarine…

The press them down into the cinnamon sugar on both sides. Repeat with all doughnuts and doughnut holes. Eat them warm. They will positively melt in your mouth, they are so good!

No one will believe you started out with canned biscuits so lets just keep that little tidbit to ourselves ~grins~

melt in your mouth doughnuts

Melt In Your Mouth Doughnuts
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  • 1 ten count can Texas style biscuits (or your preference, just not flaky layers)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1½ Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick margarine, melted
  • Vegetable Oil For Frying
  1. Pour oil into skillet to the depth of a little less than ½ an inch and heat on medium to medium high for about five minutes. In a bowl, melt margarine. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Using a plastic bottle cap, cut the center out of each biscuit. Drop dough into hot oil, watching carefully and turning when golden. Once doughnuts are golden on both sides, remove to paper towel lined plate. Repeat until all dough is cooked, including doughnut holes.
  3. Dip both sides of each doughnut into melted margarine, then press both sides into cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm.



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  1. Kay S says

    I’ve made these but just cut the biscuits in half . Taste just the same. Also, I don’t dip in melted margarine. Just drain slightly on paper towel and roll in the sugar /cinnamon mixture. Fww less fat and calories that way. Yummy!

  2. Rita Johnston says

    I made these doughnuts over 50 years ago and still make them to this day. I like to place the hot doughnuts in a plastic bag of powdered sugar and shake to coat. I have even added strawberry jam to the biscuits to make jelly-filled doughnuts. Just be sure to fold the biscuit and crimp the edges securely before adding to the hot oil.

  3. Bonnie says

    I had not thought about my grandmother’s doughnuts in years. I am going to make some for my daughter today! Does anyone know if these can these be made using Splenda instead of sugar?

  4. Dawn Marie says

    I have never had these as a child, as I recall, I don’t think any one in my family ever made them.. granma always made biscuits and jam for breakfast (Mmm, jamface). However, I whipped these up this morning, and I don’t think I’ll ever get store bought again. These really are incredible and so easy!! Thanks Christy!!

  5. Emily says

    These turned out so awesome! Tasted just like a doughnut, sweet and light. I had a lot of left over melted butter and a ton of sugar. I will cut both in half next time…and there will be a next time!

  6. michelle says

    Making these this morning for my 11 year old son. I got Gran ds on sale for 80 cents for the jumbo size. My sons eyes nearly popped out of his head as he was jumping up and down…..
    He loves these donuts. The thought of making them at home gets him so excited he can barely sleep the night before
    We do a simple glaze once donuts cool. We use powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until a thick creamy consistency
    Thanks for sharing a multi-generation goodie!!

  7. Kathy says

    I’ve made these for many years, usually use a glaze or powdered sugar, I think I’m going to try them this way. My kids like them so much, they beg me to make them for breakfast after sleepovers and it never, ever fails to impress their friends. Always when the friend sleeps over another time, they ask my kids ahead of time, to make sure that’s what will be for breakfast.

  8. Pushindazees says

    My Mom made these for us when we were kids (a good 50 years ago!). She just made the hole in the middles with her index finger and thumb and then made a white glaze with powdered sugar, milk and a little vanilla to dip the tops in. Put in a little chocolate syrup instead of milk and you get chocolate.

  9. Pat says

    We made these in home ec. in 1967 or so. I still make these occasionally. But I don’t cut out holes, we just popped our fingers through the biscuits and made holes. I may do the cutouts because I love doughnut holes. And we used brown lunch sacks with sugar and cinnamon inside. drop in doughnuts, shake and put on a plate.

  10. Lorraine G. says

    I made these for my mother who hasn’t had a doughnut for years due to her diabetes. She had a recent craving and I found this recipe. I left some plain and did some with Splenda and cinnamon. She was very pleased. They were so easy (and tasty!) that I’ll definitely make them again.

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  12. Deanna says

    My mom use to make a version of this many years ago…melt 1/2 stick butter in cake pan, dip both sides of can biscuit in butter and place in pan. Sprinkle cinnamon cigar on top and bake. Yum yum!

  13. Donna Sue says

    My Mom made this for us growing up and I still making them. I love the food that my Mom and Grandma taught me. Those kind of memories are irreplaceable. Using the things we raised and didn’t have to buy so much to make our hearts and stomachs full.

    • says

      Hey! I am not entirely sure I’ll get to go and if I do, it will be one of those days where we leave when we are ready and get there when we get there, lol. I’m afraid with my family that is very unpredictable. We do enjoy meandering on our Saturdays out.:) So I don’t know what time I’ll get there or how long it will take us to shop. I’m always happy to sign anything if I run into you but I don’t want you to have to stake out Swiss Pantry (but they would feed ya well!). However, I do have some more book plates left if you’d like to send in for some!

  14. Donna Sue says

    Thanks for answering me back I love visiting the Swiss Pantry and they sure do have the best food. The people there are very friendly. I also love going to Falls Mill in Belvidere and Hammer’s store in Winchester. I will send in for you bookplate that’s awesome to know. Thanks so much. Blessings to you and your family.

  15. Suzette Hilis says

    I have not made these in years, so tonight I decided to make them. I did everything that I was supposed to do. Then I sat down to eat one and it was still very doughy in the middle so I put them back in the oil, and oh my gosh the sugar just melted on the donut making a wonderful coating. Only suggestion if you do this do not put them on a papee towel they will stick. Oh so yummy.

  16. WooWoo says

    These are delish! I like the sugar dipped or making a glaze for them. One hint: when you take the donuts out if the tin, let them sit for at least 5 mins after taking the hole out, they are bigger & fluffier. And using 2 chop sticks or kabob skewers are the best way to turn them over.

  17. Ellie Woodson says

    Love the donuts, but I just have to compliment you on the dishes you chose for your children. It makes my heart happy to read that you put such thought into choosing a rainbow for your children to remember. I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the special things you do for your kids. Way to go & thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Pam says

    I made these today for the first time. The donut holes were fine, but the doughnuts were raw in the middle. I couldn’t fry them any longer, as they were getting too dark. My oil was at 350 degrees. Where did I go wrong?

  19. Ashley says

    Yikes! I accidentally bought the darn FLAKEY buttermilk biscuits! (Which apparently I was being yesterday at the store…not paying attention) Has anyone tried using these?!? Will they still work? What about baking them instead of frying??
    Thanks in advance for the help :)


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