Chocolate Glazed Biscuit Donuts are so easy and take just 25 minutes to make 16 and 16 donut holes! They cost $8.89 to make, that’s 56¢ per serving!
Nothing really beats a warm, melt-in-your-mouth donut, but heading out to the nearest donut store isn’t always an option. Especially when you’re a family of 8, the wallet takes a hit! Thankfully, this Chocolate Glazed Biscuit Donuts recipe comes to the rescue every time!
My sister Wendy has the best family tradition of making homemade donuts every Christmas Eve. Her kids are all college-aged now and out of the house. When they came home for Christmas break she wasn’t planning on making them because she figured they were “too old” for the tradition.
All 3 kids about threw a fit when they found out she was not planning to make their traditional homemade donuts! This was so surprising to her so she rushed to get the materials together. Luckily it is super easy to make these Chocolate Glazed Biscuit Donuts!
Her kids love the different flavors they make such as powdered sugar, glazed, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate. When they were younger they would always leave a donut and milk out for Santa because they figured he gets lots of cookies. 😉
My kids love these donuts so much that we cannot wait for Christmas Eve each year to make them. That’s why we make them any chance we get. Valentine’s Day, yep we’re making these. 4th of July, yep! One of the kids got a good report card, that definitely calls for donuts. Literally, any excuse to make donuts I am game!
So whether you have little ones at home or you’re young at heart, all ages will enjoy this recipe. I think you will find that you enjoy them more than store-bought donuts!
Chocolate Glazed Biscuit Donuts Recipe Questions Answered:
What kind of oil is best for deep frying donuts?
We choose to use Peanut Oil as many Donut Companies use this when frying their donuts. However, you can use Canola Oil as a substitute for this recipe.
Why are my donuts oily?
If your donuts are oily it is most likely due to the oil not being at the correct temperature. When the oil is at the right temperature, this allows the oil to do its job to fry the donuts evenly. When you drain the donuts after frying them, the extra oil will be drained off cleanly, leaving you with oil-free donuts.
What is vanilla glaze for glazed donuts made of?
Powdered sugar (2 cups), milk (¼ cup), and vanilla extract (1 tsp) make up a quick glaze for donuts. Our homemade vanilla would be amazing in this glaze! You can easily adapt this to make other flavors such as a chocolate or maple glaze. So many fun options!
How to Make our Biscuit Dough Donut Recipe:
- First, heat oil in a large saucepan to 350 degrees. Then separate the biscuits and with a cookie cutter cut a hole in the middle of each biscuit.
- Next, using tongs place 2-3 biscuits in hot oil as well as the biscuit holes. Fry until golden brown and then turn over to the other side and fry until golden brown.
- Then, remove from the oil, and cool on a cooling rack for 3-5 minutes.
- Finally, top the cooled donuts with icing and sprinkles.
How to get the kids involved with this recipe:
- Ages 2-3: Have them help you decorate the cooled donuts with desired toppings.
- Ages 4-5: Let them help you cut out the donut holes. They can also decorate the cooled donuts with desired toppings.
- Ages 6-8: Let them help you cut out the donuts and donut holes as well as decorate the cooled donuts with desired toppings.
- Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
- Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Discover why we love getting the kids involved in the kitchen and more tips in our How to Get Kids Involved In Cooking article.
The flavor and Recipe Variations:
- Instead of the chocolate glaze in the recipe, you can make a vanilla glaze. The recipe is above.
- If you like powdered donuts, then add 1 cup of sifted powder sugar to a paper bag. Once the donuts come out of the fryer add them to the bag and shake!
- For cinnamon powdered donuts add 1/2 Tablespoon to cinnamon to 1 cup of powdered sugar.
How long is this good for:
- Serve: Donuts are best eaten within the hour of making them.
- Store: Donuts will stay fresh for up to 24 hours when they’re stored properly at room temperature. To do so, wrap them in plastic wrap and then in a plastic bag. Or for up to one week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
- Freeze: Wrap UN-GLAZED and UN-ICED donuts tightly with foil and place in a freezer-safe bag. They will stay fresh for 2-3 months.
How much will this Biscuit Donuts Recipe cost:
RECIPE COST: $8.89
PRICE PER SERVING: $0.56
To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained.
- 4 cups peanut oil – $2.88
- 2 cans Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits- $3.96
- 3 cups powdered sugar- $0.87
- 10 Tablespoons milk- $0.10
- 1 1/2 teaspoon EBR vanilla- $0.51
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder- $0.57
Chocolate Glazed Donuts
- 4 cups peanut oil for frying
- 2 cans Pillsbury large buttermilk biscuit dough
- 3 cups powdered sugar divided
- 7-10 Tablespoons milk Beth, when you’re pricing this out, use 7 Tablespoons
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Colored sprinkles
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Heat peanut oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F.
MAKE CHOCOLATE ICING:
- In a pie plate whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and 4 Tablespoons milk. Keep whisking in ½ tablespoon of milk until the desired consistency is reached, and set aside.
- Place biscuits on a cutting board and cut out the center of each biscuit with a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter.
- Place 3 donuts in the preheated oil and fry until golden, about 1-2 minutes. Use tongs to flip the donuts and fry until golden, about another 1 minute.
- Move donuts to a wire rack to cool for 3-5 minutes.
- Repeat with the remaining donuts and donut holes. Note: The donut holes will only need 30-60 seconds per side.
- Spread chocolate icing over the douts and top with sprinkles. Serve.