This recipe for semi-homemade donuts starts from a can, but comes out baked hot and fresh. Using ready-to-use biscuit dough, these donuts are easy and fast to make!

Making Semi Homemade Donuts

Recipe for Semi-Homemade Donuts

Ingredients for Donuts:

  • biscuit dough – ready to use or from scratch
  • small circle cutter – I used a medicine cup
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • tongs
  • paper towels
  • cinnamon & sugar mix


Ready your biscuits and spread them out on a cutting board. If using biscuits from a can, they are already the perfect size for these donuts. If making from scratch, get the dough ball to a 1/2 thick and 3 inches across.

Using a small circle cutter, press out a donut hole right in the middle of your biscuit. I used a medicine cup to make the perfect size for a donut hole!

Prepping Semi Homemade Donuts for Cooking

Heat your pan to medium heat with your oil. Place 5-6  doughy donuts into the pan and leave until the bottom is golden brown. Don’t do anything else but watch these, as they cook fast and don’t want them to burn.

Cooking Semi Homemade Donuts from a Biscuit Can

Turn them over and cook another minute or so.

Cooking Up Semi Homemade Donuts

Using tongs, place the cooked donut on paper towels to drain and cool slightly.

How-to Make Semi Homemade Doughnuts

Now place the donuts on a plate and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. You could also top your donuts with a powdered sugar and milk glaze. Even a chocolate frosting with sprinkles would be yummy.

Cinnamon and Sugar Topping for Semi Homemade Donuts

Now you’re ready to eat. The donut holes are my favorite, but I don’t realize how many I end up eating – they’re deliciously bite-sized.

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