Easy-to-Make Donuts

Easy-to-Make Donuts

Photo Credit: Alison Catone

Donuts are always a special treat. Whether someone brings in a big box to work, or it’s an early morning event, or even a lazy day with no sports to rush off to; they just have a way of making things a little better. Donuts make my kids very happy, so when I surprise them with these, they are so excited; the donuts don’t stand a chance of lasting more than a few minutes!

The idea of making donuts can be a bit daunting.

There’s the dough, hot oil, flipping when they’re just right…then there’s the cleanup, and what do we even do with the used oil now?!

Well, let me introduce you to the easiest donuts that you’ll ever make – you really won’t believe it until you try it yourself. In fact, they’re so easy to make that your kids can do it, which they’ll love!

All you need is a can of large biscuits…

yes, that’s what I said: biscuits – the kind that comes in a long tube, located right by the butter and yogurts! They’re pre-made, so the hardest part is trying to pop that can without scaring yourself!! Haha!

Simply take each biscuit and poke a hole in the middle with your fingers. Then, lightly pull each biscuit into a donut shape. Another option is to use something small and circular, press it into the middle of the biscuit and remove the small piece. Roll the dough between your palms and ta-dah! – you have donut holes!

However you choose to do it, just lay them onto a piece of parchment paper. I used an air fryer, but you can use an oven too – just follow the directions on the can for the temperature and time.

Using the air fryer, preheat it to 325 to 330 degrees. Place the basket into the hot air fryer and set a timer for 4-5 minutes. Halfway through, flip the donuts so each side gets golden brown.

Since all air fryers are different, it may take an additional minute or so on each side. Then, remove the donuts and make sure they are cooked all the way through. The donut holes will air fry a little faster, and they’re great little treats for the kids while they’re waiting for the bigger ones to finish. 🙂

Photo Credit: Alison Catone

Now comes the fun part!

You can use whatever toppings you want! While they are still hot, brush some melted butter on top and drop the donuts into a paper bag full of powdered sugar or cinnamon and granulated sugar! Or, top with melted chocolate and sprinkles!

My daughter’s favorite option is to spread each donut (heavily) with a hazelnut spread! You are going to love these, and everyone will be quite impressed because they look so beautiful and difficult to make! It’s up to you if you want to share your secret. 😉

Oh, there will be one problem: Your kids will want these all the time! Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Alison Catone


  • 1 Can of Large Biscuits
  • Paper Lunch Bags
  • Melted Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Other toppings of Your Choice


  1. In a paper lunch bag, add a good amount of powdered sugar or cinnamon and granulated sugar. Set aside.
  2. Preheat your air fryer to 325 – 330 degrees. Air fryer temps will vary.
  3. Pop open the biscuits and make a hole in each middle using your fingers or a small, circular item.
  4. Make sure the hole is large enough because when it bakes/air fries, it will puff up and the hole will get smaller.
  5. Air fry for 4-5 minutes, watching closely and flipping halfway through.
  6. Melt a little butter. Set aside.
  7. Remove the donuts from the air fryer and immediately brush with the melted butter.
  8. Drop the donut, one at a time, into the paper bag of choice. Close off the open end and shake!
  9. Use other toppings like melted chocolate or hazelnut spread. Top with sprinkles.

Alison Catone

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