A quick and easy donut hole recipe that can be made with 3 ingredients in just about 3 minutes! That's right. You're gonna want to put these donut bites in your arsenal of cheap homemade treats. You're welcome.

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Ok. Let's get real here. I'm going to issue you a BIG. FAT. (literally) WARNING.

What I'm about to show you, introduce, knock your socks off with is cheap, easy, and really really really really really delicious. Oh yeah, and they are about a million calories each.

Turn away now if you prefer the boring side of life and only eat healthy stuff. (ok totally kidding…….kinda……)

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For the rest of us, I now introduce to you the addictive homemade donut hole recipe:

Easy Donut Bites Recipe

Let me tell you how I happened upon this amazing, cheap and delicious donut hole recipe.

I don't spend much time on Pinterest, but when I do, I choose a few gems here and there to pin for “down the road” when I don't have 3 kids screaming and yanking on me all the time (…so…maybe the year 2062?).

But I saw THIS pin and had to try it asap.

I didn't even take good pictures of the process because it had no instructions or description, just pictures. So naturally I didn't expect it to turn out so well. BOY was I wrong.

Donut Hole Recipe Hack

Here's how to enjoy the treat of the century:

1. Get yourself a can of biscuits. I got THIS kind, but her picture had honey butter biscuits. Mine turned out great though, so just go for the cheap-o Walmart ones.

Making Donuts with Biscuits

2. Heat up some oil. I used vegetable oil, and I put a few cups in the pot (maybe 4-6?). Let the oil get REALLY hot; if it's not hot enough it'll just make your donuts greasy. Buttt…. make sure its not too hot or the outside of your donut will be black and the inside will be raw. And nobody likes raw donuts.

A trick I learned is to put the handle of a wooden spoon into the middle of the oil. If bubbles rapidly flow around the handle, then it's hot enough. Thanks for that one Rachel Ray!

Homemade Donut Holes with Biscuits

3. Cut your biscuits into 1/4 pieces. Drop them into the oil, I did 5 or 6 at a time. They cook really fast, probably less than 1 minute. Take them out when they get nice and brown. I used an oil strainer (like THIS ONE) to bob them around in the oil to get both sides fried evenly.

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4. Set your donuts on a paper towel for a minute or two. Let those cute little donut holes cool off before you try to handle them with your fingers.

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Then roll them in sugar (because they are just too low-fat as-is…)

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5. ENJOY. And thank me. Then hate me. Then thank me again.

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Tips for Making Donut Holes

If you want to go for a more Churro type flavor – add some cinnamon to your sugar and coat those delicious donut holes.

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Don't be afraid to let the little hands get in and help. They'll love helping in the kitchen with this project.

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So good, so easy! And sooo fast. Let's be honest, it took me longer to figure out how to open the dang can then it took to cook the things.

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Go the extra mile and add a little nutella to the table for dipping these sweet donut bites. I mean, it really can't hurt at this point.

Great party food, eh? I know Olive Garden has a dessert similar to this (called Zeppoli), and they serve theirs with chocolate, caramel, and strawberry-esque dipping sauces. Not a bad idea…

Donut Holes Recipe

A simple donut hole recipe made with canned biscuits! So quick and easy – you'll love these little donut bites.


  • 1 Can Biscuits
  • 4-6 Cups Vegetable Oil For Frying
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon Optional


  • Cut your biscuits into quarters and heat up some oil in a pot on the stove.
    Check your oil and make sure its hot enough (but not too hot). Test one donut bite first before throwing a bunch in. Cook for 40-50 seconds on one side and then flip and cook for another 40-50 seconds on the other side.
    Set donut holes on a paper towel to cool off. Then coat in sugar or cinnamon and sugar.
    Optional: Dip in some kind of delicious chocolate-y sauce.

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Try them and let me know if you enjoy them as much as we did!


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