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

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

For the rest of us, I now introduce you to the addictive homemade donut hole recipe that I happened upon one day. It's ridiculously easy to make and so much cheaper than taking the whole family to the donut shop!


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I don't spend much time on Pinterest because it's not the most shelf cooking-friendly. When I do, I choose a few gems here and there to pin for “down the road” when I don't have 100 kids screaming and yanking on me all the time… (So… maybe in the year 2062?)

But one day, I came across a pin and had to try it ASAP. I didn't even take good pictures of the process the first go around 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. My family loved it and asks for it on the regular! It's great for a weekend breakfast treat and even fun get togethers with family or friends.


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Okay, on to how to make donut holes! You may regret learning how to make these… Just don't shoot the messenger, mkay? 😉 Use these few tips and you'll end up with perfectly golden donut holes every. single. time.


Want to know the best hack for making this donut hole recipe? Use canned biscuits. Plain, honey butter, store brand, off brand, it doesn't matter. The cheaper, the better, in my opinion! The one thing you need to stay away from are the flaky biscuits. Just trust me and don't try them.

Also, your oil needs to get REALLY hot; if it's not hot enough, it'll just make your donuts greasy. On the flip side, make sure it's not too hot or the outside of your donut will be black and the inside will be raw. Ewwwwww. 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, Rachael Ray!

My last tip is to use an oil strainer to bob them around in the oil to get both sides fried evenly. You could use a slotted spoon, but you may end up removing more oil than you need to when you take the donut holes out of the oil.


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The basic donut hole recipe calls for rolling them in plain ‘ol sugar. If you want to go for a more churro-type flavor, add some cinnamon to your sugar to coat those delicious donut holes.

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. 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…


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Don't be afraid to let the little hands get in and help with this recipe! It's so simple and they'll love helping in the kitchen with this project. Just keep them away from that hot oil, ain't nobody got time to get burnt when all you wanna do is eat some delicious donut holes!

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Donut Hole Recipe

A simple donut hole recipe made with canned biscuits! So quick and easy – you'll love these little donut bites.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 can biscuits
  • 4-6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, optional


  • Cut your biscuits into quarters and heat oil in a pot on the stove.
  • Check your oil and make sure it's hot enough. (Test one donut bite to make sure the oil isn't too hot before throwing a bunch in.)
  • Cook for 40-50 seconds on one side, then flip and cook for another 40-50 seconds on the other side.
  • Set donut holes on a paper towel to cool off.
  • Coat in sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Optional: Dip in some kind of delicious chocolatey sauce.


These are pretty good reheated if you have any left over! For soft donut holes, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds until they're warm. For crispier donut holes, heat them in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes until heated through. Just make sure you're only heating them and not cooking them!
Keyword easy, homemade, quick

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.

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

Doesn't this sound like the best donut hole recipe on the face of the planet?! What's your favorite thing to dip them in? Let me know in the comments!

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