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Grands Quick and Easy Donuts

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Refrigerated canned biscuits are cut into donuts, fried, and rolled in cinnamon sugar for Quick and Easy Grand Donuts! A perfect breakfast treat!

Fresh homemade donuts rolled in sugar and cinnamon

When you live out in the country, and you wake up craving donuts on a Saturday morning you don’t exactly relish the idea of driving to town looking like death with bed head! Not to mention running into Barney Fife and his pose!

Ya also didn’t anticipate said craving the night before, so “whipping up a batch” of yeast dough wasn’t the first thing on your mind after a long work week. What do ya do?

You could ignore the craving…but we all know where that’s headed… Three bowls of captain crunch cereal, and a handful of peanut M&Ms later, you’ll still be craving that donut!

Let me rescue you and your Saturday morning craving. (Hey…it could be a midnight craving too! It’ll work either way!)

 Pillsbury Grand biscuits. Raise your right hand and repeat after me “I promise to always have a can of Pillsbury Grand biscuits on hand, so I can wipe out my weight watcher points in one swell swoop!” Excellent! You’re ready to proceed down the pathway of evil fried delights.

Plate full of fluffy puffy Grands Biscuits Fried Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

How To Make Grands Quick and Easy Donuts

Begin your journey to donut bliss by using a medium size sauce pan, filled halfway with vegetable oil. Heat the oil over medium heat.

The next step is to scare the shiz out of yourself by having the can explode open! (I didn’t swear Mom! I said “shiz”!)

 Once you have recovered from your mild cardio infarction, remove the biscuits from the offending firing device and lay the dough out on a silicone mat or cutting board. (Can someone please explain to me why all Pillsbury dough products are incendiary devices?)

Find an object that you can use as a donut hole cutter. Keep in mind I’m always a “professional” in the kitchen and as such have the perfect tool for any baking situation.

The empty high blood pressure pill bottle seemed to fit the bill, and oddly enough… appropriate? (Not sure our doctor would agree…)

Grands Biscuits cut into donuts

In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. I recommend one cup sugar and 1/2 Tablespoon of cinnamon.

This is not an exact science so choose a ratio you like. I happen to love donuts coated in cinnamon sugar. You could dip these in glaze if that is your preference.

It’s FRY time!!! To test your oil, many cooks suggest that you sprinkle a drop of cold water into the pan. If you are instantly swearing and scarred with tiny burn dots your good to go! I, on the other hand, prefer to just go wild and take a chance that the oil is hot and ready for frying. To me, it’s worth the risk that I may have one slightly oil logged donut.

Fry the donuts two at a time with a donut hole or two in the mix.

They should instantly begin to rise. Once one side is golden brown, gently turn it over and fry the other side.

You do not want your oil too hot! It will cook too fast and your donuts will be doughy and black. Not the desired look we are aiming to achieve.

Grand Biscuit Donuts frying in hot oil

Once they are nice and golden brown remove from the pan with a slotted spoon or Spider spoon. (The Oriental looking fry spoon).  Place donuts on a paper towel lined plate for a few seconds and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar while they are still hot.

That’s it! Can you believe how easy it is to make your own doughnuts! Crazy right! They are so yummy!

Fried Grands Quick and Easy Donuts rolled in cinnamon sugar on a serving platter

Hooray for Saturday morning donuts made in your P.J.’s, served fresh and hot! What could be better? Maybe a delicious hot chocolate to go with? Just saying…might as well go whole hog! Maybe Police Chief Regan could show up and share one with you? (I may be taking my love of “Blue Bloods” to a whole new level!)

I will stress that these are much better consumed warm, freshly made, in your P.J.’s with bed head and lingering pillow creases on your cheek, rather than later in the day. However, that’s kind of true for any doughnut. Once fried foods are cold there just isn’t the same level of happiness as when they are hot and fresh!

Hope you love this quick little fun breakfast recipe as much as I do! I truly love using Pillsbury products in my every day cooking and baking. Especially when time and energy are both at a minimum! (Which at my age… both are running out rapidly!)

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Have a GREAT weekend. Stay warm! I’ll be back next week with some amazing new recipes and ideas.

Happy Nesting!

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Yield: 5 donuts

Grands Quick and Easy Donuts

Plate full of Grands Quick and Easy Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

A Quick Easy and Delicious recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Donuts! Perfect for a Saturday morning breakfast!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes


  • 1 can Pillsbury Grand Biscuits
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • Vegetable Oil for frying


  1. In a medium sauce pan heat about 3-4 inches of vegetable oil for frying.
  2. (Always place pans full of hot oil on the back burner to keep from spilling and burning loved ones)
  3. Crack open the can of Pillsbury Grand Biscuits and using a 1 inch hole cutter cut a hole into the center of each biscuit to create a donut.
  4. Gently place no more than two donuts into the hot oil at a time. Fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, then turn and fry the other side.
  5. Remove from hot oil and place on paper towel lined dish.
  6. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl or pie dish.
  7. Roll hot donuts in the cinnamon sugar.
  8. EAT while nice and warm.

Nutrition Information:


5 donuts

Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 1g

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Tuesday 27th of September 2022

Absolutely loved the commentary to go with the recipe. My dad has been making these donuts for years and never shared his recipe. I told him I found a canned biscuit donut recipe and he laughed at me and said "Shawna I used to make those for you when you were little" so I am glad to now know what he did and how easy it is to make them! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

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Friday 30th of September 2022

Hi Shawna! This made me smile! I'm so glad I was able to help you out with "Dad's secret recipe"! Now it can be passed down and cherished by the next generation of donut lovers! Thanks for stopping by and sharing with me. I hope you have a great weekend and come back again! Norine


Saturday 8th of February 2020

Just made these as a quick easy breakfast. I used the Grand’s non-flakey biscuits and fried in avocado oil that I have on hand. I sort of flattened the second batch to get better coverage in the oil and I think they turned out better. Will repeat that step next time since I will definitely be making them again! Also, I only fried up half as donuts and baked the rest to eat as biscuits later since it’s only two of us enjoying the donuts today. Thanks for sharing this delicious and easy recipe, it’s definitely a fun recipe to make with guests!

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Saturday 8th of February 2020

Hi Lindsey! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing that awesome tip with all of us! I'm going to try that myself next time! I also love that you used half for the donuts and half for biscuits! Genius! Hope you have a GREAT weekend! ~Norine

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Sunday 6th of May 2018

these are so easy..My first i burned cause the heat was too high so turned it down and they came out beautifully...My husband says they are addicting so now calling my daughter to come try them..Thank you for this very easy recipe..hope I get company soon so I can do these...

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Monday 7th of May 2018

Hi Patty! I have to agree with your husband! They are so addictive! I love these donuts. I hope your daughter liked them too. I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe. It's one of my favorites. Thanks so much for stopping by my nest!

Have a Great Day! ~Norine

Tai Allen

Saturday 24th of February 2018

That looked good

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Monday 26th of February 2018

Hi Tai! Thank you so much! Thanks for visiting my Nest. Have a Great Week! Happy Nesting~ Norine

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