Mamaw Cole’s Fried Donut Recipe

I can’t recall ever eating store bought donuts at my great grandmother’s house. She always made them; these donuts aren’t completely from scratch but they’re super easy. In honesty, they’re my favorite donuts, but I’m partial because I have very fond memories attached to making them. My Mamaw Cole’s Fried Donut Recipe doesn’t need very many ingredients; you just need a can of biscuits, oil for frying, sugar for coating them, and any additional toppings you might like.

fried donut recipe

These donuts aren’t exactly healthy, but they’re a fun breakfast treat. These were made with large canned biscuits, but my Great Grandmother always used regular. I purchased a biscuit/donut combo cutter from a home store, but you can use anything that makes donut-size holes. She also used a small brown paper lunch bag filled with sugar to shake the donuts in straight from the grease. I think her method works best because the paper bag absorbed some of the grease and you can get them coated very quickly.

fried biscuit donuts


fried donut recipe

fried donut recipe

Mamaw Cole's Fried Donut Recipe
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Craving donuts but you didn't get any at the store and you don't wanna wait hours for yeast to rise? This fried donut recipe can be made easily from ingredients that you already have at home.
  • 1 can biscuits
  • Oil for frying (lard or vegetable oil works best)
  • 1½ cups of sugar
  • Optional additional toppings or coatings
  1. Heat clean oil for frying.
  2. Open biscuits and separate
  3. Cut out donut holes
  4. If you're coating in sugar, fill a heat safe bowl or paper bag with sugar
  5. Only fry a few at a time, and space them out in the oil.
  6. Fry them until golden brown on each side.
  7. If coating in sugar, immediately place them in sugar and evenly coat.
  8. If coating in melted chocolate or similar coating, cool on a paper towel.

fried donut recipe




If you plan to coat your donuts with chocolate or candy bark, melt chocolate/bark according to directions using preferred melt. Dip the top of a cooled donut into the melted chocolate/bark, sprinkle with sprinkles or nuts if desired.

These fried biscuit dough donuts can be made in under 20 minutes. My son loves to help decorate them, and we’re making memories of our own in the kitchen.

Do you associate any specific recipes with fond childhood memories?

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  • Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche 03/08/2015 at 11:45 pm

    I am on a donut kick lately! Definitely craving them after seeing this post.. these donuts look awesome.

    • Reply Jess 05/08/2015 at 5:37 pm

      They’re so easy to make, and sooo good! I’m partial because I have so many memories making with my Mamaw. Please let me know if you do!

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