Easy Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

Easy Homemade Doughnuts

Doughnuts are a favorite for breakfast here and we have figured out how to make our own homemade recipe for powdered sugar doughnuts. 

Who doesn’t love a good doughnut? We love sweet foods for breakfast, but I don’t love all how processed store-bought doughnuts are, so we decided to try to figure something else out.

Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

Justin’s family has made doughnuts from refrigerated biscuits before, so that gave me the idea that we could make some from bisquick. I make regular biscuits out of it, so why wouldn’t it work for this too? So I made my normal drop-biscuit recipe, and we put them in some oil to fry them up. And guess what, they worked!

Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

Once you have them cooked, you have many options for a way to top them. We just shake up the doughnuts in a bag with powdered sugar. You could also make an icing/glaze out of powdered sugar and milk. We also found this recipe for a chocolate glaze that is amazing. It tastes just like the chocolate from a doughnut shop

Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

Now that we’ve made them a few times, we’ve got the recipe down pretty well. Our original recipe left the dough very sticky, which made it hard to form the doughnuts. Recently we make sure to add more bisquick into the dough until it’s a better consistency. You want it to be just slightly tacky so that it will roll together well, but dry enough that it doesn’t stick to your hands.

Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

Step by Step

In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat about 3 cups of oil over medium-high heat. We usually use vegetable oil for this recipe, but almost any oil should work as long as it’s good for frying.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the bisquick and milk until a dough forms. Knead in extra bisquick as needed until the dough is no longer sticky.

Easy Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

Once the oil is hot, grab small bits of dough, about the size of a golf ball, and carefully drop them into the oil. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until they are brown on the bottom. Then rotate the doughnuts to cook the other side.

Easy Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

Cook another 2-3 minutes until the doughnuts are brown on all sides. Use a slotted spoon to remove the doughnuts from the oil and place them on a cooling rack with paper towels or a rag underneath to catch the oil drips.

Easy Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

After all of the dough has been cooked, place the slightly cooled doughnuts into a zip-top bag or large mixing bowl with a lid and cover with the powdered sugar.

Easy Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

Close up the container and shake to coat each of the doughnuts. You could also make a glaze from powdered sugar and milk or a chocolate glaze as linked above. Serve warm.


Easy Homemade Doughnuts Recipe

Easy Homemade Doughnuts

Doughnuts are a favorite for breakfast here and we have figured out how to make our own homemade recipe for powdered sugar doughnuts. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: doughnut, fried, powdered sugar
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 1 vote


  • 3 cups oil
  • 1 1/2 cups bisquick
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Heat oil in a large pot
  • Mix bisquick and milk until dough forms, continuing to knead in extra bisquick until dough is no longer sticky
  • Once oil is hot, grab small bits of dough and carefully drop into oil
  • Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until brown on the bottom, then flip
  • Cook another 2-3 minutes until completely brown
  • Remove from heat and place on a cooling rack with paper towels underneath
  • Once all dough is used, put cooked doughnuts in zip-top bag with powdered sugar and shake to coat
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 377 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 587mg24%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Doughnuts”

    1. Me too! I really don’t like frying things often because I always get popped. With the doughnuts we’ve discovered we can do them at a lower heat and it still cooks well without the hot oil popping so much.

  1. I had no idea you could use Bisquick to make basic doughnuts! I got doughnut molds for a different (baked pumpkin donut) recipe in the fall and wonder if you could use those with this mix as well?

    1. I haven’t tried using a doughnut mold with this recipe, we’ve only done the drop doughnuts. I have a mini-doughnut silicone mold, I’ll have to try it because now you have me curious, too!

  2. It looks delicious! I must confess that I’ve cut out sugar from my diet for this month and part of the next one so none for me.

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