Introduction: How to Make Donut Holes #HMS2020

Today, I will be showing you how to make glazed donut holes. Donut holes are a round and doughy treat that is usually made from the center of a regular donut. You can buy them at a donut shop or grocery store, but you can also make them at home with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. In just a few steps and in about 30 minutes, you can make and eat donut holes without leaving your home.



  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands Southern Homestyle biscuits
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cinnamon sugar (optional)

Donut Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Cast iron or stainless steel pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Toothpick
  • Metal deep fryer spatula (spatula with holes in it)
  • Cooling rack
  • Baking sheet lined with paper towels
  • Measuring cup or small bowl
  • Fork

Step 1: Heat the Oil

Take a pot and put 1 1/2 inches of oil in the pot. Heat the burner to medium. Depending on the type of pot you use this can take up to 10 minutes to heat. Using a cast iron pot takes longer to heat up. While you are waiting, you can prepare your donut holes.

Step 2: Prepare Your Donut Holes

Open a can of biscuits and cut each biscuit into fourths. You can also sprinkle some cinnamon sugar onto both sides of all of the quarters if you want. Roll each quarter into a ball. Now you can test the oil to see if it's ready.

Step 3: Test the Oil

Take a toothpick and dip it into the oil. If bubbles form around the toothpick then your oil is ready. If bubbles do not form around the toothpick, then wait 2 minutes and test again. You can also test the oil by carefully placing a donut hole into the pot. If the oil doesn't sizzle the oil is probably not ready. Take out the donut hole and wait a few minutes before testing again.

Step 4: Fry the Donut Holes

Put 4-5 donut holes on the metal deep fryer spatula. Carefully place the donut holes into the oil. Continuously flip the donut holes until they are golden brown (about 2-3 minutes). Take one donut hole out of the oil, but make sure you don't drip any oil. Then put it on a cooling rack. Do this until all donut holes are out of the oil. Repeat this until all donut holes are fried.

Step 5: Make the Glaze

Take a measuring cup (or small bowl) and put 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar into it. Add the vanilla and milk. Stir with a fork until all the ingredients are mixed and runny. If your glaze is too thick, then add 1/2 tablespoon of milk at a time until it is runny.

Step 6: Glaze the Donuts

Place one donut hole into the glaze. Take a fork and spin the donut hole until all of it is covered in the glaze. Then remove the donut hole from the glaze and place on the cooling rack. Wait until glaze is set. You are ready to eat the (hopefully) delicious donut holes.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Now it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fresh donut holes that you have made! Cooking is like science and I realized that I needed to adjust certain things as I was cooking. For example, when making the glaze it was too thick, so I had to add more milk than I had planned. It was also challenging to keep the oil at the correct temperature, so some donut holes turned out browner than others. Donuts you buy in a shop are usually made with fresh yeast and can take a long time to rise, so I was amazed at how good the donut holes taste using the biscuit dough. My favorite donut holes are the ones I added cinnamon sugar to because it adds a little bit more flavor. I hope this Instructable was easy to follow.