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Bisquick Donuts

Try this quick and easy Bisquick donuts recipe for a warm, freshly-cooked snack that both kids and adults will surely fall in love with.

Donuts are such a delightful treat and are a lot of fun to eat! The dough in this version is light, fluffy, and so incredibly soft, it almost melts in your mouth.

Homemade Cinnamon Bisquick Donuts with Sugar
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And the toppings? Whether it’s a simple sugar glaze, a decadent chocolate sauce, or a sinful combination of bacon and peanut butter, the possibilities are endless.

For more quick and easy meal ideas, check out these bisquick recipes.

Bisquick Donuts

Since donuts aren’t the easiest thing to make from scratch, you may be hesitant to try them at home.

But what if I told you that there’s a simple way to make your very own lip-smacking donuts at home?

With this simple Bisquick donuts recipe, there’s absolutely no need to knead! With a box of Bisquick and a bunch of basic pantry ingredients, you’re all set.

This recipe makes those delectable donut holes coated in a simple yet tasty cinnamon-sugar mixture. They may be little, but boy, are they packed with flavor!

Whether you make them for yourself or as a treat for your loved ones, this recipe will be a guaranteed hit.

Tips & Tricks For the Best Donuts

These Bisquick donuts are guaranteed to disappear within a few seconds, so I suggest making huge batches of them.

However, don’t simply double the recipe, because the leavening agent in the Bisquick mix will lose its potency the longer you let the batter sit.

Instead, just repeat the whole process after cooking the first batch.

Deep frying often comes with a lot of mess and too much grease, but both can be easily avoided with these simple tips:

  • Stick to 3 cups of oil for your 2-quart saucepan. If you pour in more oil than that, chances are, it will splatter outside the pan.
  • Aside from a saucepan, a Dutch oven works beautifully for frying donuts, too. It can hold a good amount of oil, which gives you space for more donuts to fry simultaneously. And its dense material allows the oil to maintain a consistent temperature.
  • To ensure sure you have the right level of heat, do the cold water drop test. If the cold water causes the oil to bubble and spat vigorously, it’s good to go. If it doesn’t, then give it more time. If the oil bubbles gently, turn up the heat by a notch and give it a minute to heat some more.  
  • Why is it important to reach the right level of oil heat when frying donuts? Well, that’s because if the oil isn’t hot enough, your donuts will be way too greasy and will have a tough exterior. Aside from the water drop test, you may also drop a small amount of batter into the oil. It should immediately float right after. If it doesn’t, the oil needs more time.
  • Or, if you have a candy or deep-fry thermometer, even better! Heat the oil until it reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit and it’ll be ready to go.
  • As you’re frying your donuts, the oil’s temperature changes. This is also another reason a thermometer is important. Be sure the temperature is always within a 350 to 365 degree range by increasing or reducing the heat in small increments. 
  • Do not overcrowd the pan because the donuts need enough space to expand. And it will also cause the oil’s temperature to drop, leaving you with soggy and greasy donuts.
  • Don’t use a spoon or a fork to flip and take out your donuts from the saucepan. It’s not safe and will only make a mess. Use tongs or a slotted spoon instead.
  • Drain the donuts over the pot for about 10 seconds before transferring them onto the paper towel-lined plates. This double-drain method is the key to crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside donuts. 
  • When transferring the donuts onto the plate, take the whole pan with you. This will allow the oil to cool a little, so it doesn’t get way too hot. Plus, it will also avoid oil drips during the transfer.
Donut holes

Donut Toppings

While cinnamon sugar tastes fantastic, part of the fun in eating donuts is the myriad of flavors.

So be creative and dress your donuts with a variety of toppings! Here are some fantastic options: 

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  • Powdered sugar. Sweet, simple, but oh so stunning. 
  • Sugar glaze. For a thicker topping with a hint of crispness. Just combine 2 cups of powdered sugar and ¼ cup of milk and you’re all set. Top the glaze with rainbow sprinkles for prettier and crunchier donuts.
  • Chocolate ganache. Because chocolate and donuts make a perfect combination. All you’ll need are chocolate chips and whipping cream.
  • Peanut butter. Smear your donuts with the spread for a creamy and nutty flavor. Top with bacon bits, because why not? 
  • Crunchy toppings. Aside from sprinkles, chopped nuts also add that crunchy contrast to the pillowy donuts. Almonds and peanuts both work well here. Cookie crumbs, toffee bits, and poppy seeds are great, too!

While it’s unlikely to have leftovers, you may store them for one more day in a sealed paper bag or box and refrigerate.

A plastic container works, too, but line it with paper towels to soak up the moisture. Or, you may also use the leftover donuts to make a gorgeous bread pudding.

Bisquick Donuts



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  • 1 cup Bisquick baking mix

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 3 cups vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Mix the Bisquick, sugar, vanilla, and milk until combined.
  • Pour the oil into a 2-quart saucepan. Heat it on medium for 5 minutes.
  • Scoop the batter with a teaspoon. Drop half-teaspoon rounds into the hot oil. You may fry up to 4 to 6 balls at a time.
  • Fry until donuts are golden brown. Place cooked donuts on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess grease.
  • In a bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Coat the donuts with the mixture.
Bisquick Donuts

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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