These donuts are ridiculously easy to do because instead of making the dough from scratch, you use canned biscuit dough. How much easier can it get???? This is a recipe I originally saw from Paula Deen - I think it was on her Paula's Party show. I love that show. Paula Deen seems like a totally fun person to be around. She just seems to have so much fun with everything, food especially. When Husband and I were on our honeymoon in Savannah, I hadn't yet gotten into Paula Deen, so we didn't eat at the Lady & Sons, but boy, I wish we had.
Super Easy Donuts and Donut Holes
adapted from Paula Deen
2 cans refridgerated biscuit dough (but not the flaky layers kind)
Peanut oil, for frying
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
5 tablespoons milk, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Heat 2 inches peanut oil in a large pot or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F.
In a shallow bowl, stir together the ground cinnamon and sugar and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, set aside. This is the vanilla icing. In another bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of milk and set aside. This is the chocolate icing.
Lay out the biscuits on a cutting board and with a 1 1/2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out a hole from the middle of each biscuit. Fry them in the oil until golden (this doesn't take very long at all) and then flip with tongs to fry the other side. You can even fry the donut holes. (I did!) Drain on paper towels and then toss in the cinnamon-sugar or ice and decorate with sprinkles, as desired.