One Saturday morning I decided that I would give something a shot…I had a 4-pack of Pillsbury’s Country Style Biscuits (the ones I use for quick monkey bread) which have a recipe suggestion on the shrink wrap of making donuts from the biscuits.  It’s never sounded very good before, but I thought that I’d go ahead and give it a shot.  (I did not feel like going to the donut shop this morning and I still need to buy a new donut pan to bake cake donuts) 

Let me begin by saying that apparently my little kiddles love them…as long as they have a glaze and some sprinkles, they are good to go.  Charming and myself feel a bit differently…to us they just taste like glazed biscuits.  Oh well, it’s a nice way for the kiddles to get in on baking some quick donuts.  Mine love it.

I preheated the oven to 375°F per the package instructions. Take a sheet of parchment paper and line my baking sheet.

The biscuits actually have a little ring in the middle of each one that looks like they started making them into donuts before wrapping them.

Then I started by taking each biscuit and flattening it. 

Now, if you have a small cookie cutter ring, then that’s perfect for making the donut hole…if not, improvise as I did this time by using the top from a bottle of sprinkles.  It was the perfect size. 

All you have to do is dip it in a little flour before making each hole so that the dough doesn’t stick to it. 

Press it down right in the center so that it goes all the way through and, while still pressing, just give it a little jiggle to see that it really does separate from the rest of the dough. 

The rings are easily picked up an moved to the parchment paper.  The holes will release from the cutter with ease as long as it has been dipped in the flour first. Then repeat for each “donut”. 

Place the donuts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet with about an inch between each one.  They really don’t spread out, but they do rise up a bit. 

I did as the recipe advised and sprinkled half of them with a cinnamon & sugar mixture, 1/4 cup sugar & 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, then left the rest plain so that they could be glazed later.

It only takes about 10 minutes to bake them…which is nice when the kiddles are right at your side watching and waiting for their donuts to be done. 

When they finish baking in the oven, I set them on a cooling rack just long enough so that they cooled enough to be handled. 

The cinnamon donuts come out looking a little bit prettier than the plain ones.

While they cooled I made a quick glaze of 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. whole milk. 

Then each donut and donut hole gets it’s top dipped into the glaze. 

I let it sit there for just about 8-10 seconds, then removed it and placed it back onto the cooling rack.  Just be sure to place something under the rack so that the glaze doesn’t drip all over the counter.

Grab the little bottles of sprinkles and give it a shake to top off the donut before the glaze set-up.  I did this with each one with a little help from my assistant Rose.  Then right into the donuts she jumped.  Between her and Grace, the sprinkled donuts didn’t stand a chance.  The kiddles like them, but I wouldn’t plan on serving them to my guests…to adults they are still going to taste like biscuits with glaze. 

24 Jan