4-Ingredient Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

15-minute fluffy cinnamon sugar donuts made from biscuit dough then rolled in melted butter and cinnamon sugar! Quick, easy and loved by all!

cinnamon sugar donuts


Growing up, I loved the mornings I would wake up to freshly baked cinnamon sugar donuts! My mom always made us breakfast (she’s the best), and the mornings that I woke up to donuts were always the best! Still warm and freshly rolled in cinnamon sugar, we ate them as quick as she could make them. They’s sooo good! They remind me of mini donuts from the state fair!

Not only are the donuts so damn good, but they’re so easy to make that it’s a win, win! To make the donuts, pop the biscuits out of the can, use a pop bottle cap to cut out the center of each biscuit, and fry to golden perfection. The best part is that there’s no wasted dough! You can fry the centers into donut holes! Once removed from the oil, roll in melted butter, and then in cinnamon sugar. That’s it! You will LOVE them. I’m sure of it!

My recipe does vary slightly from the one I learned from my mom, but both ways turn out great! I decided to roll the donuts  in melted butter before tossing them in cinnamon sugar. I LOVE butter, so why not drench donuts in it? I definitely get my butter addiction from my parent’s – you should see either of them butter a piece of toast! Rolling the donuts in melted butter helps the cinnamon sugar to stick to the donuts nicely, and just adds creamy goodness. I typically use salted butter because it’s what I always have on hand. Plus, sugar can always use salt to balance out its sweetness.

delicious donuts


Biscuits. I like to use Pillsbury Grands Southern Homestyle Biscuits. This is basically their original biscuit and does not have the flakey layers. There are a few different flavor variations of their southern homestyle biscuits, such as buttermilk, butter tastin’, honey butter, and southern recipe. Any of these will work if you can’t find the original southern homestyle biscuits.

Butter. I like to use salted butter because it’s what I always have on hand. But also because salt helps balance out the sweetness of sugar. You can use unsalted butter though.

Sugar. Just regular white granulated sugar.

Cinnamon. Ground cinnamon to mix with the sugar.

Oil. Vegetable or canola oil for frying the donuts.

easy cinnamon sugar donuts

More of my favorite sweet breakfasts.

Hot Buttered Rum French Toast Bake.

Lemon Poppyseed Waffles with Whipped Honey Lemon Cream.

Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns.

Blueberry Muffins with Sugar Cookie Streusel.

cinnamon sugar donuts

4-Ingredient Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

15-minute cinnamon sugar donuts made from biscuit dough! Quick, easy and loved by all!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 8 donuts


  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands Southern Homestyle Biscuits
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Heat 1/2 – 1 inch of oil in a large skillet or pan with tall sides over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes or until oil is hot enough to cook the biscuits without soaking up too much oil.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. In a separate small bowl, melt the butter.
  • Separate biscuits and press a bottle cap into the center of each biscuit to cut out a small circle. Keep the centers to fry as donut holes!
  • When the oil is heated, begin frying the donuts and donut holes by placing a few at a time into the heated oil. Cook until the bottom of the donuts turn golden, then flip and cook the other side. Total cook time will be about 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove the donuts from the oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to absorb some of the oil. While still warm, dip all sides of the donuts in the melted butter then into the cinnamon sugar until all sides are covered. Enjoy while warm!


*A good way to test if the oil is hot enough is to hold a wooden spoon into the oil, and if the oil starts to bubble around the wood, then the oil is ready.
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