Easy Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, December 31, 2009

If you happened upon this, you’d know The Phoenix asked for doughnuts for Christmas morning breakfast.

Wait, who’s ‘The Phoenix’?  Is she going crazy?

Crazy, maybe.  But we’ll talk about that another time.  As for The Phoenix, that’s what I’ll be calling my husband from now on, or until I can come up with something that suits him better.  It makes sense to me and maybe I’ll explain it all sometime, but for now, you can just think of us as a family of birds.  Plus, the Pioneer Woman has a fun name for her husband and I couldn’t help but be a copycat.  Saying, my husband, over and over again got boring real fast.

Anyways, back to the doughnuts.  I wanted to tell you about ours today just in case you wanted something special to ring in the first morning of 2010 and don’t have any dieting resolutions.  If so, this recipe might not be for you.  Sorry.  If fact, this blog might not be for you.  I like eating healthy, but I also like to indulge and those are usually the best recipes, so…it is what it is.

Now for a super simple, and pretty awesome, all things considered, recipe.  These doughnuts only require a tube of refrigerated biscuits, sugar and cinnamon and some vegetable oil to fry them in.  Pretty easy.  Pretty awesome.

I even washed up my brand-new (I’d only owned it for about 30 minutes, Thanks, Phoenix baby) cast iron skillet to use.  And I’m in love already.  Seriously, frying these in cast iron was nothing like any of my other skillets.  I was so happy, I danced.  And danced…and then quickly got back to my doughnuts so they wouldn’t get too dark.

One last thing.  I had wanted to try out another new recipe for a baked berry French toast, so we actually had that first, but it was blah, blah, boring.  I threw mine out and decided that doughnuts were in order.  And I’m so glad I did.  Here’s a picture though in case you want to see what boring looks like.  (Not that bad actually with the snazzy camera.  Thanks, again, Phoenix dude.)

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

recipe by The Redbird
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes.
  • Ready in 20 Minutes.
  • Makes: 10 Servings
  • 1 tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon (you could also swap out the sugar and cinnamon for powdered sugar if you\'d like)
  • vegetable oil
  • Add enough oil to a cast iron skillet so it\'s about 1/2 inch deep. Heat skillet over medium heat.
  • While the oil is heating up, shake together sugar and cinnamon in a plastic container with a lid that\'s big enough to fit a few doughnuts at a time. (You could also use a paper bag.)
  • Cut holes in the middle of each biscuit to make a doughnut shape. (I used a measuring spoon and twirled it around.)
  • By now your oil should be heated. Test oil temp by putting one of the doughnut holes in the oil. Roll it around to brown all sides. Take out of oil and put on a paper towel-lined plate. Adjust oil temperature as needed.
  • Place a few doughnuts in the oil, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet. (You\'ll need to do a few batches.) Watch them and flip when the bottom side gets golden brown. When the other sides brown, place on paper towel-lined plate for a few seconds before putting them all in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Put the lid on your container and shake to coat. Remove to your serving plate and repeat with remaining dough until it\'s all fried up.
  • Serve with a cup of coffee and try, just try, to eat these without letting your eyes roll to the back of your head. Yum.
And a Happy New Year to you all!

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