Glazed Donut Bites are a simple way to enjoy donuts without all the fuss of making your own dough.
I love donuts, and I have made my share of homemade varieties like my Amish Glazed Donuts. But, let’s be honest. Sometimes there just isn’t time to prepare and roll out homemade dough. So, this recipe is as easy as buying a tube of biscuit dough, dunking them in some hot oil, and coating with a sweet vanilla glaze. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Glazed Donut Bites Recipe
With just a few ingredients, you can have fresh donuts ready to eat whenever you are craving them! Topped with a homemade glaze, no one will ever know that you didn’t make the dough yourself!
Ingredients (full recipe below)
- Tube of flaky biscuits
- Confectioners’ sugar
How to Make Glazed Donut Bites
Making these donut bites are as easy as heating up some oil and dropping in biscuit dough. First, take out the biscuits from the tube and cut each biscuit into four pieces. Pinch together the edges so the donuts don’t fan out in the oil. Heat the oil to 375°F (checking with a candy thermometer), and drop the biscuits in the hot oil until they are brown. Flip them over to brown the other side. Place the cooked dough onto a paper towel to let the grease drain. Meanwhile, make the glaze to coat the cooked dough.
How to Make the Glaze?
You may have noticed that I opted for water instead of cream or milk in the glaze recipe. When coating donuts you want the glaze a little thinner than you would use for cakes or cookies. Another option instead of a glaze? Sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar when cooled. It’s just 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. You could also dust them with confectioners’ sugar. Or simply enjoy plain!
Can I Freeze Glazed Donut Bites?
Yes, you can freeze these donut bites. Although donuts of any kind are always best fresh, you can store these in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you are keeping them in the refrigerator, they usually last 2-3 days. When you are ready to eat the donuts from the freezer, let them thaw overnight before heating them up in the microwave.
What is a Candy Thermometer?
I have suggested using a candy thermometer in a few recipes like my Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge recipe and Original Fantasy Fudge. A candy thermometer, also known as a deep-fry thermometer or sugar thermometer, is used to measure the temperature of a sugar solution. It is definitely an important tool to have when making candy or checking hot oil temperatures. Just like using a meat thermometer is important for the perfectly cooked meat and measuring cups and spoons are important for measuring ingredients, a candy thermometer has its place in the baking world, for sure! You can find them in most grocery stores and houseware stores. When you use it, just make sure you don’t immerse the thermometer directly into boiling water/oil or let the bulb hit the bottom of the pan.
Can I Make Glazed Donut Bites in an Air Fryer?
Yes! To make them in the air fryer follow steps 2, 3, and 4 in the directions. Then, spray the air fryer with non-stick spray and then place the dough into the air fryer in a single layer and cook at 350°F for five minutes. Flip the dough over, spray with non-stick spray, and continue air frying for another 5 minutes. Remove and coat with the glaze.
- 1 tube biscuit dough, flaky
- Canola or vegetable oil, for cooking
- 1¼ cups (150g) confectioners’ sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 3-6 teaspoons water
Fill a frying pan halfway with oil. Heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 375°F with a candy thermometer.
Make the glaze by combining the sugar, vanilla, and 3 teaspoons of water. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until a pourable consistency is reached.
Separate the dough into 8 biscuits.
Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces, pinching the edges to keep the dough from spreading (fanning out) during the cooking.
Drop the dough into the hot oil and cook until brown. Flip the donuts with a metal slotted spoon to cook the other side.
Place the cooked dough on a paper towel to absorb the grease, and then drop the donuts into the bowl of glaze and turn to coat evenly.
Place on a wire rack to cool slightly.