Glazed Donut Bites

filed under: Bread · Breakfast on March 18, 2020

Glazed Donut Bites are a simple way to enjoy donuts without all the fuss of making your own dough. But, they are still covered in the same homemade glaze I use for my Apple Fritters recipe so you know they are going to be good! For a homemade donut, try my Glazed Cake Donuts.

Glazed Donut Bites

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!


Pan with Glazed Mini Donuts in It

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
  • Oil
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Water

Overhead of Glazed Mini Donuts on Blue Towel

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 Fry Donuts in Oil

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!

Dropping Fried Donuts in Glaze

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.

Pan of Glazed Mini Donuts

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.

Bite Taken out of Glazed Mini Donut

Looking for More Sweetened Dough Recipes?

Fresh Blueberry Fritters

Fried Apple Spice Cake Sticks

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Apple Fritter Bread

The VIDEO below is me and the kids making these LIVE on Facebook! It is long but will give any extra tips and tricks you may want when making these. 

5 from 4 votes
Glazed Donut Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins

Topped with a homemade vanilla glaze, these Glazed Donut Bites are as easy as they are delicious!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Donut Bites, Glazed Donut Bites
Servings: 32 donut bites
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 tube biscuit dough, flaky
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for cooking
  • 1 1/4 cups (150g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-6 teaspoons water
  1. Fill a frying pan halfway with oil. Heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 375°F with a candy thermometer.

  2. 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.

  3. Separate the dough into 8 biscuits.

  4. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces, pinching the edges to keep the dough from spreading (fanning out) during the cooking.

  5. Drop the dough into the hot oil and cook until brown. Flip the the donuts with a metal slotted spoon to cook the other side.

  6. 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.

  7. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly.

  8. Serve warm.

Recipe Video

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  • Richard says:

    I like the comment
    “They’ll keep for 2-3 days”

    Not around here

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      lol Same. 5 kids will never allow that in this house! 🙂

  • Susan says:

    Thank You for sharing your yummy recipes.

  • munazza. a says:

    I don’t have biscuit dough in my country. What can I use instead?

  • Gina Hernandez says:

    We have been making these for 30 years

  • Basira says:

    Me too! No biscuit dough where I live. How do I make the dough

  • Steve says:

    I don’t have biscuit dough in my country. What can I use instead?

  • Belle says:

    Amanda, these glazed donut bites look delicious, however, the sodium content in one biscuit prevents me from using store bought biscuits. I will use Rhodes frozen rolls (unthawed of course.)

  • Elaine says:

    I haven’t tried the recipe yet, but if you don’t have biscuits and you do have crescent rolls I’d try those. Don’t see why they wouldn’t work.

  • Maria Darlington says:

    Hi from Gibraltar, Europe

  • Judy says:

    Can you make these in an air fryer ?

  • Carla says:

    Delicious 🥰

  • Donna Seberson says:

    I am going to try these with my grandson thanks

  • Aida dejesus says:

    Iam watching you from Puerto Rico yes I will be doing this recipe thank you

  • Cynthia Wallace says:

    been making these for years they are so easy and yummy

  • Dawn Diers says:

    Can’t wait to try with my kids