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.


Pan with Glazed Mini Donuts in It

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 it 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!

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. Don’t throw out the leftover cooking oil; first, check out How to Clarify Used Cooking Oil so it doesn’t go to waste.

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 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

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.

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. 

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5 from 10 votes

Glazed Donut Bites

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Topped with a homemade vanilla glaze, these Glazed Donut Bites are as easy as they are delicious!


  • 1 tube biscuit dough, flaky
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for cooking
  • 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.
  • Serve warm.



Air Fryer Donut Bites

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.

From-Scratch Recipe

If you are looking for a from-scratch option, I recommend these homemade cake donuts.

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Reader Comments

  1. Very testy and not oily jist I but sugar with coconut and this very very good if you want put cinnamon this is fabulous

  2. We don’t have biscuit dough in the uk, I would have to make my dough from scratch so this would be a longer process for me.

  3. My mom started making these 70 yrs ago….I kept it up for my kids. They are sooo good.
    Just made some the other day.

  4. Made my day – love a doughnut, but in smaller sizes (can have two if necessary). Will be making these for sure. TY

  5. Whyyyyy didn’t I think of this!?!?!? I made canned biscuit donuts for my kids on a regular basis when they were growing up but have never made them for my grandchildren. That is about to change!

    Thank you!!

  6. The pan handle scares me I would turn it twelve o clock, so that you do not trip it specifically with all those excited kids around the hot grease.
    Looks good, a must try.

  7. You posted a tuna fish casserole using sour cream cream of chicken soup. We love it, but I lost the video. Can you repost or send me the recipe

    Thank you

  8. A while back ago you posted a tuna fish recipe, using using sour cream & cream of chicken soup.. think maybe garlic. Can’t remember. Can you repost or send me the recipe. I lost it. We 💕 loves it

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