One-Step Homemade Donuts with Maple Buttermilk Glaze

Do you ever felt mentally filled to the brim? Last week I missed several personal emails (due in part to too many junk emails, ugh!) and it made me feel like a crazy person. To some extent being busy is the modern reality of being a woman. There are times when my brain just simply can’t comprehend cooking from scratch. I just can’t go there. I’m trying to make sure school papers are signed, clothes are clean, hugs are given, and deadlines are met. I need something easy, that tastes good, and makes my family happy. And these donuts are exactly that!

The donut batter is actually just canned biscuit dough. And the glaze sounds fancy, but really it takes 30 seconds to whip together. And if you want to go even more simply on the glaze–try rolling the warm doughnuts in a little butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Scroll down for the donut recipe with maple buttermilk glaze!

Biscuit Donuts with a Maple Buttermilk Glaze

Makes 10 donuts


2 cups Vegetable Oil

1 can generic buttermilk biscuits (regular size, not the grands, and not the flaky style)


1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons buttermilk

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Sanding sugar (optional)


Heat oil in deep cast iron skillet or dutch oven to medium-high heat. Open biscuit can and lay dough flat individually, then use a cap or small lid to cut donut holes in each donut. Fry each donut until golden brown (this happens quickly, about 30 seconds per side), carefully flipping with tongs. Drain and cool on paper towels.

Whisk powdered sugar, buttermilk, maple syrup, and vanilla in a small bowl. Drizzle over warm donuts and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Best served fresh.

Quick tip! Use a leftover donut hole to test the oil’s temperature before frying the donuts. The dough should immediately sizzle.

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  1. I totally feel you on that. I’ve had a crazy week myself with so much to do that it’s overwhelming. Sometimes, you just need a sweet treat to linger over to bring you back down to earth… I love this idea!

  2. I love making homemade donuts! – They make my house smell amazing and this maple would only make it even better!!!

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