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Step-by-step instructions to make cream-filled donuts out of canned biscuit dough

Since my family and I enjoyed the canned biscuit donuts so much I wanted to make a different version of them today. The batch that I made today were cream-filled biscuit dough donuts. Instead of using the can of larger Texas Style Buttermilk biscuit dough, I used the smaller sized Texas Style Buttermilk 10 count. Don’t buy the flaky layers in either size. They absorb the oil and make them dense and greasy. The recipe for the cream filling and glaze will follow the donut recipe.


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*Ingredients for the cream filling and glaze recipes are down below along with the recipes

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You will only need 2 items for now: your choice of canned biscuit dough and
vegetable oil. Remove the biscuits from the can and place them on a plate. Get ready to fry the donuts. Line a pan with paper towels to lay the donuts on after the donuts are fried. You want as much of the grease to drain off as possible as they cool. Pour about an inch of oil in a pan. It doesn’t take much. The donuts need room to float as they fry. Heat the oil on medium to medium-high heat. I started mine out on medium-high. I ended up turning it down to medium. To test to see if the oil is hot enough, add one of the donuts.  Click here for a printable copy of this recipe.

Fry them!

If the oil is hot enough, the donut will sizzle and begin to plump up. Fry the donut until the bottom is golden brown. Turn it over, brown the other side. I timed how long each side took to get done to have a time frame for the rest of the donuts. Times will vary depending on what temperature you have your oil.  Fry the rest of the donuts. Watch them closely. They fry up fast!

I added six at a time. I wanted to make sure they had room to float around. Again, watch the donuts closely. They fry up fast! I fried mine for 30-45 seconds per side.

Add the donuts to the pan with the paper towels as they finish frying. I realized at the last minute that I was out of paper towels, so I added a rack to a pan for the grease to drain off. It’s imperative that you have paper towels. The oil didn’t completely drain from the donuts. They were a tad oily, but still good. While the donuts are cooling, prepare the cream filling.

Vanilla Cream Filling Recipe

Things you will need:

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
Ziploc freezer bag or cake decorating tip and bag
coffee cup

With an electric mixer, whip shortening, confectioners sugar, and white sugar in a bowl until creamy. Add vanilla, beat until light and fluffy, 5-10 minutes.

Now it’s time for the fun part! Let’s fill the donuts! If you are using the Ziploc bag, cut the corner off enough to make an opening large enough for the cream to come out.

Put the bag inside of the coffee cup and fold down the edges around the cup. 

Add cream filling to the bag. Remove bag from the cup. Twist the bag shut. Use a wooden spoon handle or something small and round and stick it in the middle of each donut to form a tunnel to squeeze the cream into. 


Insert the tip of your bag into the tunnel you made and gently squeeze the cream filling. Be careful not overfill the donut. Lay each one on a rack. Make the glaze using the recipe below.

Glaze Recipe

1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
4-6 Tablespoons hot water

Heat the butter in a pan on the stove top until melted, remove from heat. Stir the sugar and vanilla into the melted butter until smooth. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency. The vanilla makes the glaze look off white. It is ok. It dries white.

Dip each donut topside down into the glaze. Lay the donuts on the rack so they can drain.

Taste one of the donuts while they are warm. They are delicious!

Note: The next time I make these I will use the larger texas style canned biscuits. They are thicker and do not absorb the oil as much. For a different twist, fill your donuts with anything you like, such as jelly, chocolate cream or Bavarian cream.

I am the only one at my house that likes donuts. Now all I have to do is grab a 5 count can of biscuit dough and have donuts without buying a whole dozen from the grocery store. Leave a comment and let us know how yours turned out!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, try my cinnamon and sugar biscuit dough donut recipe.


Leslie from We're Bright At Home



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