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Copycat Chinese Donut Recipe

Just 3 ingredients is all you need to make these easy Copycat Chinese Donut recipe. Puffy, golden, and covered in sugar, they taste just like the ones you get at your favorite Asian buffet!

Sugar coated biscuit donuts in a bowl

Sugared Chinese donuts in a bowl

Sometimes in life, it doesn’t pay to take shortcuts. One of those times? Home repair time. Our home is over 100 years old, and in the last century, it has endured more than a few shortcuts. There is duct tape and glue in places it never should have been. And let’s not even discuss the deck situation, which has led to crumbling stairs and possums (yes, POSSUMS!) sneaking into our house (yes, INTO OUR HOUSE).

Home repairs are no place to take shortcuts. Donuts on the other hand? Totally appropriate.

These Copy Cat Asian Buffet Donuts require only three ingredients and are so easy to make!

These Asian Buffet Style Donuts are ridiculously easy to make. I’d be embarrassed to share the recipe with you if it weren’t so darn good. All it takes is some oil for frying, a can of refrigerated biscuit dough, and sugar. That’s it.

Who knew biscuit dough made amazing donut holes and why has it taken me 28 years to discover this? Seriously, all you do is drop little balls of dough into the hot oil, fry until golden, then roll these beauties in sugar. The resulting donut tastes just like the donuts you find at Asian buffets, except better because you can eat them while they’re fresh and piping hot rather than after several hours of languishing under heat lamps.

I’ll be honest, I am quite generous with the sugar on these. When I was a kid I may or may not have secretly poured extra sugar from a sugar packet on top of the donuts at the buffet. #noshame. When I’m at home, I just make sure to get a nice thick coat on them.

This easy recipe for Copycat Chinese Donuts tastes just like the ones you get at the buffet!

These are so fun and easy to make, and they’re a great recipe for the kids to help with (maybe stick them at the rolling station and NOT the flaming hot oil station). They’re also incredibly versatile. I stuffed some sauteed apples in a few of them and rolled them in cinnamon sugar, but they’d also be fabulous dunked in chocolate or salted caramel (swooooon).

The good news is, these donuts are so quick to make, you’ll have plenty of time left over to do your home repairs the right way. And trust me, you want to do them the right way.

3 Ingredient Copy Cat Asian Buffet Donuts

Prep Time 5 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 25 minsCook Time
Total Time 30 mins Total Time
Yields 32


  • 1 can buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat a few inches of oil to 350 degrees.
  2. Remove the biscuits from the package and slice each one in fourths. Roll them into ball shapes then drop them in the hot oil. You should be able to put 5-7 of them in the pot at one time. Fry until golden on one side then flip and fry until golden on the opposite side.
  3. Remove the donuts to a paper towel lined plate. Place the sugar in a bowl and then roll the warm donuts in the sugar.
  4. Repeat with remaining dough and eat em while they're warm!


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Recipe slightly adapted from CopyKat Recipes

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  • wearenotmartha October 6, 2015, 9:00 AM

    I’ve never had these donuts at an actual Asian buffet… But I have a feeling they’re amazing, especially your homemade version!


    • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 13, 2015, 1:50 PM

      They’re one of my favorites and this easy version is even better! Thanks for commenting!

  • Katie October 7, 2015, 10:19 AM

    Perfect for Fall with the sauteed apples and cinnamon sugar! And SO easy.

  • Scary_love_100 July 29, 2016, 6:58 PM

    It was good and it was easy to made

  • Laura November 22, 2016, 3:42 PM

    What kind of oil do you recommend? Thanks!

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