Just 3 ingredients is all you need to make these easy Copycat Chinese Donuts. Puffy, golden, and covered in sugar, they taste just like the ones you get at your favorite Asian buffet!
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.
Chinese Donuts Make Easy Treats
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 you need is 3 simple ingredients!
Ingredients For Chinese Donuts
- Some oil for frying
- A can of refrigerated biscuit dough
Who knew biscuit dough made amazing Chinese donuts, and why has it taken me 28 years to discover this?
How To Make Chinese Donuts
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 holes taste 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 next to various sauced meats.
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 Chinese donuts at the buffet. #noshame. When I’m at home, I just make sure to get a nice thick coat on them.
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 frying 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 sauce (swooooon).
The good news is, these Chinese 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.
- 1 can buttermilk biscuits
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Oil for frying
- In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat a few inches of oil to 350 degrees.
- 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.
- Remove the donuts to a paper towel lined plate. Place the sugar in a bowl and then roll the warm donuts in the sugar.
- Repeat with remaining dough and eat em while they're warm!
Recipe slightly adapted from CopyKat Recipes