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How to cook camping doughnuts

Like most food, doughnuts taste even better when you’re camping. Here’s a simple recipe to cook fresh doughnuts on your next outing.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 1 large can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits. Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits or the equivalent work well. Avoid using “flaky” type biscuits.
  • Vegetable oil
  • Frying pan or Dutch oven
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup confectioners or powdered sugar
  • 2 lunch-size brown paper bags

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WHAT YOU’LL DO

SAFETY FIRST! Hot oil can splatter, burn or catch fire, so please ask an adult for help before trying this recipe.

1. Separate the refrigerated biscuits.

2. Use a knife to cut a hole in each biscuit. You can also use the cap from the vegetable oil for perfect circles.

3. Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a frying pan or Dutch oven and add as many biscuits as will fit. The hot oil can splatter, so be very careful!

4. Fry the biscuits for a few minutes, flipping them over with a fork or tongs when they are golden brown.

5. When the doughnuts are done, remove them from the pan and put them on a paper towel to soak up excess oil.

6. For cinnamon-covered doughnuts, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a paper bag. Add the doughnuts and shake well until the doughnuts are covered.

7. For powdered sugar doughnuts, put the confectioners sugar in a paper bag. Add the doughnuts and shake well until the doughnuts are covered. This works best if the doughnuts are still warm.

8. Remove doughnuts from bags and enjoy.

9. Don’t forget to cook the doughnut holes, too!

28 Comments on How to cook camping doughnuts

  1. We buy the cheapest biscuits you can find. We get 4-packs at Walmart.

  2. YUM!

  3. Oil at 355-360-degrees.

  4. Old Scouter // August 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm // Reply

    My troop has done these for years. Keep the oil from smoking or it’s too hot. If they cook too fast they are not completely cooked. The scout don’t seem to care .

  5. use the regular buttermilk bisquits and pinch the hole and stretch out the dough in a larger ring.
    Dip in a bowl of simple glaze made with powder sugar and water.
    Use shortening and allow to harden back in frying pan, store in freezer and reuse.

  6. yum.

  7. Scouter904 // June 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm // Reply

    Another way to get a similar treat, but without as much work, and cheaper and less time deep frying is to take flour tortillas, cut into strips and fry in the same way, and then sprinkle with sugar.

  8. Mr. Greenbacks // August 6, 2015 at 9:52 pm // Reply

    😄

  9. If you really want to be creative, you can cook the whole biscuit without cutting out the middle, and cook as directed above. When done, use paper towel and soak up excess oil. (As directed above) Then with your pocket knife, cut a 1 inch slot in the side of the doughnut, put on a plastic glove, stick your finger into the slot and make a large hole in the middle, and fill the inside with jelly, cream or other fun things.

    P.S. Be careful that the jelly does not fall out of the slot when you are eating it!

  10. lol gool

  11. SpyBurro777 // June 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm // Reply

    at my last campout, I just stuck a glazed donut on a marshmellow roasting stick and roasted it over a fire.

  12. Or you could make some actual “good” donuts by not using canned dough. Just my opinion but, I guarantee that no dough that comes out of a can will make as good of a donut as fresh yeast dough.

  13. Cool.

  14. Scoutoftheolddays // June 13, 2015 at 6:49 pm // Reply

    You can always reuse cooking oil. You shouldn’t throw it away. when it gets dirty you can use a screen to filter out the debris. Oil can last a very long time if kept clean. Let it cool and pour it in a jug. i used to keep a mason jar of oil in the camp kitchen box for all kinds of recipes.

  15. 🙂

  16. Why not back in the container you brought it in?

  17. might try it!
    😮

  18. Looks good but where do you empty the oil?

  19. GeometryDash King // June 6, 2015 at 2:13 pm // Reply

    I’m probably gonna make that!

  20. Niacin IV // June 6, 2015 at 6:41 am // Reply

    definetly making these on the next camp out

  21. I still make these at camp or home for my grandsons.

  22. MasterBuilder // June 5, 2015 at 4:43 pm // Reply

    Man this is great for camping!! You should definitely try it!!

  23. ElephantLover // June 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm // Reply

    Cool!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. scouter man // June 5, 2015 at 10:29 am // Reply

    looks good!

  25. Nice idea! Thanks!

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