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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.



  • 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



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!

2 Comments on How to Cook Camping Doughnuts

  1. We just made these for scout Sunday… 520 of them… icing was used as well! The best Donut variation ons is to cut it in half, put icing in the middle and then put the two halves back together, fry it. When done, put a sugar glaze over it (powdered sugar and water), more icing, and then powdered sugar over it all. Split by this between 4 kids if you need them calm.

  2. DallasDoesIt101 // February 7, 2020 at 4:20 pm // Reply

    wow very cool ill try to get my cast iron chef

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