Thursday, March 18, 2010

Coffeedoodle Donuts

Several years ago, I had a Snickerdoodle with a kick at our local Scooter's coffeehouse. After I bought it and unwrapped it, I noticed that it had black specks on it. I thought it was black pepper (honestly,) but after my first bite I noticed a very subtle coffee flavor. It was coffee grounds! SO YUMMY! It was such a great combination, and when I read this doughnut recipe, I immediately thought of that delicious variation of a Snickerdoodle. I had to try it on a doughnut! After all, what goes together better than coffee and doughnuts??? (Has no one really thought off a doughnut WITH coffee before??? Surely someone has.)

Here is my adjusted recipe -


  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 8-count package large refrigerated biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of coffee grounds


  1. Heat ½ cup of the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Place the biscuits on a cutting board. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter or shot glass, cut a hole in the center of each biscuit, reserving the extra dough for "holes."
  3. Test the heat of the oil by dipping the edge of a doughnut in the pan. When the oil is hot enough, the edge will bubble. Place 4 of the doughnuts and holes in the skillet and cook until golden brown, 1 to 1½ minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack or paper towel–lined plate to drain. Add the remaining oil to the skillet, reheat, and cook the remaining doughnuts and holes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Gently toss the warm doughnuts in the mixture a few at a time. Serve warm or at room temperature.
We made these for dessert and served them warm with vanilla ice cream this past weekend. I seriously thought I'd died and gone to doughnut heaven. They were AWESOME and so so easy! I've spent the last week trying to block the delicious memory from my head. I still have two more tubes of biscuits in the fridge, and I need to NOT make (and obviously eat) MORE DOUGHNUTS. I think we'll try them again on Easter morning! Ah, the makings of a new tradition!

For more recipes, see Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, LifeasMom, Joy of Desserts, Grocery Cart Challenge, Food on Fridays.


  1. I am really tempted to try this - especially since I just saw these on sale in a grocery ad. But I am afraid that NOTHING good would come of it...though the moment would be heaven, the scale would scoof at me for weeks!

  2. These sound delicious and easy! Thanks for a great idea :)

  3. What a great idea - they sound mouthwatering!

  4. Oh, my! We love snickerdoodles. These sound fabulous!!

  5. That sounds delicious! What a great idea.

  6. do the coffee grounds get mixed in with the cinnamon sugar?

  7. what a great idea...biscuits converted to donuts!

  8. Ha! I guess I should have said to mix the coffee grounds with the cinnamon and sugar. Small technicality. Sorry!

  9. What a fantastic idea! Donuts using biscuit dough! I am TOTALLY surprising my husband with these on Sunday morning!