How to Make Donuts From Crescent Roll Dough

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The intersection of a croissant and donut is a confection like no other. Sweet and crispy, flaky and airy, it truly is the best of both worlds. You can make your own version of this treat at home using store-bought crescent roll dough. It takes little more than vegetable oil and sugar to turn your kitchen into a world-class bakery.

Things You'll Need

  • Crescent roll dough
  • Vegetable oil
  • Skillet or saucepan
  • Instant-read thermometer
  • Biscuit or cookie cutters
  • Paper towels
  • Plate
  • Pudding or marshmallow cream (optional)
  • Granulated sugar or frosting
  • Pour 2 inches of vegetable oil into a heavy-bottomed skillet or saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Remove the dough from the canisters and lay it flat to form rectangles. Firmly press on the diagonal perforations running through the dough to seal the halves together. Stack the four rectangles of dough on top of each other and lightly press down so they adhere to one another.

  • Cut rounds out of the dough using a 3-inch biscuit cutter. Cut the centers of each round with a 1-inch pastry cutter to create the donut shape. You can use cookie cutters instead of biscuit cutters to form the dough into playful shapes, if you wish. Reserve the remaining dough for another use, or discard. If you roll out the dough to make more donuts, they will be dense and flat, and not as fluffy and flaky as the usual crescent roll donut.

  • Fry the donuts in the hot oil until they're golden brown, about one minute on each side. Transfer the donuts to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

  • Allow the donuts to cool for five minutes. If you wish, you can cut the donuts in half and fill with a tablespoon or two of pudding or marshmallow cream. Sandwich the two halves back together.

  • Coat the donuts with either sugar or a glaze. For sugared donuts, roll the donuts in plain granulated sugar, or mix the sugar with a dash of cinnamon to taste. To make a glaze, microwave a store-bought or homemade frosting in 10-second increments until it is thin enough to pour over the donuts. You can use any flavor of frosting you like, but avoid whipped varieties because they develop an odd consistency when heated.

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