Grapefruit Doughnut Holes

Using refrigerator biscuits makes homemade doughnut holes a snap.

Grapefruit Doughnut Holes
Yields: 16
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 (16.3-ounce) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits*
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grapefruit zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 drop red food coloring (optional)
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Garnish: grapefruit zest
  1. Fill a 12-inch cast-iron skillet halfway with oil; heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°.
  2. Separate biscuits, and cut each biscuit into 4 equal pieces; roll pieces into balls, pressing any seams to seal, if needed.
  3. Working in batches, fry dough balls until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a spider strainer, remove and let drain on paper towels. Let cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar, grapefruit zest and juice, food coloring (if using), and salt. Dip tops of doughnut holes in sugar mixture, letting excess drip off; place, glaze side up, on a piece of parchment paper. Let stand until glaze is set. Garnish with zest, if desired.
Recipe for Success: We recommend using classic buttermilk biscuits versus flaky layer-style biscuits so the dough balls hold together while frying and don’t trap excess oil, making the donut holes soggy.

*We used Pillsbury Grands Southern Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits.