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Pancake Mix Donuts

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
In less time than it takes to run to the donut shop, you can whip up a batch of easy pancake mix donuts. These delicious homemade cake donuts only require a few minutes time and a handful of ingredients.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 8 donuts


  • Donut cutter, or round cutters
  • Digital Thermometer


  • 3 cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups neutral oil peanut or safflower are good options

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4-5 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt


  • Place oil into a medium to large heavy sauce pan or dutch oven. Heat over medium heat, checking temperature every few minutes with a thermometer to monitor.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix and milk. Stir to combine but do not over mix. The dough will have a shaggy, not smooth, appearance. Transfer dough to a clean, non-stick surface that has been sprinkled with approximately 1-2 tablespoons of pancake mix or flour.
  • Gently roll dough to about 1/4" thick. Use a donut or round shaped cutter, or even a glass, to cut out each donut. Use a smaller cutter to cut out donut holes.
  • When oil is at 375 degrees F, gently slip a donut into the oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or to a light golden brown. Donuts can cook quickly, so once you see a light golden brown it's time to flip or remove the donut. Once cooked, carefully transfer to a baking sheet or plate lined with multiple paper towels. Repeat steps to cook remaining donuts.

Chocolate Glaze (optional)

  • In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and whisk or stir until smooth. If glaze is thicker than you prefer, simply add more milk, 1-2 teaspoons at a time. Gently dip the top of each donut into the glaze, then transfer to a wire rack to allow for excess glaze to drip off. If desired, garnish with sprinkles.


Always use care and caution when frying foods. The US Dept of Agriculture has some great tips for safety when frying foods. If you are new to frying foods, or need a refresher on safety (we can all use that!) please check out their safety tips here


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 183IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 1mg