Campfire Doughnuts – Quick, Easy & Delectable

It’s not always easy to create home-made treats when you’re cooking on the go —whether you don’t have the space to store ingredients, or simply can’t take fancy cooking gear along for the trip. Here’s a simple recipe that you can whip up with little more than a skillet, a portable stove, or even a campfire!

It seems nearly everyone loves a good doughnut, especially when it’s hot off the skillet and topped with cinnamon sugar.  You might even feel like you just visited a local fair or carnival when you bite into it.

Easy — warm — amazing!


  • peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 can of biscuit dough
  • cinnamon sugar

Optional: frosting, sprinkles, or powdered sugar for different flavored doughnuts


1. Heat the Oil

Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a skillet until “shimmering”. Test the heat of the oil with a small piece of biscuit dough. If the dough browns and begins to fry, it’s ready! If the dough sinks to the bottom and does nothing, it’s not ready. Another trick to test the temperate of the oil is to use a wooden chopstick. If you stick the chopstick in and small bubbles come out – your oil is hot!

2. Make a Doughnut Shape

Remove the biscuits from their can and poke a hole in each one, making a doughnut shape. You may need to pull the hole open a bit to make it into a true “O” shape.

3. Fry

Drop your doughnuts very carefully into the oil. Fry on each side until brown. When finished frying, remove from the oil and let cool on a wire rack.

4. Coat the Doughnuts

While the doughnuts are still warm, either dip them in the cinnamon sugar, or toss them with the cinnamon sugar in a paper bag. You can also choose to frost your doughnuts or coat them in powdered sugar. Whatever you choose, it will be delicious!