Peanut oil, for frying
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup sugar
2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
5 tablespoons milk, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup cocoa powder
2 cans large buttermilk biscuits
Heat 2 inches peanut oil in a large pot or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F.
In a shallow bowl, stir together the ground cinnamon and sugar and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, set aside. This is the vanilla icing. In another bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, ¼ cup of cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of milk and set aside. This is the chocolate icing.
Lay out the biscuits on a cutting board and with a 1 ½-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out a hole from the middle of each biscuit. Fry them in the oil until golden and then flip with tongs to fry the other side. You can even fry the donut holes. Drain on paper towels and then toss in the cinnamon-sugar or ice and decorate with sprinkles, as desired.
Can you guess who's recipe this is? She likes to fry everything, and likes butter. You guessed it, it's Paula Dean! I've eaten 3 of these things so far and I know I must stop, but I can't because they're so good! I didn't have any large biscuits, just small ones. So, no little donut holes were made. I sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar. A perfect little treat after having fish and chips. We normally don't fry food that much. I prefer to bake it in the oven if I can. My little fry kettle just sits in the cupboard and I'll take it out maybe like once a year to fry stuff.