Want to make fresh, hot doughnuts with a fraction of the work? This hack has been going around for sometime and I finally tried it. It's a game-changer! Instead of making dough, waiting for it to rise, shaping it, giving it a second rise … you can just buy frozen dinner rolls, let them defrost and rise as is, and continue with the frying from there! Less work, less cleanup, and really not a whole lot lost in terms of taste.


  • Rhodes frozen dinner rolls (or similar)
  • Oil for frying
  • Jam for filling (or filling of your choice)
  • Confectioners sugar for topping (or topping of your choice)


  1. Allow dough to defrost and rise according to the instructions on the back of the bag.
  2. Heat oil (in a pot or deep fryer) to 350°F (180°C).
  3. Fry doughnuts for a minute or two on each side, until the outside is golden and the center is cooked through.
  4. Remove with a slotted spoon and set on a cooling rack or a plate lined with paper towels.
  5. Allow doughnuts to cool. Use a knife to poke a hole from the side into the center, fill with jam or filling of your choice. Click here for more detailed directions showing how to fill your doughnuts.
  6. Top with powdered sugar.