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$5 Dessert: Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts

  • Prep Time 0:40 (including dough rising)
  • Cook Time 0:03
  • Estimated Cost $3.00

If you can believe it, I actually found another use for pizza dough: doughnuts. These simple yet classic cinnamon-sugar doughnuts are nothing more than lightly fried pizza dough yet they taste entirely different. It’s also not necessary to deep fry them—an inch or so of vegetable oil in a deep frying pan or pot will do. This recipe was inspired by an episode of Giada De Laurentis’ Food Network show Everyday Italian.


  • 1/2 recipe pizza dough $1.50
  • flour for dusting Pantry
  • 1/2 cup sugar Pantry
  • 1 tsp cinnamon $1.50 for 1 oz.
  • vegetable oil for frying Pantry

Recipe Serves 8


  1. Gently roll the dough out into an 8" x 8" square on a lightly floured surface. Use a wine glass to cut as many 3" circles out of the dough as possible. Use a narrow shot glass or large thimble to cut out a smaller hole inside the circle so it looks like a doughnut (save the cut-out holes to make smaller doughnut holes).
  2. In a medium bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon until fully incorporated.
  3. In a deep frying pan or pot, heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry the doughnuts and doughnut holes 2 or 3 at a time for about one minute per side or until lightly golden brown. Using tongs, transfer the doughnuts and doughnut holes 1 at a time into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Use your hands to coat well with the cinnamon-sugar and transfer to a plate. Repeat until all doughnuts and doughnut holes have been cooked and coated.
  4. Serve hot with coffee or tea.

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MissPInk Slip, on Apr 15, 05:31 PM, wrote:

I want to reach through the monitor and manhandle those doughnuts. Yum!!!

Kristen, on Oct 24, 05:43 PM, wrote:

You, my friend, are amaaazing! I don’t know how I never found you before now! Donuts with pizza dough? Genius! You should try making funnel cakes. Super easy and cheap and your friends will be crazy impressed. Maybe funnel cakes with a caramel pumpkin butter sauce??

Momrex, on Jan 4, 02:37 PM, wrote:

My youngest wanted doughnuts, but money is a little tight right now so I went looking and found this recipe. I must say I was a little skeptical, but decided to give the idea a go anyway, after all I could make a doughnut hole or two and use the rest of the dough for bread at worst. I made my dough into rounded balls, instead of rolling and cutting, and topped with powdered sugar once they were out of the oil. My picky children, who yuck everything LOVED them!!!! I would have never thought to make it into doughnuts.
Now I must say I was out of olive oil so I substituted the same amount of Crisco and could not say how the change affects the taste, but I know I will be making this recipe again!