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Salted Caramel Crescent Doughnuts

Salted Caramel Crescent Doughnuts
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 3
In 20 minutes, you can have a batch of decadent doughnuts from crescent rolls, ready to serve. This caramel doughnut recipe is an easy way to enjoy a light and flaky dessert without leaving your house. You'll only need a handful of simple ingredients and a can of Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls for these salted caramel doughnuts. Your kids will love helping you drizzle their crescent roll doughnuts with the mouth-watering salted caramel sauce. These tasty treats are a guaranteed hit with all ages. Doughnuts made with crescent dough are light, flaky and incredibly tasty!
Updated April 20, 2021

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 can (8 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rolls (8 Count)
  • 1 snack-size container (3.25 oz) vanilla pudding
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons milk
  • Additional caramel sauce, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    In deep fryer or 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat to 350°F.
  • 2
    Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Stack 2 rectangles on top of one another. Fold in half widthwise to make tall stack. Repeat with remaining 2 rectangles.
  • 3
    To make 2 doughnuts, use 3-inch biscuit cutter to cut 1 round from each stack; use 1/2-inch biscuit cutter to cut small hole in center of each round. Reroll remaining dough to cut third doughnut.
  • 4
    Fry doughnuts in hot oil 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown and cooked through. Drain on paper towels. Cool 5 minutes.
  • 5
    Carefully split doughnuts in half. Place pudding in decorating bag fitted with small round tip, and pipe some of the pudding onto bottom half of each doughnut. Top each with some of the caramel sauce; sprinkle with salt. Cover each with top of doughnut.
  • 6
    In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon milk with spoon until smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too stiff to spread, add additional milk, 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Spread on tops of doughnuts. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce.

  • Using a candy thermometer/deep-frying thermometer when frying your salted caramel doughnuts helps to ensure correct temperature to give best results.
  • Add food color to the powdered sugar frosting for a fun and colorful topper for your crescent roll doughnuts.
  • Salted caramel doughnut holes are the perfect surprise for little ones. Cut doughnut holes out of dough scraps with a 1/2-inch biscuit cutter. Fry doughnut holes until deep golden brown and cooked through.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Doughnut
Calories
560
Calories from Fat
260
Total Fat
29g
45%
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
750mg
31%
Potassium
30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
67g
22%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
37g
Protein
6g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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