Frosted Pecan Faux Doughnuts - YUMMommy

Frosted Pecan Faux Doughnuts

Thanksgiving is steadily approaching.  Earlier this week, I shared my unofficial Thanksgiving dinner menu and mentioned that we would be having Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.  Well I got to thinking about how I could transform those crescent rolls into a tasty holiday treat.  Behold my Frosted Pecan Faux Doughnuts were born!

They're the perfect sweet holiday treat.  While I do enjoy cooking from scratch, making doughnuts from scratch can be time consuming.  The last thing I want is to be stuck in the kitchen longer than I have to be for Thanksgiving.  Pillsbury's Original Crescent Rolls are make a wonderful, easy and delicious substitute for doughnut dough.   

Most importantly it will cut down on my time in the kitchen and maximize my time around the dinner table with my family. I hope you all enjoy this recipe.  Check it out below and be sure to share it with your friends.


2 cans of Pillsbury Original Crescent rolls (each can makes 4 doughnuts)
1 can  of Pillsbury Funfetti Icing with Sprinklers
1 can of Fisher Ice Cream Toppers Cinnamon Pecans
Vegetable Oil


In a medium sauce pan heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees on medium to medium-high heat.  While oil is heating place sprinklers, half of frosting and cinnamon pecans into separate dipping containers.  Then, open crescent rolls and roll out each sheet on a lightly floured surface.  You will notice that each sheet has eight triangles.  

Break the triangles into groups of twos.  You should have four rectangles made of two triangles for each can of crescent rolls.  Pinch together the perforated seams of each rectangle.  Then roll each rectangle into a tube.  Pinch together ends of your dough tubes like the picture below to form your doughnut.

Once the oil is heated, drop in one doughnut at a time.  Brown lightly on each side.  Be sure to watch your Pillsbury Crescent Roll doughnuts as they will brown quickly and could burn.  Turn down the heat if yours start to brown too fast.  Once your doughnuts are browned on both sides drain on a wire baking rack or plate covered with paper towels or a brown lunch bag.

When all of your doughnuts are finished, dip each into the icing, followed by the sprinkles and then the cinnamon pecans.  If you have a nut allergy, feel free to leave off the nuts.  You can substitute with crispy bacon, crunched pumpkin seeds or whatever your favorite crunchy holiday dessert topping is.

And here you have it, Frosted Pecan Faux Doughnuts that are sure to be a hit at Thanksgiving dinner.  They're sweet, crunchy, light and easy to make.   Want to try this recipe out for yourself?  You can save money by taking advantage of the following deals on Pillsbury's refrigerated baked products at Publix:

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What is your favorite holiday dessert?

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  1. oh my , this looks amazing, I love doughnuts

  2. I would have never thought to use crescent rolls for donuts! I want to try this!

  3. Oh my goodness. This looks so good and seems like a fun process. Definitely adding this to a list of things to do with my kids!

  4. What a cute and fun idea. I've never see faux donuts. So smart.

  5. I have never thought about doing this, what a great idea.

  6. I've tried this before with regular doughnuts and made a butter, sugar frosting, I would love to try it with bacon though!!!

  7. These look really easy to make. I should really try this!

  8. I love pumpkin pie the best! :)

  9. My favorite holiday treat is pistachio torte.