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After School Snack Ideas… and Biscuit Donuts

Posted on September 2, 2009
Filed Under Snacks

Well, it’s that time of the year again. School has started, or is starting soon (unless you’re in Peru, where I just found out that ‘summer vacation’ is in the winter).

The kids come home from school,


…and they are STARVING!!!!! Or so they think.

I remember that when I was a schoolgirl too. I NEEDED a snack. I was starving. We lived 1/2 mile from school and half of that distance was our 1/4 mile long lane. We’d often walk to school and sometimes Mom would put the snack on a platter and walk out to meet us, disperse the snacks, and we’d all walk together to the house, munching away. Good memories. My favorite snack of all is when she’d mix peanuts, chocolate chips, and marshmallows and put them in little cups.

Renita was telling me about an after school snack that she makes sometimes for her boys. So, yesterday I stole her idea and made it too. Here it is.


Biscuit Donuts

1 can refrigerated biscuits
Oil or shortening for frying
Powdered sugar

I put about a cup of shortning in a small pan and heated it to about 375 degrees. Take each biscuit and make a hole in the middle with something round.

If you use the Grands biscuits with flaky layers, split them in half (where 2 of the layers meet)… makes so they aren’t doughy in the middle when the outside is done. And it also makes twice as many donuts that way. ???? Is donuts spelled ‘donuts’ or ‘doughnuts’? I’ve seen it both ways, not sure what the difference is except that one way is shorter, so I’ll stick with that one. Fry the donuts in oil for 45 seconds – 1 minute per side.


Drain on paper towel.

Coat with powdered sugar.


Only 3 ingredients.

Other after school snack ideas:
— Apples with peanut butter
— Cookies and milk
— Their leftover lunch ????
— Nachos with salsa (serving of tortilla chips spread out on plate and sprinkled with shredded cheese and microwaved for about 20 seconds to melt the cheese)
— Fruit
— Pudding
— Graham crackers with milk
— Reeses Puffs ????
— Popsicles
— Salties (chips, pretzels, Cheetos, party mix, etc.)

That’s all that came to my mind right now. What do you give your kids for an after school snack? Or do you say, “Go look in the kitchen, see what you can find.”? :) Today, I was in the middle of doing laundry, so I said that and they found goldfish crackers and drank chocolate milk.


13 Responses to “After School Snack Ideas… and Biscuit Donuts”

  1. Aug on September 3rd, 2009 7:37 am

    Glad you posted on this topic, because I was thinking that I would like to do after school snacks for the kids on the days that I am home. Yesterday I made these little strips of bread that you dip in butter and then make a sugar/cinnamon coating for and bake for about 5 minutes. They were really yummy. Those donuts look easy and good. And thanks for the other ideas too.

  2. Freida on September 3rd, 2009 7:55 am

    Ohhhh, Jasmine would be thrilled with the donuts. I’ll have to try these!

  3. Lanita on September 3rd, 2009 9:12 am

    Yummy they look so good! we’re going camping and planning to do these in a large pot over the fire.

  4. Jan on September 3rd, 2009 9:27 am

    my kids would love these and it’s something i often have on hand

  5. Lynn on September 3rd, 2009 10:18 am

    Wow this is funny – I am making these today for my kids when they come home from school! I can relate to your story we also had a very long lane to walk after school about 1/3 mile. I was raised on a mennonite farm also – those were days I would love to go back to.

  6. JoAnn on September 3rd, 2009 2:45 pm

    I think these are what you can often find on Chinese buffets. I’ve never tried making them, but I will, soon!

  7. Kelly on September 3rd, 2009 7:34 pm

    Yum!! Those look super easy and delicious — I might need a “weekend snack” of those this weekend :-)

  8. Angela on September 4th, 2009 3:53 pm

    These donuts are especially yummy over the campfire! =)

  9. Loretta on September 5th, 2009 8:55 pm

    OOhhhh can’t wait to try these-the children were just asking about donuts today!!!Thanks

  10. Shannon on September 9th, 2009 10:05 am

    We often had these but mom would roll them in cinnamon sugar instead of powdered sugar.

  11. Katie Seamons on November 18th, 2009 5:54 pm

    I have tried these and they sure are yummy, but I have also tried using the pizza dough and it works even better. Not as stong of a baking powder taste. Great blog!

  12. Katie Seamons on November 18th, 2009 5:54 pm

    Sorry that was supposed to be strong not stong…

  13. Paola on June 16th, 2010 9:03 am

    Hi, nice recipe! One note: in Peru summer vacations are actually in the summer because we are in the south hemisphere :)