They say dreams don’t come true, but they were wrong — the pizza donut has arrived. Brunch-goers everywhere get to experience the best of both worlds (late-night snacking and breakfast), all rolled into one. It’s right here waiting for you!

pizza donuts

Adapted from Kirbie’s Cravings

(Makes 6)


  • 1 gallon vegetable oil
  • 2 cans pizza dough
  • pizza or Alfredo sauce (or both!)
  • shredded mozzarella
  • pizza toppings of your choice


  1. Heat oil in a deep pot or pan suitable for deep-frying until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Roll out pizza dough, and cut out circles for donuts using biscuit cutter or mason jar.
  3. In the center of each biscuit circle, add in about 1 tablespoon cheese and 1 tablespoon toppings of your choice like pepperoni, olives, and chopped bell pepper. No sauce here; you don’t want the dough to open up in the fryer. Wrap the edges of the dough on top of each other and fully pinch the edges closed to form a large donut hole.
  4. Drop your donuts into the pan. Fry about three at a time for consistency. When the dough looks golden brown, flip, and let the donut fry a little longer. You’ll want to make sure the dough cooks all the way through.
  5. Let the donuts drain onto a paper towel, but you’ll want to add cheese and toppings while donuts are hot so the cheese gets nice and melty.
  6. Fill your piping bag with the sauce of your choosing, and inject your donuts with about 1 tablespoon sauce each. Top with more cheese, and pop in a toaster oven until cheese is melty. If your donuts need a refresh, you can pop them into the toaster oven for an easy re-heat, or *cheesy* re-heat.

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