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Sunday, September 24, 2017

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns

Impress the kids {and husbands!} with this breakfast show stopper.
A creative short-cut makes them darn easy!

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns...a new short-cut makes these long johns easy and quick!  Buttery, flaky and soft with a delicious maple icing! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Breakfasts around here, especially on school days, are quick and easy.  Often a bowl of cereal, possibly an egg, a bowl of yogurt topped with granola or perhaps a smoothie.  It seems we have about 3 seconds from start to finish to get everyone fed and out the door.

Tell me again why some of my kids want to sleep in on school days, yet for the life of them cannot do it on Saturdays?

I'm dumbfounded.

I mean, our mornings are so crazy that last week we were three steps out of the door, on our way to loading up in the van when my oldest announced, "Mom, it's Wednesday, don't we have a late start?"

Why yes, lovely son.  We do start late every-stinkin-Wednesday, for reasons I cannot explain other than to annoy every other mother in our school district.

We scooted our behinds back inside which only allowed my three to fight endlessly and to find myself twiddling my thumbs in the corner secrectly praying for that hour to pass quickly.

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns...a new short-cut makes these long johns easy and quick!  Buttery, flaky and soft with a delicious maple icing! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

On that day, I'm fairly certain it was a "let's see who can gulp this smoothie down the fastest" type of morning, only to find ourselves bored for the next hour waiting.

I should have made these fried maple long johns!  I would have had plenty of time!

Only I had yet to create them in my head.  That came a few days later while laying in bed, knowing I should be getting up to walk the dog while the house was still quiet.  Knowing I should have prepped their lunches the night before.  And fully knowing that no one was going to deliver my cup of joe to me in bed, so I had better get my butt up and moving.

Yep, I woke up dreaming of donuts.  What can I say I'm a food blogger.  Growing up I used to stay at a friend's house and her mom would use canned biscuits {cutting out the hole in the middle} to fry up donuts and then dust them in cinnamon an sugar.  They were heavenly. For reasons I cannot explain, some 25+ years later I'm finally remembering it.  Thankfully, for you my friends, I gloriously pulled out the memory from my brain.

I wonder if I'll remember the conversation I had with my 3 year old yesterday.  It went something like this.

"Mom, do you have make-up on?"


"Oh...{long dramatic pause}...I can see you soooooooo much better now!  You don't look so goofy."

I love her.  I love her.  I love her.

At least I keep telling myself that.  I should have hid these long johns from her.  Especially after I realized TWO DAYS AFTER THE FACT last week that she also cut a nice big hunk of hair out of the back of her head.

I have three kids under the age of 8.  I can't keep track of them all the time.

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns...a new short-cut makes these long johns easy and quick!  Buttery, flaky and soft with a delicious maple icing! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

But let's hop back to these long johns.

The short-cut of using refrigerated biscuit dough allows you to make these every darn Saturday if you'd like.  Your waist line will grow, but I'll leave that decision up to you.  Start to finish in under 30 minutes!

And we cannot forget that maple frosting.  It's a true THING around here in the Midwest. Donut shops all around will always have a maple version.  It is the one I reach for every single time.  I do know a few people who don't like the flavor {ahem, my brother}, but that's fine, let them have the chocolate ones.

You can find maple extract at most grocery stores, but if you can't or live in timbuktu you can purchase some HERE.  It will last awhile {unless you make these every single Saturday}, so the $4.22 price tag is worth it.

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns...a new short-cut makes these long johns easy and quick!  Buttery, flaky and soft with a delicious maple icing! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Get ready to bite into a flaky, buttery, crispy on the outside, super soft on the inside donut that will change your life forever.

Golly, they are so easy I've decided the next time I make them, I'll be delivering some to my friends. Because who doesn't LOVE homemade long johns delivered on their doorstep?

Yield: 8

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 12 MINStotal time: 22 mins
Bakery style, yet no bakery fuss! These long john donuts are done in less than 30 minutes. Go ahead and lick up that extra maple icing that drips off. It's okay.


  • 1 16.3 oz can refrigerated biscuits (8 to a can)
  • Vegetable or Canola oil
Maple Icing
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. maple extract
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 t. salt
  • 3 T. milk, plus additional to achieve the proper consistency


  1. Using a large rimmed skillet, fill the pan with oil, about 2 inches high. Turn on to medium heat, this should take about 5 minutes to heat up. To test, break off a very small piece of biscuit dough and drop it in. If it bubbles and floats to the top the oil is ready.
  2. Open up the canned biscuits and gently spread them apart with your fingers, pulling horizontally to about 5-6 inches long.
  3. Place 3 pieces of dough into the hot oil at a time, cooking 2 minutes a side until a deep golden brown. Once both sides are fried, remove and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain and cool.
  4. While the long johns are frying, mix together the maple icing. Stir together the powdered sugar, extracts, salt and milk. Add enough milk to bring the icing to a fairly thin consistency. Pour the icing into a shallow pan that will be easy for dipping.
  5. When the long johns have cooled down, dip the puffy side into the maple icing and place on a wire rack to set. Repeat this process twice.
  6. Eat immediately - as they are best fresh!
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  1. Yummy...my Mom used to make the cinnamon sugar doughnuts version for us. Loved them ❤️! I'll have to give this a try.