‘Cronuts’ are easy to make at home

A 'cronut' is a cross between a doughnut and a croissant. Make a batch at home in just 10 minutes.
A 'cronut' is a cross between a doughnut and a croissant. Make a batch at home in just 10 minutes.

Have you heard about the “dossants” or “cronut” phenomenon? It’s the latest doughnut craze to sweep the nation. Basically, it’s a cross between a doughnut and a croissant, and people are lining up and waiting hours just to taste one. Really?

Don’t get me wrong, for as long as I can remember I have adored fried dough. A Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut has satisfied many a late night craving. And in my first home economics class in middle school, I can remember making “homemade” doughnuts. It was that memory that brought me to today’s recipe for 10-Minute “Cronuts.”

I appreciate anyone who makes homemade croissant dough. However, that’s not me. Hours of folding butter and flour together, then refrigerating, rolling, and repeating is not my idea of fun. So I do what my home economics teacher did and reach for the refrigerated dough in my nearest grocery store. Refrigerated dough makes quite a delicious doughnut — uh, cronut. It’s light, buttery, and flaky with just the right amount of sweetness from the glaze.

I’ve been experimenting with raisins, currants, and even chocolate-centered cronuts. But my favorite has to be the plain glazed cronut. Of course, when I go for a “real” doughnut, I’m just a glazed girl too. Give this newfangled, old-fashioned recipe a try and let me know what you think.

10-Minute “Cronuts”

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Vegetable oil for frying

1 package (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent roll dough, such as Pillsbury

1 cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

Pour enough vegetable oil in a medium saucepan for there to be at least 3/​4-inch depth. Cook over medium high heat.

Twist dough into crescent shapes and drop three or four at a time into the hot oil. Fry on one side until puffed and golden brown and turn. Repeat until all the dough is fried, removing them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

In a small bowl, mix together sugar and milk to make glaze. Glaze the cronuts and serve warm immediately. Safely discard the oil.

Approximate values per serving: 176 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated), no cholesterol, 1 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, no dietary fiber, 223 mg sodium.

Contact Alicia Ross at Kitchen Scoop, c/​o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or send email to tellus@kitchenscoop.com. Visit the Kitchen Scoop Web site at www.kitchenscoop.com.