30-Minute Maple Bars

Use canned biscuits to get amazing Maple Bar doughnuts in just 30 minutes! Yes, really.30-Minute Maple Bars

Every Monday we have family night, with a lesson and activity, and last night we taught Charlotte about healthy food habits. (This may or may not have been a direct result of her refusing to eat everything but the top layer of crust on her Chicken Pot Pie.)

30-Minute Maple Bars

Eric found this strange/hilarious food pyramid video to show her. (highlight: “My friend John is fat because he keeps eating and he does not play” (picture of Fat John).

Keeps eating and does not play. Yep, that pretty much describes me.

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Then they’ll show a picture of me stuffing my face with one of these Maple Bars. Just in case this healthy food habits video doesn’t stick with Charlotte, surely her mother’s shining example will.

Rrrrright. I guess now is a bad time to mention that I have maple glaze on my hands as I type this. Because I just finished off my 4th doughnut for the day. Maybe it was 5. I’m not even gonna get out of my chair to go check how many are left.

30-Minute Maple Bars

Raise your hand if you’re a west coast transplant. This recipe is for you! I get a ton of people landing on my blog searching for a Maple Bars recipe. Maple Bars are a west coast standard in doughnut shops, but are tough to find east coast, or even midwest. (At least I couldn’t find them in Indianapolis when we lived there.) It’s a darn shame, because Maple Bars pretty much rule.

30-Minute Maple Bars

But cry no more, my beautiful Californians, Oregonites, Washingtonians. My other recipe for Maple Bars is fabulous and stars and rainbows and all that…but it definitely takes like 5 hours what with all the rising and rolling and shaping. Not that I haven’t been known to start making them at 10pm when I’m 37 weeks pregnant. Sometimes cravings call.

But never again will I have to lose feeling in my cankles just to get my Maple Bars. These seriously take 30 minutes! Hallelujah.

30-Minute Maple Bars

Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, because I had no idea you could take biscuit dough and fry it into a donut. I told a few people about this idea and they were like, yeah, duh. (We’re not even friends anymore because hello who doesn’t share awesome ideas like that? Just kidding Sandi.)

30-Minute Maple Bars

I swear these taste like legit Maple Bars. They get perfectly crispy on the outside, but are melt-in-your-mouth soft and tender on the inside. 30 minutes guys.

30-Minute Maple Bars

Here are some other maple recipes if you’ve got the craving now:

Maple Bars

The original Maple Bars
Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears
Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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30-Minute Maple Bars

Yield: Makes 8 doughnuts


    For the doughnuts:
  • peanut oil*
  • 1 16.3-oz can refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough (I like Pillsbury Grands)
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 3 tablespoons hot water


  1. In a high-sided skillet, add about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of peanut oil. Turn the heat on to medium and let the oil heat for at least 5 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 350 F. If you don't have a thermometer you can test the oil buy dropping in a small piece of dough: if it bubbles, it's ready. Don't be tempted to turn up the heat; medium is the temperature you want.
  2. Open the can of biscuits and separate them out. Use your fingers to pull each biscuit into a large oval, about the size of a dollar bill (5 or 6 inches). You want it to be kinda long and skinny; if you flatten it out too much the other way you will end up with fat donuts. (Kinda like Fat John.)
  3. Drop the dough into the hot oil 2 at a time. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip them over with tongs. Cook for another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until they are a deep golden color. Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate. Continue with the rest of the donuts.
  4. When the donuts have cooled, make the glaze. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk together all the glaze ingredients. Add more water if necessary.
  5. Dip the puffiest side into the glaze. Move fast, the glaze starts to harden right away. Cover any remaining glaze with plastic wrap. EAT!


*I didn't put a specific amount on the peanut oil because how much you need depends on the size of your pan. Buy enough to fill at least 1 1/2 to 2 inches. (You can also use regular vegetable oil. I just feel like peanut oil leaves less of an oily taste).

I should mention that these donuts are best eaten right away. Even after just a couple hours they aren't crispy anymore. Which is how most donuts are, I suppose, so maybe that's not a bad thing.


Source: Refrigerated dough idea from Big Bear’s Wife; icing recipe from the original Maple Bars.

30-Minute Maple BarsHere’s the dough I used. Worked like a charm!

30-Minute Maple BarsShoonk out the dough…yes shoonk.

30-Minute Maple Bars


Stretch out that dough…

30-Minute Maple BarsTil it’s about 6 inches long.

30-Minute Maple BarsThen throw it in some hot oil.

30-Minute Maple BarsAaaand flip.

30-Minute Maple BarsAnd helloooooooo Maple Bars.





  1. Sarah says

    Wow. You know these would be great for company when you don’t want making breakfast to take too long. Like on Christmas. I’m also thinking they’d be perfect for a brunch if you didn’t want to get up too early (not that I am speaking personally). Maple is so good….I wish we had a holiday where it was traditional to eat mapley things.

    • says

      Yes, let’s do it Sarah! Let’s pick a date. It will be Maple Day. Or maybe we could just steal the Canadian Independence day :) And yeah this would be a good brunch to make for company. It’s seriously so easy. No rising even.

    • Janice says

      Sarah…in Quebec we have not a maple day but a maple season in the Spring! Its tradition to go to a Cabane a Sucre ( Sugar Shack) and eat eggs, ham, bacon, mini hot dogs all cooked in maple syrup. Dessert is maple sugar pie, donuts with syrup and crepes with syrup…after all that you go outside and eat maple candy on snow…:)

  2. says

    Oh. My. Word! This is so great! I’ve heard of the biscuit-dough-as-doughnut idea (sorry for being the bad friend who didn’t tell you!), but I was always skeptical and worried it wouldn’t taste as good. But if you say it’s just as good, I’m going to have to make these this weekend! So much easier than making your own dough. These pictures are amazing Karen!
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    • says

      Thanks for nothing Natalie!!! :) :) Just kidding. You really should try it, they are so easy and soooooo good. I mean, no rolling, no kneading…it just doesn’t get easier than that. Thanks for showering me with compliments Natalie, your comments are always very good for my ego :)

  3. says

    Great idea! I’ve seen these biscuit donuts before, but never a maple bar version. Genius! I love maple bars, I didn’t know they were a west coast thing. I’ve lived in Oregon and now Washington my whole life and maple bars are definitely available everywhere. And they are my fave. I just recently had a famous Voodoo Doughnut maple bar with bacon on top. I kid you not, it was the absolute best doughnut I have ever had. So good! : )
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  4. says

    Omigosh the convenience and deliciousness of these maple bars is going to ruin me! This is the worst timing–Anime Boston is this weekend and I have to fit into a costume! Ack! Why do all the best recipes come out at such inconvenient times?
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  5. says

    Oh my god woman. Okay one, we are clearly on the same wavelength because I just made doughnuts this weekend two!!! Except we are on very separate stratas of that wavelength because I baked mine which makes me all sadface when I look at these GLORY-FILLED FRIED BARS OF BEAUTY. Well, glory-topped I suppose. I didn’t realize maple bars were a West Coast thing, but now that you mention it…I don’t think I’ve ever seen a maple bar in Houston! Good thing you’re here to remedy that!! FRIED BISCUITS FOR ERRYONE.
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  6. says

    Mmm-Maple Bars are crazy good! We have a place here in Portland that I’ve never been to called Voodoo Doughnut and they have Bacon Maple Bars and I’ve been wanting to try one. I guess I could just make one of these and sprinkle some bacon on it.
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  7. says

    What is this maple bar you speak of?! It looks AMAZING. A bakery close to my home town makes a maple version of Long John’s and I always thought they were waaaaay better than the chocolate version. It’s both excellent and terrible that these only take 30 minutes to make. This is far too accessible. At least with the other version my laziness would keep me from making them. Oh well…we’re adults so we get to eat donuts whenever we want right?
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  8. says

    I LOVE maple bars. They were (and I say were because I don’t dare walk into a doughnut shop anymore) my favorite thing to order when I was a kid. There’s nothing like fried dough with a maple glaze slathered on top. Then again, I’m a fan of maple anything so I’ll definitely be checking out your other maple recipes too. Thanks, Karen!! :)
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  9. Rainy Garland says

    I was born in Washington and grew up in Oregon, but now I am a southern girl. Since I moved here, 5 years ago, I haven’t seen a single maple bar. These were my favorite things about the northwest. Even Krispy Kreme hot and fresh donuts are nothing compared to a yummy maple bar. Thanks for sharing! My birthday is this Saturday, and I know what I want now!

  10. Arianna says

    seriously!?!? My mom who was born and raised in California, has lived overseas for the last 45 years. Every time she visits, maple bars are at the very top of her homesick cravings list. Here in upstate NY we have Dunkin Donuts on every street corner, but they’ve never heard of maple bars. This is maple country, for Pete’s sake! :) I will definitely be making these next time she visits…

    Speaking of maple country… Maple glaze that doesn’t have even a drop of pure maple syrup? I think I might have to do some kitchen experiments…

    Thanks for the great idea!

    • says

      I’m so glad you found a recipe Arianna! Now you can make them for your mom and win major brownie points :) The problem with legit maple syrup is that it has a pretty delicate flavor. You would have to add a lot to the frosting to get the strong maple flavor that I wanted and that would mess with the consistency. If you experiment and find something that works, let me know! Happy frying :)

  11. Nikkita says

    You are seriously my hero. Ever since I left the PNW for the military I have been consistently craving maple bars and I can’t find them ANYWHERE. The only thing holding me back from making them myself was how time consuming they are. I made these the other day and I ate six in one sitting. SIX. I feel no shame. This just changed my life.


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