Shark Week: Life Preserver Doughnuts

by Jennifer on August 7, 2013

in Breakfast Sweets, Shark Week Desserts

Shark Week Doughnuts by #sharkweek

I grew up on the “rivah.” This one to be exact:


Which meant that I was in the water at a pretty young age. But, as anyone who has swum in a river or lake knows, there is a BIG difference between pool swimming and rivah swimming.

Specifically, you are never alone. At any moment, something could brush up against your leg/arm/foot, causing sheer, unadulterated panic. And, chances are, you will NEVER know what it was. A harmless fish? Probably. A piranha? Unlikely, but you can’t rule it out. A hungry, (wo)maneating shark? You’ll never know…

Oh, and you also step on random crap the whole time, from slimy seagrass stuff to pinching crabs. Or stinging jellyfish.

But, I digress.

Luckily, I haven’t encountered any sharks in my daredevil, rivah swimming adventures. But, it looks like one got to these poor life preservers…

Shark Week Doughnuts by #sharkweek


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Shark Week: Life Preserver Doughnuts
Recipe type: Breakfast Sweets
  • 1 can refrigerated large biscuits (8 per can)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • ½ can of white frosting (NOT whipped frosting)
  • Red food coloring
  • Small paintbrush
  • Cookie cutter with jagged edges (or a sharp knife)
  1. Place about 1½ to 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Heat to approximately 325 to 350 degrees.
  2. While oil is warming, remove biscuits from can and peel apart. Using a small, round cutter, cut a hole in the middle of each biscuit (save the middles and fry them to make doughnut holes!).
  3. When oil is ready,gently place 2-3 doughnuts at a time in oil until lightly browned on each side (watch out – they cook fast!). Place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain when done.
  4. Put ½ can of white frosting in a microwavable bowl. Microwave frosting for 10-15 seconds, or until the consistency of a thick glaze. Dip doughnuts into glaze and set on paper towels to harden slightly.
  5. Dye leftover, melted frosting red with food coloring. Paint four red stripes into doughnuts to look like a life preserver. Let frosting harden slightly.
  6. Using a cookie cutter or sharp knife (I used a porcupine cutter), cut out a chunk of the doughnut so it looks like a shark bite.


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1 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

Totally adorbs, Jennifer! I am loving these clever and cute life preserver doughnuts for Shark Week! Looking forward to what you post in the next few days. Fun, fun!


2 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

Thanks so much, Stacy! :)


3 susie August 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

Hahahaha! These are awesome. I thought of you watching the Shark Week stuff on GMA. A Sharkini bathing suit with a huge bite mark out of the midriff, the shark repelling wetsuit, and a sleeping bag of a shark called a chum buddy. Hilarious. I grew up on the Mississippi. You were most likely to bump into a little Hepatitis in there!!!


4 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

Every one of those products sound AMAZING and hilarious! :)


5 Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen August 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

Oooh is that the river in VA that practically no one crosses? My parents met an older women who, when she found out where they lived said “Oh… I’ve never been to the other side of the rivah!”
Of course, it might have been the possible sharks that made her not want to cross.
Those look so good- I love the shortcut and how thick the icing is!


6 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

I’m not sure if it is the same river, but it TOTALLY could be! There are lots of people in my hometown that probably have never left the city limits! :)


7 Kayle (The Cooking Actress) August 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

Mmmm donuts!!! My grandma has a pool so I learned to swim very quickly–but I also swam in my share of lakes and such so I know what you mean about the slimy and surprising movements lol


8 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

I know, seriously! The jellyfish were the worst – I’ve had some pretty bad stings in my lifetime!


9 Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig August 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

For all the things you mentioned is why I don’t love “rivah” swimming!! Ha-ha. Such a clever treat here though!! Love!


10 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Thank you, Cathy! I haven’t been rivah swimming in a LONG time. I think I’ll stick with pools from now on ;)


11 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

These donuts made me smile and then made me very hungry. That is the best set of reactions I can possibly think of! Yum!


12 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thanks, Pamela! :)


13 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me August 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Super cute and while a cookie cutter with a jagged edge makes perfect sense, I’d advocate for taking a bite out of each one ;)


14 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

If I was going to eat the myself, that would have been a WAY better option! ;)


15 Paula August 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Love these! Swimming in a lake or river with untold inhabitants lurking below…not so much:)


16 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Thanks, Paula! :)


17 Mike @ Semi Sweet August 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Growing up with the lakes and rivers of Florida, I’m all too familiar with the icky seaweed bottoms that always freaked me out. These doughnuts are so clever! You mentioned not to use whipped frosting in the recipe. Could you explain why? (I only ask because I have a container in the cupboard and I’m in the mood to make these.)


18 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Hi Mike! If you try microwaving the whipped frosting, it gets way to thin to make a proper glaze! It just doesn’t hold up well to heating :)


19 Miss Messy August 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Oh wow how cute are these! :D love it!


20 Jennifer August 7, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Thanks so much! :)


21 The Bearfoot Baker August 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm

You are so brave and creative! I am watching shark week now and wouldn’t get in the river without a shark cage! I would however, have these cute doughnuts while watching shark week from my couch;)


22 Jennifer August 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Thank you, Lisa! :)


23 Mimi @ Culinary Couture August 8, 2013 at 2:54 am

These are insanely CREATIVE! I love them!


24 Jennifer August 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

Thanks so much, Mimi! :)


25 The Partiologist August 8, 2013 at 8:22 am

What fun to have a little something for shark bait – yummy for sure! I grew up near a lake and I hear you about stepping on all kinds of disgusting stuff!!


26 Jennifer August 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I didn’t mind all the gross stuff when I was a kid, but I’ll take a pool now, thank you very much :)


27 Janine of August 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Hee-hee… so silly… can’t help but smile at those!


28 Jennifer August 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Thanks, Janine! :)


29 Laura Dembowski August 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I’m not a fan of the water, swimming pools, rivers, whatever. The things that lurk there freak me out far too much!


30 Jennifer August 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Agreed! :)


31 Reeni August 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Haha these are so cute! I grew up near a river too but never went swimming in it. I’m such a scaredy cat. A few of these cookies might change my mind!


32 Reeni August 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I mean doughnuts. Duh.


33 Jennifer August 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Thanks so much, Reeni! Cookies, doughnuts – it’s all good! :)


34 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel August 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

EWWWW river stuff FUHREAKS me out. I hate the feeling of squishy things under my feet. It’s seriously spine-tingling. And dude, bodies of water are beautiful but SO creepy. You never know what kind of freaky monster could be lurking under the surface.


35 Jennifer August 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

Exactly! One of my best friends is an open-water phobe – we went tubing one time as kids and she was not a happy camper!


36 Sue {munchkin munchies} August 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

You’re coming up with some great treats for shark week! Your life preserver donuts are so clever, especially with the bite out of ‘em:)


37 Jennifer August 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Aww, thanks, Sue! :)


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