Fun Food Fridays: Cheating Fry Bread

Fry bread with cinnamon and sugar is a camping food-food favorite in my family. The Queen Mother has a knockout recipe for fry bread that is even better than what you can get at the fair.

But, it can be a lot of work for preparation, cooking, and cleanup. So Cheating Fry Bread is perfect for when you just need a sweet snack!

All the fixings for Cheating Fry Bread


  • 1 can packaged biscuits
  • Cooking oil
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon


Pour oil to cover 1″ deep in a skillet and heat to about 350 degrees. Take each biscuit and flatten between your palms, then slip gently into the hot oil.  It’s a big help if all the biscuits are flattened a head of time OR if you have a helper flattening them while you cook!

I only cook 2 at a time.

Cook biscuits for about 2 minutes or until each side is golden brown. Don’t put more than 3 or 4 biscuits in the oil; you don’t want to crowd them. When the underside is brown, flip over and cook until the other side is brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. You also might want to pat them with the towels to remove excess oil.

Golden brown!

I recommend using all-metal tongs since plastic ones melt if you are pushing the biscuits around in the hot oil. I had to throw mine away!

While the biscuits are still warm, shake in a bag with cinnamon and sugar.

Makes 8 fry breads.

Very Yummy!

By the way: I’ve received permission from The Queen Mother to share her super-secret, super-yummy fry bread recipe with you next week!

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One Response to “Fun Food Fridays: Cheating Fry Bread”

  • Kerry:

    I have made fry bread while camping for over 20 years with my kids as helpers. I buy the frozen loaves of bread dough (3 or 5 loaves). I put the package in an aluminum disposable roasting pan to thaw out overnight. The dough expands and usually pops out of the plastic bag ergo the big pan. Directions as usual with hot oil in a pan over fire, grill, or campstove. Take a small wad of dough and practice your pizza stretching techniques. Pull the dough out as thin as possible without tearing holes in it and carefully put in the hot oil. Kids job is to turn bread over when light brown and remove when both sides are done. Place on paper towels to drain and cool. Then place in a gallon size ziplock bag with a cup of sugar and 2 tbsp of cinnamon. Shake shake shake! Tap off excess sugar and remove from ziplock. Whether 3 or 5 loaves of dough to start you will undoubtedly have extras to share with other campers. Affiliate Link
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