Air Fryer Donuts

I did a thing this past Sunday morning. I made Air Fryer donuts.

close up of cinnamon sugar donuts with text overlay


 

Me, like everyone else on social media, was scrolling and saw the cinnamon sugary wheels of glory calling my name. And they look so easy! I happened to have requested 2 cans of biscuit dough on hubby’s last trip to the store, so why not give them a whirl?

Most folks bought an Air Fryer to be healthier. To make their favorites with less oil but all the crisp.

close up of a cinnamon sugar donut on wood background

Apparently I didn’t get that memo because I used mine to take buttery biscuit dough, fry it, baste it with more butter and then toss it in cinnamon sugar.

They graced the pages of my Instagram stories and to my surprise people demanded the recipe. My sister-in-law said “what people need right now is DONUTS!”

Air Fryer Doughnuts

This is most certainly a doughnut hack. These aren’t going to rival the best yeast donuts or cake-like donuts you’ve ever had.

I likened them to the now famous cronut – Dominique Ansel’s cross between a croissant and donut. But my sister, a true doughnut connoisseur, quickly corrected me that these should not be uttered in the same sentence.

close up of cinnamon sugar on a donut

What I can tell you they are is delicious. They are quick to make and require just 4 ingredients. I would tell you they aren’t very messy, but I made mine with a 2-year-old (it’s also her hands in the video- but she’s 4 now), so mine were totally messy and every surface was covered in sugar fingerprints.

Donut Toppings

My Air Fryer Donuts are topped with just cinnamon and sugar. Plain and simple, I like the crunch.

bite taken out of a donut

But you can use whatever toppings your heart desires. Dress them like any other donut. A basic powdered sugar and milk glaze is always acceptable. As are sprinkles, or “sparkles” as my daughter calls them.

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Air Fryer Donut Recipe

Start with a can of refrigerated biscuit dough. My Air Fryer only accommodates 4 donuts without overlapping, so I worked in 2 batches.

Buttery and delicious Air Fryer Donuts in just 10 minutes and using only 4 ingredients. Coated in cinnamon sugar, these are going to be your new favorite! #airfryerdonuts #homemadedonuts www.savoryexperiments.com
  1. Make the Donut. Work on a non-stick surface or a lightly floured surface. Using a 1-inch cookie cutter, make holes in the center of each biscuit. This is necessary for them to cook the whole way through. It if you fry them whole, the center will still be doughy. I didn’t have a 1-inch cookie cutter so instead I used the cap off a pouch of frozen breast milk. Ha! But most any bottle cap will be the right size, just clean and dry it well.
  1. Grease them Up. Set aside the doughnut holes. Spray the inside of your Air Fryer with oil and then add donuts. Lightly spray the tops.
  2. Air Fry. Cook at 350°F for 5 minutes, turning half way through. No need to respray, as the bottoms will have residual oil on them already.
browned donuts in an air fryer basket
  1. Butter Baste. Baste with melted butter.
basting a donut with butter
  1. Toss in cinnamon and sugar. Serve warm!

Make Ahead

You can make anything ahead of time, the question is will it taste good? Donuts are best right out of the fryer when made traditionally and the same rings true here.

cinnamon sugar donuts on a wood cutting board with cinnamon sticks

Donuts can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for several days, if they last long. They are best on day #1 and might need a quick 10-15 seconds in the microwave to reheat the butter goodness back to its former glory.

I do not recommend freezing these donuts. You can, but the texture is totally off when thawed. They take less than 10 minutes to make, might as well make them fresh.

Serve them with a frothy cup of whipped coffee. Yum!

collage of cinnamon sugar donuts

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Air Fryer Donut Recipe

3.93 from 94 votes
Buttery and delicious Air Fryer Donuts in just 10 minutes and using only 4 ingredients. Coated in cinnamon sugar, these are going to be your new favorite!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Remove the biscuits from the can, separate them, and place them on a work space like a cutting board or rolling mat. Use a 1-inch round cookie cutter (or similarly-sized bottle cap) to cut holes out of the center of each biscuit.
  • Lightly coat your air fryer basket with cooking oil.
  • Place 4 donuts in a single layer without touching in the air fryer.
  • Close the air fryer and set to 350°F (nope, you do not need to preheat).
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes or until donuts are lightly browned and you can see the layers of biscuit start to seperate. Flip halfway through the cooking process.
  • Repeat with the remaining biscuits.
  • In a small, shallow bowl or pie plate, mix together sugar and ground cinnamon.
  • Baste both sides of the warm donuts with melted butter.
  • Toss in cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve immediately.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings!

Video

Notes

*Many companies do not suggest using nonstick cooking spray such as Pam, which can damage the coating on the basket. Instead, make your own spritz and use olive oil or avocado oil.
You can also cook the donut holes by following the same process and cooking for 3 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 286 kcal, Carbohydrates: 35 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 545 mg, Potassium: 129 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 8 g, Vitamin A: 175 IU, Calcium: 35 mg, Iron: 2 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 286
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer donuts, homemade doughnuts
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and food lover behind Savory Experiments. She is obsessed with butter, salt and bacon and spends all her time in the kitchen and behind a camera. Jessica is a contributor to PopKitchen by Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal Food + Travel and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe! My whole family loved them! I took the extra dough from the center and popped them in the air fryer as well and followed the recipe again just only a minute on both sides. It was great!

  2. Canned Refrigerated ‘Biscuits’ Well, there goes your non-American readership. What with the Canned, and then what definition you might use for ‘biscuits’…

    1. Sorry Paull, but I live in the states and 90% of our readership is in the states. I can’t write about what I am not familiar with. Best and cheers!

  3. This looks like a super easy way to make donuts. I’m wondering if you could also use frozen dough for dinner rolls. I may have to try that too!

  4. 5 stars
    These air fryer donuts are so easy to make! Sometimes I add honey with the cinnamon and sugar and my kids love them!

  5. 5 stars
    I had no idea you could use biscuit dough to make donuts, and make it healthier by using the air fryer instead of a deep fryer! This recipe is genius – and turned out so good!!

  6. 5 stars
    I make biscuit donuts all the time on the stovetop fried in oil, but never thought to do them in the air fryer – brilliant! I love how easy these are to make.