Air Fryer Donuts

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

    Stack of cinnamon sugar air fryer donuts

    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.

    Overhead of easy air fryer donuts with cinnamon sticks

    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 buttery layers of air fryer donuts

    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 homemade 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

    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.

    bottle top used as a cookie cutter for doughnuts

    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.

    air fryer donut holes on a cutting board

    Set aside the doughnut holes. Spray the inside of your Air Fryer with oil and then add donuts. Lightly spray the tops.

    Cook at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, turning half way through. No need to respray, as the bottoms will have residual oil on them already.

    donuts in an air fryer

    Baste with melted butter.

    basting butter onto a doughnut

    Toss in cinnamon and sugar. Serve warm!

    tossing a doughnut in cinnamon and sugar

    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.

    homemade cinnamon sugar donut

    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.

    air fryer donut on a cutting board with cinnamon sticks

    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!

    close up of air fryer donuts for pinterest

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    Air Fryer Donuts

    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 Time5 mins
    Cook Time5 mins
    Total Time10 mins
    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: air fryer donuts, homemade doughnuts
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 286kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • 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 degrees (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!



    *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.


    Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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