Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Easiest Ever Air Fried Donuts

Air fried donuts made with biscuits are perfectly flaky and ready in minutes! Make some today for a sweet breakfast or afternoon treat.

Not only does this air fryer donut recipe give you a plate full of fluffy treats, but you get crispy donut holes as well!

Plus, making donuts in the air fryer means no pot of oil to get rid of when you’re done.

For more sweet treat ideas, try this mini peach crisp or my peanut butter smores. Both are just the right size to satisfy a sudden craving without having leftovers.

I also have a recipe for homemade churros that you’ll love! The flavor is similar to these air fryer donuts, but the dough is made from scratch.

air fried donuts in a stack

Air Fried Donuts - Tips and Tricks

  • Keep the dough cold. If it gets too warm, especially in a hot or humid kitchen, your treats won’t turn out as flaky. Put the remaining dough in the refrigerator while you fry the first batch.
  • Don’t flip! Your air fryer biscuit donuts will end up tearing down the middle. They turn out just fine if you leave them alone during the cooking process.
  • Coat with sugar immediately. The combination of heat and butter is what causes the sweet coating to stick to the surface.
  • Want them smaller? These turn out thick and fluffy, but you can easily make them thinner and smaller if you prefer. Simply separate the dough round in half before cutting the holes in the center. Plus, you’ll end up with a double batch!

donuts in air fryer ingredients

Decorating Ideas

For something a little fancier than cinnamon sugar, try using sanding sugar in a variety of colors to match the occasion. Be sure to coat each donut well so the color comes through.

Or, coat them in a simple homemade icing instead! You can dip them one by one or simply spoon the glaze over the tops. Wait until they have fully cooled first for best results.

Let them sit on the wire rack while the icing sets, and place a piece of parchment or foil underneath to catch any drips. Enjoy as-is or top with decorative sprinkles!

air fryer biscuit donuts cut

Kitchen Tools Needed for Air Fried Donuts

  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes may require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Donut Cutter - If you don’t have one, use any round 1-inch tool like an apple corer, a small cookie cutter, or the back of a large piping tip.
  • Heat-safe spatula or Tongs for transferring the air fryer donuts in and out of the basket.
  • Wire Rack - Great for cooling all kinds of baked goods.

donuts in air fryer

Air Fryer Donut Recipe FAQ

Can I use any type of biscuits for biscuit donuts?

This recipe uses the original Grand's variety, but I’ve also had success with the Buttermilk one as well.

I did try the Butter Tastin’ ones for my Easter air fryer biscuit donuts, but it was clear that they were made with biscuits, so I would recommend avoiding that flavor.

How should I store leftovers?

While these are best enjoyed fresh, they should keep for up to two days in an airtight container. Store at room temperature and keep the container tightly sealed so they don’t become hard.

Can you reheat air fried donuts in the air fryer?

Yes, but keep the temperature low and check them after a minute or two so the sugar doesn’t burn.

air fryer donuts in a pile


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air fryer donuts wide photo

Yield: 8 donuts, 8 donuts holes
Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Donuts

Easiest Ever Air Fried Donuts

Air fried donuts made with biscuits are perfectly flaky and ready in minutes! Make some today for a sweet breakfast or afternoon treat.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 10 Min


  • 1 can (16.3 ounce) original Grand Flaky layers Pillsbury biscuits
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (salted or unsalted it is not important)


  1. Separate all of the biscuits and place them on the cutting board.
  2. Use a 1-inch cookie or donut cutter or similar to cut a hole in the middle of the biscuits. If you do not have a 1-inch donut cutter, you can cut with a knife, use the back of a pipping tip.
  3. Place 4 donuts in the air fryer and 4 donut holes. (I have a Cosori 5,8 QT) and I can cook 4 at the time with the donut holes.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. If you have a hot kitchen place the remaining 4 donuts and donut holes back in the fridge.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium size (large enough to fit a donut) bowl combine the sugar and the cinnamon. Set aside.
  7. Place melted butter in a medium bowl large enough to fit a donut.
  8. When your donuts are nice and golden brown, take them out of the air fryer and place them on a plate. One at a time place the donuts in the butter and flip to coat both sides. Let the excess butter drip off and then transfer them to the bowl with the sugar cinnamon mixture. The cinnamon mixture will stick to the donut due to the butter coating.
  9. Let the donut rest on a rack.
  10. Repeat with the last four biscuits.

air fryer biscuit donuts closeup

Originally published September 2021

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