Easiest Ever Air Fryer Donut Recipe

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Our Air Fryer Donut recipe makes perfectly tender donuts that are ready in minutes! No fuss, no hot oil – make some for a sweet breakfast or afternoon treat.

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Air Fryer Donut Recipe

Not only does this recipe give you a plate full of soft cakey donuts, but you’ll also have crispy donut holes!

I think you’ll love making donuts in the air fryer, because it means no messy grease on your countertops, and no pot of frying oil to get rid of when you’re done!

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.

overhead: pillsbury biscuit dough and other biscuit donut recipe ingredients

Tips and Recipe Notes

  • 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!
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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!

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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.

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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.

Enjoy!

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Easiest Ever Air Fried Donuts

Donna Elick
Our Air Fryer Donut recipe makes perfectly tender donuts that are ready in minutes! No fuss, no hot oil, just fluffy soft donuts and holes!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 8 donuts

Equipment

  • 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.
  • cooling rack Great for cooling all kinds of baked goods.

Ingredients
 

  • 16.3 ounce can 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

Instructions
 

  • Separate all of the biscuits and place them on the cutting board.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350°F for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown.
  • If you have a hot kitchen place the remaining 4 donuts and donut holes back in the fridge.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium size (large enough to fit a donut) bowl combine the sugar and the cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Place melted butter in a medium bowl large enough to fit a donut.
  • 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.
  • Let the donut rest on a rack.
  • Repeat with the last four biscuits.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 261cal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 567mg | Sugar: 8g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published September 2021. Updated and republished July 2022.

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are so easy to make, they’re a great treat for kids or just as a late night snack. Will be keeping biscuits on hand for these!

    1. Hi Pat,
      We have not tried that with this recipe, if you do please let us know how it goes!
      TSRI Team Member,
      Holli

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