Air Fryer Donuts

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These simple 4-ingredient Air Fryer Donuts are incredible! They’re light, fluffy, tender, buttery, and perfectly coated in cinnamon-sugar.

This Air Fryer Donut recipe can be ready in 20 minutes or less — no waiting on dough to rise!

Image of the air fryer donuts stacked on top of each other

Image of the air fryer donuts stacked on top of each other

Can You Make Donuts In An Air Fryer?

Yes! And not only are they lower in fat (no oil!) they’re absolutely delicious with the perfect light, chewy, and fluffy texture. 

This recipe for Air Fryer Donuts from Grands Biscuits takes virtually no time at all to make since we’ve already got the dough ready to go. While I’ll always take a homemade biscuit recipe over store-bought biscuits, I don’t have any problem using store-bought biscuits for a quick & tasty dessert the whole family loves.

Besides this air fryer donut recipe, we’ve used store-bought biscuits in this Monkey Bread recipe and this Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread — both popular recipes on this website! 

QUICK TIP

To air fry donuts, you’ll need an air fryer! I use, love, and recommend this Air Fryer (affiliate link). Air fryers do vary a bit from brand to brand, so the timing for donuts in air fryer may need to be slightly tweaked for your specific model.

Process shots-- images of the centers being cut out of the dough and the dough being air fried

Process shots-- images of the centers being cut out of the dough and the dough being air fried

How To Make Donuts In An Air Fryer

  1. Open the biscuits and cut out the centers with a 1-inch bicuit or round cutter.
  2. Lightly spritz air fryer basket with coconut oil spray and add the whole donuts in a single layer (not overlapping) to the air fryer.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes. Melt the butter and toss together cinnamon & sugar in the meantime.
  4. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the donuts with the melted butter (if you don’t have a brush, gently dip just the tops in the butter shaking off the excess).
  5. Coat with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Shake off the excess sugar and enjoy!

QUICK TIP

Once the air fryer biscuit donuts are finished, you can prepare air fryer donut holes (leftover centers of the donuts) by air frying for 3 minutes.

Process shots of air fryer donuts-- images of the cinnamon sugar mixture being made, the donuts being dipped in butter and the being dipped in cinnamon sugar

Process shots of air fryer donuts-- images of the cinnamon sugar mixture being made, the donuts being dipped in butter and the being dipped in cinnamon sugar

Variations

  • This Air Fryer Donuts With No Yeast are so simple to make! That said, if you’d prefer to use a yeasted (from-scratch) dough, use your favorite donut recipe and then air fry at 350 degrees F for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Air Fryer Donuts Glazed: if you’d prefer a classic vanilla glaze, whisk the following ingredients together and drizzle over donuts (we like to dip the donuts in white sugar right out of the air fryer first then add this glaze!)

    • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 1-1/2 tablespoon whole milk (add slowly, adding more if a thinner glaze is desired)
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    • Teeniest pinch of salt
    • For chocolate glaze: add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • Looking for healthy air fryer donuts? Try these made with protein powder

Up close image of the air fryer donuts stacked on top of each other

Up close image of the air fryer donuts stacked on top of each other

STORAGE

Air Fryer Donut Storage

As with most donut recipes, these are best right out of the air fryer while they’re hot. They lose flavor and texture after cooling; they also begin to dry out. You can re-warm leftovers in the microwave for 5-10 seconds, but we recommend only making what you will consume and saving leftover (un-fried) biscuit dough in the fridge until ready to make more.

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These simple 4-ingredient Air Fryer Donuts are incredible! They’re light, fluffy, tender, buttery, and perfectly coated in cinnamon-sugar.

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These simple 4-ingredient Air Fryer Donuts are incredible! They’re light, fluffy, tender, buttery, and perfectly coated in cinnamon-sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (16.3 oz.) Pillsbury Grands Jumbo Biscuits (8 biscuits)
  • 1/2 cup white, granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (Note 2)

Instructions

  • PREHEAT: Turn the air fryer to 330 degrees and let it run (empty) for 5 minutes while preparing the donuts.

  • CUT BISCUITS: Open can of biscuits and using a 1-inch round cutter or biscuit cutter, cut out the center of each one. Set aside the centers for later. Lightly spray the air fryer basket and the biscuits with coconut oil or olive oil spray (don’t use a nonstick spray which can affect the coating of your air fryer)

  • FRY: Once centers are cut out, add biscuits in one even layer (do not overlap or overcrowd — we add 4 in at a time) in the air fryer basket. Air Fry at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

  • BUTTER & CINNAMON-SUGAR: Meanwhile, melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in another separate bowl.

  • FINISH: Using a pastry brush, brush the air-fried donuts with melted butter. (If you don’t have a pastry brush, press the tops of the donuts into the melted butter and shake off excess — you will need a bit more butter if going this route). Then dredge the donuts in the cinnamon sugar mixture, by rolling around and spooning sugar over top. Gently shake off the excess cinnamon sugar and enjoy hot.

  • AIR FRY DONUT HOLES: Take the center of the donuts and air fry for 3 minutes. Dip in butter then cinnamon-sugar and enjoy immediately.

  • STORAGE: As with most donut recipes, these are best right out of the air fryer while they’re hot. They lose flavor and texture after cooling; they also begin to dry out. You can re-warm leftovers in the microwave for 5-10 seconds, but we recommend only making what you will consume and saving leftover (un-fried) biscuit dough in the fridge until ready to make more.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Air Fryer: I use, love, and recommend this Air Fryer (affiliate link). Air fryers do vary a bit from brand to brand, so the timing may need to be slightly tweaked for your specific model.

Note 2: Butter: If you opt to dip the donuts into the melted butter instead of brushing the tops, you’ll likely need a few more tablespoons butter.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.4g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 11.1g | Cholesterol: 19.1mg | Sodium: 363.6mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 14.1g

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