Air Fryer Donuts

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

These Air Fryer Donuts can be ready in 20 minutes or less — no waiting on the dough to rise!

Image of 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 them for a quick and tasty dessert the whole family loves.

Besides this 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 guess that goes without saying! 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 cooked this way may need to be slightly tweaked for your specific model.

Process shots--Remove biscuits from packaging; cut out center; repeat for all the dough; spray and add to the air fryer; cook.

How To Make Donuts In An Air Fryer

  1. Open the biscuits and cut out the centers with a 1-inch biscuit or round cutter.
  2. Lightly spritz the 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 at 350 degrees. Melt the butter and toss together cinnamon and sugar while the donuts cook.
  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 them for 3 minutes.

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

Variations

  • These donuts 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.
  • Glazed Air Fryer Donuts: 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 a chocolate glaze: Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Looking for a healthier version? Try these made with protein powder.

Up-close image of 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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Air Fryer Donuts

5 from 3 votes
These simple four-ingredient Air Fryer Donuts are incredible! They're light, fluffy, tender, buttery, and perfectly coated in cinnamon sugar.
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Air Fryer Donuts

5 from 3 votes
These simple four-ingredient Air Fryer Donuts are incredible! They're light, fluffy, tender, buttery, and perfectly coated in cinnamon sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword air fry donuts, air fryer donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 donuts and 8 donut holes
Calories 213kcal
Cost $4.32

Equipment

  • Air Fryer -- Note 1

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 the 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--it 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 at a time) in the air fryer basket. Air fry at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • BUTTER AND 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 and then cinnamon sugar; 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 (uncooked) biscuit dough in the fridge until ready to make more.

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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 than what is listed in the recipe.

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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  1. 5 stars
    OK wow….these are so good!! Just made them for the first time and trust me it will be the first of hundreds of times….thank you SO much for this recipe!! Loved them!

    1. Yay! I am so happy to hear that! These Air Fryer Donuts have definitely been a game changer in our home! 🙂

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