These Air Fryer Donuts are the easiest donuts you can make at home, thanks to the secret ingredient and your air fryer!
Every other Sunday is Donut Day in my house. And this stay-at-home time hasn't stopped us!
My husband used to go out on Sunday mornings to get some donuts from a local donut shop for the whole family. He'd also stop by our local Starbucks and bring back coffee for the two of us.
Now, we make our own coffee at home every day. And, we make these SUPER EASY, CRAZY DELICIOUS Air Fryer Donuts every other Sunday!
The Secret Ingredient
The secret shortcut to making these donuts: canned biscuit dough.
Yep. Canned biscuit dough. The kind you find in the grocery store next to the canned cinnamon rolls and pizza dough.
Some people use pizza dough for fast, easy donuts. But I like the flaky fluffy texture you get using biscuit dough.
Is it exactly like a classic donut? No. But it's buttery, light, and flaky, and my family and I LOVE it!
What You Need to Make This Recipe
First, you need an air fryer. This is the XL basket-style air fryer that I have and use almost every day now.
You only need three ingredients to make these easy air fryer donuts:
- can of biscuits
- melted butter
- cinnamon sugar
Okay, technically that's four ingredients, since the last one is made up of cinnamon and sugar. But I always have a small mason jar made up of cinnamon sugar.
To make cinnamon sugar: simply mix together one part granulated sugar with one-fourths part ground cinnamon in a jar. Now you always have cinnamon sugar mix ready to go!
I use cinnamon sugar on so many things: waffles, donuts, muffins.
✅ Step-by-step instructions
Start by preheating your air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
Open the can of biscuits and placing each raw biscuit dough onto a plate or a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper.
Use the wide end of a pastry tip to create a hole in the middle of each biscuit. Save the dough for donut holes!
Spray your air fryer with a bit of olive oil spray.
Place cut biscuits down onto the air fryer basket, leaving room between each one so that they don't touch. I have an XL air fryer and make these in two batches; depending on your specific air fryer, you might need to do the same.
Air fry at 360°F for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a bowl, and set aside.
When done, the biscuit tops will be golden brown. Carefully remove the hot donuts (use tongs to avoid burning your fingers if they are too hot) from the air fryer and dredge immediately Into the shallow bowl with cinnamon sugar mix. Be sure to coat all sides.
As you work on the donuts, you might want to first brush them with the melted butter before coating with the cinnamon sugar.
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Air Fryer Donuts
- 1 can biscuit dough (8 biscuits)
- olive oil spray
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
- Take biscuit dough out of the can and use a small round cookie cutter or the back of a pastry tip to cut out holes in the middle of each donut. Use the center dough for donut holes.
- Spray the interior of the air fryer basket with oil spray. Place donuts In a single layer. Make sure donuts do NOT touch each other or overlap; they will stick to each other if they do.
- Air fry at 360°F for 5 minutes. During this time, you can melt the butter and have it ready.
- When done, the biscuit tops will be golden brown. Carefully remove the hot donuts (use tongs to avoid burning your fingers if they are too hot) from the air fryer and dredge immediately Into the shallow bowl with cinnamon sugar mix. Be sure to coat all sides.
- As you work on the donuts, you might want to first brush them with the melted butter before coating with the cinnamon sugar.
- Enjoy immediately!
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.