Want an easy donut recipe that everyone will love? Air fryer donuts are a quick and easy treat that everyone will love! These Air fried doughnuts are made with a premade biscuit dough and fried to perfection in the air fryer. Serve these cinnamon sugar donuts warm for a sweet breakfast treat!
Cinnamon Sugar Air Fryer Donuts with Biscuits
Who doesn’t love donuts? They’re soft and sweet, and they just melt in your mouth. But they can also be a bit of a pain to make, especially if you are deep frying them. Luckily, air fryers are the perfect solution for making delicious donuts at home. And the best part is that you can use refrigerated biscuit dough to make fluffy donuts – no need to mess with yeast or hot oil. Just pop the doughnuts dough into the air fryer, and in minutes you’ll have hot, fresh donuts that are perfect for breakfast or a snack.
Making donuts in the air fryer with canned dough is much easier than making homemade donughts or baked donuts. As much as I love homemade donuts I do not always have time to make them and so I make these short cut homemade donuts.
For a long time we made cinnamon and sugar donuts with refrigerated biscuit dough by frying them. We have even shared our 3 ingredient donuts recipe already. But with the craze of the air fryer we knew we had to make that recipe even easier by using the air fryer to cook them. Now we always make air fryer doughnuts instead of the oil fried ones because it is so much easier. There is also a lot less mess and I am all for anything with less cleanup!
This easy air fryer donuts recipe starts with canned biscuits, baked in the air fryer, and then tossed in a cinnamon sugar coating for a delicious air fryer donuts recipe that is so quick and easy to make that you can even make them for a fun breakfast in the mornings!
There are lots of tasty recipes that you can make using refrigerated cinnamon rolls or biscuits, check out some of our favorites!
Recipes using Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Roll french toast casserole
- Pecan Sticky Buns
- Santa Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Roll Waffles
- Easter Cinnamon Rolls
- Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls
What are air fryer donuts?
This recipe is a simple donut recipe that uses premade biscuit dough, like the kind that you find in the refrigerator section, to make semi homemade donuts. Using the air fryer, these donuts are healthier than fried, with a crispy exterior and a fluffy inside. The outside is coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture to create standout donuts that are way better than anything you will buy at the coffee shop.
How to Store Air Fryer Donuts
I enjoy these air fryer biscuit donuts best when they are warm. However, they are just as good the next day. Once the donuts have cooled completely, store the donuts in an airtight container, freezer bag or wrapped well with plastic wrap. The donuts can be stored at room temperature and should last for 2 to 3 days.
How Long To Cook Doughnuts In An Air Fryer
Each batch takes 4 minutes to bake. The donut holes take about 3 minutes.
Can I make air fryer donut holes?
Absolutely. I never waster any part of the dough. I make the donut holes using the center of each donut. At the end, I place all of the donut holes in the air fryer and bake for 3 minutes. Dip the doughnut holes
in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar.
Tips for making this recipe
This recipe is pretty simple. However, there are a few tips and tricks to make it easier and make sure best air fryer donuts come out perfect every single time.
Don’t underbake them. Under baked donuts are not yummy. When they are undercooked the donuts are heavy and gummy.
Do not crowd the donuts. If you put too many donuts in the air fryer pan, they do not get enough air around the donuts and it won’t fry properly.
Grease everything well. You want to make sure the donuts do not stick. Spray the pan well with coconut oil spray or you can use olive oil spray.
Eat them warm. Yes, you can store these donuts and they taste great. But you have to eat at least some of them warm. Right from the oven is the best way to enjoy any type of donut.
Use a doughnut pan. I am not using a pan. I am not concerned if the shapes are not perfect. If you are concerned about the shape, you can use a donut pan.
Air Fryers differ. It is important to remember that the times are a range. That is because just like every oven, every air fryer is different. One air fryer might take more time than another.
Variations of this recipe
Change the coating. I love cinnamon and sugar but you can also coat them in powdered sugar.
Top with frosting. If you want to have frosting instead of cinnamon and sugar you can. You can make a chocolate glaze or top them with homemade buttercream frosting.
What is the best Air Fryer?
There are many different air fryers out there, amongst our team of foodies our favorites are the Cuisinart Air Fryer and convection oven combo, Power XL Pro and the Ninja Foodi 9-in-One. If you don’t have either of them you can use the air fryer you have, but if you are looking to get started with cooking food in an air fryer then our suggestion is that you want to get one of those.
Air Fryer Donut Recipe Ingredients
- Pillsbury Grands Jumbo Flaky Biscuits. You can use other brands of biscuits, these are just our favorite ones to use.
- granulated sugar
- ground cinnamon
How to make Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
Open the can of biscuits and cut the center of each biscuit one using a 1-inch round cutter. If you don’t have one a shot glass top or a small round cookie cutter will work too.
Lightly coat air fryer basket with coconut oil cooking spray or olive oil spray.
Place 4 donuts in your air fryer in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Bake for 5 minutes at 360°F, until they are golden brown.
While the doughnuts are cooking, melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave.
When donuts are done, put the cooked ones on a wire rack and then the next 4 donuts in the air fryer.
When all of the donuts are cooked start coating them in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
First, dip the baked doughnuts with your melted butter.
Then dip the donuts with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Place on a wire rack after coating them while you finish the rest of the donuts. While you are coating the donuts cook the donut holes.
To cook the remaining “donut holes” pieces put them all in the air fryer basket and cook for 3 minutes.
Repeat dipping in butter and coating with cinnamon and sugar with the donut holes.
Serve doughnuts hot.
Easy Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fried Pierogies
- Frozen Shrimp in the air fryer
- Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots
- how to make Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
- Air Fryer Frozen Steak Fries
- how to make Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings
- Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
- Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks
Air fryer Donuts
- Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees.
- In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
- Open the can of biscuits and cut the center out of each one using a 1-inch round cutter.
- Lightly coat air fryer basket with coconut oil spray or olive oil spray.
- Place 4 donuts in your air fryer in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Bake for 5 minutes at 360 degrees.
- While the doughnuts are cooking, melt the butter.
- When donuts are done, put the next 4 donuts in the air fryer.
- To cook the remaining “donut holes” pieces but them all in the air fryer basket and cook for 3 minutes.
- Dip the baked doughnuts with your melted butter. Then dip the donuts with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Serve doughnuts hot.