Easy Air Fryer Donuts Ready in 5 Minutes!

Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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These quick and easy air fryer donuts will knock your socks off! They take minimal prep time and cook for only 5 minutes! Once you make these you will never go to the donut shop again especially after you taste the donut glaze! 

Air Fryer Donut Recipe

45 degree angle shot of air fryer biscuit donuts

In our family, there are two things we love donuts (check out our apple cider donut recipe!), and our Air Fryer that’s why you can imagine that we are a huge fan of air fryer donuts! Today we are sharing with you this super simple air fryer donut recipe that will make your kids jump for joy with excitement when they see you making them! The best part about this recipe? It is simple enough that the kids can get busy in the kitchen creating with you!

Be sure to try our air fryer churros as well as our yummy air fryer chex mix

Can you make donuts in the air fryer?

Of course, you can make donuts in the air fryer! You can use a homemade dough recipe, but I prefer to make air fryer biscuit donuts. I do this because air fryer biscuit donuts are quick (no rising), easy (kids can help in the kitchen), and they taste delicious! To be honest I can’t tell the difference between donuts made from biscuits and ones made from scratch. 

Do these taste like the donut shop donuts?

These easy air fryer donuts will not taste exactly like the donut shop. The reason being we are air frying them so they are not cooked in the oil normal donuts are cooked in, BUT they are pretty fantastic! I don’t mind feeding these air fryer biscuit donuts to my kids for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert if we are being honest because who can have too many donuts? Not me, and especially not my kids! 

Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts

close up of air fryer donuts with glaze and colored sprinkles

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Grands biscuits
  • 1 TBS oil

Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup powdered (icing) sugar 1 tbsp water or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder or hot cocoa mix 2-3 tsp water or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Tools

How to make donuts in Air Fryer

  • Open the can of biscuits.
  • Place each biscuit on a sturdy board and using your small cutter cut a smaller hole out the center. Save the holes to make donut holes. 
  • Brush a tiny bit of oil on the inside of the air fryer (do not spray with cooking spray) 
  • Place the biscuits inside the air fryer, do not let them touch.
  • Cook at 360 for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the air fryer
  • Add the next batch into your air fryer.
  • Dip into the glaze, allow to set, then dip again.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • These are best served hot, so be sure to enjoy them right away. 
  • When you make the glaze for your donuts you want to ensure that it is not too thick. If it is breaking when you dip the donut you need to thin it out more. 
  • If you have the opposite problem and the glaze is running off, it is too thin, thicken it up with some powdered sugar. 
  • If you don’t want to dip your donuts you can pour the glaze onto the donuts. Place a piece of parchment on your cooling rack and place donuts on top and then pour on the glaze. 
  • Be sure to cook all the middles that you cut out! These make perfect donut holes and only take 3 minutes. 
  • Want to change the glaze flavor? Easy! Just add in 1 tsp of flavored jello mix. 
  • You can swap out the glaze for cinnamon and sugar if you prefer. Just dip in melted butter and then roll in cinnamon and sugar. 
  • Get creative in the kitchen with the kids! Add sprinkles! 

How to make Air Fryer Donut Holes

Making air fryer donut holes is simple! 

  • Just take the middle of all the donuts and then roll them a bit to form a ball. 
  • Brush them with oil and place them in the air fryer, be sure they aren’t touching. 
  • Then cook at 360 degrees for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the glaze of your choice! 

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Yield: 8

Air Fryer Donuts

close up of air fryer donuts with glaze and colored sprinkles
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can Grands biscuits
  • 1 TBS oil
  • Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup powdered (icing) sugar 1 tbsp water or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder or hot cocoa mix 2-3 tsp water or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

    1. Open the can of biscuits.
    2. Place each biscuit on a sturdy board and using your small cutter cut a smaller hole out the center. Save the holes to make donut holes.
    3. Brush a tiny bit of oil on the inside of the air fryer (do not spray with cooking spray)
    4. Place the biscuits inside the air fryer, do not let them touch.
    5. Cook at 360 for 5 minutes.
    6. Remove from the air fryer
    7. Add the next batch into your air fryer.
    8. Dip into the glaze, allow to set, then dip again.

Notes

  • These are best served hot, so be sure to enjoy them right away.
  • When you make the glaze for your donuts you want to ensure that it is not too thick. If it is breaking when you dip the donut you need to thin it out more.
  • If you have the opposite problem and the glaze is running off, it is too thin, thicken it up with some powdered sugar.
  • If you don’t want to dip your donuts you can pour the glaze onto the donuts. Place a piece of parchment on the counter and set your cooling rack on top with the donuts and then pour on the glaze.
  • Be sure to cook all the middles that you cut out! These make perfect donut holes and only take 3 minutes.
  • Want to change the glaze flavor? Easy! Just add in 1 tsp of flavored jello mix.
  • You can swap out the glaze for cinnamon and sugar if you prefer. Just dip in melted butter and then roll in cinnamon and sugar.
  • Get creative in the kitchen with the kids! Add sprinkles!

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13 thoughts on “Easy Air Fryer Donuts Ready in 5 Minutes!”

  1. I don’t currently own an Air Fryer but I’ve been considering buying one for a while now. This doughnut recipe pushed me one step closer. They look pretty yummy!.

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  2. Such an easy and delicious donuts to make for my kids, I am pretty sure they will like it and I like it too.. Hahaha!

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