Air fryer donuts recipe takes only 5 minutes and you can enjoy light and fluffy donuts anytime you want. Skip the bakery and make these decadent treats at home.

Air Fryer donuts topped with cinnamon and sugar
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My kids go crazy over these easy donut recipes. What’s not to love about a delicious donut on a Saturday morning. They are great for breakfast, brunch, dessert and make a great snack. You can make Canned Biscuit Donuts Recipe on the stove top if you don’t have an air fryer.

Do you know what is even better? Hot donuts ready in just 5 minutes at home. Thanks to this easy recipe, donuts are super-fast and easy at home. We tried them and the results were fantastic. Skip the deep fried donuts from scratch and make them in the air fryer.

Why we love this recipe:

You only need 4 simple ingredients to make these donuts at home. Using the air fryer has been a game changer for my family.

You will love this air-fryer doughnuts recipe for any occasion. It is always a good time for a cinnamon sugar coated donut. They are so easy without any yeast required.

Find even more air fryer dessert recipes to try.


  • Jumbo Flakey Biscuits – You want to get the 8 count and make sure it is the large flaky kind. This helps to make the donuts light and fluffy.
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Butter

Find the complete ingredient list at the bottom.

Biscuit Donut Recipe Variations:

  • Topping – Feel free to use a different topping instead of the cinnamon and sugar. You can add a glaze and top with sprinkles or mini chocolate chips. These donuts are the perfect amount of sweetness but adding a glaze is my favorite way to serve.
  • Bake Donuts – If you prefer you can bake the biscuits instead of air frying them. Place in the oven at 375 degrees and bake until golden brown on a lined baking sheet. Then add your favorite toppings or glaze.
  • Donut Holes – If making the donut holes, you can still drizzle with glaze and add sprinkles. Donut and Donut holes are my favorite because they are bite size.
  • Homemade Donuts – Feel free to make your own donuts with biscuit dough. You will need a biscuit cutters or a round cookie cutter to make round shape.

How to Make Air Fryer Donuts: 

  • Step 1 – Prepare the air fryer by preheating it. Now, some do not have a preheat option. You will need to turn your air fryer to the 350 degrees. Then let it run for about 5 minutes before adding the donuts. 
Donuts on cutting board.

Step 2. Remove the biscuits from the can and cut out the center. You can use a small 1 inch cookie cutter. If you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can use an apple corer. 

Air fryer basket coated.

Step 3. Next, coat the basket with olive oil. You do not want to use non stick cooking spray. This could damage your air fryer.

Donuts in the air fryer.

Step 4. Now it is time to cook the donuts. Put the donuts in the air fryer and cook for 4 minutes. Place in the air fryer in a single layer. Cook times will vary based on your air fryer.

Bowls with butter and cinnamon.

Step 5. Next, combine the cinnamon and 1 cup sugar together in a bowl while the donuts are cooking. You can also melt the butter in a separate bowl at this time.

Butter being brushed on donut.

Step 6. Finally, remove the donuts from the air fryer. Use a basting brush to coat the donuts with the melted butter. 

Cinnamon sugar mixture in bowl with donut.

Step 7. Top each donut with the cinnamon sugar mixture. I like to be generous and make sure to get the bottoms and the sides of the donuts. You want the cinnamon mixture in every crevice! Serve and enjoy.

Close up of donut holes with the donuts in the back ground

How to Make Air Fryer Donut Holes:

We love to make donut holes with the leftovers. Just place the donut holes in the air fryer basket and cook for 2 minutes. 

Once they are finished cooking, top with the butter and cinnamon sugar mixture.

Air Fryer donuts topped with cinnamon and sugar stacked on top of each other with one donut next to the stack

More Air Fryer Biscuit Donut Topping Ideas:

  • Powdered Sugar– Use a sifter and sprinkle all over the hot donuts.
  • Glaze– Make a glaze with powdered sugar by combining 2 cups powdered sugar and ¼ cup milk. You can either dip the donut in this or drizzle it all over. 
  • Chocolate Glaze – Add Chocolate Sauce or Chocolate icing for a chocolate glaze on the donuts. 
  • Icing – If you love to add an icing, make this Cream Cheese Icing. You can even have it has a side for dipping.
  • Sprinkles – If you are adding a glaze, add our favorite donut topping. This would be fun if you are making for a special occasion.

Get creative and let us know what toppings you use. These are so delicious, and the ideas are endless.

Pro Tips:

  • Air Fryer – Make sure to preheat air fryer before cooking the biscuits. If air fryer doesn’t have a preheat function, then just heat the air fryer for about 5 minutes.
  • Biscuits – We recommend getting the flaky biscuits to make this recipe. You can use any brand but the flaky biscuits work the best.
  • Prepare Air Fryer Coat the air fryer with coconut oil spray, olive oil or vegetable oil. You do not want to use Pam non-stick spray in your air fryer.
  • Cooling Rack – When you are done cooking the biscuits place on the paper towel lined cooling rack to decorate.
  • Deep Frying – We love using our air fryer to make this recipe as it is less messy than deep frying it. But you definitely can deep fry the biscuits to make these donuts.
  • Coating Biscuits – To add the melted butter to the biscuits, I like to baste with a pastry brush. It allows me to make sure the entire biscuit is covered.

How to Store Leftovers:

This donut recipe is best served warm. So if you have any leftovers, I would leave on the counter for a snack later on in the day. You can store in the fridge, and reheat in the air fryer for a minute.

Store the donuts once they have come to room temperature.

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Air fryer donuts

5 from 4 votes
Air fryer donuts recipe takes only 5 minutes and you can enjoy light and fluffy donuts anytime you want. Skip the bakery and make these!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Calories 200


  • 1 can Jumbo Flakey Biscuits 8 count
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp Butter Melted


  • Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.  If your air fryer does not have a preheat option, turn your air fryer to the 360 degrees Fahrenheit option and let it run for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Open the biscuits and cut out the center of each biscuit.  Using a 1 inch cutter or an apple corer. 
  • Coat the air fryer basket with olive oil (do not use a non-stick cooking spray as those could damage your air fryer).
  • Place the donuts in the air fryer and cook for 4 minutes. 
  • While the donuts are cooking, combine the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and melt the butter in a separate bowl.
  • Remove the donuts after the cooking time, use a basting brush to coat the donuts with the melted butter. 
  • Then top with the cinnamon sugar mixture (make sure to get the bottoms and the sides of the donuts).
  • Serve immediately while they’re still warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To air fry the donut holes, place the donut holes in the air fryer basket and cook at 360 degrees F for 2 minutes.  Then follow the same process with the melted butter and the cinnamon and sugar mixture. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 200kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 2g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 305mg, Potassium 67mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 13g, Vitamin A 178IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 25mg, Iron 1mg

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