Air Fryer Donuts

Air Fryer Donuts are pillowy soft and topped with the most delicious homemade glaze. These made-from-scratch donuts will taste just like the fried version, if not better! You’re going to love them!

A stack of air fryer donuts.

Donuts are life. They are addictingly good, and yet someone decided long ago that they were an acceptable breakfast food. Win-win! While we might not exactly have these for breakfast on a daily basis, they do make a regular appearance as an after-school snack in our house. We don’t mind making them, because there is practically no clean up! There is nothing worse than the splattered oil mess all over the stovetop after frying donuts, which is why you will find us using our air fryer nine times out of ten. It’s just as delicious, without the mess. Lucky for us, there always happen to be a couple of leftover donuts that we will still snag for breakfast the next morning. The kids don’t have to know. 

Can I use canned biscuits? 

There are a lot of people who simply use canned biscuits, cut a hole, and call it a donut. Don’t get us wrong, it still tastes good, but it’s not really a donut. This is a from scratch donut recipe meant to give you the best air fryer donuts, rather than biscuits. 

Topping Options for Air Fryer Donuts:

If you don’t love glazed donuts, you could top it with a chocolate frosting, add sprinkles, or even just brush some melted butter on top and dunk in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. No matter how you top them, they’re going to be delicious!

Cutting Into Shape:

We always have a biscuit cutter on hand, but you can use just about anything to cut this into a circular shape! In a pinch, the top of a glass works really well. For the inner circle, a bottle cap is just about the perfect size.

Can I make Donut Holes? 

Absolutely! You can either just use the middle you cut out for your regular donuts, or you can intentionally cut small circles so that everything is a donut hole. 

Overhead view of air fryer donuts on a cooling rack.

Storage Instructions: 

Store your donuts in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days. The longer they sit the more they will grow stale. 

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