These easy air fryer donuts are our new favorite dessert and take about 10 minutes to make!

To make these quick, we start with refrigerated biscuits and simply air fry for a few minutes. Add some butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for the perfect easy dessert. Perfect for dipping, dunking, or decorating.

stack of Air Fryer Donuts

A Super Quick Dessert

Who knew that a simple can of biscuits could be transformed into dessert. While they make great apple dumplings, they also make surprisingly amazing donuts!

Since they are air fried, they have fewer calories than a traditional deep-fried donut but they still come out light and fluffy.

These take about 10 minutes start to finish and cost a fraction of your local coffee shop donuts. Win-win!

ingredients to make Air Fryer Donuts


Air fryer donuts have just 4 ingredients, but they taste so good nobody will ever know!

BISCUIT DOUGH One can of biscuit dough is all it takes.

BUTTER A brush of real butter after cooking makes these donuts so yummy, adding homemade taste! The butter also helps the cinnamon sugar stick.

CINNAMON SUGAR Cinnamon sugar is our favorite coating. Of course, these can be dipped in glaze if you’d prefer.

cutting centers out of Air Fryer Donuts

How to Make Air Fryer Donuts

Homemade donuts have never been so easy!

  1. Preheat the air fryer (per recipe below).
  2. Using a 1” round cutter, cut a hole in each biscuit. Set holes aside.

No Cutter? Use the thicker end of a piping tip or even cut the biscuit and shape a 1″ hole with your hands.

raw and cooked donuts in an air fryer basket

  1. Place 4 donuts on the bottom of air fryer & cook.
  2. Remove & brush with melted butter. Toss in cinnamon sugar & serve warm.

Don’t forget to fry the donut holes!

process of adding cinnamon and sugar to Air Fryer Donuts

In the Oven:

Good news, homemade donuts can be made in the oven without easy recipe!

  1. Heat oven to 375°F & bake donuts (prepared as above) for 10-15 minutes or until puffed and cooked through.
  2. Remove from oven, brush with melted butter, & toss with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Air Fryer Donuts on a baking sheet

Tips for Delicious Donuts

  • For best results, preheat the air fryer.
  • Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket so air can circulate.
  • Make donut holes in the air fryer with the leftover dough from the middles, reduce the cooking time by 1 or 2 minutes.

How to Store

  • These are definitely best served fresh.
  • Keep air fryer donuts in an airtight container or a zippered bag.
  • They can be reheated in the air fryer or microwave just until warm.

Did your family love these Air Fryer Donuts? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Easy Air Fryer Donuts

These Air Fryer Donuts are fresh, flavorful, and oh-so-fluffy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 donuts



  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Cut a circle out of the center of each biscuit using a small 1" cutter.
  • Place 4-5 pieces of the dough in the air fryer.
  • Cook 3 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until browned.
  • Remove from the air fryer and while warm, brush with butter. Combine sugar & cinnamon, toss donuts in sugar mixture.
  • Repeat with remaining donuts. Once the donuts are cooked, add the donut holes to the air fryer and cook for 3 minutes. Toss with additional butter and sugar if desired.



If you don't have a 1" cutter, the center can be cut using a large pastry tip.
Donuts can be cooled and glazed or dipped in glaze if preferred.
4.98 from 44 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 82 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 144IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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  1. Made these as per, except I used my palm to flatten the dough a little before I cut the center holes with a liquor shot glass. 5 fit my air fryer perfectly. Used the powdered sugar glaze on first 10, which turned out excellent. My second batch will be made with the cinnamon and sugar mix. They kept on my counter under plastic wrap for 4 days satisfactory!
    THANK YOU, again Holly.5 stars

  2. These were easy peasy to make and delicious for our Christmas brunch! Everyone loved them. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I was going to share a picture of the ones I made but don’t see an option for pictures.5 stars

  3. Followed all the directions, and it did not come fully. Probably won’t make this again. Perhaps there are too few eggs.

    1. Hi Kathy, I have never tried this recipe in an air fryer oven, so I can’t say for sure. Maybe another reader can offer some insight.

  4. These are the most incredible treat. So easy, so simple, and so delicious! I still can’t believe how light and fluffy they were and can’t wait to make them again!5 stars

  5. Anybody know the American equivalent? Pillsbury doesn’t make 10 count biscuit cans here. Ironic, because it’s under “American” cuisine lol