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Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts

Want a freshly made, shortcut donut recipe? Try these easy, fluffy, deliciously sweet Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts that are ready in just 10 short minutes!

EASY PEASY DELICIOUS DONUTS

Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts are the perfect treat or snack to make when you need something quick. Using canned biscuit dough is the secret to making fluffy donuts along with a simple chocolate or vanilla frosting, and of course, sprinkles! These tasty donuts are bursting with flavor and you’ll love how they come together so quickly. We make these a lot in my house when we want something sweet but don’t want to spend a lot of time whipping something up!

A vanilla frosted donut with a bite taken out surrounded by a few other chocolate frosted donuts.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Are Air Fryer donuts healthy?

They aren’t superfood healthy, but making biscuit donuts in the Air Fryer is a heck of a lot healthier than deep frying them.

Do I have to glaze the donuts?

No! It’s your kitchen, you do what you want. If you want to skip the frosting, you can. Additionally, you can toss them with powdered sugar or brush them with butter and toss them in a cinnamon sugar mixture. The finishing touches are up to you!

How do I get the glaze to set like on a traditional donut?

Letting the glaze set takes a bit of time. I recommend letting the glaze (frosting) set for about an hour to 2 hours then check to see how they feel. But honestly, we can never wait to eat them so we dig in right away.

How do I make donut holes?

I included how to make donut holes from this recipe in the instructions as an optional step. Why waste dough, right? They don’t take long to make either!

How much glaze do I need?

The glaze recipe I have included makes enough to cover all 8 of the donuts and donut holes that this recipe makes. I used both vanilla and chocolate in the pictures, so if you want to do 4 chocolate and 4 vanilla, then just make half of each glaze.

Do I have to use olive oil to spray the basket?

I spray the basket to prevent the biscuit dough from sticking. Olive oil spray doesn’t usually gunk up the air fryer basket like other oil sprays might. Some folks buy an oil mister that you can add your own olive oil to and is, of course, reusable. (non-affiliated link)

What if I don’t have a small enough biscuit cutter?

Just use something of a similar size like a shot glass or you can just free-hand it with a knife.

Can I make these in the oven?

Yes! Cut the biscuits as shown below then preheat oven to 375F. Place donuts on a baking sheet and bake donuts and donut holes for 10-15 minutes – until golden brown.

How to store leftovers?

Keep leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. But keep in mind that these donuts are best served right after you make them.

Can I reheat leftovers?

Leftovers can be reheated but I don’t recommend using the air fryer to reheat. Put one donut on a microwave safe plate and reheat it in the microwave for 7-8 seconds to soften.

A few homemade donuts with frosting and sprinkles.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • buttermilk biscuits
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • sprinkles
Buttermilk biscuits, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and sprinkles.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER BISCUIT DONUTS

Preheat the air fryer to 375°F for 5 minutes. Separate the biscuits and place them on a clean work surface. Using a 1-inch to 1 & ½ inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out holes in the center of the biscuits.

A cutting board with biscuit dough cut into donuts with donut hole dough.

Spray the air fryer tray with olive oil spray. Place a few of the donuts into the basket, not touching. You will have to cook them in batches. Air fry for about 5 minutes, flipping halfway through until golden brown.

Three Air Fried donuts in the Air Fryer basket.

Take the doughnuts out and let them cool on a wired rack. While they are cooling, make the glazes. For the vanilla glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth in a medium-sized shallow bowl. You want the glaze very thick yet pourable.

A shallow bowl of vanilla donut glaze.

For the chocolate glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla until smooth in a medium-sized shallow bowl. Again, you want this glaze very thick yet pourable.

A hand holding a donut with chocolate glaze.

Dip the top of one of the donuts into the glaze and allow the excess to drip off. Place it back on the wired rack, glaze side up.

A hand holding a vanilla glazed donut.

Immediately add sprinkles if using, so they will stick.

A hand sprinkling sprinkles on a vanilla glazed donut.

Repeat with the remaining doughnuts and doughnut holes if using.

(Optional) Make sure the Air Fryer is preheated before adding the donut holes in the basket. Cook the holes for 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway through until golden brown.

Air Fryer basket with Air fryer donut holes.

Add frosting if desired, serve, and enjoy.

A stack of homemade frosted Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts with sprinkles.

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Chocolate and vanilla frosted donuts.

Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts

There's nothing quite like biting into a fresh made donut with a yummy glaze! Make a batch of buttery Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts with this insanely easy recipe!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 16.3 ounce can buttermilk biscuits

For the vanilla glaze:

For the chocolate glaze:

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F for 5 minutes.
  • Separate the biscuits and place them on a clean work surface. Using a 1-inch to 1 & ½ inch round cookie cutter, cut out holes in the center of the biscuits.
  • Spray the air fryer tray with olive oil spray. Place a few of the donuts into the basket, not touching. You will have to cook them in batches. Air fry for about 5 minutes, flipping halfway through until golden brown.
  • Take the doughnuts out and let them cool on a wired rack.
  • While they are cooling, make the glazes. For the vanilla glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth in a medium-sized shallow bowl. You want the glaze very thick yet pourable.
  • For the chocolate glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla until smooth in a medium-sized shallow bowl. Again, you want this glaze very thick yet pourable.
  • Dip the top of one of the donuts into the glaze and allow the excess to drip off. Place it back on the wired rack, glaze side up. Immediately add sprinkles if using, so they will stick. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts.
  • OPTIONAL: If you want to make the donut holes with the leftover dough, be sure the air fryer is preheated and cook the hole for 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway through until golden brown. Add frosting if desired, serve, and enjoy.

Notes

  • Instead of making a glaze or frosting, you can just toss the donuts with powdered sugar. Or, brush the donuts with melted butter while still warm, and then toss them in cinnamon sugar.
  • These are best eaten on the same day. Air frying tends to dry out bread, so you if have any leftovers, I suggest heating them slightly in the microwave for 7-8 seconds to soften them.
  • Olive oil spray is used in the basket because it does not tend to gunk up the air fryer itself like other oils might.
  • Keep leftovers for up to 2 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • If you don’t have a biscuit cutter small enough, just use something of a similar size like a shot glass or just free-hand it with a knife. 
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 550mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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