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Air Fryer Donuts

These air fryer donuts are simple to make, delicious to eat, and fun to share for the whole family. Make a batch today!

If you have never made donuts with biscuit dough you are seriously missing out! Use this very simple tutorial to learn how to turn this common refrigerated dough into a fun and tasty treat for the whole family.

Making delicious dessert recipes doesn’t have to be difficult, try out No Bake Nutella Reindeer Cookies, Grinch Dessert Dip, or even this Easy Egg Nog Recipe to make all of your favorites without any added stress!

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Pin showing finished air fryer donuts ready to eat

Let’s be honest, no one wants to go through the hassle of frying doughnuts at home. It is such a messy and difficult process. That doesn’t mean you have to go without this holiday classic.

Homemade donuts can be made with biscuit dough. It’s a much easier way to start off with half the work already done for your dessert recipe.

Take a look at just how simple it is to make air fryer donuts, they’ll be a holiday staple in your house before you know it.

How many donuts does this recipe make?

This recipe for air fryer donuts makes 8 servings. You can easily turn that into double the amount or even triple if you are feeding a crowd.

I don’t usually make (or recommend making) more than you will eat in a day or so. These are best served fresh and of course they don’t typically last too long so leftovers are a problem.

If you want to make a large batch just be sure to grab extra ingredients and make sure you have enough time to make extra batches since the air fryer can only do so many at once.

completed air fryer donuts with cereal toppings

Why use the air fryer for donuts?

Well, like with most air fryer recipes, this eliminates the need for a whole pot or vat of actual oil. It takes away a lot of the added fat and calories too since we’re not soaking the dough in oil while it’s cooking.

The air fryer is a much less messy way to get these donuts cooked up to the texture and consistency that we like without all the added oil mess.

Air fryers are also just way easier to clean so if the health benefits aren’t enough to encourage the switch just let the cleaning time do that for you!

I like the way these donuts come out in the air fryer. It gives them a great texture and it’s so quick which is an added bonus.

finished air fryer donut held up to the camera on spatula

What type of frosting should I use for this recipe?

I just use canned frosting from the grocery store when I’m making my donuts. You can use whatever type or flavor you like. Depending on what the family requests I’ll use chocolate or vanilla or sometimes both.

You can use flavored frostings or even make your own glaze for the finished donuts if you’d like. I prefer to keep things simple which is why I use the store-bought frosting most of the time.

ingredients for air fryer biscuits donuts

What else do I need to make donuts with biscuit dough?

Apart from the frosting and the refrigerated biscuits you will need cooking spray and some sprinkles or cereal to top it all off. This recipe is truly simple and straightforward.

You can skip the sprinkles if you want or you can make them themed to whatever holiday you like. The main ingredients here are the tubes of biscuits and the cooking spray.

If you don’t want to frost and decorate your donuts you can always coat them in cinnamon sugar for a delicious finished product as well.

plate of finished air fryer donuts with biscuits

Kitchen essentials for tasty recipes like these air fryer donuts with biscuits:

When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes you’ll want to have the best tools on hand.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing cake mix recipes which can settle and become thin at lot easier than traditional cookie dough. 

Of course mixing bowls, a mixerspatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

For this recipe we will be using an air fryer so you will need one of those as well!

completed recipe for air fryer donuts

How to make homemade air fryer donuts:

Here is a step by step guide for making this easy air fryer donut recipe. You can see how simple it is to complete this process and it’s an easy delicious recipe to have the kids help with if they like to assist in the kitchen.

Overall you can’t ask for an easier special holiday treat or breakfast option. This is a fan favorite in our house and I always seem to get requests to make a batch of these simple donuts.

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.

Cut a circle out of the centers of the biscuits.

biscuits cut

Lightly spray the biscuits with cooking spray.

sprayed donuts ready to fry

Place in the air fryer for 4-6 minutes or until biscuits have browned.

cooked donuts cooling on rack

Remove from the air fryer and transfer to a cooling rack.

frosted donuts

Smother the donuts with frosting.

finished and decorated air fryer donuts

Sprinkle away with sprinkles or cereal toping of your choice. 

finished air fryer donuts ready to eat


Other ways to decorate your cereal donuts:

You can decorate these donuts with anything you like. Top them with your favorite cereal as we have done here or throw in some holiday sprinkles and get creative with your toppings.

There’s no limit to the possibilities. You can top them with anything you like and try out all kinds of different combos. That’s the great thing about making air fryer donuts with biscuits. They’re so easy that you can feel free to experiment with different options!

Check out this holiday version!

finished look at the air fryer Christmas donuts

Looking for more easy dessert recipes to try?

If you are on the hunt for even more delicious desserts like these simple biscuit donuts made in the air fryer you will definitely want to check out these other options.

We love making desserts, they’re perfect for sharing, parties, cookie swaps, and even gifting. Try them all and see which ones are your favorite!

Printable Air Fryer Donut Recipe:

Yield: 8

Air Fryer Donuts

finished air fryer donut held up to the camera on spatula

These air fryer donuts are simple to make, delicious to eat, and fun to share for the whole family. Make a batch today!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 1 Can of Biscuits
  • Cooking Spray
  • Christmas Sprinkles
  • Frosting


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut a circle out of the centers of the biscuits.
  3. Lightly spray the biscuits with cooking spray.
  4. Place in the air fryer for 4-6 minutes or until biscuits have browned.
  5. Remove from the air fryer and transfer to a cooling rack.
  6. Smother the donuts with frosting.
  7. Sprinkle away.
  8. Enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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