Easy cinnamon-sugar donuts made in the air fryer, ready in just 10 minutes.
Love donuts, hate deep-frying? Same. Luckily, there’s a way to get around that.
If you aren’t currently the proud owner of an air fryer, let this be the recipe that convinces you to buy one. With a can of biscuit dough and just the teensiest spray of oil, you can be enjoying warm, flaky donuts in just 10 minutes — no hot oil splatters or deep-fry thermometers in sight. Here’s how to do it.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 (16.3-ounce) can flaky large biscuits, such as Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Biscuits
Olive oil spray or coconut oil spray
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl; set aside.
Remove the biscuits from the can, separate them, and place them on the baking sheet. Use a 1-inch round biscuit cutter (or similarly-sized bottle cap) to cut holes out of the center of each biscuit.
Lightly coat an air fryer basket with olive or coconut oil spray (do not use nonstick cooking spray such as Pam, which can damage the coating on the basket).
Place 3 to 4 donuts in a single layer in the air fryer (they should not be touching). Close the air fryer and set to 350°F. Cook, flipping halfway through, until the donuts golden-brown, 5 to 6 minutes total. Transfer donuts place to the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining biscuits. You can also cook the donut holes — they will take about 3 minutes total.
Brush both sides of the warm donuts with melted butter, place in the cinnamon sugar, and flip to coat both sides. Serve warm.