These easy Air Fryer Donuts take just a few minutes to make and are perfect for a tasty snack or breakfast treat. Whip up some delicious donuts for breakfast with this easy air fryer donut recipe made with biscuits! Love donuts? Try my Cake Mix Donuts with Chocolate Glaze and Bring the Heath Doughnuts!
We all have those days where we are craving something sweet for breakfast. Instead of jumping in your car and paying over a dollar for one donut, pull out your biscuits and air fryer for a deliciously easy breakfast.
These air fryer biscuit donuts are perfect as a quick breakfast idea or a snack. To share them for Valentine’s day, all you need to do is add some red heart sprinkles and boom they become Valentine’s Day donuts!
Making homemade donuts with biscuits is a time saving, fun way to get a sweet breakfast on the table fast!
Other Air Fryer Recipes
You can make just about anything you would fry in your air fryer. Here are a few of my other favorite air fryer recipes:
- Air Fryer Bacon
- Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- Lemon Pepper Wings (Baked or Air Fried)
- Bacon Wrapped Asparagus (Baked or Air Fried)
What is an Air Fryer Donut?
If you go to your favorite donut shop, you will find that the dough is mixed and shaped, dropped into hot oil, fried, and then glazed. Homemade donuts in the air fryer are soft on the outside with a fluffy, tender interior. Then, they are dipped in a sweet glaze.
The difference between air fryer donuts and traditional ones is that you take out the oil. Of course donuts aren’t really a healthy food, but making them in the air fryer is better than frying them in oil.
Air Fryer Biscuit Donut Ingredients
The great thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to make the dough! With a few simple ingredients, you can have deliciously glazed donuts right at your fingertips. Check your cupboard and make sure you have the following ingredients:
For the Donuts
- Refrigerated biscuits. I love Pillsbury, but even an off-brand will do. Just make sure they are plain and not honey biscuits.
For the Vanilla Glaze
- Powdered sugar. Powdered sugar is used in making the donut glaze. It makes the glaze smoother than regular sugar which can make it grainy. It also thickens up the glaze.
- Heavy cream. You won’t want to use regular milk for this glaze as it will be too watery. Make sure you have heavy cream so your icing glaze is thick enough to spread on your donuts.
- Vanilla extract. Added to the powdered sugar, vanilla extract creates the delicious glaze you would find at your local donut shop.
In addition to the above ingredients, you can add fun sprinkles to transform these donuts into Valentine’s Day donuts. Or, you can use a few drops of your favorite pink or red food coloring in your icing.
How to Make Air Fryer Donuts
You can have fresh homemade air fryer donuts in as little as 15-minutes by following the steps below!
Step 1: Turn Biscuits into Donuts
Remove the biscuits from the package and place them on a lightly floured surface. Use a small circle cookie cutter (or a large piping tip) to cut the center out of the biscuits.
Step 2: Fry the Donuts
Place four biscuits in the air fryer (make sure they aren’t touching) and cook the biscuits at 365F for 6 to 7 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown on the outside. Keep in mind, they should be the color of donuts, not biscuits.
Step 3: Let them Cool
Remove the first set of donuts from the air fryer and place them on a wire rack to cool while you cook the remaining donuts.
Step 4: Cook Donut Holes
If you’d like to cook the donut holes, place them in the air fryer at 365F for 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 5: Make Your Glaze
While the donuts cook, combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla in a small bowl.
Step 6: Glaze Your Donuts
Allow the donuts to cool before dipping them in icing (otherwise they’ll melt the icing). Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.
How to Decorate them for Valentine’s Day
You can choose to just glaze your donuts and eat them any day of the week. Or, you can transform them into special Valentine’s Day donuts for your office, school, or significant other.
It’s super simple to turn these from ordinary to extraordinary. Here are three ways you can decorate them for Valentine’s Day:
- Just simple add red, pink, or heart shaped sprinkles on top of the glaze.
- Add pink or red food coloring to your glaze before you put it on your donuts.
Make cinnamon sugar donuts but dipping donuts in melted butter (melt about 1/2 a cup) and then roll in a cinnamon sugar mixture (1/2 cup granulated sugar + 2 teaspoons cinnamon).
Donuts do not have to be stored in the refrigerator or the freezer. However, they only last about 24 hours and are really best served immediately. To store leftover donuts, place them in an airtight container at room temperature on your counter.
Who doesn’t love fresh, warm donuts? Although you can eat your air fryer donuts the next day after making them, they are so much better warm. The great thing about your air fryer is that it’s great at keeping crispy foods crispy even when reheating them.
To reheat your donuts, turn your air fryer to 350F to 400F degrees. Place your leftover, unglazed donuts in for 3 to 4 minutes.
More Sweet Breakfast Recipes
- Easy Cherry Cheese Danish
- Almond Bear Claw
- The BEST Stuffed French Toast
- Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Cranberry Orange Scones
- Lemon Blueberry Scones
- The BEST Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
How To Make Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts
Air Fryer Donuts – Biscuit Donuts
- 16 ounce package refrigerated biscuits 8 count
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- sprinkles optional
- Remove the biscuits from the package and place them on a lightly floured surface. Use a small circle cookie cutter or donut cutter to cut the center out of the biscuits.
- Place four biscuits in the air fryer (make sure they aren’t touching) and cook the biscuits at 365F for 6 to 7 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown on the outside. Keep in mind– they should be the color of doughnuts, not biscuits.
- Remove the first set of doughnuts from the air fryer and place them on a wire rack to cool while you cook the remaining doughnuts.
- If you’d like to cook the doughnut holes, place them in the air fryer at 365F for 3-4 minutes.
- While the doughnuts cook, combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla in a small bowl. Allow the doughnuts to cool before dipping them in icing (otherwise they’ll melt the icing). Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.
- Store any leftover doughnuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 24 hours.
Make sure to use heavy cream as milk can thin the icing too much.
To dye the icing, use a few drops of your favorite pink or red food coloring and stir to combine.