We love making air fryer cinnamon doughnuts. These warm, fresh and delicious treats are perfect for breakfast or brunch. You can easily make different types of donuts too with frosting. The possibilities are endless.

Air Fryer Cinnamon Doughnuts hand held

Air Fryer Easy Doughnut Recipe

Wonder if donut can be air fried? Yes for sure and the results are really good. We were surprised ourselves as our first tests were devoured in minutes. Using canned flaky biscuit dough, these air fried doughnuts are quick, easy and amazing. The texture is fluffy and flaky and it only takes a few minutes to make. What we love about these so much is that you can make a small batch, like 2-3 donuts. Save the dough and make more the next day. Or if you have a larger air fryer, you can use the whole of biscuits and cook it all in one batch.

Air Fryer Cinnamon Doughnuts hand held

Video: Air Fryer Doughnuts Recipe

Tips for How To Cook Air Fryer Doughnuts

  1. Our recipe below is for Air Fryer Cinnamon Doughnuts. But if you don’t want to sprinkle cinnamon sugar you can use any type of frosting or glaze that you want!
  2. You can also use regular canned biscuits dough but we really love the flaky dough. The flaky layers make the doughnut light and wonderful.
  3. If you are making the doughnuts in smaller batches you can save the dough for the next day. But make sure to air fry them all the next day because the longer the dough sits in the fridge, the less they rise when cooked.
  4. Every air fryer cooks differently and there’s different air fryer sizes. So you will have to adjust timing a bit that works best for your air fryer. Make a test batch of 1-2 donuts first to understand the best timing that works for your air fryer.
  5. All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
  6. Here’s a cute tutorial for Halloween doughnuts in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Cinnamon Doughnuts hand held

Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Making air fryer doughnuts is a great way to enjoy a warm, fresh, homemade air fried doughnut in minutes. It’s quick, easy and simple by using your favorite refrigerated crescent dough or biscuit dough.
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  • 16.3 oz. (462 g) can refrigerated flaky biscuits , like Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Biscuits

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) butter , melted


  • Separate the biscuits and with a 1-inch biscuit cutter, cut holes out of the center of the biscuits. Make sure to save the hole cut outs to air fry as doughnut holes.
    Cutting hole out of biscuits
  • Lightly coat the air fryer basket/tray with oil spray. Place the doughnuts in a single layer in the basket/tray making sure they aren’t touching (you may need to cook in batches).
    Uncooked doughnuts in air fryer basket
  • Air Fry at 330°F/165°C for 6-7 minutes, then gently wiggle to loosen. Flip over and continue Air Frying at 330°F/165°C for 1-3 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts and doughnut holes (they may cook a little quicker since the air fryer is now heated up).
    Cooked doughnuts in air fryer basket
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar together. Lightly brush doughnuts with melted butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
    Dusting doughnut with cinnamon sugar


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 289kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 569mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 2mg