Do you have an air fryer? If so, I’ve got an awesome 4-Minute Air Fryer Sugar Doughnut Recipe you will want to try! Are you hungry yet?
What about if I tell you that you probably won’t find an easier or faster recipe, no matter how hard you look! Plus, your family will be super impressed with your skills. (Just don’t tell them how easy these actually are to make!)
Your Air Fryer Can Make an Amazing Dessert In Minutes
Even though I’m fairly new to the air fryer life, I’m already a huge fan. If for no other reason than saving me $20+ every time we go to the movies. — NOT that I actually take these donuts with us.
I no longer have to purchase the over-priced ones at the theater anymore! I just have them at home before we go. And the kids are also completely satisfied with this compromise as well because they are such a treat.
An Awesome 4-Minute Air Fryer Sugar Doughnut Recipe
1 Can Large Pillsbury Biscuits
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon
5 Tablespoons Butter
- In a medium bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
- Open the can of biscuits and cut the center out of each one. (I use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter as my doughnut cutter is too small.)
- Place the larger, outside portion in your air fryer.
- Run for 4-5 minutes at 330 degrees. It’s important to note that some air fryers cook faster and hotter than others. After making this recipe in 3 different air fryers, I’ve learned it can take anywhere from 4-7 minutes to fully cook the doughnuts. The first time you make the recipe, you’ll need to be sure to check to make sure they are fully cooked in the middle.
- As the doughnuts are cooking, melt the butter.
- Using a silicone pastry brush, coat the doughnuts with melted butter. Then lay in the bowl of cinnamon-sugar mixture and use a spoon to coat the top too.
- Gently shake off excess cinnamon sugar.
- Serve doughnuts hot.
- ***When you air fry the “holes”, set your timer for just 2 minutes and top those with the butter and cinnamon/sugar too.
Truly, you could almost call this air fryer donut recipe effortless. It is THAT easy!
Every air fryer cooks differently, therefore some will cook these doughnuts faster or slower than other machines. You may need to adjust the cooking time for your particular machine. If they aren't cooked through after 4 minutes, put them back in the air fryer and cook longer. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Nutrition information is only an estimate and may not always be accurate.
Serving Size: 1 doughtnut
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g
Every air fryer cooks differently, therefore some will cook these doughnuts faster or slower than other machines. You may need to adjust the cooking time for your particular machine. If they aren't cooked through after 4 minutes, put them back in the air fryer and cook longer.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition information is only an estimate and may not always be accurate.
It seriously can’t get much easier than that! Let me know what you think if you give these a try! I’ve gotten rave reviews from everyone I’ve served them to so far.
Optional Donut Toppings
If you’d like to branch out from the cinnamon sugar coating, there are other great options to try.
Once cooked, drizzle with a chocolate glaze. To make your own chocolate glaze at home, you’ll only need the following 4 ingredients:
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt the ingredients together over low heat, stirring often. Add extra corn syrup if needed to make a smoother, shinier glaze. This recipe will yield about a 1/2 cup of glaze. Dip donut or spread with a knife to coat the top.
***Special note: For a reliably shiny finish, choose chocolate whose main ingredient isn’t sugar.
For a simple twist, grab a can of pre-made frosting from the grocery store and spread a thin layer over the top. So quick and simple!
- 1 1/4 cups powder sugar, sifted to remove any lumps
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- milk or water (typically 1-2 tablespoons)
- Stir the ingredients together, adding extra liquid or confectioners’ sugar to adjust the consistency as needed. Yield: about 1/2 cup glaze.
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stir the ingredients together, adding extra liquid or powder sugar to adjust the consistency as needed. This recipe will yield about 1/2 cup glaze. Just dip the air fryer donut tops in to coat with a layer of glaze or spread with a knife.