These Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts are insanely delicious, and made with canned biscuits! You only need 4 basic ingredients to whip up a batch and they will quickly become a favorite treat recipe! Easily my favorite air fryer recipe.
- 4 Ingredients: One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it only calls for 4 very basic ingredients.
- QUICK Donut Recipe: Ready, from start to finish, in less than 15 minutes.
- Family Favorite: These are requested on repeat. Super simple and the perfect way to add a little sweetness to your day.
Listen, I claim zero credit for thinking of this recipe. We saw it on TikTok and slowly adapted this recipe to make the absolute best biscuit donuts. There is almost zero prep, beyond cutting out the center of each biscuit, and you get a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, donut that is sprinkled with the perfect amount of cinnamon and sugar.
If you are new to the air fryer, I suggest starting with this recipe. It is practically no-fail and makes the most delicious cinnamon sugar donuts in minutes. Try other toppings like chocolate ganache, vanilla frosting, and don’t forget the sprinkles!
Cinnamon Sugar Biscuit Donut Ingredients
If you don’t already own an air fryer this air fryer donut recipe is about to convince you to add it to your kitchen. You only need a handful of ingredients and there is basically zero prep.
- Canned Biscuits: We tested over 10 varieties of donuts and found that all work with this recipe. Our favorite are any of the biscuits that come in flaky layers, but we also have been told the classic grands with butter are a hit.
- Butter: A tablespoon of melted butter, preferably salted, is brushed onto the donuts once they are done baking. This gives you the most dreamy finishing touch and something for the cinnamon and sugar to hold on to.
- Cinnamon and Sugar: You can buy a premade mix (affiliate) or make your own by mixing 1/4 cup sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
How To Make Donuts In The Air Fryer
- PREP: Open the canned biscuits and place on a cutting board. Use a small cookie cutter, or a shot glass, to cut the center of each biscuit, saving the centers to the side.
- AIR FRY: Preheat the air fryer to 330 degrees and set the timer for 7 minutes. Once warm, add the biscuits. Cook, turning once halfway through, until golden brown.
- BUTTER: Carefully remove the donuts from the fryer using tongs and place on a clean surface. Brush with melted butter and top in cinnamon sugar.
- ENJOY: Serve immediately and enjoy a nice warm donut!
- DONUT HOLES: For the centers of the biscuits, cook at 330 degrees for three to five minutes. Brush with butter and cinnamon sugar.
- Air Fryer: There are so many different air fryer’s out there and it can be somewhat overwhelming knowing which one works best. For a versatile option with different cook features I suggest the Instant Vortex (affiliate). For a more basic and beginner friendly, opt for the Wolfgang Puck (affiliate).
- Shallow Dish: Wide shallow dishes (affiliate) can come in handy for so many things. Dipping donuts, ravioli, French toast, and even chicken is made so much easier.
- Kitchen Tongs: Using kitchen tongs (affiliate) makes it easy to transfer the food in and out of the fryer without the risk of burning.
You can’t go wrong with any canned biscuit. You can also use a frozen biscuit dough, as long as it has been thawed. Some canned doughs will rise more than others, so start checking doneness around five minutes.
Yes, however we find air fry or oil frying to be the best option.
To bake, simply preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the donuts for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Yep! To fry the donuts, heat 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet over medium high heat for roughly 5 minutes, or until it reaches 375 degrees. Cook the donuts until browned on both sides, roughly 1 minute per side. Remove and allow to drain onto a paper towel.
While we find cinnamon and sugar delicious, you can also dip the tops of these in a chocolate ganache, melted vanilla frosting, and sprinkles!
We find that these keep the best when stored in an airtight container for one to two days. When ready to enjoy, heat in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds, or until just warmed through.
- 1 can biscuits
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Open the canned biscuits and place on a cutting board. Use a small cookie cutter, or a shot glass, to cut the center of each biscuit, saving the centers to the side.
- Preheat the air fryer to 330 degrees and set the timer for 7 minutes. Once warm, add the biscuits. Cook, turning once halfway through, until golden brown.
- While the biscuits are cooking, whisk together the cinnamon and sugar in a shallow dish.
- Carefully remove the donuts from the fryer using tongs and place on a clean surface. Brush with melted butter and top in cinnamon sugar.
- Serve immediately and enjoy a nice warm donut!
- For the centers of the biscuits, cook at 330 degrees for three to five minutes. Brush with butter and cinnamon sugar.