Air Fryer Donuts


These donuts look so impressive, no one will believe they didn't come from a professional donut shop. You can customize your toppings to suit your own style or occasion - go all blue or pink sprinkles for baby showers, gold and silver for bridal luncheons, or multi-colored candies for children's parties. For a casual weekend brunch, serve these with shrimp and grits or a make-ahead breakfast casserole. These are so easy and fun your young children will want to give you hand and, since air frying does not involve the use of hot oil, this is a safe baking project for little hands. These donuts start with a convenient can of refrigerated biscuits – the larger the biscuit, the larger the donut! You can use the smaller biscuits for smaller servings. Dip the donuts into melted butter, cook in the air fryer until golden and puffed, then dip and top with the two glazes.

Air Fryer Donuts
Photo: Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 donut, 1 donut hole)


  • 1 (16.3-oz.) can refrigerated jumbo biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands!)

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, melted

  • 6 tablespoons whole milk

  • 3 cups (about 12 oz.) powdered sugar, divided

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • Rainbow candy sprinkles


  1. Preheat a 6.3-quart air fryer to 350°F for 10 minutes. Separate biscuits. Using a (1-inch) round cookie cutter or base end of a pastry tip, cut out a hole in center of each biscuit. Separate donuts and donut holes. Dip donuts and donut holes in melted butter. Working in 2 batches for donuts and 1 batch for donut holes, place in air-fryer basket, and cook until golden and puffed, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side for donut holes, and 2 1/2 to 4 minutes per side for donuts.

  2. Whisk together milk, 2 cups of the powdered sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Set powdered sugar glaze aside. Using a clean whisk, whisk together cream cheese, and remaining 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl until fluffy.

  3. Dip all warm donut holes and half of warm (but not hot) donuts into powdered sugar glaze until evenly coated, and place on a wire rack set inside a baking sheet. Let stand until excess glaze has dripped off and glaze on donuts is set, about 5 minutes. Dip top halves of remaining donuts in cream cheese frosting, and place on a platter. Sprinkle donuts, as desired.

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