Air fryers work by circulating heat around all sides of the donuts. And when donuts aren’t bobbing around in an oil bath, they contain much less fat and calories overall.
Besides being a healthier version of our favorite sweet treat, AirFryerDonuts are also really quick and easy to make. Whichever option you choose, cooking your AirFryerDonuts only takes 4-5 minutes, which means you can whip up a batch anytime, without the hassle or the guilt.
Use a small (1-inch) round cookie cutter to remove the donut holes centers. Place half of the donuts in a single layer inside air fryer basket, and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden.
Add in the milk, butter, and egg and stir into a soft dough. Transfer donut dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes until smooth.
Transfer it to a lightly oiled bowl, cover it and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into 1/4-inch thickness.
Place both the donuts and donuts holes on a lightly floured surface, cover loosely with a cloth and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size (approximately 30 minutes). Place half the donuts in single layer in the air fryer basket, and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden.
Clean out the air fryer basket between batches to make sure there are no pieces of dough remaining and to avoid and burning. Year, using the air fryer to cook donuts is much healthier than the traditional frying method.
The made from scratch version of this Air Fried Donuts' recipe has only 4g of fat per serving. As air fryer temperatures can vary depending on the make and model, this recipe includes a range of suggested cook times.
Since it is so quick and easy to cook donuts in the air fryer, you can focus on fun ways to customize them. My mini chefs Louise to set out tons of bowls filled with every imaginable color of sprinkles, different candies.
They have so much fun creatively mixing and matching all sorts of unique topping combinations. For a sophisticated twist, try topping your donuts with dried edible flowers.
There is a wide variety to choose from, such as elder flower, calendula, chamomile and lavender. Edible flower airfryerdonuts make a stunning centerpiece for your next ladies brunch or a sweet treat with afternoon tea in the garden.
And by using the super easy biscuit way to make my donuts in the air fryer meant they were ready in no time. To finish them off, I made a simple maple-flavoured glaze and then topped each donut with lots of crumbled bacon.
Glaze: 1 cup (about 4 oz) powdered sugar 4 tsp tap water various sprinkles and edible dried flowers To Make The Form Scratch Way: Combine flour, sugar, yeast, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.
Add in the milk, butter, and egg and stir into a soft dough. Place donut dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes until smooth.
Transfer it to a lightly oiled bowl, cover it and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/4-inch thickness.
Place the both the donuts and donuts holes on a lightly floured surface, cover loosely with a cloth and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size (approximately 30 minutes). Place half of the donuts in single layer inside the air fryer basket and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden.
To Make The Glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar and water in a bowl until smooth. Clean out the air fryer basket between batches to make sure there are no pieces of dough remaining and to avoid and burning.
I added ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract for a little more cake like flavor. Once you have those three ingredients mixed together, roll your dough out to an even thickness and shape it into doughnuts.
I used the mouth of a glass to cut the doughnuts and poked a hole in the middle with a wooden spoon. To make your doughnuts, set your air fryer to 375 and fry for 7 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Dip ’em in chocolate and top with rainbow sprinkles, mix fresh blueberries into the dough, or dust them with some pumpkin spice and a little sugar. Jaime Milan is EatingWell’s digital editor for all things newsy and trending.
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If you’re craving doughnuts without the guilt, these yeast-risen rings deliver the same sweet, tender, and crackly sugar glazed goodness thanks to your air fryer. Pro-tip : After the doughnuts have risen, use the parchment paper to help gently transfer them into the air fryer.
Stir together water, yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon of the granulated sugar in a small bowl; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Combine flour, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a medium bowl.
Add yeast mixture, milk, butter, and egg; stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough comes together. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
There would be pancakes, waffles, eggs, hash browns, and bacon on the table. My siblings and I would then have the chore of cutting the hole out of the center to make each biscuit look like a donut.
I was very methodical and would use an apple corer to make the perfectly centered hole. A simple bottle cap can make the perfect hole in the center of each biscuit.
After my mother would pull them out of the oil, it was our job as kids to shake them in whatever topping that we preferred. And if we felt creative, we would combine milk and powdered sugar in a bowl to make icing.
Then we would either shake the hot donuts in the bags, or drizzle the icing on top. They were absolutely delicious, and we looked forward to making them every weekend.
Then when we are ready to make them, we pop them open and cut out a center hole. Once the donuts are cooked, remove them from the air fryer and either dip them in butter or spritz them with olive oil.
To this day, I still prefer to shake them in a brown paper bag to coat them evenly. To receive our 3 RecipeArticles in your inbox each week, sign up for our free email list located on the side and bottom of each recipe.
This article may contain affiliate links where a small commission is paid if you purchase a product at no additional cost to you. Make these quick and easy airfryerdonuts from a can of refrigerator biscuit dough.
16 oz refrigerated flaky jumbo biscuits 1/2 cup granulated white sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 4 Tbsp butter melted optional olive oil spray Lightly coat air fryer basket with olive oil spray.
Place 4 donuts in a single layer in the air fryer basket, being sure that they do not touch. Remove donuts from Air Fryer, dip in melted butter or spray both sides with olive oil spray, then shake in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.