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Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts (Quick & Easy!)

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts are the perfect treat to serve up for breakfast or dessert. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this air fryer recipe! Made with canned biscuits and a coating of cinnamon and sugar. You’ll end up with a great treat that your family and friends will love.

Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts on a plate.

Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts

Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts are another of my latest donut recipes using canned biscuit dough. Just like my Air Fryer Sprinkle Donuts, these cinnamon sugar donuts can be made in 15 minutes with minimal ingredients and provide a break from the somewhat messy process of traditional deep frying.

These air fryer donuts from canned biscuits are light and flaky with a simple cinnamon sugar coating – perfect to enjoy as a warm breakfast treat with a cup of coffee to start the day just right!

Don’t be shy to make a double batch of these cinnamon air fryer donuts – they’re sure to fly off the table in no time at all!

Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts on cooling rack with fall placemat and cinnamon sticks.


Air Fryer Donuts

While I love making crispy savory recipes with my air fryer, there’s nothing quite like an air fryer donut! And if you’ve never tried making donuts in your air fryer before then these air fryer donuts from canned biscuits offer a great way to start -super easy to whip up and incredibly delicious!

Using canned biscuit dough rounds instead of traditional donut dough cuts the recipe time down as well as offering convenience. When cooked in the air fryer, all that’s left to do is coat your freshly air fried donuts in a cinnamon sugar mixture to be enjoyed as is or alongside some vanilla ice cream as a dessert option.

For another delicious cinnamon dessert, try these chewy Cinnamon Cookies.

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts Ingredients

These easy air fryer donuts only need 5 ingredients.

  • Canned Biscuits
  • Butter Flavored Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Melted Butter
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts ingredients displayed in the air fryer basket.


How to Make Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts

Here are the step-by-step directions for quick and easy cinnamon donuts:

Step 1: Take each biscuit and cut out the center using a 1 inch round cookie or biscuit cutter.

Tip: You can use a shot glass as a quick alternative to a biscuit cutter.

Biscuit dough with cut out centers to make donuts.


Step 2: An added bonus is the donut holes you can make! Set aside the cut out biscuit dough and roll it into donut holes. Once you’re done making air fried donuts, drop the donut holes in your air fryer basket and follow the same steps for the donuts below. The donut holes will need less time in the air fryer, so start with 3 minutes and go from there.

Step 3: Back to the donuts! Pre-heat your air fryer to 350 degrees. Pre-heating usually takes 2 minutes in most air fryers.

Step 4: Place your donuts in the air fryer basket. Use a butter flavored non-stick cooking spray and lightly spray the donuts.

Biscuit donuts in air fryer basket.


Step 5: Place the basket in your air fryer. Air fried donuts will take 4 – 6 minutes to reach a nice brown. Once cooked, place them on a cooling rack.

Tip: Different Air fryers vary in their cook time. After 4 minutes, check your donuts. If they aren’t ready, continue to air fry for 1-2 more minutes. There are no issues with opening the air fryer to check on their progress. After you’ve made this recipe once, you’ll know the best cook time for your air fryer for the next batch.

Step 6: While your donuts are cooling, mix ground cinnamon with sugar in a small bowl. 


Bowl of sugar and ground cinnamon ready to be mixed together.


Step 8: Melt your butter in the microwave in a small bowl. Use a basting brush to lightly coat all sides of one donut.

Air fried biscuit donuts on cooling rack with a bowl of melted butter next to them.


Step 9: Quickly drop the buttered donut into the cinnamon and sugar mixture, covering all sides with the cinnamon sugar. Continue the process with each donut until you’ve got a rack full of air fryer cinnamon donuts.

Coating the biscuit donut with cinnamon sugar.


That’s all there is to it! These taste great any time of day, so serve them up for a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert.
Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts on cooling rack and on plate.

Air Fryer Donuts Variations

The great thing about most donut recipes is that they are so easily adapted. While I love the simplicity of a cinnamon sugar donut, go ahead and try some of these variations:

  • Add a layer of frosting to these air fried donuts with sprinkles as I did for my Air Fryer Sprinkle Donuts! You can use Vanilla Frosting, Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Strawberry Frosting or Chocolate Fudge Frosting!
  • Push some mini chocolate chips into the canned biscuit dough rounds for chocolate chip cinnamon sugar donuts.
  • Dunk one side of your air fryer cinnamon donuts in melted chocolate and add a few sprinkles.
  • Honey and cinnamon is a dynamite combination – try these Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers, Honey Butter biscuits instead of the original canned biscuit dough.

How To Store Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts

Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Donuts should be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze these donuts by wrapping them in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and then transfer them to a Ziploc bag or an airtight container where they’ll last for up to 3 months.

Defrost your frozen donuts overnight on the countertop and then warm them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.


There’s nothing quite like a fresh cinnamon donut. Using canned biscuits and cinnamon sugar, these air fryer cinnamon donuts are super easy to make in the comfort of your home in just 15 minutes. The family will love them!

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts (Quick & Easy!)

Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts (Quick & Easy!)

Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Donuts are the perfect treat to serve up for breakfast or dessert. You won't believe how easy it is to make this air fryer recipe! Made with canned biscuits and a coating of cinnamon and sugar. You'll end up with a great treat that your family and friends will love.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 Can of Buttermilk Biscuits (10 biscuits)
  • Butter Flavored Non-Stick Spray
  • 1/2 stick Melted Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon


  1. Cut out a hole in the center of the biscuits using a 1 inch round biscuit cutter.
  2. Pre-heat air fryer (approximately 2 minutes) to 350 degrees.
  3. Place donuts in air fryer basket and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Air fry for 4-6 minutes.
  5. Place donuts cool on cooling rack.
  6. Mix ground cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  7. Melt butter in microwave.
  8. Lightly coat one donut with melted butter and quickly drop it into the cinnamon sugar mix, coating the entire donut. Repeat for each donut.


Use the cut out centers of the biscuits to make cinnamon donut holes. Roll the dough into a ball, spray with non-stick cooking oil and air fry for 3-4 minutes. Follow the remaining donut instructtions to make the cinnamon donut holes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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  • Tammy Camp

    I love easy recipes and delicious desserts and happy to share with you my favorite recipes. My favorite places are tropical, family always comes first and I'm a cocktail enthusiast for sure! Connect with me: Facebook and Pinterest

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