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Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts (Easy!)

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Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts are a delicious sweet treat you can serve for an easy breakfast or dessert. You only need 4 ingredients to make these flaky air fryer donuts. Start with canned biscuits, use non-stick cooking spray then top with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles. These donuts will be ready in a flash!

Air fryer biscuit donuts on a plate with vanilla frosting and sprinkles on top.

Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts

Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts are going to revolutionize the way you make one of America’s favorite treats!

I absolutely love using my air fryer for all kinds of easy recipes such as snacks, sweet treats, and meals. While I’ll admit that an air fryer has its strengths and weaknesses, making the perfect biscuit donut is for sure a strength of this small kitchen appliance! The hot air circulating around the flaky biscuits’ donut dough cooks them quickly and evenly. 

These Air Fryer Sprinkle Donuts make use of canned biscuit dough that’s already conveniently shaped into rounds. It also produces a taller and much flakier type of donut which is just too delicious for words.

If that’s not enough, I’ve decorated these air fryer biscuit donuts with vanilla frosting and cheerful rainbow sprinkles to satisfy any sweet tooth. They look fantastic, taste even better, and can be enjoyed within 20 minutes or less!

Air fryer biscuit donuts on a plate and on cooling rack.

 

What Are Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts?

Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts offer an alternative way to cook your donuts without the traditional deep frying that can be quite messy at times and require your full attention when using hot oil. This recipe also replaces regular donut dough with canned biscuits.

A new tasting donut, it’s definitely different than deep fried homemade donuts or donuts from your favorite donut shop. These fluffy, buttery biscuits with creamy vanilla icing are worth adding to your favorite easy air fryer recipes.

It’s a super easy and convenient way to whip up a batch of delicious air fryer donuts in no time at all!

More Delicious Air Fryer Desserts To Try

Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts – air fryer donuts with a cinnamon sugar mixture that’s incredibly delish.
Air Fryer Baked Apples with Cinnamon & Pecans – try these amazing baked apples with cinnamon pecan crumble topping.
Air Fryer Apple Pie Roll Ups – easy apple pie dessert using tortillas.
Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies – another easy individual dessert idea with only 3 ingredients!

Ingredients

All you need are 4 simple ingredients to make delicious donuts:

  • 1 Can of Biscuits (8 biscuits if using Grands biscuits or jumbo biscuits)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Rainbow Sprinkles

Air fryer biscuit donut ingredients displayed in an air fryer basket.

How to Make Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts

Here are the easy step-by-step directions for easy air fryer donuts:

Step 1: Use a 1 inch round small circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to cut out small holes in the center of the biscuits.

Tip: If you don’t have a small biscuit cutter, grab a standard-size shot glass or the bottle cap from a soda bottle and use it to cut out the centers.

Biscuit dough with cut out centers using a shot glass.

 

Step 2: Whatever you do, don’t throw away the middle of the donut dough leftover from preparing your air fryer donuts! The dough from the center of each biscuit can also be cooked in the air fryer as biscuit donut bites. Definitely serve these air fryer donut holes alongside the regular sized donuts. Trust me, your family will thank you!

Simply roll the cutout dough into a ball to make donut holes and include these with your donuts.

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

Step 4: Lightly spray the donuts and donut holes with non-stick olive oil spray.

Lightly sprayed Biscuit donuts and donut holes with olive oil in the air fryer basket.

 

Step 5: Air fry for 4 – 6 minutes until the biscuits have reached a golden brown. If your donut holes seem to be cooking faster, remove them after 4 minutes and continue with the donuts.

Tip: Use tongs to remove the hot donuts from the air fryer basket.

Tip: All air fryers have a little different cooking time. Check the progress of your donuts after 4 minutes and if they aren’t ready, continue to air fry for 1-2 more minutes. There is no harm in opening the air fryer and checking to make sure your donuts don’t get overcooked.

Air fried donuts and donut holes on cooling rack.

 

Step 6: Remove the donuts from the air fryer basket and place them on a cooling rack. Let cool for 10 minutes until they reach room temperature. If the biscuit donuts are too warm, the icing will melt.

Step 7: Add a solid layer of vanilla frosting on top of the donuts and donut holes.

Tops of each donut and donut hole is covered in vanilla frosting.

 

Step 8: Cover with sprinkles. Liberally!

Tip: Make sure you have to add a sheet of parchment paper under the donuts or place them on a baking sheet before sprinkling so you can easily catch all the sprinkles that fall off.

Air fryer donuts covered with vanilla frosting and sprinkles.

Tips For Making Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts

  • While I haven’t specified the brand of canned biscuits to use, my go-to brand is Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers. The biscuit dough comes in a can of 8 biscuits and is trusted by many when making home-baked treats.
  • Want to save a little change? Use the Great Value brand of Grand Biscuits from Walmart. These taste almost exactly like the Pillsbury brand.
  • Using a cooking spray to lightly coat your donuts is a great way to ensure that your donuts remain light and flaky. Alternatively, you can brush them with melted butter. This works great! Just be careful, using too much butter can result in soggy donuts.
  • Don’t stack your donuts in the air fryer basket. The air needs to circulate around all the dough. Make sure to keep them in a single layer. Simply make more than one batch if needed.

Air fryer donut with frosting and sprinkles on a spatula.

 

What Variations Can I Make To Air Fryer Sprinkle Donuts?

I’m glad you asked! There are so many ways that you can vary this recipe to make all kinds of air fryer biscuit donuts. Consider these variations:

  • Ditch the frosting and sprinkles and opt to cover your biscuit donuts with cinnamon sugar coating as I’ve done with my Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Donuts!
  • Use a different flavor of frosting such as Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Strawberry Frosting, a decadent Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Frosting or make your own chocolate glaze.
  • Decorate your air fryer biscuit donuts to match a specific holiday or event such as green frosting with orange and purple sprinkles for Halloween or vanilla frosting with red and green sprinkles for Christmas.
  • Create sugar powdered biscuit donuts by tossing your freshly cooked donuts in a small bowl with a simple powdered sugar mix.
  • Use Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers, Honey Butter biscuits instead of the original canned biscuit dough for another level of flavor!

How To Store Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts?

These air fryer biscuit donuts can be stored for up to 3 days in an airtight container like most other donuts. Since these air fryer sprinkle donuts have been frosted, if you do have eftover donuts, it’s best not to reheat them.

 

Who would have thought air fryer donuts from biscuits would be so yummy? Serve these fluffy donuts for a quick and easy air fryer dessert, any day of the week treat or even a birthday breakfast. How special would it be to wake up your favorite person on their birthday with Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts?

Enjoy!

Yield: 8

Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts with Canned Biscuits (Easy!)

Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts with Vanilla Frosting and Rainbow Sprinkles on a plate.

Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts are a delicious sweet treat you can serve for breakfast or dessert. You only need 4 ingredients to make these flaky air fryer donuts. Start with canned biscuits, use non-stick cooking spray then top with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles. These donuts will be ready in a flash!

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

Ingredients

  • 1 Can of Grands Biscuits (8 biscuits)
  • Olive Oil Non-Stick Spray
  • 16 oz Vanilla Frosting
  • Rainbow Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Cut out a hole in the center of the biscuits using a 1 inch round biscuit cutter.
  2. Roll the cut out dough into balls to make biscuit donut bites.
  3. Pre-heat air fryer (approximately 2 minutes) to 350 degrees.
  4. Place donuts and donut holes in air fryer basket and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Air fry for 4-6 minutes.
  6. Let donuts cool on cooling rack.
  7. Spread frosting on top.
  8. Add sprinkles.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 0g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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