Easy Air Fryer Doughnuts (Baked, Not Deep Fried)

Skip the deep fryer: Make these delicious and easy air fryer doughnuts instead!

So, you wanna know how to make some delicious yet easy air fryer doughnuts? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Although the name may be misleading, an air fryer does not actually fry your doughnuts. In fact, it bakes them to perfection without leaving them drenched in oil like the traditional deep fryer method.

Here’s how you can easily make air fryer doughnuts that are both healthier and delicious.

How To Make Easy Air Fryer Doughnuts:

easy air fryer doughnut

First things first, let’s talk ingredients. You’ll need all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg or cinnamon, an egg, lukewarm milk, melted butter, and dried yeast. These are all pretty standard ingredients, so you probably have most of them in your kitchen already.

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Once you’ve got all your ingredients ready, it’s time to mix them together. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg or cinnamon in a bowl and give them a good mix. Then, add in the egg, lukewarm milk, melted butter, and dried yeast and mix it all together until it forms a dough.

mixing the ingredients

Now, it’s time to let the dough rise. Roll it into a ball, cover it with a kitchen towel, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Once it’s had time to rise, roll it out to 1/2 inch thickness on a lightly floured kitchen counter.

letting the dough rise

Top Tip: For best results, avoid rolling the dough too thinly, as it can result in flat doughnuts. The ideal thickness of the dough should be about 1/2 inch to 1 inch (2.5cm) to achieve fluffy and soft doughnuts.

Using a doughnut cutter

Next up, it’s time to cut out the doughnuts. You can use a doughnut cutter like the one below or a 3-inch and 1-inch biscuit cutter. Cover the cut-out doughnuts with a kitchen towel and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

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Finally, it’s time to air-fry those bad boys! Place the doughnuts into the air fryer basket, and air fry them for about 3 minutes at 180°C or 356°F until they’re golden brown.

placing the doughnuts in an air fryer basket

Top Tip: To prevent doughnuts from sticking to the air fryer basket, lightly grease the basket with cooking spray or butter before placing the doughnuts in it. You can also try placing a sheet of parchment paper at the bottom of the basket to prevent sticking.

And, to make them even more delicious, I like to add a glaze.

making a doughnut glaze

To make a simple classic doughnut glaze, mix together powdered sugar, melted butter, warm milk, and vanilla extract to make a tasty glaze. Toss the doughnuts in the glaze, and voila! You’ve got some delicious air fryer doughnuts that are sure to impress.

Make Different Doughnut Toppings

Get creative with your air fryer doughnuts and try out these delicious toppings.

Cinnamon Sugar

air fryer cinnamon sugar doughnuts

Let’s start with the classic cinnamon sugar topping. It’s a fan favorite for a reason – it’s simple, delicious, and easy to make.

Just mix together 1 cup of sugar with 3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon, or reduce the cinnamon to 1 tablespoon for a lighter cinnamon flavor. Dip the doughnuts into melted butter and sprinkle the mixture generously over your freshly air-fried doughnuts and enjoy the sweet and spicy combination.

Chocolate Glaze

chocolate covered doughnut

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Adding a chocolate glaze to your air fryer doughnuts is easy and delicious.

For the chocolate glaze, you will need 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons heavy cream (or substitute milk), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 6 tablespoons water.

To begin, sift the dry ingredients (powdered sugar and cocoa powder) to remove any lumps. You can use a fine-mesh sieve and shake it into a bowl or use an actual sifter.

Then, whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth, adjusting the liquid as necessary. The liquid specified (6 tablespoons) should create a smooth, glossy texture, but you may need a bit more liquid. Add liquid a teaspoon at a time until the correct texture is reached.

Once you’ve made your delicious chocolate glaze, simply dip your freshly cooked doughnuts in the glaze while they’re still warm, using a fork or tongs to coat the doughnuts fully, then set them on a wire rack to cool and allow the glaze to set.

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Easy Air Fryer Doughnuts Recipe

Recipe by Jen Evansy
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Course: BakingCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Hey there, fellow foodies! Today, I’m excited to share with you a recipe that will satisfy all of your sweet cravings – Easy Air Fryer Doughnuts! These delicious treats are soft, moist, and easy to make. Plus, they’re cooked in an air fryer, which means you can indulge in all the goodness of traditional fried doughnuts without the mess and guilt. So, put on your apron, dust off your air fryer, and let’s get ready to create some seriously delicious doughnuts that will have everyone begging for the recipe. Let’s fry away!

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk

  • 1 packet or 2 tsp dried yeast

  • 3 tbsp sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 packet or 2 tsp dried yeast

  • 1 packet or 2 tsp dried yeast

  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tbsp melted butter

  • 3 tbsp warm milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg or cinnamon. Mix well.
  • Add the egg, lukewarm milk, melted butter, and dried yeast to the mixing bowl. Mix until the ingredients form into a dough.
  • Roll the dough into a ball and cover it with a kitchen towel. Let it rise for about 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, roll out the dough on a lightly floured kitchen counter until it’s 1/2 inch thick.
  • Use a doughnut cutter or a 3-inch and a 1-inch biscuit cutter to cut out the doughnuts.
  • Place the cut-out doughnuts on a plate and cover them with a kitchen towel. Let them rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 180°C or 356°F.
  • Place the doughnuts into the air fryer basket, and air fry them for about 3 minutes until they are golden brown.
  • Once the doughnuts are cooked, remove them from the air fryer basket and let them cool for a minute.
  • To Make The Glaze:
  • To make the glaze, mix together the powdered sugar, melted butter, warm milk, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Mix until the glaze is smooth.
  • Dip the doughnuts into the glaze and place them on a wire rack to let the glaze set.
  • Serve and enjoy your soft and moist air fryer doughnuts!

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  • Experiment with toppings: Once the doughnuts are cooked, you can experiment with different toppings such as glazes, powdered sugar, or cinnamon sugar.
  • Don’t overfill the air fryer: Make sure you don’t overcrowd the air fryer with too many doughnuts at once. This can cause them to stick together and not cook evenly.
  • Use a toothpick to check for doneness: Use a toothpick to check if the doughnuts are cooked through. Insert the toothpick into the center of the doughnut, and if it comes out clean, the doughnut is done.
  • Serve them fresh: Air fryer doughnuts are best served fresh and warm, so make sure to enjoy them right after cooking.

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How To Store Leftover Air Fryer Doughnuts?

To store leftover air fryer doughnuts, wait until they have cooled completely and then place them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. They can be kept at room temperature for up to two days or in the fridge for up to a week.

You can also freeze them for longer-term storage, up to two months, by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and then placing them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Just be sure to let them thaw completely before reheating.

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Well, there you have it – I hope I’ve convinced you to try making these easy air fryer doughnuts! With just a few ingredients and a trusty air fryer, you can have fresh, warm doughnuts in no time. And let’s be real, is there anything more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, warm homemade doughnut?

Plus, with all the different topping options, you can get creative and try something new every time. So, don’t be afraid to get messy and have fun with it – after all, it’s doughnut-making, not rocket science! Happy Baking!

1 thought on “Easy Air Fryer Doughnuts (Baked, Not Deep Fried)”

  1. I have to say; I was pleasantly surprised with how easy these Air Fryer Doughnuts were to make. As someone who isn’t the most confident baker, I appreciated the simplicity of the recipe. While they didn’t quite live up to my expectations of a traditional doughnut, I did appreciate that they were healthier and less greasy than their deep-fried counterparts. I opted for a simple glaze topping, but I’m curious to try out some different flavors next time. Overall, a solid recipe for a quick and easy treat.


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Nutritionist, researcher, avid home cook, and writer interested in everything nutrition and food-related. Striving to inform, encourage, and inspire all the readers to make healthy and informed choices when it comes to cooking, food, diet, and nutrition.