Air Fryer Donuts

Everyone loves donuts but making them at home has drawbacks. They are usually deep fried which is messy and not good for you. Baked versions just don’t have the right texture. I decided to try some in my Cosori Air Fryer.

Start by microwaving 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk on high for about 40 seconds. You are looking for a temperature of about 110 F (43 C). Do not heat it over 120 F (49 C) or it will kill the yeast.

Add 5 ml (1 tsp) of the sugar to the milk and sprinkle 11 ml (2 1/4 tsp) of quick rise yeast over the milk. Let it sit for 10 minutes until the mixture is frothy. Stir the yeast into the milk.

Add the remaining 25 ml (2 tbsp) sugar, 1 egg, 45 ml (1/4 cup) melted butter, 5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla, and 1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt. Beat the mixture together.

Add 415 ml (1 3/4 cup) all-purpose flour to the mixture and stir until it comes together in a rough ball.

You can either turn it out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth or put it in the bowl of your stand mixer with a dough hook and knead for 5 minutes.

Grease a bowl with baking spray. Put the dough in and turn it. Cover the ball with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place until doubled, about one hour.

Punch your fist into the ball of dough and knead for one minute to remove any large air bubbles.

Roll the dough out until it is 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) thick. Cut out 3-inch (7.6 cm) circles. You can use a biscuit cutter if you have one, but I just used a drinking glass.

Cut a one-inch hole in the centre of each circle. I used a piping cone.

You can also get special donut cutters.

Roll the scraps out again and cut more donut and holes until you have six donuts. Roll any leftover dough into balls to make more donut holes.

Put the donuts and holes on a tray and cover with a tea towel. Put in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.

While the donuts are rising you can mix a cinnamon sugar coating. Mix 75 ml (1/3 cup sugar) with 10 ml (2 tsp) cinnamon.

Preheat the air fryer to 350 F (175 C). Spray the basket with baking spray. Put donuts and holes in the basket without letting them touch. Spray the donuts with baking spray.

Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. I used an instant read thermometer and was looking for the internal temperature of the donut to be over 195 F (90 C).

Continue cooking the donuts and holes in batches until done.

As the donuts come out of the fryer, brush both sides with melted butter and then put both sides in the cinnamon sugar.

Enjoy!

The Verdict

These have a great texture with a moist chewy bite. They are better than donuts I have had in donut shops!

The Old Fat Guy

I did a video of this recipe.

Air Fryer Donuts

Air Fryer Donuts

Ingredients

  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • 30 ml (1 tbsp plus 1 tsp) sugar, divided
  • 11 ml (2 1/4 tsp) quick rise yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 45 ml (1/4 cup) melted butter
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla
  • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt
  • 415 ml (1 3/4 cup) all-purpose flour
  • baking spray
  • Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
  • 40 ml (3 tbsp) melted butter
  • 75 ml (1/3 cup) sugar
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Start by microwaving 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk on high for about 40 seconds. You are looking for a temperature of about 110 F (43 C). Do not heat it over 120 F (49 C) or it will kill the yeast.
  2. Add 5 ml (1 tsp) of the sugar to the milk and sprinkle 11 ml (2 1/4 tsp) of quick rise yeast over the milk. Let it sit for 10 minutes until the mixture is frothy. Stir the yeast into the milk.
  3. Add the remaining 25 ml (2 tbsp) sugar, 1 egg, 45 ml (1/4 cup) melted butter, 5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla, and 1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt. Beat the mixture together.
  4. Add 415 ml (1 3/4 cup) all-purpose flour to the mixture and stir until it comes together in a rough ball.
  5. You can either turn it out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth or put it in the bowl of your stand mixer with a dough hook and knead for 5 minutes.
  6. Grease a bowl with baking spray. Put the dough in and turn it. Cover the ball with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place until doubled, about one hour.
  7. Punch your fist into the ball of dough and knead for one minute to remove any large air bubbles.
  8. Roll the dough out until it is 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) thick. Cut out 3-inch (7.6 cm) circles. You can use a biscuit cutter if you have one, but I just used a drinking glass. 
  9. Cut a one-inch hole in the centre of each circle. I used a piping cone.
  10. You can also get special donut cutters.
  11. Roll the scraps out again and cut more donut and holes until you have six donuts. Roll any leftover dough into balls to make more donut holes.
  12. Put the donuts and holes on a tray and cover with a tea towel. Put in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.
  13. While the donuts are rising you can mix a cinnamon sugar coating. Mix 75 ml (1/3 cup sugar) with 10 ml (2 tsp) cinnamon.
  14. Preheat the air fryer to 350 F (175 C). Spray the basket with baking spray. Put donuts and holes in the basket without letting them touch. Spray the donuts with baking spray.
  15. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. I used an instant read thermometer and was looking for the internal temperature of the donut to be over 195 F (90 C).
  16. Continue cooking the donuts and holes in batches until done.
  17. As the donuts come out of the fryer, brush both sides with melted butter and then put both sides in the cinnamon sugar.
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8 thoughts on “Air Fryer Donuts”

  1. Well, if there is one thing I love, it’s donuts. I really never gave a thought to making then in my air fryer. They look wonderful David, I’ll for sure be making these. Thanks for the recipe.

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