This is a quick, easy, and delicious air fryer biscuit donuts recipe that uses canned biscuits. They are drizzled with powdered sugar icing and lots of sprinkles on top of each donut.
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Recipe updated: April 4th, 2024

These easy air fryer biscuit donuts are a sweet treat and a big hit with the kids, and us adults too. They are also super quick and fun to make with simple steps to follow. The powdered sugar icing and sprinkles make these donuts taste amazing.

TheĀ best partĀ of theseĀ easy donutsĀ are the kiddos can help you put the icing and sprinkles on them. What kid doesnā€™t like to spread icing and shake some sprinkles on donuts? My two granddaughters always have fun when they get to help their mommy or me cook in the kitchen, espcially when it involes desserts such asĀ sugar cookies,Ā cinnamon sugar knots, orĀ cocoa krispie treats. All of these recipes are perfect to make on aĀ Saturday morning, after they have had their breakfast, of course.

Easy air fryer biscuit donuts on a plate.

For this recipe, we used store-bought biscuit dough. These biscuits are sold in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

šŸ“ Key Ingredients

  • 16-ounceĀ can of biscuitsĀ ā€“Ā Pillsbury grands biscuitsĀ ā€“ flaky layers with buttermilk
  • Cooking spray

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1 cup ofĀ powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons 2% milk (or whole, 1%, or fat-free)
  • 1Ā teaspoonĀ vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 drops ofĀ food coloringĀ (optional)
  • SprinklesĀ (optional)
Ingredients for easy air fryer biscuit donuts.
Ingredients for easy air fryer biscuit donuts.

šŸ© How to Make Easy Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts

These step-by-step instructions are accompanied by detailed photos for enhanced clarity and guidance.

Step 1. Preheat the Air Fryer

If your air fryer needs to be preheated, set it at 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2. Prepare the Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts

Take the biscuits out of the can, and then separate them on a flat surface. They are already in aĀ donut shape, so thatā€™s nice. Use a 1-inch roundĀ cookie cutterĀ or biscuit cutter to cut donut holes in theĀ center of each biscuit. Save theĀ donut holes, then you can put them in the air fryer and makeĀ donut bitesĀ the same way we are making these biscuits donuts, but they will requireĀ less timeĀ in the air fryer because they are smaller.

Note:Ā If you donā€™t have aĀ small biscuit cutterĀ orĀ small round cookie cutter, you could use anything you have in the kitchen to make aĀ small holeĀ in the biscuits. Try a small sharp knife, a smallĀ measuring spoon, aĀ melon scooper, a smallĀ bottle cap, or even your trusty little finger, yep, just wiggle your finger down the center of the biscuit dough and form a hole.

We didnā€™t have that size cookie cutter, so we just pushed a small measuring spoon into the biscuit and carved out a hole. The measuring spoon made a nice hole and worked great.

Make a donut hole in the center of the biscuit.
Make a donut hole in the center of the biscuit.

Step 3. Place the Biscuit Donuts on the Fryer Basket

Spray the fryer basket with cooking spray, then arrange each of the 8 biscuits in aĀ single layerĀ on the air fryer basket without overcrowding them. If you prefer, you can put a sheet ofĀ parchment paperĀ made for air fryers on theĀ bottom of your air fryer basketĀ instead of the cooking spray.

Note: We all know there are different types and sizes of air fryers, making them not all the same. With that said, eight biscuits will fit perfectly on a larger air fryer basket, but depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do a second batch if the basket of your air fryer is smaller.

Place the biscuit donuts on the air fryer basket.
Place the biscuit donuts on the air fryer basket.

Step 4. Bake the Biscuit Donuts in the Air Fryer

UseĀ heat-resistant oven mittsĀ so you donā€™t burn yourself on theĀ hot airĀ when you place the air fryer basket into the air fryer that is preheated to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for 8 minutes, turning them over halfway through the cooking process at 4Ā minutes. After that, when the donuts areĀ golden brown, they are done.

Remove the air fryer basket from the air fryer with the oven mitts, then set the donuts aside to cool while we make the powdered sugar icing. If you need to make a second batch of biscuit donuts, you can do that now.

Note: Cooking times may vary. Keep in mind that most air fryers are not the same. For example, some air fryers are larger than others, and some can heat differently than others, so make sure to adjust the time and temperature if necessary.

Bake at three hundred and sixty degrees for eight minutes, turning them over halfway through.
Bake at 360 degrees for eight minutes, turning them over halfway through.

Step 5. Prepare the Powdered Sugar Icing

Note:Ā If you want lump-free icing, you will need to sift the powdered sugarĀ usingĀ aĀ sifter. For this particular icing, we did not sift the powdered sugar, and the icing turned out great.

In aĀ small bowl, add 1 cup of powdered sugar together with 2 teaspoons of milk (whole milk, 2%, 1%, or fat free), and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

We have a slightly different powdered sugar icing recipe with melted butter in the ingredients if you would like a buttery-tasting icing to put on the biscuit donuts.

Powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract are added to a bowl.
Powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract are added to a bowl.

Step 6. Combine the Powdered Sugar Mixture

Mix thoroughly the powdered sugar together with the milk and vanilla using aĀ whisk. You can also use a spoon,Ā spatula, or electricĀ hand mixerĀ if you prefer.

Stir the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in the bowl.
Stir the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in the bowl.

Step 7. Add the Food Coloring

We chose red food coloring for our first batch of biscuit donuts. Add a tiny drop of food coloring together with the powdered sugar icing. The more food coloring you add, the darker the red will be, and using less food coloring will be a lighter color, more on the pinkish side.

Note: You donā€™t have to use food coloring if you want the icing to be white.

Add the food coloring together with the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
Add the food coloring together with the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.

Step 8. Mix the Food Coloring

Stir the food coloring together with the powdered sugar icing, mixing well. If you want the color to be a bit darker, you can add more food coloring at this time.

Mix the food coloring together with the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
Mix the food coloring together with the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.


Step 9. Put the Icing on the Donuts and Add the Sprinkles

This is the first batch of biscuit donuts we made with the red food coloring. We didnā€™t add much food coloring to get this pinkish color.

Using a pair ofĀ tongs, dip the donuts into the icing, or you can brush the icing on each donut using aĀ pastry brushĀ orĀ piping bag. We then shook the sprinkle container over the biscuit donuts immediately after applying the icing so the sprinkles would stick to the icing. After dipping and sprinkling them, set the donuts on a plate orĀ cooling rackĀ while the icing dries.

Sprinkles are added on top of the powdered sugar icing.
Sprinkles are added on top of the powdered sugar icing.

Step 10. Make the Second Batch of Powdered Sugar Icing

For our second batch of biscuit donuts, we chose yellow food coloring. We had to make more powdered sugar icing for the second batch, and we added just a couple drops of food coloring together with the powdered sugar icing and mixed it thoroughly to get this color.

Note: If you are going to do a second batch of biscuit donuts, you will have to make more powdered sugar icing if you want to change the color, or if you ran out of icing from the first batch.

Yellow food coloring is added together with the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
Yellow food coloring is added together with the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.

Step 11. Shake on Some Sprinkles

The color yellow for the second batch turned out so great. Remember to apply the sprinkles right after putting the icing on the donuts so the sprinkles will stick. We chose a different style of sprinkles for this batch. You can use any type of sprinkles you prefer, the possibilities are endless.

Easy air fryer biscuit donuts with yellow icing on a plate.
Easy air fryer biscuit donuts with yellow icing on a plate.

šŸ© Recipe Variations

Some Alternative Topping Ideas for Biscuit Donuts

  • Use the same powdered sugar icing recipe, but change the color using different food coloring.
  • Make different icing or frosting:
    • Chocolate glazeĀ orĀ chocolate icingĀ by just adding one or two tablespoons of cocoa powder and a little more liquid to the powdered sugar icing.
    • Chocolate frosting by adding cocoa powder and a little less liquid.
    • Vanilla buttercream frosting by adding less liquid and no food coloring to the powdered sugar.
  • Make cinnamon sugar donuts:
    • When the donuts are done cooking in the air fryer, remove the donuts. Then, while the donuts are still warm, brush 4 tablespoons of melted butter on them with aĀ pastry brush. After that, sprinkle orĀ dip donuts, both the tops and sides of the donuts, in aĀ cinnamon sugar mixtureĀ instead of spreading on powdered sugar icing. A good cinnamon sugar mixture isĀ cinnamon sugar seasoningĀ or make your own ā€“ 1 and 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoonĀ ground cinnamon. You can add a bit more cinnamon to the sugar if you prefer a more dominant cinnamon taste.
  • You can also buy different kinds of sprinkles.
  • Spread some raspberry jam over the top of the donuts or a dusting of powdered sugar instead of the icing.
Close up shot of easy air fryer biscuit donuts.
Close up shot of easy air fryer biscuit donuts.

ā“ FAQs

Do Biscuit Donuts Taste Just Like Regular Donuts?

These biscuit donuts donā€™t taste exactly likeĀ homemade donutsĀ or donuts you can buy in the bakery section of the grocery store or at theĀ local donut shop. But, they are still an easy and tasty treat theĀ whole familyĀ will love, especially the kids. Plus, these are made at home, so the kids can help. The frosting on top makes them extra yummy!

What Kind of Biscuit Dough Should I Use?

For this recipe, we are usingĀ canned biscuit dough. You can use the original Pillsbury grand flaky layers if you prefer, but we think theĀ flaky biscuitsĀ with buttermilk are the best to use for these biscuit donuts. The buttermilk gives the donuts an amazing flavor. TheĀ first timeĀ we made these we bought the butter flavor biscuits, but we didnā€™t like them because of the overwheling buttery taste inside the dough of the biscuits.

What doĀ I do withĀ Leftover Donuts?

You can store these donuts in a covered container on the countertop atĀ room temperatureĀ for a few days. Or, if you choose to do so, you can put them in anĀ airtight containerĀ or a zip lock bag in the refrigerator for about 3 days. After that, they will lose their delicious tasting quality, freshness, and texture.

Easy air fryer biscuit donuts on a plate.
Easy air fryer biscuit donuts on a plate.

šŸ’” Final Thoughts

It is so simple to make these easy air fryer donuts within only eight minutes of cook time. Using canned biscuits makes this recipe a breeze!

You and the kiddos can have a fun time together making this air fryer donut recipe. It is such a sweet treat to eat without a long wait! Satisfy your sweet tooth the easy way with this fun, flaky, and fluffy biscuit donut recipe. Enjoy!

Easy air fryer biscuit donuts with pink icing on a plate.

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Easy Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts

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This is a quick, easy, and delicious air fryer biscuit donuts recipe that uses canned biscuits. They are drizzled with powdered sugar icing and lots of sprinkles on top of each donut.
5 from 3 votes
Cost $5
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings 8 donuts

šŸ«• Equipment

šŸ§‚ Ingredients
  

The Powdered Sugar Icing

šŸ‘©ā€šŸ³ Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take the biscuits out of the can and separate them on a flat working surface.
  • Cut 1-inch holes in the center of each biscuit with a biscuit or cookie cutter. If you don't have one, use anything round that is 1-inch like a small lid or you can even use your finger.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • Use oven mitts to place the biscuits in the air fryer basket without touching each other. If you have a smaller air fryer, you will need to do half of the biscuits now, and half in a second batch.
  • Put the basket in the air fryer and set the time for 4 minutes, then turn the donuts over and cook the other side for 4 minutes (total – 8 minutes). You may have to adjust the time and temperature.
  • Take the basket out of the air fryer using the oven mitts and place each donut on a plate or a working surface to cool.
  • For the icing, mix in a medium bowl the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Add a drop of food coloring (optional).
  • Dip each donut in the icing (or spread the icing on each donut), and immediately top with the sprinkles.
  • Let the donuts sit while the icing dries (or sets).

*ļøāƒ£ Recipe Notes

  • All air fryers are not the same. Time and temperature may need to be adjusted.
  • Add more milk for thinner icing, and add less milk if you want thicker icing.
Alternative Topping Ideas
  • Chocolate icing.
  • Donuts dipped in a sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top of the donuts using a sifter.
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