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Air Fryer Donuts | Cinnamon Sugar

Air fryer donuts made with simple ingredients! These donuts are so delicious- fluffy, yeasty and addictive!
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, cinnamon sugar, donuts, doughnuts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 4 people


Yeast Mixture

  • 1 package instant yeast (2 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water (125-130 degrees)

Donut Dough

  • cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup butter-flavored shortening
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (melted, for dipping)

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • In a glass measuring cup, add warm water, sugar and yeast. Stir.
  • Let the yeast sit until it proofs and is puffy. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  • Cut in the shortening until mixture is crumbly.
  • Stir in the buttermilk and yeast mixture until a dough forms. (Add a bit more flour if the dough is too wet to handle.
  • Flour a work surface and place the dough on the surface.
  • Flour your hands and knead dough several times until dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Divide dough into 20-25 pieces and roll into small balls. (can also make mini twists or mini donuts)
  • Dip balls into butter and then place into the greased air fryer basket.
  • Cook on 325 F. for 4 minutes. Let donuts sit in air fryer for an additional 1-2 minutes before removing.
  • Remove from air fryer and immediately dip into the butter, letting excess drip off.
  • Then coat in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Repeat until all the balls have been cooked and coated.
  • Serve warm or room temperature.