Remember a few weeks ago when I tried to make Krispy Kreme donuts from scratch in my new Go Wise Air Fryer? Well it was a lot of work and even though it COULD have turned out perfectly if I hadn’t neglected to lightly spray the dough and plastic wrap with cooking spray (thanks for the tip, Mama Jan!), it really isn’t likely that I’d make them very often. I’m much more likely to whip up recipes that are quick and easy (and don’t require two separate periods of time for dough to rise…..).
Well, guess what? I tried again, this time using a can of biscuit dough. When I was in high school, my best friend introduced me to the miracle that is canned biscuit dough fried in a deep fat fryer and then rolled in cinnamon sugar. To die for, and so quick and easy!
I don’t own a deep fat fryer, but I do have this big honking air fryer, so I figured, why not try making the perfect air-fried donut again, this time using canned biscuit dough. I did, and I can honestly say these quick-and-easy donuts are THE BEST THING EVER.
They are light and fluffy on the inside and perfectly golden on the outside. I used flaky layers biscuits (just a generic store brand) and I think that is the secret to how airy and amazing they are.
Then I added another special little twist: instead of just plain old granulated sugar and cinnamon for the outsides, I added in a few tablespoons of dark brown sugar and a pinch of all spice. This made the sugary coating taste almost like a churro. Mmmmmmm…..so yummy. Because I did still use mostly granulated sugar, they weren’t full-on churro, but you could go that route if you’re a big churro fan.
And the holes! The holes! They turned out perfectly as well. A few of them popped their flaky little lids in the air fryer, but luckily I was on the scene to
eat take care of the misfires.
If you don’t own a set of circular biscuit cutters, I would highly recommend investing in one. I got the set you see in the second picture from the left above on sale for around 12 bucks at a Crate and Barrel a few years back and I’ve used it for all sorts of things, including a lot of donuts.
Despite the fact that they’re air fried, I’m not going to go so far as to say they’re way more healthy than deep fat fried donuts (duh, dipped in butter!), but I will stake them taste-wise right up against any deep fat fried biscuit. Any day, any time. They are THAT tasty.
Here’s the recipe:
Jenny’s Air Fryer Donuts Recipe
(makes 8 donuts + 8 holes)
- 1 can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers biscuits (8 biscuits; can use generic brands as well — I used Hy-Vee biscuits!)
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon (adjust to your taste)
- 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar (try to remove or break up any clumps)
- Pinch of allspice
- Combine sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar, and allspice in a small (cereal or soup sized) bowl and set aside.
- Remove biscuits from can (do not flatten) and use a 1-inch circle biscuit cutter to cut the holes out of the center of each biscuit.
- Air fry the DONUTS at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes (I fried 4 at a time), and air fry the HOLES at 350 degrees F for just 3 minutes (I fried all 8 holes at once).
- As each batch of donuts and holes comes out of the fryer, use a pastry brush to paint butter over the entire surface of each donut and hole.
- After each donut and hole is painted with butter, drop into the bowl with the sugar mixture and coat completely with the mixture. Gently shake off excess.
- Serve donuts and holes warm.
You may need a 7th step, which is to begin the process all over again because your family will want more of these little goodies!
A few notes:
The only reason at all these take about 15 minutes to make is that you have to cook the donuts and holes in batches in the air fryer. I guess you could make them in the oven, too, but I don’t think you’d get the perfectly golden outsides and soft, airy insides like you do with the air fryer.
Of course you could add your own spin to these as well. I can see trying glaze, powdered sugar, frosting, a spread like Nutella, or even a sweet drizzle of honey. The possibilities are limitless!
I’m still a total newbie at air frying, but I’m starting to see what all of the buzz is about. I actually now keep it on my counter (got rid of an old set of speakers and some decorative stuff that had been there too long anyway). Counter space is prime real estate in any kitchen, and my Go Wise Air Fryer has now earned a spot there alongside the microwave, the toaster, and the Keurig. Welcome to the big show, air fryer.
*UPDATE 12/2017 —
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- Air fryer french fries and kid-friendly remoulade sauce!