Fried Doughnut Recipe

Who doesn't love a sweet Doughnut! We know you think about it a couple of times before finally getting that chocolate cover delicious donuts, but did you know that air fryer donuts have a lot less calories and are super easy to make!

Skip the pot of hot oil and make these healthier air fryer donuts. If you've ever had a baked donut, brace yourself. These are SO much better. Instead of tasting like a cake, shaped like a donut, each of these tastes like freshly fried classic glazed donut. Straight from the air fryer, they'll look a little more like bagels, but everything changes once you dip them in glaze and top with rainbow sprinkles. If you're a cinnamon-sugar churro person, you could also go that route.
Cure your craving for donuts in under 15 minutes with this Quick Air Fryer Doughnuts Glazed & Cinnamon Sugar recipe. Chocolate or vanilla coated, your sweet tooth will be satisfied and all it takes is a couple of ingredients.

Doughnuts are one of the finer things in life. Fresh out of the fryer coated and then placed into the shops glass case. You just have to try it.

CategoryDifficultyIntermediate

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Yields8 Servings
Prep Time2 hrsCook Time25 minsTotal Time2 hrs 25 mins
 ¼ cup warm water, warmed (100F to 110F)
 1 tsp active dry yeast
 ¼ cup plus 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar, divided
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 ¼ tsp kosher salt
 ¼ cup whole milk, at room temperature
 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
 1 large egg, beaten
 ¼ cup powdered sugar
 4 tsp tap water
1

Stir together water, yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon of the granulated sugar in a small bowl; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Combine flour, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Add yeast mixture, milk, butter, and egg; stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough comes together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

2

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 8 doughnuts using a 3-inch round cutter and a 1-inch round cutter to remove center. Place doughnuts and doughnuts holes on a lightly floured surface. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.

3

Place 2 doughnuts and 2 doughnuts holes in single layer in air fryer basket, and cook at 350°F until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and holes.

4

Whisk together powdered sugar and tap water in a medium bowl until smooth. Dip doughnuts and doughnut holes in glaze; place on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to allow excess glaze to drip off. Let stand until glaze hardens, about 10 minutes.

Ingredients

 ¼ cup warm water, warmed (100F to 110F)
 1 tsp active dry yeast
 ¼ cup plus 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar, divided
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 ¼ tsp kosher salt
 ¼ cup whole milk, at room temperature
 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
 1 large egg, beaten
 ¼ cup powdered sugar
 4 tsp tap water

Directions

1

Stir together water, yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon of the granulated sugar in a small bowl; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Combine flour, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Add yeast mixture, milk, butter, and egg; stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough comes together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

2

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 8 doughnuts using a 3-inch round cutter and a 1-inch round cutter to remove center. Place doughnuts and doughnuts holes on a lightly floured surface. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.

3

Place 2 doughnuts and 2 doughnuts holes in single layer in air fryer basket, and cook at 350°F until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and holes.

4

Whisk together powdered sugar and tap water in a medium bowl until smooth. Dip doughnuts and doughnut holes in glaze; place on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to allow excess glaze to drip off. Let stand until glaze hardens, about 10 minutes.

Fried Doughnut Recipe