Air-Fried Donuts

Air-Fried Donuts


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 package (2 ¼ teaspoons or ¼ ounce) instant active yeast (fast-rising)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Canola oil for brushing donuts


  • In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter over low heat to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, combine egg and milk mixture and blend on low speed.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, yeast, and salt until well blended.
  • On low speed, add the flour mixture until a moist dough forms and sticks to the paddle. Change to the dough hook and raise the speed to medium, mixing the dough for 1-2 more minutes until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated.
  • Remove the dough from the hook, placing it on an un-floured work surface. Knead for another minute.
  • Place dough into a large bowl sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Flip the dough over so the greased side is up. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm location until almost doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Roll dough out on an un-floured work surface to about a ½ inch thickness. Using a 3 to 3 ½ inch diameter cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place 1 inch apart onto reserved sheet pan. Form scraps into rough donuts and also place on sheet pan.
  • Using a pastry brush, coat each donut with oil on both sides. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for approximately 20-30 minutes. Donuts will not rise too much.
  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray basket of air fryer with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place donuts, spaced about 1 inch apart, into basket in a single layer. Fry donuts for approximately 5 minutes, or until nice and brown. Do not over fry.
  • Place donuts on a clean sheet pan covered with waxed paper. Allow to cool completely before filling and decorating as desired.


Makes approximately 8-10