Air Fryer Doughnuts are a fun, easy, healthier to enjoy everyone’s favorite treat! These Air fryer Doughnuts only take about 5 minutes to cook in the air fryer.
Want to make your Valentine something special for Valentine’s Day, that will not ruin all the work in January, trying to lose that extra holiday baggage? Here I am at the rescue! These Air Fryer Doughnuts are “The Bomb!”
When my kids were little, their favorite thing to do at the grocery store was pick out their favorite looking doughnut for that trip! Of course, most of time, it was the frosted ones with the pretty sprinkles.
So for this Valentine’s Day, I thought I would treat my guys to these tasty, healthier doughnuts in the air fryer! I made a few batches, some with the frosting and sprinkles, to commemorate the day!
Of course, I had to do a chocolate batch for them too. They are both choc-o-holics!
I have been wanting to try a baked good in the air fryer. This Air Fryer Doughnut recipe did not disappoint!
The Doughnuts turn out a bit less sweet and a lot less greasy than Dunkin’ Donuts’ versions of doughnuts, but super tasty, nonetheless!
I did several batches of these delicious Air Fryer Donuts! They turned out delicious!
Believe it, or not, the general concensus was that everyone who has tried them prefers the plain to the chocolate. Luckily I did the chocolate first, so they had nothing to compare them to.
The recipe is identical, just add cocoa powder, if you would like chocolate doughnuts!
Are Air Fried Foods Healthier For Your Family?
The inspiration and recipe for these lighter for you doughnuts comes from Cooking Light, one of my favorite magazines! I love learning about different cooking techniques that can improve my family’s overall health!
These doughnuts only contain 4 grams of fat! They still have the carbs, but you have splurge a bit for the holidays, right?
How to Make Donuts in the Air Fryer
- Measure water. Heat to between 105-115°F. Add yeast and sugar.
- Add butter to milk.
- Microwave for 30 seconds, or so to melt butter.
- Whisk eggs in bowl.
- Measure dry ingredients.
- After resting 5 minutes, you will notice the yeast “blooming”, bubbling.
- Add yeast, milk (make sure temperature is 105-115°F), and eggs to dry ingredients.
- Run in mixer, with bread hook, or mix by hand and knead for a few minutes, until dough is smooth. Place in greased bowl. Cover with kitchen towel, and set in warm place. Let rise 1 hour until doubled.
- Roll out to 1/4″ thick, on lightly greased board. Cut out with 3″ cutter. Then cut hole out of center with 1″ cookie cutter.
- Cover. Let rise until doubled, 30 minutes, or so.
Place in air fryer basket. Doughnuts shouldn’t touch. Air fry for 4 to 5 minutes, at 350°F. Internal temperature of doughnut should be 200°F.
Cool on rack. Dip in powdered sugar glaze, or frost with buttercream frosting.
So whether your Valentine is a chocolate lover, or not, (honestly, who is not a chocolate lover? 🙂 ) make them these delicious doughnuts!
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Tools I Use to Make Air Fried Donuts
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Air Fryer Doughnuts
- 1/4 cup warm water (between 100-115°F)
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1/2 tsp for yeast blooming
- 2 cups flour
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional for chocolate doughnuts)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup warm milk
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3-4 tsp water
For buttercream frosting
- 1/3 cup butter
- 4.5 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1.5 tsp vanilla
- Bloom yeast. Heat water to 100-115°F. Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar and yeast. Let rest 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, measure dry ingredients into mixer bowl.
- Melt butter in milk, in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and continue 10 second bursts in microwave, until melted. ***Be sure to let it cool to between 100-115°F, before using.
- Whisk egg.
- When yeast is frothy, add all of the rest of the ingredients to the mixer bowl and mix, using dough hook. Mix until dough is smooth. (you can mix by hand and knead on lightly floured surface for a couple minutes, as well.)
- Cover and let rise for about an hour until doubled.
- Lightly flour board. Gently roll out dough to 1/4" thickness. Cut out doughnuts with 3" cookie cutter. Cut out doughnut hole with 1" cookie cutter.
- Cover doughnuts with plastic wrap and then kitchen towel. Let rest on board 30 minutes, until about doubled.
- Place 4 doughnuts and 4 doughnut holes in the basket of air fryer. (Or however many fit in your air fryer, without touching.)
- Air fry at 300°F for about 5 minutes. Internal temperature should read 200°F. Let cool on cooling rack.
- Mix sugar and water well, until no lumps of sugar remain. Dunk cooled doughnuts in glaze.
For buttercream frosting
- Beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar, beating well between additions.
- Add milk and vanilla. Slowly incorporate the rest of the powdered sugar. Thin with a few drops of milk, if needed. Frost doughnuts. Freeze any unused portions for another use.
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