Biscuit donuts are great using refrigerated Grands. Fluffy and sweet, they take less than 10 minutes to bake in an air fryer or fried in oil.
These air fryer biscuit donuts can be made in a Cosori, Foodi, AirWave or fried in oil. Either way they’re an easy breakfast idea that everyone will love. Best way to make refrigerated biscuits better! (affiliate links present, originally published 9/20)
Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts
We will show you how to make donuts in an air fryer, as well as frying them on the stovetop or deep fryer. Of course hot air is going to have a lot fewer calories and fat than the other. I really really don’t like submerging any food in oil. Not only is it horrible for my cholesterol but it always has a weird after taste.
Another tweak to this is we love making air fryer apple fritters too. Those use a homemade batter so it will take a bit longer to get everything together but as for “baking” them there isn’t much of a difference between the two. You should try both and see which you prefer.
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- My Favorite Air Fryer is a Cosori or for a dual machine, the Foodi.
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Biscuit Donuts Holes
We chose to leave them hole with a space in the center. You could break in half and roll into a ball and cook that way too. If you choose to fry in oil you can do that as well. I would use a cast iron pan and a thermometer. Optimal temperature should be 350 degrees F when you drop those babies in to get them nice and crispy.
Pillsbury Grands come in #1 followed by Annie’s organic flaky biscuit variety. Both can be found in the refrigerated section near the milk typically.
If you choose to fry your biscuit doughnuts then you’ll want a decent amount of Canola oil. It’s the best type with a high smoke point and has a nice neutral flavor. Vegetable oil works too.
How do you make canned biscuits better?
Choose this style versus the smaller versions. They will come out fluffier and the size you’d expect when visiting Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts. As of the toppings the world is your oyster. Use your imagination and go for it!
Canned biscuit donuts
Another option if you want to make donut bites is to cut refrigerated cinnamon rolls into 4ths and air fry. For the classic shape you love you’ll need Grands though. They’re nice and flaky with a buttery taste. I remember making these with my Girl Scout troop WAY back in the day.
Anything that made us smile that was easy to teach us how to do, and super cheap was the focus of our troop.
- Needless to say these bring back a lot of memories for me.
- I am sure you’ve had them before too, if not you’re in for a treat!
- Perfect Christmas brunch menu item or for Sunday breakfast.
Fried Biscuit Donuts
Here are simple step by step directions but there is a printable recipe card at the bottom as well. First you’re going to want to separate buttermilk biscuit dough pieces. Lay on cutting board. Use an apple corer to put a hole into the middle to get that donut shape.
- Preheat air fryer to 330 degrees F, OR heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet. Heat the oil until it reaches 350 degrees F. (could submerge in a deep fryer too) Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray.
- Lay 4 pcs into air fryer and close basket. Cook at 330 F for 4-7 minutes until outsides are golden brown. OR drop into hot oil and flip after about 2 minutes so both sides are browned.
- Remove and allow to cool on top of paper towels for 5 minutes.
- Brush melted butter on top of each on, flip over and dip into shallow bowl of cinnamon and sugar (or just fine sugar) so it sticks. Alternatively you could melt a tub of frosting and top with that, or melt Wilton melts for chocolate.
If you wanted to do another round of donut holes go ahead and do that. These semi homemade donuts just rock!
How do you dip donuts?
Whether you just want fine sugar on top, melted chocolate or a glaze you’ll follow this same method. Hold donut with 3 fingers upside down and gently dip into donut frosting. Twist and turn right side up. Put on rack to dry/stiffen up.
What can I put on a donut?
Once you have some butter or sticky glaze or frosting on top the possibilities for toppings are endless!
- Crushed peanuts
- Gummy bears
- Chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar
- Nerds for a fruity twist
- Cinnamon sugar mixture sprinkled all over
Use small bowls for each of these for easier dipping.
Pillsbury Biscuit Donuts
Now you have to decide how you want to “fry” these babies. I do not deep fry anything, ever. I don’t like the aftertaste left from the oil, and it adds fat where it’s not needed.
- If you ask me how you should cook these, hands down I’d use an air fryer y’all.
- New to that method and apprehensive about it all? Don’t be!! It only took me a few times of following someone else’s recipe to get the hang of it.
- Now I use it literally every day to make air fryer cake and tons of air fryer breakfast recipes like this one.
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- We used refrigerated biscuits to make this cinnamon pull apart bread too. With apples inside, it’s amazing.
- Fresh apple monkey bread is fabulous too.
- Or you can make homemade baked pumpkin donuts in the Fall.
Last but certainly not least you could pipe things like peanut butter and/or jelly inside when done too for added yum. Either way it’s a kid fave.
- If you just want to make air fryer frozen biscuits we have directions for that too.
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- Separate biscuits. Lay on cutting board.
- Use an apple corer to push a hole into the center to get that donut shape.
- Preheat air fryer to 330 degrees F, or heat oil until it reaches 350 degrees F.
- Spray basket with non stick spray. Lay 4 pcs into air fryer and close basket.
- Cook at 330 F for 4-7 minutes until outsides are golden brown. OR drop into hot oil and flip after about 2 minutes so both sides are browned. Remove and allow to cool on top of paper towels for 5 minutes.
- Brush melted butter on top of each on, flip over and dip into small bowl of sugar so it sticks.