I got a lot of feedback from you guys when I posted my trial run of these a few weeks ago. I’m excited to report that I’m even happier with the results now that I’ve made them a few more times. These are easy!! Like done in 15 minutes easy! Weekday morning breakfast easy! Do they taste like donuts, from the bakery? Not really. Are they still really delicious and a healthier option than a deep fried donut? Yes! As with most things I make, these are versatile! You can customize your toppings to your liking. Below you’ll find the base donut recipe and then a few toppings I have tried and liked to give you an idea of where to start.
1 can Grands FLAKY LAYERS biscuits
1-2 tablespoons butter, melted
Makes 8 donuts and 8 donuts holes
Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees, mine usually takes about 3 minutes. While the air fryer warms up, open your biscuit dough. Using either a small round cookie cutter, a shot glass or a sharp knife cut a circle in the center of each biscuit about a 1/2”-1” wide. Spray your air fryer with non-stock spray and place 4 donuts inside, be sure they’re not touching. Air fry for 6 minutes. Right before your donuts finish, melt your butter. Once donuts come out of the air fryer brush with melted butter on the top and sides of each donut while hot. Finish with toppings of your choice and enjoy while still warm.
Repeat this same method with the other 4 donuts. Then take your remaining centers and fry up some donut holes. Air fry donut holes at 360 degrees for 3-4 minutes.
That’s it!! EASY! Be sure to use the Grands Flaky Layers biscuits or else your donuts will not puff up the way you need them to. Now let’s talk toppings. Keep it classic and toss in just powdered sugar after brushing on the melted butter. Another route to go is to toss the donuts in a cinnamon sugar mixture after brushing on the melted butter. For a quick icing glaze, you can mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar, with 1 tablespoon milk. Then spoon over the top of each donut after brushing with melted butter. This base icing is a great jumping off point to make this donut your own. I mixed in pumpkin pie spice, a splash of vanilla and a sprinkle of salt to make a pumpkin glaze. That’s what gives the ones in my picture their tan glaze color. Want to take these in a citrus direction? Add to your base glaze a big squeeze of lemon or orange juice. If you want that citrus flavor to be even stronger add in some lemon or orange zest too. For a vanilla glaze add a splash of vanilla extract to your mixture. Have almond extract? Coconut? Substitute a splash of that instead. Have fun with these guys! Make them your own, just be sure to not skip the melted butter step, or else the donuts will be a little dry. Also eat them warm! They will keep stored in an air tight container, but taste a lot better when warm and fresh.