If you’ve ever waited for the “Hot” sign to come on at your local Krispy Kreme Donuts, then you would love giving my Air Fryer Glazed Donuts a try. My version has less oil and fat since it’s made in the air fryer instead of being fried in oil, but that doesn’t mean it’s light in flavor. Between the light glaze and the airy texture, you’ll be happy to find hot and fresh donuts made in the comfort of your own home.
Making the Dough
For my Air Fryer Glazed Donuts, we’re making it all from scratch! Don’t let that intimidate you because it will be so worth it when you take the first bite. Like other dough, this first starts out with a bowl of yeast mixed with sugar and warm milk. Make sure the milk isn’t too warm, it should just be slightly warmer than room temperature. Whisk those ingredients together and let it rest for 5 minutes, or until the yeast is activated. You can tell it’s ready when the mixture starts to foam up.
When you see the bubbles, add the eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt and whisk together. The eggs should be room temperature as well so that cold eggs don’t change the temperature of the mixture. I like using coconut oil in many of my recipes, and I actually wanted it in my donuts to make it a little healthier, but you can use melted butter instead if you prefer.
Now it’s time to add the flour. Add the flour in increments of 2 cups at a time and gently mix. After the batter gets completely wet, add the remaining 2 cups. After mixing it up, this is when the real workout happens! Keep mixing and then knead with your hands for about 10 minutes. You can totally do this with a stand-up mixer, but I personally like to put all my love and energy into each batch of donuts, and get my arm workout on at the same time.
Next comes the waiting game because you have to wait for your dough to rise. Spray a bowl with cooking spray and place the dough inside, spray the top of the dough, and then cover with a towel. This will really test your patience because you want to wait 2 hours until the dough doubles, or even triples in size. My trick is to keep it in the oven so that the dough won’t be too cold out on the counter. After it rises, just knead it again on a cutting board sprinkled with flour for another 5 minutes, and then you can roll the dough out. All this kneading will definitely pay off to help make your donuts light, fluffy, and airy!
Making the Donuts
When making my Air Fryer Glazed Donuts, the thinner the dough is rolled out, the better because the donuts will still continue to rise. If you don’t have a donut cutter, a mason jar lid works just fine, and I used a frosting piping tip for the donut hole. Once you cut everything out, you will have to re-knead the remaining dough and roll it out again to get the last few donuts you can from the dough. Let all the donuts rise for about 30 minutes before you bake them.
Making the Glaze
While the donuts rise, you can multitask and get started on the glaze. I used powdered sugar, condensed milk, and cream, but you can also substitute the cream for milk. For a creamier glaze, just add ½ cup more powdered sugar. Mix it up well and put to the side for glazing time!
Air-Frying the Donuts
Since Air Fryer Glazed Donuts are not deep-fried, we’re actually cutting out a lot of oil- but you will still need some oil, only it will be A LOT less! Just spray both sides of the dough with oil and pop them in the air fryer! You will want to test out a few donuts first as all air fryers are different, but I found my sweet spot to be 325 degrees for 7 minutes to get that perfect browned color.
Glazing the Donuts
Cool the donuts off for a bit before glazing them, but make sure they are still warm to the tough. Simply dip the donuts in the glaze and let cool off on a cooling rack. For more glaze, you can always double dip the donut back again. I personally like it this way to have a little more sweetness, and also it adds a prettier glaze on top. But if you prefer a single dip, that will be plenty enough glaze for any sweet tooth!
If you prefer a chocolate glaze, or a shortcut to my Air Fryer Glazed Donuts (using premade dough), check out my 10 Minute Air Fryer Donuts.
- 1 cup warm milk (slightly warmer than room temperature)
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 tbsp. yeast
- 2 eggs
- 6 tbsp. coconut oil or melted butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. of salt
- 4 cups of all purpose flour
- Glaze Ingredients:
- 1 cup of powdered sugar (add another ½ cup of powdered sugar for thicker glaze)
- ¼ cup condensed milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
- In large bowl pour in milk, sugar and yeast. Whisk gently and then let sit for 5 minutes or until yeast starts to foam and bubble to the top.
- Add eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract, salt. Gently mix together and then add in two cups of flour. Mix until in becomes a wet batter and then add in remaining two cups of flour. Mix and then knead with hands for 10 minutes until you form the dough.
- Spray a large bowl with oil and place dough inside. Spray another light coat of oil on top of the dough and cover with a towel. Place in warm area in the kitchen like the oven and let sit for at least two hours. The dough will rise and double or triple in size.
- Sprinkle board with flour and knead dough again for another 5-6 minutes.
- Roll the dough and cut out donuts. Let sit for another 30 minutes for the donuts to rise again.
- Spray both sides with oil and air fry at 325F Degrees for 7 minutes.
- Cool for a few minutes and then dip donuts in glaze while still warm to the touch.
- Cool on rack for 10 minutes.