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Flaky Air Fryer Donuts

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These puff pastry air fryer donuts are wonderfully flaky and delicious! They are so quick and easy to make in the air fryer and require just 5 ingredients. Be warned, they are going to disappear quickly!

Four air fryer donuts on a white plate

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There’s nothing quite like homemade donuts, but these ones are truly out of the world! Made with puff pastry, they are so wonderfully fluffy and flaky, and because they are cooked in the air fryer, they don’t require any oil.

Rolled in cinnamon sugar, make them even more amazing when topped with my blueberry compote and whipped cream.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Puff Pastry Sheets
  • Egg
  • Melted Butter
  • White Sugar
  • Cinnamon
Ingredients to make the donuts

How To Make Flaky Air Fryer Donuts

  • Roll out puff pastry on a lightly floured countertop and brush egg on one side of each pastry.
Egg being brushed on the puff pastry sheets
  • Lay the pieces of puff pastry on top of each other, making sure the sides brushed with egg are touching each other.
  • Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. This step will make your donuts rise high while they cook.
The puff pastry sheets on top of each other
  • After 15 minutes, remove pastry from the freezer and use a donut cutter or two cookie cutters to cut out donut shapes. I left some donuts without holes to be filled.
Cutting donut shapes in the dough with 2 different sized cookie cutters
  • Place in air fryer basket and cook on 330 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, until the pastry has risen and is browned a bit.
The pastry in the air fryer basket
The cooked donuts in the air fryer basket
  • While the pastry is cooking, combine white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
  • Once the pastry is finished cooking, brush with melted butter and dip in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
An air fryer donut cut in half

Why make donuts with puff pastry?

It’s so easy to make these homemade donuts. They require very little prep and they are so easy to cut out and shape, unlike the traditional dough. The result is the most perfectly flaky donut, just look at those layers! You could also use other dough, such as store bought biscuit dough, but I found those to be a little saltier than puff pastry dough.

Can you make them ahead of time?

I like to serve these when they are still warm so that the texture is at it’s best. You can keep the cooled donuts in an airtight container and they will be good for about 2 or 3 days.

You can cut out the donut shapes, and keep them covered in the fridge on a baking tray for up to 24 hours until you are ready to air fry them.

Why make donuts in an air fryer?

I love my air fryer and I’m so pleased with how these donuts came out! The air fryer eliminates the need for deep frying with lots of oil, it’s easier, less messy and healthier. The results are amazing!

Air fryer donuts with compote and cream

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Be sure to freeze the pastry together for at least 15 minutes.
  • A large air fryer will be able to hold about 6 donuts at a time. Place remaining cut donuts in the refrigerator or freezer so they remain cold while the donuts are air frying. The dough needs to be cold to rise properly in the air fryer.
  • Preheat the air fryer for the most flakey donuts.
  • The donuts should be placed in a single layer in the basket and not touching.

More Easy Air Fryer Recipes

Flaky Air Fryer Donuts

These puff pastry air fryer donuts are wonderfully flaky and delicious! They are so quick and easy to make in the air fryer and require just 5 ingredients. Be warned, they are going to disappear quickly!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer donuts, flakey donuts, puff pastry donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freezing Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 donuts and 9 donut holes
Calories 396kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 2 puff pastry sheets defrosted
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Roll out puff pastry on a lightly floured countertop and brush egg on one side of each pastry.
  • Lay the pieces of puff pastry on top of each other, making sure the sides brushed with egg are touching each other. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, remove pastry from the freezer and use a donut cutter or two cookie cutters to cut out donut shapes.
  • Place in air fryer basket and cook on 330 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, until the pastry has risen and is browned a bit.
  • While the pastry is cooking, combine white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
  • Once the pastry is finished cooking, brush with melted butter and dip in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Notes

  • Be sure to freeze the pastry together for at least 15 minutes.
  • A large air fryer will be able to hold about 6 donuts at a time. Place remaining cut donuts in the refrigerator or freezer so they remain cold while the donuts are air frying.
  • Preheat the air fryer for the most flakey donuts.
  • The donuts should be placed in a single layer in the basket and not touching.

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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Dana McCurdy

Sunday 10th of May 2020

These look so easy, and I am sure my guys would devour.

Roxanne Russomano

Sunday 10th of May 2020

So they look great....... I have an Emerald air fryer 360, think this will work well in them?

Tanya

Monday 11th of May 2020

Yes, it should work fine.

Cindy

Friday 8th of May 2020

Any instructions on how to make your own puff pastry dough from scratch?

Tanya

Friday 8th of May 2020

Hi Cindy, Here's a recipe for a quick puff pastry. I haven't tried it yet. https://www.dessertfortwo.com/15-minute-puff-pastry/

Bodie

Friday 8th of May 2020

What about substituting white sugar with stevia or other low glycemic sweetness or healthier options?

Tanya

Friday 8th of May 2020

Hi Bodie, I haven't done that myself but I don't see why it wouldn't work.