I love hot cinnamon doughnuts, but don't like or have all the oil to make the recipes. This version uses an air fryer. By using less oil, I can use tastier oil, thus my choice is butter. Serve and eat hot. Like traditional doughnuts they are much better hot than cold.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
16 mins
total:
41 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
9 doughnuts
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Press 1/2 cup white sugar and butter together in a bowl until crumbly. Add egg yolks and stir until well combined.

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  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a separate bowl. Place 1/3 of the flour mixture and 1/2 the sour cream into the sugar-egg mixture; stir until combined. Mix in the remaining flour and sour cream. Refrigerate dough until ready to use.

  • Mix 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.

  • Roll dough out onto a lightly floured work surface to 1/2-inch thick. Cut 9 large circles in the dough; cut a small circle out of the center of each large circle to create doughnut shapes.

  • Preheat an air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Brush 1/2 of the melted butter over both sides of the doughnuts.

  • Place 1/2 doughnuts into the basket of the air fryer; cook for 8 minutes. Paint cooked donuts with the remaining melted butter and immediately dip into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts.

Cook's Note:

Cook time may vary by the strength and capacity of your air fryer; check and adjust accordingly.

Nutrition Facts

276 calories; protein 4.3g 9% DV; carbohydrates 43.5g 14% DV; fat 9.7g 15% DV; cholesterol 66.4mg 22% DV; sodium 389.7mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2018
We really like this recipe. I have a Nuwave air oven and it worked just as well as the air fryer works. I did not make holes in the donuts so they were more like very tasty biscuits. I do not have any notion that these are supposed to be like cake donuts. The dough is not like a cake batter would be. We thought they were super and I will definitely be making these again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/06/2018
I followed the recipe very closely but the results were somewhat disappointing. Not reminiscent of any cake donut I've ever eaten. I don't think I will be making this again but thanks for posting your recipe. Perhaps it will work for others. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 3 stars
01/06/2018
I followed the recipe very closely but the results were somewhat disappointing. Not reminiscent of any cake donut I've ever eaten. I don't think I will be making this again but thanks for posting your recipe. Perhaps it will work for others. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2018
We really like this recipe. I have a Nuwave air oven and it worked just as well as the air fryer works. I did not make holes in the donuts so they were more like very tasty biscuits. I do not have any notion that these are supposed to be like cake donuts. The dough is not like a cake batter would be. We thought they were super and I will definitely be making these again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/15/2020
we followed the recipe as close as possible but the dough was too sticky to use properly so we had to add about a cup and a half of flour if not more. it was still a bit too sticky to work with even with all of the added flour. they came out more like dense biscuits then donuts and were all-around disappointing. we will not be using this recipe again hopefully we can find a working recipe for actual air-fried donuts and not biscuits shaped like donuts. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/23/2019
The most unsuccessful recipe I have ever made. It was more like a biscuit than a donut, but the "biscuit" wasn't great either. I would not recommend. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/24/2018
Not even close to a donut. More like a scone. I did like the cinnamon flavor. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/13/2019
These are way too dense Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/08/2018
Wont make again looked nothing like the the pic Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/07/2018
Mine ended up more like biscuits. I shortened the time for the next batch so they weren t do brown. Maybe they weren t thick enough but I was disappointed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2020
I felt with all the negative reviews I needed to post my review. I agree with the woman who said she was glad she tried it despite the negative reviews. This is a very easy recipe, which is good because I am an air fryer newbie! I went into making this recipe knowing that because they are air fried, they will not be the same as deep fried. They definitely have a cookie texture but they are very tasty! And my husband loved them! I did use much more butter and sugar/cinnamon mixture, as I dipped the fried donuts into the butter rather than brushing, and I wanted them well coated. I am posting my photo as well. Read More