Air-Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnuts


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.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
16 mins
Total Time:
41 mins
9 doughnuts


  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 ½ tablespoons butter, at room temperature

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, or as needed


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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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 (per serving)

276 Calories
10g Fat
44g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 390mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 59mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love