Elevate your culinary prowess with this exquisite recipe for gourmet homemade donuts, prepared effortlessly in the air fryer. Combining the indulgence of traditional donuts with a healthier twist, these delights promise a perfect balance of crispy exterior and tender, flavorful interiors. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that brings the charm of a professional pastry kitchen to your home.

In a culinary ballet of precision, blend 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Introduce the wet team with 1/2 cup of buttermilk, a large egg, 2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. The symphony of these ingredients will yield a harmonious donut dough, setting the stage for a delectable treat.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to an impeccable 1/2 inch thickness. With precision akin to a sculptor, fashion your donuts using a distinguished donut cutter or, in a pinch, two concentric round cookie cutters. Each ring should exude elegance, promising a visual and culinary masterpiece.

Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (180°C) – the ideal canvas for the artistry about to unfold. Lay your donuts with graceful spacing in the air fryer basket, allowing them to dance in the heat for 6-8 minutes. Flip them halfway through, ensuring a symphony of golden brown perfection.

As the donuts undergo their transformation, prepare a glaze worthy of the finest patisseries. In a bowl, whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of milk, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. The resulting glaze, smooth as a maestro’s crescendo, will be the crowning glory of your gourmet donuts.

With the air fryer’s final act, your donuts emerge, poised for their grand finale. Allow them to cool briefly before dipping or drizzling each creation with the velvety glaze. The transformation from mere ingredients to culinary masterpiece is complete.

As the glaze sets, prepare to indulge in a gourmet experience right at home. These air fryer homemade donuts, a symphony of flavors and textures, are not just a culinary delight but a testament to your prowess in the kitchen. Present them with pride, savoring the applause that comes with creating a professional-caliber treat in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Air Fryer Homemade Donuts


For the donuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Prepare the Donut Dough:
    • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    • In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
    • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  3. Forming the Donuts:
    • Lightly flour a surface and roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness.
    • Use a donut cutter or two differently sized round cookie cutters to cut out your donut shapes. If you don’t have a donut cutter, you can use a glass for the outer circle and a smaller one for the inner circle.
  4. Air Fry the Donuts:
    • Place the donuts in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between each.
    • Air fry for 6-8 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the donuts are golden brown.
  5. Prepare the Glaze:
    • While the donuts are cooking, make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  6. Glaze the Donuts:
    • Once the donuts are cooked, let them cool for a few minutes.
    • Dip each donut into the glaze, ensuring it is fully coated. You can also drizzle the glaze over the donuts using a spoon.
  7. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Allow the glaze to set for a few minutes before serving.