Air-Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnuts

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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.


  • 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
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, or as needed


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

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.

Prep time: 25 mins / Cooking time: 16 mins / Total time: 41 mins

Serving: 9 / Yield: 9 doughnuts

Calories: 276.4

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