Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes

Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes are delicious, whether for dessert or breakfast. Rolled in cinnamon sugar, they are a decadent family treat.

Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes

So if you know my family at all, it won’t be any surprise that “doughnut holes” are a staple around here. We love Tim Hortons coffee and make very frequent trips through their drive-thru.

Nearly every visit will end up in an order of “Tim Bits” their version of the beloved doughnut hole. Bite-sized bits of delicious doughnut, what’s not to love? 

I’ve made baked doughnuts at home in the past, and my kids definitely devoured them. So why not make doughnut holes at home? Sure, let’s do it!

Let me entice you even more with the fact that these are made in your air fryer. Yup, today we are introducing HOMEMADE Air Fryer Doughnut Holes. A tasty treat that’s not too hard, trust me!

I love, love, love my air fryer! Okay, my air fryers, as I just purchased my 3rd. Hey, listen I use them all in different capacities. This lady enjoys a good small kitchen appliance.

Now don’t limit yourself to making these just for dessert! Make Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes as a special brunch item or even part of holiday breakfast.

This particular recipe for doughnut holes has them rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Want to take it up a notch? Dip them in delicious homemade chocolate sauce >>>find the recipe HERE!

What ingredients do you need to make Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes?

  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Butter
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour 
  • Cinnamon

Some tips for making Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes:

  • If your yeast doesn’t foam, it’s likely dead. Toss it and try again with a fresh packet.

  • I used a basket-style air fryer. A tray-style will also work, know your air fryer for best results.
  • If using instant rise yeast, there’s no need to let it rest for 5 minutes before mixing in the remaining wet ingredients.

  • Rolling the doughnuts in melted butter is optional but will help give a thick, delicious coating of cinnamon-sugar on the outside. I highly recommend it!

  • Don’t forget to try them dipped in homemade chocolate sauce

Simple steps for making Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes: (complete instructions in the recipe card found below)

For the doughnut holes:

Combine the milk, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes, or until the yeast becomes foamy on top.

Add the melted butter, egg, and vanilla. Whisk to combine.

Add the flour and cinnamon and stir until the shaggy dough forms.

 

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead gently until a smooth dough forms–about 2-3 minutes.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and set it in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size–about 2 hours.

Once the dough has risen, place it on a lightly floured surface (don’t punch it down) and cut it into 20 small pieces. Shape the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet to rise for another 45 minutes.

Once the dough has risen slightly, place a few doughnut holes in the air fryer and cook at 375Ffor 6-8 minutes, or until they’re golden brown on the outside. Repeat with the remaining doughnut holes.

For the Cinnamon Sugar:

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. If you like a thin coating of cinnamon sugar, roll the hot doughnuts in the cinnamon sugar immediately when they come out of the air fryer. If you like a thick coating of cinnamon sugar, roll the doughnut holes in melted butter before adding them to the cinnamon sugar.

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Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes

Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes

Homemade Air Fryer Doughnut Holes are delicious, whether for dessert or breakfast. Rolled in cinnamon sugar, they are a decadent family treat.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

Doughnuts

  • 1/2 cup milk, warmed to 100-110 degrees F
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted (OPTIONAL)

Instructions

For the doughnut holes:

Combine the milk, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes, or until the yeast becomes foamy on top.

Add the melted butter, egg, and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Add the flour and cinnamon and stir until the shaggy dough forms

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead gently until a smooth dough forms--about 2-3 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and set it in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size--about 2 hours.

Once the dough has risen, place it on a lightly floured surface (don’t punch it down) and cut it into 20 small pieces. Shape the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet to rise for another 45 minutes.

Once the dough has risen slightly, place a few doughnut holes in the air fryer and cook at 375Ffor 6-8 minutes, or until they’re golden brown on the outside. Repeat with the remaining doughnut holes

For the Cinnamon Sugar:


Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. If you like a thin coating of cinnamon sugar, roll the hot doughnuts in the cinnamon sugar immediately when they come out of the air fryer. If you like a thick coating of cinnamon sugar, roll the doughnut holes in melted butter before adding them to the cinnamon sugar.

Notes

    If your yeast doesn’t foam, it’s likely dead. Toss it and try again with a fresh packet.

    If using instant rise yeast, there’s no need to let it rest for 5 minutes before mixing in the remaining wet ingredients.

    Rolling the doughnuts in melted butter is optional but will help give a thick, delicious coating of cinnamon-sugar on the outside. I highly recommend it!

Find this recipe and more at Meal Plan Monday and the Weekend Potluck!

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