How many people have an air fryer? I would venture to say it’s a lot – it was the hot Christmas gift in 2018. (That’s actually when I got mine.) Since then I feel as if they have only gotten more popular. You can get one that is also a toaster oven, a pressure cooker, even a pizza oven! If you’re like me I associated my air fryer with quick things – like French fries, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, etc. Basically items that taste so good when you’re out because they are fried, but at home you’re stuck baking them. For the most part my air fryer has not disappointed me. It makes some amazing French fries, and can warm up frozen chicken fingers for my kids in less than ten minutes.
Over the last two months I have been using my air fryer more than normal since I have been trying to find ways to keep meals exciting and delicious. There are only so many times you can cook the same thing. While I used to us it primarily for quick “kid foods” I have learned a lot about all of it’s functions. For example, it makes incredible roasted vegetables without having to turn on the stove. The trick is to figure out the best temperature and time for what you are making. All air fryers are not created equal – the time for one brand may give you a completely different result on another brand. Personally, I have the Ninja. I love it – it fits on the top shelf of my pantry when I’m not using it, and it’s light and easy to get in and out.
The one meal where I never thought I’d use my air fryer is for breakfast – but I have become a convert when I was introduced to air fryer donuts. Air fryer donuts are so great because you don’t actually have to make the dough. They are what I refer to as “fake and bake”, which when you are trying to make something quick for your kids is the best. My kids could be the definition for hangry if they aren’t fed at regular intervals. When you are making them yourself you can also switch up the toppings to make them the ultimate crowd pleaser. My husband is a cinnamon sugar fan, while I side more with the kids and like s’mores. The secret is to use flaky biscuit dough – the layers that are created are so mouth watering. I highly recommend giving this recipe a try! I’ve included the standard cinnamon sugar recipe. But you can see from the pictures that to make the s’mores donut I did everything the same except instead of sprinkling with cinnamon sugar, I used chocolate frosting, Fluff and crushed graham cracker. Let your imagination go wild. Thanks for following along ~ LC
Air Fryer Donuts
1 package of Pillsbury Flaky Grands Biscuits
3 Tbsp butter, melted
Cinnamon Sugar sprinkle
1. Pop the biscuit dough gently from the package and arrange the biscuits on a flat surface.
2. Cut out a small hole from the center of each biscuit. (I used a large pastry tip.)
3. Place donuts in a pre-heated air fryer basket so that they are not touching.
4. Air fry on 360 for 3 minutes, then flip over and finish cooking for an additional 2 minutes.
5. Upon carefully removing donuts from the basket, brush with melted butter on each side and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar.