Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnuts

Cinnamon Sugar Air Fryer Doughnuts

StreuselWhat goes better with coffee than a fresh warm doughnut?

I actually am not a huge doughnut fan.  Most of the time when I eat one they are stale or too sweet or just an overall disappointment and not worth the alarming calories or carbs!  One exception – Lamar’s Old Fashioned Sour Cream doughnut.

These are no Lamar’s Doughnut.  They are warm and sugary with a perfect brioche flavor and even better, they are air fried!  I just couldn’t resist trying to make these when I bought an air fryer!

That’s right, an air fryer.  One more kitchen fad to take up space in my kitchen.


I don’t regret it a bit, Alexia Sweet Potato Fries are perfectly crisp and done in 15 minutes in my NuWave Air Fryer.

There is no doughnut recipe in the little recipe book that comes with this gadget but that didn’t stop me.  I created my own from a Brioche Doughnut Recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Huckleberry!

Yes, yes, I’m aware there are no holes in the middle of these doughnuts, they don’t need them!  They are just tender, delicious and warm nuts of dough!

Airfryer Doughnuts

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Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnuts

  • Author: Streusel
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 doughnuts 1x


1/4 c. milk, room temperature

1 packet active dry yeast

2 c. all-purpose flour

4 T. unsalted butter, cut into chunks

1/4 c. sugar

1 t. salt

2 duck eggs (or 3 chicken eggs)

8 x 8 inch square aluminum foil

1/2 stick of salted butter melted

1 c. sugar

1 to 2 T. cinnamon


Night before…

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the yeast and milk and let sit for 5 minutes.  Then add the flour, sugar, butter, salt and eggs and mix the dough until combined, scrape down and then beat on medium high speed for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator over night or about 10 hours.

The next morning…

Scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto a dusted board.  Cut into 12 somewhat equally sized chunks and shape into little balls.  Cover with plastic wrap loosely and let rise for 30 minutes.

About 10 minutes before the rise is complete, line the pan of the air fryer with the aluminum foil and pre-heat the air fryer as instructed by the manufacturer (I preheated mine at 360 degrees fahrenheit).  Melt the butter in a microwave safe dish and set aside.  Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl and set aside.  

Once risen, place four of the balls of dough in the air fryer pan, close the air fryer and cook at 360 degrees fahrenheit for 5 minutes (or until golden brown on the top and bottom).  Remove the dough onto a plate and start the next 4 frying.  To the first four warm balls of brioche, one at a time, dip the brioche in the butter and then roll and coat in cinnamon sugar.  As each one is complete place on a plate.

Do this with each set of fried brioche.  Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat each doughnut in the microwave for 20 seconds.

So delicious, you can’t eat just one!

  • Category: breakfast, brunch
  • Cuisine: Airfried


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