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This easy Air Fryer Glazed Donuts recipe makes the best homemade donuts in the world! Fried without any oil, the donuts are light and fluffy and the glaze is smooth and sweet. And guess what? They’re gluten free!
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Easy Gluten Free Glazed Donuts
Soft on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these donuts have got it all. They’re made with gluten-free yeast dough and covered in a classic vanilla glaze. Waking up to one of these donuts will make anyone a morning person! They’re that good.
The key to a perfect homemade donut is the rising time of the dough. For this recipe, you’ll want to let your dough rise in the bowl until it doubles in size, then set your shaped donuts under a damp cloth for about half an hour before air frying them. This double rising method produces the fluffiest, most tender donuts that no one will be able to resist!
Why Use an Air Fryer for Donuts?
A deep-fried feel without any oil involved? That alone is reason enough to use an Air Fryer for homemade donuts! The Air Fryer’s convection technology fries up flawless donuts every time.
The outside of these donuts is perfectly crisp, while the inside is tender and fluffy. So you’re getting the feel of traditional deep-fried donuts without all the extra calories. Plus, you don’t have to stand in front of a bubbling pot of hot oil to make these. Air Fryer Donuts truly are the easiest way to make homemade donuts.
What You’ll Need
You really don’t need much to make these donuts. The dough is simple, and the glaze only uses 4 ingredients!
For the Donuts
- Milk: Or a milk substitute. You’ll want it warm, about 110°F.
- Instant Yeast: Not active dry yeast.
- Granulated Sugar: Just 1/3 cup.
- Egg: Or flaxseed, for vegan.
- Butter: Melted.
- 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour: Or regular all-purpose flour, if not gluten-free.
- Butter: Melted, for brushing over the donuts.
For the Glaze
- Butter: Melted.
- Vanilla Extract: For flavor and sweetness.
- Powdered Sugar: 2 cups.
- Milk: A little bit of milk will help bring your glaze to the right consistency.
How to Make Gluten Free Donuts in the Air Fryer
Making homemade donuts is just a matter of preparing the dough, letting it rise, then firing up your Air Fryer. It’s super simple!
Combine Milk, Sugar & Yeast: Place the warm milk, sugar and yeast in a small bowl and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes, or until foamy.
Add Remaining Ingredients: In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the sugar, egg, melted butter, 2 1/2 cups of flour and the yeast mixture. Mix together until combined.
Finish Adding Flour: Add the remaining flour and continue mixing for another 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and no longer sticks to the bowl.
Let Rise: Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.
Shape Donuts: Punch the dough down and turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape and cut out the donuts using a round cookie cutter. Use a smaller round cutter to cut the center out.
Let Rise Again: Place donuts on a floured baking sheet and loosely cover with a damp cloth for 25-35 minutes.
Prep Air Fryer: Preheat the Air Fryer to 350ºF and spray the basket with non-stick spray.
Brush with Butter & Fry: Lightly brush the donuts with butter and cook them for 5 minutes, or until golden.
How to Make & Use the Donut Glaze
This glorious glaze comes together in a snap while your dough is frying. Here’s how to make it and put it on your donuts!
- Combine Ingredients: Combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl, adding more milk if needed.
- Dip Donuts: Use a fork to dip the donuts into the glaze, then place them on a wire rack to allow excess glaze to drip off.
Tips for Success
For guaranteed perfection, follow these quick tips for making donuts in the Air Fryer.
- Measure Flour Accurately: Instead of scooping out your flour with the measuring cup itself, add spoonfuls of flour to the cup and level it with a butter knife. This way, your flour won’t pack down and cause you to use too much.
- Flour Work Surface: Before you roll out the dough and shape the donuts, make sure you sprinkle flour generously over your work surface. This will prevent the dough from sticking to the surface when you try to lift it.
- Don’t Skimp on Rising Time: It might seem like letting your dough rise twice is a little excessive, but I promise it’s well worth it. The donuts will come out so much softer and fluffier if you stay patient and let the dough do its thing!
How to Store Gluten Free Donuts
These donuts are best served about 10 minutes after the glaze is added, but they can be stored and saved for later as well! Leftover donuts will stay good for a day or two at room temperature. Just make sure they’re stored in an airtight container.
This recipe gives you those classic, bakery-style glazed donuts. But there are tons of ways to dress them up and make them different!
- Coat with Cinnamon Sugar: Instead of coating your donuts with the homemade glaze, you can cover them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. If the cinnamon sugar isn’t sticking to the donuts, brush them with a little more butter before dipping them in.
- Top with Chocolate: You can also give them a dip in this Easy Fudge Sauce.
- Make Maple Glaze: Try adding maple extract into the glaze instead of vanilla extract or pure maple syrup instead of milk. This will give your glaze an irresistible maple flavor!
- Add Bacon: The sweet and savory combo of soft donuts and crispy bacon just works. So load up your donuts with some crumbled bacon and go to town! This is especially yummy with the maple glaze.
- Make Donut Sundaes: Top them with a scoop of your favorite ice cream, like Toffee Nutella Ice Cream or Caramel Apple Ice Cream for the fall. Don’t forget the whipped cream and a cherry!
- Add Sprinkles: On the other hand, you could simply add some sprinkles over your donuts to avoid turning on the stove. I love doing this with festive sprinkles for holidays and celebrations!
Things You Might Need
- A stand mixer with a dough hook is going to make this donut dough super easy.
- Of course, you’ll need an air fryer. I have this Cosori air fryer and use is all the time.
- Remember, this recipe uses Instant (aka “Rapid Rise”) Yeast.
- A set of round cutters will help you cut out those donuts.
Air Fryer Glazed Donuts
- Air Fryer
For the Donuts
- 1 cup warm milk, about 110°F
- 2 1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 cup 1:1 gluten-free flour
- 1 Tablespoon butter, melted for brushing over donuts
For the Glaze
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tablespoons milk
For the Donuts
- Place the milk, sugar and yeast in a small bowl and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes or until foamy.
- In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the sugar, egg, melted butter, 2 1/2 cups of flour and yeast mixture. Mix together until combined.
- Add the remaining flour and continue mixing for another 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and no longer sticks to the bowl.
- Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and and allow to rise until doubled in size.
- Punch the dough down and turn out onto a floured surface.
- Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape and cut out the donuts using a round cookie cutter. Use a smaller round cutter to cut the center out.
- Place donuts on a floured baking sheet and loosely cover with a damp cloth for 25-35 minutes.
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 350ºF and spray the basket with non-stick spray.
- Lightly brush the donuts with butter and cook for 5 minutes, or until golden.
For the Glaze
- Combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl, adding more milk if needed.
- Use a fork to dip the donuts into the glaze and place them on a wire rack to allow excess glaze to drip off.