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air fried donuts with pumpkin spice frosting

Air Fryer Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Air Fryer Pumpkin Donuts are easy to make from canned biscuits and perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or just a beautiful fall day!
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Donuts
Calories: 171kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous
Cost: $5


  • Air Fryer
  • tongs
  • non-stick spray
  • whisk
  • 1 small bowl
  • pumpkin cookie cutter (I used a 2.7" wide one)



Air Fried Donuts

  • Place the biscuits on a non-stick surface like a silicone mat, wax paper, or cutting board.
  • Cut out a pumpkin on each of the biscuit rounds. Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, you may need to gently stretch out the biscuits to fit the pumpkin shape. You can make donut holes or donut twists with the excess biscuit dough (see notes).
  • Preheat the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 350°F. Once preheated, spray the basket with non-stick spray. Place 4 pumpkins in the basket (or however many will fit in your basket so they are not touching) and spray the top of them with the non-stick spray as well.
  • Cook for 3 minutes, flip, spray the other side, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove the donuts from the air fryer and allow them to cool. Repeat with the remaining pumpkins.

Pumpkin Spice Icing

  • Place the powdered sugar in a mixing bowl along with the milk, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice and whisk until smooth.
  • Once the donuts have cooled, dip the top of each donut into the icing and immediately place sprinkles on top. Enjoy!


  • You can make these donuts in the pumpkin shape or just as a circle. Either way, these donuts are delicious!
  • Dipping the top of the donuts in the icing at a 90º angle gets a nice coating all over the top. You may find that you want to dip the donut 2-3 times to get a thick layer of icing. Just make sure you put on the sprinkles right away so they dry in the icing.
  • Preheating the air fryer can make a difference. Preheating will help with even cooking and less wait time in the beginning. If you don’t preheat, the first batch will cook differently than the next, etc.
  • I put a piece of foil at the bottom of my pot under the basket to catch any oil or food that falls, it makes clean up so much easier!
  • The non-stick spray makes all the difference when air frying! Make sure you spray the basket and biscuits before air frying so that nothing sticks to the basket and the outside of the donut gets nice and crispy.
  • Use tongs when flipping the donuts in the basket. The air fryer gets hot and tongs are the perfect tool to stay safe.
  • These Pumpkin Spice Donuts are best when enjoyed right away. However, if you do have leftovers you can place them in a sealed container in the fridge for an additional day.

What to do with the excess dough

If you choose to cut out pumpkin shapes, you will have some extra biscuit dough. But don't throw it away! You can make donut holes or, if your dough is in the right shape, make some donut twists in your air fryer as well.
Twist the dough in long spirals and bake the same way the pumpkin donuts are baked. I decided to coat my twists with melted butter and coated them in a mixture of 4 tbs sugar, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Delicious!
pumpkin spice air fried donut twists
  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Air Fryer and follow all safety guidelines.


Serving: 1star | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 5.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 12.6g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.