Little bites of soft, pillowy yeast donut holes. These simple Snickerdoodle Donut Holes are made in an air fryer, making them an easy weekend breakfast or brunch recipe!
If you’re looking for more homemade donuts, check out my Baked Donuts with Chocolate Fudge Glaze, Strawberry Glazed Baked Donuts, or my Baked Vanilla Donuts.
Today I am sharing this simple recipe for Snickerdoodle Donut Holes, that are made in your air fryer! Ever since we got an air fryer, Delaney has asked me to make donuts in it. So, I have been wanting to figure out how to make donut holes in your air fryer. And this last week I finally had time to dive into this project!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
I decided to make Snickerdoodle Donut Holes because they remind me of a cinnamon and sugar donut hole that I used to eat as a kid from Dunkin’ Donuts. So, if you know and like those, then you will love these Snickerdoodle Donut Holes!
Now, I wasn’t allowed to go to Dunkin’ Donuts as a kid as my mom didn’t really approve. But, whenever a kid had a birthday at school, their parents would usually just bring donut holes. I get it, as it’s easy, they’re small, kids are small, it’s like a one bite thing – so makes sense. I was always confused as to why we didn’t get cupcakes as a child, because I mean, it is a birthday. And even my mom, who restricted sweets, allowed us cake on our birthday. I mean c’mon. But, looking back, it makes sense why these parents would opt for donut holes instead.
So, I decided to make a cinnamon and sugar donut hole like these. But, I’m calling mine Snickerdoodle Donut Holes. These are yeast donut holes, which means they are made with yeast, so they will rise and puff up.
But these easy yeast donut holes only have one rise, and not two, like most recipes. So, you can count on these being faster and easier than other recipes for yeast donut holes. And, if you have wanted to know how to make donut holes in your air fryer, I am going to show you how easy it is!
I start out with a simple dough recipe, and I let it rise one time. Then I form them into small little balls and oil them up for the air fryer. I recently was given the new De’Longhi Air Fryer from my friends at De’Longhi, so I made these yeast donut holes in this De’Longhi Air Fryer.
I drop the greased up donut holes into the air fryer basket and they cook for only about 10 minutes. After that, I dip them in melted butter, then roll them in cinnamon and sugar. And you have warm and delicious Snickerdoodle Donut Holes!
Ingredients for Snickerdoodle Donut Holes
Red Star Organic Instant Yeast
Costco Kirkland Organic Cane Sugar
Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour
Costco Kirkland Organic Raw Honey
Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon
Costco Kirkland Organic Coconut Oil
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Snickerdoodle Donut HolesDifficulty: Intermediate
Try these Snickerdoodle Donut Holes for your Sunday brunch. They’re so good, these easy yeast donut holes are something you’ll want to make every weekend.
1 1/2 teaspoons (5 grams) organic instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon organic cane sugar
2 tablespoons warm water
4 tablespoons (57 grams) organic salted butter
1/2 cup organic milk
7 grams (1 teaspoon) organic raw honey
223 grams (1 3/4 cups) organic all purpose flour
28 grams (2 tablespoons) organic cane sugar
1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
4 tablespoons (57 grams) organic salted butter, melted
113 grams (1/2 cup) organic cane sugar
1 tablespoon organic cinnamon
- To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the yeast, 1/2 teaspoon cane sugar, and warm water. Stir to combine and let sit for 5 minutes, until bubbly.
- In a small pot over medium heat, add the butter, milk, and honey. Stir until completely melted, remove from heat.
- Add the flour, remaining 2 tablespoons cane sugar, and sea salt to the mixing bowl in that order. Add the milk mixture and knead on speed 2 to 4 for 5 minutes.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, and cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let rise for 2 to 3 hours, until doubled in size.
- Using a scale, divide the dough into 16 balls, they should weigh about 28 grams each. Form the dough into balls with a smooth top by pulling the dough from the top to the bottom.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the dough balls with coconut oil.
- Add to air fryer basket and air fry at 450°F for 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
- To make the topping: In a small bowl, add the cane sugar and cinnamon and swirl together.
- Dip each donut hole in the melted butter, then roll it in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Serve immediately.
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