This scrumptious cross between cinnamon rolls and biscuits is easier than either and stars a simple, no-yeast dough that requires no rising and bakes up into tender, fluffy bites in a matter of minutes. It’s like an adult-version easy bake oven!
You can jazz up the glaze any way you like—we tried swapping out the water for lemon juice and adding a little lemon zest, and loved it. Resist the urge to crowd the basket; these little guys need to bake in batches so they don’t stick together.
2/3 cup (about 2 7/8 oz.) all-purpose flour
2/3 cup (about 2 2/3 oz.) whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup whole milk
2 cups (about 8 oz.) powdered sugar
3 tablespoons water
Added sugars 17g
Calcium 10% DV
Potassium 4% DV
How to Make It
Whisk together flours, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter; cut into mixture using 2 knives or a pastry cutter until butter is well combined with flour and mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add milk, and stir together until dough forms a ball. Place dough on a floured surface, and knead until dough is smooth and forms a cohesive ball, about 30 seconds. Cut dough into 16 equal pieces. Gently roll each piece into a smooth ball.
Coat air fryer basket well with cooking spray. Place 8 balls in basket, leaving room between each; spray donut balls with cooking spray. Cook at 350°F until browned and puffed, 10 to 12 minutes. Gently remove donut balls from basket, and place on a wire rack over foil. Let cool 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining donut balls.
Whisk together powdered sugar and water in a medium bowl until smooth. Gently spoon half of the glaze over donut balls. Let cool 5 minutes; glaze again, allowing excess to drip off.