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Having a huge sweet tooth is never a problem with an air fryer. While you can cook healthy foods, such as grilled chicken breasts and carrots, you can also indulge in some incredibly sweet desserts like these air fryer jelly donuts.

Air Fryer Jelly Donuts Stacked bite taken out and jelly oozing out

They’re homemade jelly donuts using biscuits, but you would never know with how soft and fluffy they get. It’s the perfect air fryer jam doughnut that’s easy to make…

And by easy, I mean it can be done in less than 10 minutes with just 4 ingredients.

You can even turn these in to a sufganiyot by some simple tweaks included below.

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Jelly Donuts (with jelly oozing out)

How to Make Air Fryer Jelly Donuts

Preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees.

Place the canned biscuits into the air fryer in one single layer, not touching and cook for 5-6 minutes. I use the Homestyle Pillsbury Grands, not the flaky layers ones. You can see why below.

Raw donuts in Air Fryer

Remove the biscuits from the air fryer and place it to the side.

Cooked donuts in air fryer

Put some sugar into a bowl with a wide flat bottom. This will allow you to roll the jam doughnuts in the sugar evenly.

Baste all sides of a donut with melted butter and immediately dip into the sugar coating the entire donut.

Repeat with all donuts until they are all coated in sugar.

Pour the raspberry jam into a piping bag with a long cake frosting tip (I recommend the #230 tip).

Air Fryer Jelly Donuts bitten into and hand holding it up

Pipe 1 to 2 tablespoons of jelly into each doughnut and place it on a wire rack when complete.

Enjoy immediately or keep up to 3 days.

Note: These air fryer jelly donuts are best eaten when warm. If making more than you eat right away, cook the biscuits in the air fryer as stated, then store until needed. 

When ready to eat, reheat the biscuits in an air fryer at 320 for 2 minutes, then baste with butter, roll in the sugar, and pipe jelly inside.


Other Air Fryer Recipes You Need to Try:

Air Fryer Crispy Buffalo Wings

Air Fryer Orange Chicken

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Can I Use Flaky Layer Biscuits in This Recipe?

No. I love flaky layer biscuits, but this is not a recipe to use them in.

Using flaky layers will still taste great, but once you go to pipe the jam into the donut, the layers will start to split, and the donut will split in half.

Air Fryer Donuts with jelly showing drizzling out (on a white plate)

What Kind of Jelly is Used in Jelly Donuts?

Jelly donuts are traditionally filled with seedless raspberry jelly. It’s the perfect fruit filling for a sweet and indulgent donut.

You can buy it right at the store or make your own (just be sure to strain all the raspberry seeds!).

Feel free to mix it up and use your favorite seedless jam, like strawberry for a different flavor! You could even pipe them with vanilla pudding for a unique Boston Cream variety.

Do I Really Need a Piping Bag and Long Cake Tip to Make These?

No. I am all about finding ways to be frugal, so here’s another way to make these.

Piping Bag Substitute

Zipper sandwich bags make the perfect substitute for a piping bag. Just grab a small sandwich bag and cut a tiny hole with scissors in the corner of the bag. Feed the cake tip through inside and pour the jelly in.

I love using sandwich bags for piping as they’re much cheaper and we always have them around the house.

Jelly Donuts with Jelly Oozing Out

They also zip closed at the top, so if you’re not a master cake piper, it will help keep the jelly inside the bag.

If you make a recipe that uses more frosting or double this recipe and need more jelly, just use a quart or gallon-sized bag.

NOTE: You cannot use freezer style bags for this as they typically have a flat bottom and no clear corner to cut.

Long Cake Tip Substitute

While you do need a cake tip to complete this recipe, you don’t need a special long one (although I highly recommend cake tip #230 since it’s so cheap).

Jelly Donuts on a white plate stacked to the side

You can use any cake tip you have at home. If you do have a shorter cake tip, you can pipe half the jelly into one side, flip the donut to the other side and then pipe the other half of the jelly inside.

This can cause more of a mess when eating but will work in a crunch if you’re looking at this recipe at home and have canned biscuits in the fridge.

How to Turn These into an Air Fryer Sufganiyot

A Sufganiyot (Sufganiyah) is a delicious round jelly doughnut topped with powdered sugar. It’s an Israeli delicacy eaten during Hanukkah.

These donuts are easily be turned into a Sufganiyot by omitting the regular sugar in the recipe, cutting the butter down by half, and adding powdered sugar.

Once the biscuits are air fried, pipe the jelly into each Sufganiyot then baste just the top lightly with melted butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar to finish them off.


Other Delicious Air Fryer Recipes:

Air Fried Oreos

Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries

Air Fryer Frozen Hash Browns

Yield: 8 servings

Air Fryer Jelly Donuts

Air Fryer Jelly Donuts stacked with jelly oozing out

Air fryer donuts made with raspberry jelly in just 4 ingredients with canned biscuits.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package Pillsbury Grands (Homestyle)
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jelly
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 320 degrees.
  2. Place Grand Rolls inside the air fryer in a single layer and cook for 5-6 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Remove rolls from the air fryer and set aside.
  4. Place sugar into a wide bowl with a flat bottom.
  5. Baste butter on all sides of the donut and roll in the sugar to cover completely. Complete with all remaining donuts.
  6. Using a long cake tip, pipe 1-2 tablespoons of raspberry jelly into each donut.
  7. Enjoy immediately or keep up to 3 days.*

Notes

*donuts are best when eaten warm. If not consuming immediately, you can store the rolls after cooked. When ready to eat, reheat in a preheated air fryer at 300 degrees for 2-3 minutes then coat with butter and sugar and pipe jelly in when ready to eat.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 502mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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6 thoughts on “Air Fryer Jelly Donuts”

  1. Sososo, it’s actually a jelly filled biscuit, dipped in butter and rolled in sugar… However, it does sound good.

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    • Yes, they are physically biscuits, but once you taste them, you will see how it completely changes the way it tastes into donuts. We also enjoy them with the middles cut out and dipped in glaze. They’re absolutely delicious!

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  2. This sounds fun. I make different pastries using crescent rolls, puff pastry, premade pie crusts, etc.
    I will purchase biscuits and try this.. We are older and like our sweet treats. Small batch goodies are perfect for us.
    Thank you.. :O)

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    • I am a sweets person too! Some people like to put confectioners sugar on top instead of sugar, but I like the sweet taste of the normal sugar on top when they’re still warm!

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  3. Hi Sam I’ve been checking out your recipes they all sound Amazing. One thing I really Love about your recipes is that you’ve made them over several times tweaking them until perfect. I would Love to be a part of your
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    I have a Baby Shower to make Desserts on April 11th, any ideas I can use?? I’m really looking forward to hear from you. Thank You

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