3 Ingredient Donut Holes (Air Fryer or Deep Fryer)

This easy Donut Holes Recipe uses a shortcut to make these treats in minutes!

Quick and yummy, our itty-bitty cinnamon donut bites are just the snack to go along with game night, movie night, or any time anyone has a sweet tooth!

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Biscuit Donut Holes

  • These mini cinnamon donuts are ready in just a few minutes.
  • With only 3 ingredients, these donut holes are the perfect recipe to make with the kids.
  • These can be baked, deep-fried or even make air fryer donut holes.
  • Donut holes are the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack with a hot cup of coffee.

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How To Make Donut Holes

Just like air fryer donuts, these little bites are super easy to make.

  1. Preheat air fryer, oven or oil.
  2. Separate biscuits and cut out 1″ circles or cut them into 6 portions and roll into balls.
  3. Bake or fry according to recipe below.
  4. Toss in butter and cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.

Once you’ve cut out the holes, use the scraps to roll into small balls to create more donut holes. The shape might not be perfectly round but they taste great!

donut holes in air fryer and bowl of cinnamon sugar to make Three Ingredient Donut Hole Recipe

Donut Hole Toppings

Create a DIY bar of donut dippables and toppings! Here are our fave ideas.

process of coating Three Ingredient Donut Hole Recipe with cinnamon sugar

Recipe Tips

  • If making air fryer donut holes, ensure they are cooked in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do two batches.
  • Air Fryers can vary, check your donut holes early. They may need 1 minute more or less.
  • If deep-frying, be sure the oil is preheated and remove the biscuits from the refrigerator about 20 minutes before using. Room temp donut holes will fluff up and cook faster.
  • Only fry about 10 donut holes at a time so they are not crowded in the pan. Crowding the pan lowers the temperature of the oil which increases the potential for the donut holes to absorb the oil.

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plated Three Ingredient Donut Hole Recipe

3 Ingredient Donut Hole Recipe

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls rounded into balls, fried and then tossed in sugar and cinnamon!
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 151
Author Holly Nilsson



  • 1 roll canned biscuits
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ½ cup cinnamon sugar
  • oil for frying not required for air fryer or oven


  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Separate biscuits and use a small cutter to cut out 1″ circles. If you do not have a cutter, cut the biscuits into 6 pieces each and gently roll them in your hands.
  • Place in a single layer in the air fryer. Cook 2-3 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  • Drizzle donut holes with some of the butter and shake the bowl to coat them.
  • Place cinnamon sugar in a bowl with a lid or a freezer bag. Add warm buttered donut holes and shake to combine. Serve warm.


Crescent rolls can be used in place of biscuits.

Make your own cinnamon sugar by combining ½ cup sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon.

To oil fry donut holes, preheat ½” of oil in a small pan on the stove to 350°F. Drop each piece into the oil turning until all sides are browned (about 60-90 seconds). Roll in cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.

To bake donut holes, follow the air fryer directions. Instead of air frying, bake holes at 375°F for about 10-13 minutes or until golden and cooked through. 

Nutrition information is for 1/4 of the recipe. The nutrition will vary and accounts for use of half of the butter and sugar as some will be leftover after tossing the donut holes.


Serving: 12donut holes | Calories: 151 | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

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Three Ingredient Donut Hole Recipe in the air fryer and plated with writing

Three Ingredient Donut Hole Recipe in the air fryer with a title

Three Ingredient Donut Hole Recipe in the air fryer with a title

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