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Air Fryer Pumpkin Spice Donuts

These amazing pumpkin spice donuts are the best treat for the fall season! Made with simple ingredients you will love this recipe!

It’s Fall and that means that pumpkin is everywhere. As you drive through Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts and get your next coffee, keep in mind that pumpkin spice is ruling the world right now. You can get your favorite drink or food in pumpkin spice flavor. What if I told you that you can make your own Pumpkin Spice Donuts right at home? It’s true!

Air Fryer Pumpkin Spice Donuts

You may be wondering how hard it is to create your own pumpkin spice donuts at home, to be honest, it’s super easy. Even if you’ve never made your own donuts before, you will be so glad that you can make them at home!

Donuts are something that you can enjoy on Saturday mornings with the family. You can even enjoy them during the week when you want an extra special treat. 

The crispness of fall is in the air, and what better way to welcome it than with these Air Fryer Pumpkin Spice Donuts? These fluffy and flavorful delights are a perfect blend of sugary sweetness, aromatic pumpkin spice, and a dash of cinnamon. Made with the ease of an air fryer, they are a healthier alternative to deep-fried donuts while retaining a fantastic texture and taste.

Why This Recipe Works:

The combination of sour cream and butter ensures a moist and rich crumb inside, while the air fryer gives these donuts a slightly crisp exterior. The hint of pumpkin spice and cinnamon embodies the essence of fall in every bite.


  • Can I use a donut pan for shaping?
    Absolutely, a donut pan can help maintain the perfect shape during the frying process.
  • Can I substitute sour cream with something else?
    Yes, Greek yogurt is a good alternative to sour cream in this recipe.

Where Does Pumpkin Spice Flavor Come From?

You may be curious as to where pumpkin spice flavor comes from. Honestly, I had to do some research because it had me so curious! Some would compare the Americanized version of pumpkin spice to British and Commonwealth mixed spice.

When it comes to pumpkin spice it is a simple yet powerful blend of spices. You will find nutmeg, ginger, cloves, ground cinnamon in pumpkin spice, you may also sometimes find allspice.

Tips and Tricks:

  1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Always ensure that your butter and egg yolks are at room temperature. This helps in achieving a smoother batter.
  2. Do Not Overmix: Mix the batter just until the ingredients combine. Overmixing can make the donuts tough.


  1. Gluten-Free: Substitute all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend.
  2. Vegan: Use vegan butter, almond or soy-based yogurt in place of sour cream, and flax eggs instead of egg yolks.

Where to Serve:

  • Breakfast: Pair them with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa.
  • Parties: A great treat for Halloween parties or Thanksgiving gatherings.
  • Dessert: Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

How to Store Pumpkin Spice Donuts

If you’re curious as to how to store these donuts, you can keep them in a closed dish on the counter. Putting donuts on the fridge can result in them drying out, so be careful. You can store these donuts on the counter for a few days. However, anytime I’ve ever made these donuts they have never lasted long! 

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them:

  1. Uneven Cooking: Ensure that you place the donuts in a single layer without overcrowding in the air fryer.
  2. Too Dry: Overcooking can result in dry donuts. Always keep an eye on the cooking time and adjust accordingly.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids:

  1. Measuring Fun: Let the kids help with measuring out the ingredients. It’s both fun and educational.
  2. Decorate: Once cooled, kids can decorate the donuts with icing, chocolate chips, or sprinkles.
  3. Safety First: Ensure kids stay away from the air fryer, especially when it’s hot.

The next time you’re craving donuts and you want to make them yourself, then give these donuts a try. The pumpkin spice flavor is amazing and perfect for fall.

Air fryer pumpkin spice donuts are a delicious, fall-themed treat that can be made in your air fryer! These donuts are flavored with pumpkin spice and are coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture, making them the perfect sweet snack for any time of day. Serve them up at your next party or enjoy them as an after-school snack!

Topping Options:

  1. Sugar Coating: Roll the warm donuts in a mix of cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Icing Drizzle: Drizzle some vanilla or chocolate icing over the donuts.
  3. Nuts and Sprinkles: Top them with chopped nuts or colorful sprinkles for added texture and visual appeal.

Embrace the spirit of autumn with these delightful Air Fryer Pumpkin Spice Donuts, and let the flavors transport you to a cozy fall afternoon. They’re sure to be a hit in any gathering! Happy baking!


What are some other fun pumpkin recipes to try?

If you want more fun pumpkin recipes be sure to check out 50 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes You Need In Your Life!

Air Fryer Pumpkin Spice Donuts
Yield: 6 donuts and 6 donut holes

Air Fryer Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Easy and amazing pumpkin spice donuts made easily in your air fryer! Perfect with your morning coffee or tea.


  • 1/4 c Granulated white sugar
  • ¼ c Brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter (room temperature)
  • 2 lg Egg yolks
  • 2 1/4 c All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3/4 c Sour cream
  • 1/2 c granulated white sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted)


  1. Mix together 1/2 cup white sugar and butter together in a medium bowl until it becomes crumbly. Add the 2 Lg egg yolks and stir until combined.
  2. Add flour, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 the sour cream into the sugar-egg mix and stir until these are combined together. Mix in the remaining flour and sour cream; then refrigerate dough until ready for use.
  3. Mix 1 tsp pumpkin spice, 2 1/2 tsp white sugar, and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon together in a bowl.
  4. Preheat air fryer to 350°.
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 3/4" thick. Using a 3- inch and a 1- inch cookie cutter, cut 6 large circles in the dough and then cut holes in the middle of each to form the doughnut shapes. Or, if you have a donut cutter, you will be able to cut the donut and hole at the same time.
  6. Brush 1/2 of the melted butter over each side of the doughnuts.
  7. Place 1/2 of the doughnuts into the air fryer basket and cook for 8 minutes. Remove the doughnuts from the fryer and brush cooked donuts with remaining melted butter and immediately dip into the cinnamon/pumpkin spice/sugar mix. Repeat these steps with the remaining doughnuts.
  8. You may need to adjust cooking times according to your particular air fryer.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 223Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 50mgSodium 102mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 3g

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