Heart Shaped Air Fryer Donuts with Nutella Frosting


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Love is in the air… and you can spell love with D-O-N-U-T! See how easy it is to make adorable heart shaped air fryer donuts topped with Nutella in your air fryer! 

Nutella Heart Donuts FEATURE PIC

Last week I posted my air fryer donuts recipe (donuts rolled in cinnamon and sugar) and I was pretty sure that you would love them. But can I just say, the response has been overwhelmingly AWESOME!  I am so glad to hear that you are loving these sweet treats!

And so, in the spirit of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I thought it might be fun to make another version of these donuts. This is actually a 2-for-1 recipe because it is not just for donuts. You can use the heart-shaped dough that you cut out of the center for heart donut holes! I coated those little hearts in powered sugar and they were tasty, poppable little treats.

No joke – I had a plate piled with one batch of these donuts and donut holes when the kids arrived home from school. They polished off the plate before I knew what was happening. When Bob got home about an hour later from work, he was ready to try the scrumptious donuts I had texted him a picture of earlier.  Imagine his sadness when he discovered the all that remained of the entire batch were two little donut holes! LOL!

Just like our original air fryer donut recipe, you won’t need much as far as ingredients and supplies go.  In fact, the only supplies that I used were the air fryer and a small heart shaped cookie cutter. I also had a ziploc bag that I filled with powdered sugar to shake the donut holes in to coat them. That’s it!

They really do taste like sweet treats! If you think about it really hard, you can certainly taste the biscuit. But we were pleasantly surprised at how the taste changed into more of a donut taste! Perhaps not quite donut-shop taste, but tasty none-the-less!

If you scroll down, you will find the printable recipe card.

Heart Shaped Donuts Topped with Nutella

Just like the original air fryer donut recipe that I posted last week, this baking hack uses flaky biscuit dough. You can use whatever brand of biscuits you prefer. I used the Walmart store brand for this batch of donuts.

nutella air fryer donut ingredients

The treats shown in my final images show both the donuts with the hearts cut out of the middle AND the heart-shaped dough that came out of the middle. Simply use a heart-shaped cookie cutter (mine was approximately 1.5″ in size) and cut the center out of each piece of biscuit dough.

Heart shaped cookie cutter

Heart Shaped Biscuit Dough

Olive oil cooking spray seems to work great for greasing the air fryer basket for these donuts. Just give the bottom a spray and arrange the dough in a single layer, so they aren’t touching each other. I cooked the bigger pieces first and then cooked up the hearts (slightly different cooking times – see the recipe card below for more info).

Dough in Air Fryer

Biscuit Dough Heart Center

Heart Dough Air Fryer

Baked Dough Air Fryer

So many topping choices!

I decided to top the donuts with Nutella (hazelnut spread) and sprinkles. The donut holes got a quick spray with that olive oil and then I shook them in a ziploc bag containing powered sugar.

Valentine Air Fryer Heart Donuts

How to Make Heart Shaped Donuts in the Air Fryer

Heart Shaped Air Fryer Donuts with Nutella Frosting

Make these adorable heart shaped air fryer donuts and top them with Nutella!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, donut
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • Air fryer
  • small heart shaped cookie cutter

Ingredients

  • 1 package large flaky biscuits
  • powered sugar for topping
  • Nutella hazelnut spread for topping
  • sprinkles for topping
  • olive oil nonstick spray

Instructions

  • Use the heart-shaped cutter to cut a hole in the center of each biscuit.
    Heart Shaped Biscuit Dough
  • Spray air fryer basket with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Arrange biscuits in a single layer in the air fryer so that they are close but not touching.
    Dough in Air Fryer
  • Cook the biscuits at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. They should be fluffed up and brown on top! Cook the heart "donut hole" shapes at 350 for 4 minutes.
    Baked Dough Air Fryer
  • Spread Nutella on the bigger donuts and top with sprinkles.
  • Give the donut hole hearts a spritz with the olive oil cooking spray and shake in a ziploc bag filled with powdered sugar.
  • Enjoy!

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