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Apple Donuts

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These delicious baked apple donuts are full of apple goodness and make the perfect fall treats. They are so easy to make and are ready in just minutes.
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  1. APPLE DONUTS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE DONUTS RECIPE
  3. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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These easy, delicious baked applesauce donuts are the perfect simple treat to enjoy any time of year. Made with yummy cinnamon applesauce, sugar, and warm spices, this old-fashioned favorite is moist and tasty.

Try our classic applesauce cake for another irresistible sweet. Our donut recipes are always a hit, check out our pumpkin donuts as well.

APPLE DONUTS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

For the Donuts:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cinnamon applesauce
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

For the Topping:

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

OR

Icing

  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

APPLESAUCE: You could also use regular applesauce instead of cinnamon or use chunky applesauce in this great recipe.

SPICES: Add ½ teaspoon of nutmeg and/or ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves for more flavors. You could also add a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice for a fall flavor.

MILK: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can substitute whole or 2% milk for this recipe.

TOPPINGS: There are two toppings offered in this recipe for both classic cinnamon sugar or icing. You could also drizzle caramel on top for a really decadent caramel apple finish.

FLOUR: You could swap out gluten-free or whole-wheat flour for these homemade donuts as well.

PUMPKIN: You can add ¼ cup of pumpkin and adjust the cinnamon applesauce to ¼ cup for a pumpkin-flavored treat for the fall season.

SUGAR & SPRINKLES: You could make these for any holiday by adding colored icing, sugar, or sprinkles.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE DONUTS RECIPE

For the Donuts:

PRO TIP:

We recommend a Wilton 12-Cavity Mini Donut Pan, but if you don’t have one or can’t find any mini donut pans, this recipe makes fun apple donut holes in a mini muffin pan. Fill the muffin cavities ¾ full and reduce the baking time by two or three minutes.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 400°F and prepare a donut pan by spraying it with nonstick spray.

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and stir flour mixture with a whisk to mix.

STEP THREE: In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, vegetable oil, buttermilk and vanilla in a separate bowl and stir to mix.

STEP FOUR: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just mixed.

PRO TIP:

Be careful to not overmix!

STEP FIVE: Place the batter in a gallon plastic bag inside a tall jar folding back the edges. Twist the top of the bag and clip close. Holding the bag upside down and use scissors to cut off an angle at the corner of the bag.

STEP SIX: Pipe/fill each donut cavity ¾ full of batter.

PRO TIP:

Clean up any spills in the middle before baking so that the centers turn out and don’t bake over.

STEP SEVEN: Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

STEP EIGHT: Remove from the oven and let mini donuts cool for five minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack.

For the Topping:

Cinnamon Sugar

STEP ONE: Using two separate bowls (big enough for a donut to fit) place the melted butter in one and then mix the sugar and cinnamon together in the second bowl.

STEP TWO: Dip the cooled donuts top side down first in the butter, let drip, then dip into cinnamon sugar mixture. Let the donuts sit for a few minutes and then dip again in the sugar coating to give even more texture.

Icing

STEP ONE: Mix together until a smooth consistency. Add more milk if needed but only a little at a time. You can add food coloring or add colored sprinkles after dipping or drizzling the icing on the donuts.

HOW TO SERVE

Everyone loves these delicious apple donuts with a glass of apple cider or milk. Adults might enjoy dipping the warm donuts in a mug of hot coffee, with tea, or a homemade pumpkin spice latte for a cozy treat.

STORAGE

ON THE COUNTER: You can keep these cake donuts on the counter at room temperature in a sealed container for up to three days. You can serve leftover apple donuts at room temperature or microwave for a few seconds before serving for a warm treat.

IN THE FREEZER: Freezing these mini apple donuts is not recommended.

Full of lovely apple flavor and the perfect, moist texture, these fresh apple donuts are sure to be a family favorite. Simple ingredients come from scratch together quickly and you only need about ten minutes of baking time before you’re ready for this simple, classic homemade treat.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What can I use if I don’t have a donut pan?

You can make this apple donut recipe in mini muffin pans or regular muffin pans if you don’t have a donut pan available.

Can I make these into apple donut holes?

You can turn this easy recipe into apple spice donut holes using a mini muffin pan, baking for about 10 to 12 minutes.

How to store apple donuts?

Baked donuts are the best the first day they are made but you can store these in a single layer in an airtight container for a couple of days.

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Apple Donuts

5 from 1 vote
These delicious baked apple donuts are full of apple goodness and make the perfect fall treats. They are so easy to make and are ready in just minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

For the Donuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cinnamon applesauce
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla

For the Frosting

    Cinnamon Sugar

    • 4 tablespoons butter melted
    • ½ cup sugar
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

    Icing

    • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
    • 3 tablespoons milk

    Instructions
     

    For the Donuts

    • Preheat oven to 400°F and prepare the donut pan by spraying with nonstick spray.
    • In a medium size bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir with whisk to mix.
    • In a large bowl combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl and stir to mix.
    • Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until just mixed.
    • Place Ziplock bag inside a tall jar folding back the edges. Spoon the donut batter into the bag until full. Twist the top of the bag and clip close. Holding the bag upside down use scissors to cut off an angle at the corner of the bag.
    • Pipe/fill each donut cavity ¾ full of batter.
    • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
    • Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.

    For the Frosting

      Cinnamon Sugar

      • Using two separate bowls (big enough for a donut to fit) place the melted butter in one and then mix the sugar and cinnamon together in the second bowl.
      • Dip the cooled donuts top side down first in the butter, let drip, then dip into sugar/cinnamon mix. Let the donuts sit a few minutes and then dip again in the cinnamon/sugar mixture to give even more texture.

      Icing

      • Mix together until a smooth consistency. Add more milk if needed but only a little at a time. You can add food coloring or add colored sprinkles after dipping or drizzling the icing on the donuts.

      Notes

      TIP: We recommend a Wilton 12-Cavity Mini Donut Pan, but if you don’t have one or can’t find any mini donut pans, this recipe makes fun apple donut holes in a mini muffin pan. Fill the muffin cavities ¾ full and reduce the baking time by two or three minutes.
      TIP: Be careful to not overmix the batter or it will be tough! 
      TIP: Clean up any spills in the middle of the donuts in the pan before baking so that the centers turn out and don’t bake over. 

      Nutrition

      Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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