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4.87 from 43 votes

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apple Donuts

Apple Donuts, a year-round favorite, are especially popular at my house as the temperatures cool and summer gives way to fall. Soft pillowy inside, sweet crunchy outside, these delicious Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apple Donuts go perfectly with your morning cup of coffee or fresh out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time29 mins
Servings: 18 donuts
Calories: 251kcal

Ingredients

For the Apple Doughnuts

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp butter melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 0.75 cup granulated sugar
  • .5 tsp nutmeg
  • 0.5 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1.5 cups apple peeled, cored, and grated

For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 4 tbsp salted butter melted, plus more as needed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and ground cinnamon. Set aside these dry ingredients.
  • In a separate, larger bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, granulated sugar, buttermilk, nutmeg, and applesauce. Mix until just combined.
  • Stir in the grated apples, then stir in the dry ingredients from step 2, and transfer batter to a large ziplock bag. squeeze out all air and snip one corner creating a small hole. Spray donut hole pan with a light layer of non-stick cooking spray.
  • Squeeze batter into the cavities of the donut hole pan and transfer to the oven to bake for 12-14 minutes.
  • As the donuts are baking combine the sugar with the ground cinnamon and melt approximately 4 tablespoons butter in a small dish.
  • When donuts have finished baking, remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before brushing with the melted butter and coating in the cinnamon sugar. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Store any leftover donuts in a zip-lock bag or container with a tight-fitting lid. Best when enjoyed within 24 hours.
  • Recipe lightly adapted from The Cake Blog.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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