These Cinnamon Apple Baked Donuts are not only cute for fall, but they’re bursting with all the season’s goodness. Apple Baked Donuts are loaded with fall flavors and a tenderness that melts in your mouth.
Apple season is here in full force. And it’s fully caught me off guard.
I usually have an Apple Orchard Day on the calendar for our family every year. It’s one of the happy things that helps me [somewhat] graciously glide from my favorite summer season to the coolness of fall. I don’t have anything against fall, but for us Minnesotans, fall is like one tiny month quickly followed by six big months of winter.
A girl’s gotta have something to look forward to when it’s time to ditch her fave flip flops for the next 7 months.
Anyways, I totally forgot about our annual apple day this year. Because of traveling out of town, then hosting visitors back in town, then traveling back out of town. And all the other things in between.
When I finally remembered to ring up our local apple farms last week, I was ultra thrilled that fresh apples are ripe for the picking right now. And, why yes, they do have Honeycrisps for the plucking. 😍
It went down like this…
We immediately hustled to our most favorite family owned apple farm. We romped around rows of crisp, delicious Honeycrisp apple trees. I personally did not romp, because I wore boots that have somehow become too small for my feet.
Silly Bulldog was in tow because said farm is way cool with their dog policy. Bulldog found a long lost twin and the two of them had a little stubby-tail waggin’ fest. Plenty of puppy slobber included.
Hubby and I sampled the goods:
1. Housemade hard apple cider using Honeycrisp apples = yum galore.
2. Local winery tastings = not yum because grapes don’t flourish like apples in the upper midwest. But whatever, it’s all about the experience.
The boys picked enough apples to overflow their bags. Someone made me buy a bunch of honey sticks. Another talked me into a bag of spicy cashews (huh?!) But nobody had to twist my arm about bringing home a box of apple donuts.
I absolutely had to make my own apple baked donuts after that. Of course. I used my silicone mini donut pan, which works fabulously. You can use whatever donut pan you have – I offered some notes in the recipe below.
I made three batches of tender, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon apple baked donuts. It lasted us 1.5 days.
These cinnamon apple baked donuts are best eaten pronto, if you want the slightly warm and fresh baked texture underneath that crisp cinnamon-sugar coating.
However. That being said, seriously nobody will be mad about it if you whip out some leftover donuts the next day. Enjoy 😊
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These Cinnamon Apple Baked Donuts not only look cute for fall, but they’re bursting with all the season’s goodness. Apple Baked Donuts are full of cinnamon apple flavor and a tenderness that melts in your mouth.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 TB regular butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 small OR 1 large apples; peeled, grated, and squeezed dry
- For Cinnamon-Sugar Coating:
- 4 TB regular butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1–2 tsp cinnamon (depending on how much cinna you like)
- Preheat oven to 400F and set rack on middle or lower middle position. Grease mini donut pansand set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- In another bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, 2 TB melted butter, vanilla extract, and grated apple (I use the largest holes of box grater; then squeeze out as much juice as you can. Save juice for drinking – yum.)
- Use rubber spatula to fold wet ingredients with dry ingredients, gently folding just until combined; do not over-mix or it won’t be as tender. Spoon or pipe batter into greased mini donut pans until batter is level with the top of pan. Use damp fingers to gently smooth out the tops.
- Bake about 7 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool in pan just until they are able to be easily removed. Set donuts on wire rack to cool while you make the cinna-sugar coating.
- Whisk together the sugar with desired amount of cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt butter in another small bowl. When ready to serve, dip donuts in melted butter and roll generously in cinnamon sugar. Serve immediately.
I love using Honeycrisp Apples for recipes, as it imparts a big and bright apple flavor without turning to mush. If you can use Honeycrisps, I highly recommend it. Otherwise, Granny Smith works well too.
Do not dip in butter/roll in cinnamon sugar until ready to serve, as it maintains its crisp coating when eaten right away (though leftovers are still yummy.)
Batter is deliberately not too sweet, since cinnamon sugar coating provides a lot of the sweetness. If you want a sweeter batter, add a bit more sugar into dry
If using regular-sized donut pans, bake time will still be roughly the same (7-8 min) as you will only fill each mold partway up, rather than all the way to the top.
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