Baked Apple "Donuts"


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These “donuts” didn’t last long in our kitchen this morning. They are a variation of these muffins that I made earlier this summer, the primary difference being that these “donuts” (they’re actually more like muffins) have lots of diced apple in them. The apple seems to make them a bit heavier than the Sugar Donut Muffins, but certainly no less delicious. My husband rated these as one of the best muffins that I’ve ever made, and I make a lot of muffins, so that’s quite an endorsement. You can trust my husband. If he doesn’t like something that I make, he’ll let me know. He’s terribly polite about it, but in his own nice, kind way he lets me know that whatever I’ve made isn’t his favorite.

When I was growing up, January was always New Recipe Month in our house. Sometimes the new meals were good and sometimes they weren’t. I’ll never forget the dish that had Fritos as the base layer. Not good. Anyway, my mom would always serve the new dish to my father and ask him when he wanted to have it again. If his reply was, “Tomorrow” or “Next Week”, my mom knew the dish was good. If he said, “In 20 years”, she knew it left something to be desired. My own husband would be happy to have these muffins again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that.

I made these as mini-muffins, and I have to be honest and say that I thought they were a bit heavy. Delicious (what wouldn’t be good covered in cinnamon and sugar), but a bit heavy.   That didn’t stop me from eating four in a row!  They reminded me of the apple cider donuts that you get in the fall at orchards.

My boys don’t like chunks of fruit in things, so I cut the apples into a tiny dice.   They never noticed!

I’m anxious to hear what you think of these “donuts”.

Baked Apple “Donuts”
Adapted from

1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. finely diced apples

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 stick butter, melted

Sift first 4 ingredients. Set aside.

Cream the butter and the sugar. Mix in the egg. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk. Fold in the diced apples.

Spoon into 24 greased mini-muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes.

While donuts are baking, melt 1/2 stick butter. Set aside. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon. When donuts are done, dip in butter and then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Yield:  24 mini-muffins

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11 comments to Baked Apple Donuts

  • just found your blog and am so excited!

  • Mommy

    By the way, When your father said “in twenty years”, I calmly wrote the date on the recipe and twenty years later served it again. Twenty years seems like a long time, but it goes by in a flash, trust me. Sometimes he wishes he said, “50 years”!

  • Betsey

    I made these this weekend and they were absolutely delicious! Everyone loved them…Perfect with a mug of coffee and the Sunday paper!

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  • Colleen Connor Doig

    I have made these “donuts” quite a few times recently. Tis the season for baking with apples. They are so yummy. Everyone loves them! Looking forward to trying the Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins!

  • StylishCuisine

    Hi Colleen – I’m so glad you like the “donuts”. It’s definitely the season for making them. I actually forgot about this recipe. I’m going to make them again this week.


  • Kelly S.

    These are amazing! So light and delicate, they are even a worthy breakfast treat for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning when you just want to pop a little something sweet in your mouth and go about your buisness. The only thing I did differently was shook the slightly cooled muffins in powdered sugar (that’s what my son loves!) instead of the butter and cin-sugar. Excellent! Will certainly be making these often!

  • Kelly S.

    Oh I forgot I also shredded the apples instead of dicing them.

  • I am excited to make these this weekend for a brunch I am hosting. Which types of apples do you use for this recipe?

  • StylishCuisine

    I typically use whatever apples I have in the house. That usually means Fuji or Gala apples.

  • Liz

    I just made these and they’re so cute and delicious! They really do taste like donut-holes. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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