Make 18 delicious apple cinnamon baked doughnuts topped with cinnamon sugar. An easy to make treat for breakfast or snacks for family or friends.
Make 18 delicious apple cinnamon baked doughnuts topped with cinnamon sugar. An easy to make treat for breakfast or snacks for family or friends.

Do you enjoy baked doughnuts? You know, the kind that you don’t have to deep fry in oil? Well we do! Our favorite doughnuts are (truthfully) the deep-“fried” kind you get at a doughnut shop. BUT… after finding our local doughnut shop closed due to the pandemic, I decided to make my own at home. The result was delicious apple cinnamon BAKED doughnuts, made in my cute little doughnut pan!

You will need to have a doughnut pan for this recipe. The little “6 doughnut” one I use was purchased online (Amazon) several years ago very inexpensively. My pan only makes 6 baked doughnuts, so I made 3 batches, since this recipe yields 18 doughnuts. We gave 6 to our son for his birthday, 6 to our other son to devour, and we enjoyed the other 6! They are so easy to make… here’s how:

Prepare The Batter

Before making the batter, preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare the dry ingredients by sifting flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Add the brown sugar, and whisk these ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Whisk or stir well, to fully combine the batter ingredients.

Dry ingredients for doughnuts are whisked together in bowl.The wet ingredients are then whisked into the dry ingredients.

Once the batter has been combined, add the apple pie filling, and stir it in. I was able to use some of my home-canned apple pie filling. This is now the finished batter for the apple cinnamon baked doughnuts.

Apple pie filling is stirred into the batter for the doughnuts.

Bake The Doughnuts

Spoon or pipe the batter into a greased doughnut pan. I used a spoon to fill the “wells” of the pan, but you can use a large piping bag to fill them, if desired. Fill each doughnut “well” 3/4 full, and spread the batter evenly. Because this recipe makes 18 doughnuts, you will need to make a couple batches, if you only have one pan, like me!

Bake the doughnuts at 350°F for 11-12 minutes (mine took 12), until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. The doughnuts will be light golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack. After a couple minutes, remove the doughnuts from the pan. I inverted the pan to release the doughnuts, then let them cool slightly on the wire rack.

Repeat process with remaining batter, washing and re-greasing pan after each batch of doughnuts.

The doughnut batter is placed into a doughnut baking pan to cook.The baked doughnuts, cooling in pan on a wire rack.

Adding The Topping To The Apple Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts

For the doughnut topping, melt butter in a small bowl. Combine granulated sugar and ground cinnamon in another bowl (that is large enough to hold a doughnut)/ While the doughnuts are still warm (after each batch), brush the top of the doughnut with melted butter.

Immediately place the buttered side of the doughnut into the cinnamon sugar mixture, Coat the top surface of the doughnut with the mixture, and then place doughnut back onto a wire rack to finish cooling. When all the doughnuts have been covered with topping, dip each one of them back into the cinnamon sugar mixture for a second coat.

Each baked doughnut is brushed with melted butter on top.The doughnut is placed, butter side down into cinnamon sugar mixture.

Follow this process until all of the doughnuts have been baked and double dipped in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Now the apple cinnamon baked doughnuts are ready to EAT! (insert my smiley face here… ha ha!) In the photo below, you can see the doughnuts after the FIRST cinnamon sugar dipping.

Apple cinnamon baked doughnuts resting on wire rack before eating.

Here are four of the finished doughnuts on a plate, just begging to be eaten. See all the double dipped cinnamon sugar topping on each one?  I saved one for you. Go ahead, take the one you want, and enjoy it. Oh yeah… these doughnuts are good!

A plate with four of the apple cinnamon baked doughnuts, ready to eat.

I hope you have a chance to try these easy, but yummy apple cinnamon baked doughnuts. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a really GOOD day. Take care.

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Recipe adapted from: Lyuba, at https://www.willcookforsmiles.com/apple-pie-baked-doughnuts/

Apple Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Make 18 delicious apple cinnamon baked doughnuts topped with cinnamon sugar. An easy to make treat for breakfast or snacks for family or friends.

Category: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon baked doughnuts
Servings: 18
Calories Per Serving: 139 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Doughnuts:
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup apple pie filling
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (salted) , melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Doughnut Topping:
  • Tablespoons butter , melted
  • cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F

Make The Batter:
  1. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Add brown sugar, and whisk together. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract until combined. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Whisk or stir well, to fully combine. Add apple pie filling, and stir until fully incorporated.

Bake The Doughnuts:
  1. Spoon or pipe batter into a greased doughnut pan. Fill each doughnut "well" 3/4 full, and spread batter evenly. You may need to make a couple batches, if you only have one pan, like me. Bake at 350°F for 11-12 minutes (mine took 12), until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer pan from oven to a wire rack. After 2 minutes, remove doughnuts from pan. I inverted the pan to release doughnuts, then let them cool slightly on the wire rack before adding the cinnamon sugar topping. Repeat process with remaining batter, washing and re-greasing pan after each additional batch of doughnuts.

Add Cinnamon Sugar Topping While Doughnuts Are Still Warm:
  1. Place melted butter in a small bowl. In a separate bowl (large enough for a doughnut), combine granulated sugar and ground cinnamon. While doughnuts are still warm (after each batch), brush the top of the doughnut with melted butter. Immediately place buttered side of doughnut into cinnamon sugar mix. Coat the top surface of the doughnut with the mix, and then place doughnut back onto wire rack to finish cooling. When all doughnuts have been covered with topping, dip each one back into the cinnamon sugar mixture for a second time. Once doughnuts are double-dipped with topping, they're ready to eat! Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 82mg4%
Potassium 83mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 134IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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