Cinnamon Apple Donuts

No matter how un-fall like this sounds…..I do not like Apple Cider. This time of year is all about apple cider donuts……well, how about Cinnamon Apple Donuts instead.

I was just sitting on the computer…..well not really sitting on it…..that would be a problem,….sitting at it, when I really wanted a donut!!

I used to work, as I have told before, in a grocery store bakery. While I was not the donut maker, a lovely woman named Charlene was. All her donuts were made from scratch and were the best donuts I have ever had!

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I loved her donuts, but after about a year of working in the bakery, I was over almost anything thing from a bakery. I would go to birthday parties and be asked if I wanted a piece of cake……out loud…..”no thank you”………In my head…….”are you kidding?”

But is has been years, and my taste for the sweet, bakery items has returned…..with a vengeance! Especially donuts!!

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I have made several donuts for What the “Forks” for Dinner?, Baked French Vanilla Glazed Donuts and Maple Sausage Glazed Donuts which you really should try.

So, I have the sweet, the savory, and now the fruity. Apples are the fruit of the season, plus I had some at the house……how convenient.

I was going to take the safe way out and chop the apple. Make a basic donut batter, and call it a day. But, you guys deserve a much better effort!!

Cinnamon Apple Donuts

Cinnamon Apple Donuts…which, are by the way are baked. The batter from the donuts is pretty basic, with the exception of frozen apple juice concentrate. I thought it would give a little extra apple bite…..and it did.

The star of the show though really is the cinnamon topping… a thick buttery, cinnammony, brown sugary concoction…topped with thinly sliced apples. Donut batter on top……bake.

The only tricky part to this recipe is flipping the donuts out of the pan. A breeze if you spray the donut pan…….if you don’t have a donut pan…….GET ONE!!!!!!

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I, being the seasoned self-proclaimed chef and food blogger, forgot to spray the pan……YIKES!!!! It was a tense moment but all was well as my donut pan is non- stick, and the nonstickness worked….YEAH!!!!!

Just a quick drizzle of a basic powdered sugar glaze and you have Cinnamon Apple Donuts, still warm,and loaded with apple cinnamon flavor……..enjoy some……this morning!!!!!!

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Cinnamon Apple Donuts

  • Yield: 6 1x


  • Donuts:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice frozen concentrate
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable or canoloa oil
  • Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 apple, cored and sliced thinly
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon half and half


  1. To make topping:
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the cinnamon, brown sugar, milk, and cornstarch. Heat just until it begins to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour the cinnamon topping evenly into each well of your well greased donut pan. About 1 tablespoon for each donut rings. Place slice apple over topping.
  4. To make the donuts:
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a donut pan.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
  7. In a small bowl, stir together the half and half egg, apple juice concentrate and oil.
  8. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to mix well.
  9. Place batter into a ziplock bag, then cutting off one corner, pipe the batter over the apples in donut pan.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
  11. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for two minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  12. Run a knife around the edge of each donut then flip donuts out of donut pan onto a wire rack.
  13. Cool donuts before glazing.
  14. To make the glaze:
  15. Whisk together the powdered sugar and half and half until smooth. Spoon into a ziploc bag, cut off a small corner of the bag and pipe the glaze onto the donuts.


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