Apple Cinnamon Donuts

by Jennifer Wieland
Apple Cinnamon Donuts

This morning I had to be up before the sun for hockey registration for my 6-year-old. It’s all kinds of fun getting up super early on my one day a week I am not required to set an alarm clock. It is an utter treat to get dressed on a Saturday when it is still dark outside. It is even more fun doing it without any caffeine. So after filling out the registration and heading home, only to be called because I totally missed the birth date section, I decided that not only did I need some caffeine but that I deserved a heavy dose of sugar too. Enter my apple cinnamon donuts.

Apples are probably one of my three favorite fruits, so once September comes and they are in season and on sale, well then it is time to let my apple addiction have a free reign. There are a ton of apple orchards within reasonable drives from my house and I plan on going with the kids soon. Many of the orchards also have bakeries where you can buy all sorts of treats. One treat is usually apple cider donuts. I am willing to admit that I have a completely unhealthy love affair with these donuts and while I love them as they are, I wanted to make them even more apple-y. I decided the best way to do that was to add in apples. I did try to make them healthier by baking them instead of frying them. Of course, I may have ruined that though by dredging them in melted butter.

Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts
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2415 calories
351 g
435 g
101 g
33 g
61 g
795 g
1082 g
176 g
4 g
31 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2415
Calories from Fat 885
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 101g
Saturated Fat 61g
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 435mg
Sodium 1082mg
Total Carbohydrates 351g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 176g
Protein 33g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 c. sugar
  3. 1/4 c. firmly packed, light brown sugar
  4. 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1/4 tsp. salt
  7. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  9. 1/4 c. buttermilk
  10. 1/2 c. apple cider
  11. 1 lrg. egg
  12. 1/2 c. shredded apples (I used Granny Smith.)
  13. 1/2 c. butter, melted
  14. 1/4 c. sugar
  15. 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  1. I used a mini-donut maker to make my donuts so I plugged it in to preheat. If you are using a donut pan it should come with directions on how to bake them. More than likely though you will bake mini-donuts at 425°. Be sure to spray either the pan or donut maker with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer add the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix on low until well mixed. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, apple cider and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix on low-speed until combined. Do not over mix. Stir in the shredded apples.
  3. If baking donuts in the oven bake for 6-8 minutes and if baking in a donut maker it should only be 2-3 minutes before they are done. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Once the donuts are cool enough to handle, dip into the melted butter and then dredge them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

37 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Donuts”

  1. 1

    Wow, these look amazing. Cinnamon donuts are my favorite.
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    they look tasty I bet they’d be great with hot apple cider
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    Katie says:

    I used to work at an apple orchard where we made apple cider donuts – these sound about as good as those!
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    Kira says:

    A girl after my own heart – Apple Cider Donuts – Yummy 🙂
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    mrssearss says:

    Woah! They look soooo good!!
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    Rachel says:

    Those look amazing. I love that you can see the cinnamon so you know you are going to get all that flavor.
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    I cannot tell you how much I love apple cinnamon donuts but also how long it’s been since I’ve had one! YUM!! I wish I had a donut maker 🙁

    pinning this!

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    Angela says:

    I am really loving apple recipes right now. Here’s another one to add to my “must try” list!
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    eleni says:

    Wow, that looks delicious!
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    superb ! blog happy to follow you 🙂

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    These look amazing! You definitely deserved a treat and a stressful Saturday morning. There should be a law against having to get out of bed on a Saturday morning when it’s still dark, don’t you think? The way you wrote about it did make me giggle though!
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    Michelle says:

    Yummy!!! I love donuts, I will be making these ASAP! Thanks for joining us for WDW!
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  13. 13

    OMG these look and sound amazing! YUM!
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    robyn says:

    oh wow! Yummo! We have a ton of apples we recently picked. Just may give this a try.
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    Jenny says:

    ok so now i need to try these 😛
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    Lynsey Jones says:

    YUMMMMMMMMMM……. those look amazing.

  17. 17

    I totally pinned these because I love the donuts from the orchards, too!
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    Holly says:

    I have a mini-donut maker! Ha – I told my husband I NEEDED it. Now I know why. 😉
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    I am pulling out my doughnut pan and making these in the morning. Yum!!
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    I’m a donut addict but the ones from the apple orchard are my absolute fave. might have to give these a try
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  21. 21

    This look AMAZING. I totally pinned it. Cant wait to try it. THanks for the recipe

    Bobbie Jo
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    my diet is so gone now. and with this lethel mix of apple cinnamon!! woooo!!
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    These look absolutely delish! Apples are about the only fruit that my son will eat and I know he would love them. We are all absolute donut junkies. I have pinned this for future reference! Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesdays! Have a great weekend!
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    Cathy says:

    Is the recipe supposed to read “if baking donuts?”

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    Hi Jennifer! These donuts look absolutely divine! I am stopping by to thank you for linking up at last week’s Get Crafty Friday link party and I also wanted to let you know that your donuts will be featured at this week’s party! I would love it if you would stop by and grab a feature button. The party start tonight at 8pm EST!

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    Karen Coutu says:

    I love anything with cinnamon and so do my children! Pinning this for sure!!
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    Those look absolutely delicious. I’ll have to try these soon.
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    Cathy says:

    These look awesome! Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise. Your post will be featured at the TGIF Link Party this week and was pinned to the TGIF Party Board!
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