Baked Apple Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

I love baked donuts! It’s a great evening snack or dessert, and of course if you’re feeling it, these make a very fun breakfast as well. I’ve always thought it was funny that donuts are considered a breakfast food when they are basically a dessert as far as the ingredients and preparation goes. Fine by me! And although I love these decadent chocolate baked donuts, a really tasty variation are these baked apple donuts with cinnamon sugar.

These are super soft, almost spongy with little chunks of cubed apple throughout. I also love a cinnamon sugar topping on donuts. Call me crazy, but I love when a little gets stuck to your lips as you take a bite.

The batter for these baked apple donuts includes both applesauce and a fresh apple. You could bake these without the cubed apple pieces if you don’t have one on hand, but I like the texture it brings to these donuts.

The recipe below will make six baked donuts (here’s the pan I used), maybe even seven if you happen to use a very large apple. If your fresh apple is on the larger side, I would recommend only using half (just eat the rest!) so you don’t end up with an awkward amount of batter leftover when making these baked apple donuts with cinnamon sugar.

Happy baking! xo. Emma

5 from 4 votes

Baked Apple Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

soft donuts with chunks of cubed apple throughout

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baked donuts, donuts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 donuts
Author Emma Chapman


  • 1 cup flour all purpose
  • ¼ cup white sugar granulated
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil canola, vegetable, or olive
  • ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 apple peeled and cubed


  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup white sugar granulated


  1. In a medium to large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a smaller, separate bowl, stir together the wet ingredients: milk, oil, vinegar, and applesauce.

  2. Stir the wet ingredients in with the dry until no lumps remain. Stir in the peeled and cubed apple pieces. Lightly butter or spray the donut baking pan before spooning the batter in.

  3. Bake at 350°F for 15-16 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before turning out onto a cooling rack.

  4. Stir together the cinnamon sugar topping. While baked donuts are still warm, dip the tops into the cinnamon sugar mixture, coating well.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • 5 stars
    They came out great. Bringing them in to work tomorrow, 4th of July. I can’t wait to bite in!

    • Can I use a muffin pan and only fill them about 1/3 of the cup? I’m gonna try it but I’ll be buying a donut pan soon for sure! Wish me luck!

  • 5 stars
    I made these omg they are amazing I am vegan so I used almond milk instead of milk thanks so much for this recipe

    • 5 stars
      These came together easily and my family enjoyed them! I cut back a little on the sugar, and I used buttermilk in place of vinegar and milk, and they came out great!

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