Apple Apple Donuts

by Heather on December 16, 2011

Nate and I, for the past 5 years, have dubbed Friday “Donut Friday.”  I’m sad to say that we haven’t always followed through on eating a donut on Friday (hey, a girl’s gotta sleep in sometimes before getting ready for work), but thankfully there’s a new addition in our house that makes it possible.


I’ve named my donut pan.


Her name is Freida.

Now I realize it’s not normal to name your kitchen baking gear – or even your baking equipment.  Apparatus if you will.  But when a pan changes your life for the better it only seems proper to personalize her a little more.  Also, I feel that it’s imperative to tell you that I just named her the first name that popped into my head.  Who knows why Freida is that name?  We may not ever know – but what I do know is that I’m a whole lot more OK with eating donuts now that she’s in my life.

These are double apple donuts because, well, that’s what sounded good.  They also have a little less fat and sugar than normal baked donuts and the apple taste is, well, impeccable.


Viva la Donut Friday!

APPLE APPLE DONUTS (makes 12 donuts in a standard donut pan)

  • 1/3 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 whole apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1% cow’s milk, but whichever kind you like is fine)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat your oven to 325.  Whisk together the applesauce, grated apple, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla.  Add in the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Spray donut pan (or use a muffin pan if you don’t have a donut pan) with nonstick spray and spoon each opening about 2/3 full.  Bake at 325 for 10 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool for about 5 minutes before turning the pan upside-down and removing the donuts.  Let cool slightly and dust with powdered sugar.



It’s Donut Friday somewhere y’all, and that somewhere is here.  Enjoy!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cassie @ bake your day December 16, 2011

Perfect donuts, Heather! I have been completely obsessed with my donut pan lately…will be giving these a try!


2 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 16, 2011

I wish I had donut Friday!


3 Tara December 16, 2011

It’s totally normal to name your kitchen apparatuses… Kitchen Aid has been Rosie since I first laid eyes on her :) Love reading your blog!


4 Ashley December 16, 2011

These look so fluffy and delicious!!! Yum!


5 Lauren at Keep It Sweet December 16, 2011

The double apple sounds good to me!


6 Deanna B. December 16, 2011

This is the second doughnut recipe I have seen in two days and its got me thinking that maybe I should buy a doughnut pan. Except well, I don’t normally like doughnuts much. I will always take a croissant or a bagel over a doughnut. These look delicious though, and I love apple.


7 Krista December 16, 2011

Mmmmmm! Those look delish!
I hope you don’t name your baby the first name that pops into your head….


8 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 16, 2011

Double the apple is double the goodness!


9 Urban Wife December 16, 2011

My husband would go bonkers for a ‘Donut Friday’ in our household.
I better make sure he doesn’t try sneaking a donut pan in my Christmas gifts. ;)


10 Pretty. Good. Food. December 16, 2011

Mmmm, sounds delicious! Love apple donuts:) Can’t wait to make these


11 Cat Davis - Food Family Finds December 16, 2011

Mmmm those look great, perfect little side dish to a cup of hot cider.


12 MyFudo December 16, 2011

Yummy! I say, healthy donuts can be made not just Fridays, but the whole week too…Love the post. The apple flavor is vibrant! Thanks for the recipe. Freida is just adorable!;)


13 Gregory December 18, 2011

I truly love apple donuts sprinkled with powdered sugar, hmm! yummy! You gave me an idea to have a Friday date with donuts :)


14 Elizabeth December 19, 2011

I do love donuts!


15 Paula- bell'alimento January 20, 2012

I need a doughnut pan in my life…


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