September 08, 2020



These cinnamon sugar coated Baked Apple Butter Donuts have the flavor warm spice and will give you all sorts of fall vibes. They are easy to make but big on flavor and comfort. If you want to try just one new donut recipe this year, this is THE one!!

Baked Apple Butter Donuts
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We are heading into fall, and that makes me think of apples. I love baking with fresh apples, but I also love baking with apple butter. My simple and easy Apple Butter Cookies always have them asking for the recipe, and the Caramel Apple Butter Blondies are fudgy and amazing! These donuts are my latest addition to the fall baking repertoire. They too have been a hit.

Anyone can make this, even non-bakers. It takes just a few minutes to prepare the batter and no machinery is required. The dry ingredients are mixed in one bowl, the wet in another. Blend the two, fill the donut molds with the batter, then bake. They will be done in 12 minute or less! 

To finish, brush with melted butter then dip in cinnamon sugar. The fresh donuts are ready to eat, warm or room temperature. 

Baked Apple Butter Donuts

Baked Apple Butter Donuts

These donuts are deliciously aromatic and tender. The apple flavor, sweetness and warmth of the apple butter comes through. Combined with sweet, cinnamony, and crunchy sugar coating, they are a treat to enjoy during fall, throughout the holiday season and beyond!

What is apple butter and where to find it?

It is essentially spiced and sweetened concentrated applesauce. I talked about it more here if you would like additional info. It is delicious stuff that I love to keep around for my fall baking.

Apple butter can be found in the peanut butter section of the supermarket. Of course, you can always get it online. I personally like and use Musselman (affiliate link), but any brand will do.

Baked Apple Butter Donuts

Recipe highlights:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Add dry ingredients to a small bowl. Blend.
  • Add wet ingredients to a large bowl. Beat by hand for 1 minute to blend well.
  • Gradually add the dry to the wet, stirring until just blended.
  • Transfer batter to a piping bag or plastic storage bag. Snip off tip.
  • Pipe batter into prepared donut molds.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • While donuts bake, prepare the cinnamon and sugar.
  • Once out of the oven, cool donuts slightly. Unmold and transfer donuts to a wire cooling rack.
  • For each donut, brush with melted butter. Dip donut into cinnamon sugar.
  • Enjoy!
  • See recipe card for detailed instructions.

Glass bowl with eggs, sugar, oil, and apple butter

Glass bowl with ingredients being whisked

Flour mixture being poured into wet ingredients

Apple butter donut batter being piped into donut molds

Donut mold with unbaked apple butter donut batter

Baked Apple Butter Donuts

Donut on cooling rack next to a bowl with cinnamon sugar and a donut

How to store donuts?
For maximum freshness, these donuts are best eaten the same day, but they can be stored to enjoy a later time.

To store at room temperature: place in a airtight plastic storage container then keep in a dry, cool area away from sunlight. The cinnamon sugar coating holds up well for one day. It will get absorbed into the donut when left out at room temperature longer. 

To store refrigeratedplace in a airtight plastic storage container. Donuts will remain fresh up to 5 days. Microwave for a few seconds before serving.

Baked Apple Butter Donuts

To freeze: place donuts on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Freeze for one hour or until frozen. Place the donuts into a freezer bag or a storage container and freeze for up to 2 months.

To thaw, leave in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Or defrost at room temperature for at least 1 1/2 hours. Microwave for a few seconds before serving, optional.

Baked Apple Butter Donuts

These donuts are great for breakfast with a hot or cold cup of coffee, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or dessert. Once you see and smell them, they are hard to pass up. Try them and let me know how they turn out! You are going to love them!

Other donuts you may enjoy:


Baked Apple Butter Donuts


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2  teaspoon baking powder 
2 eggs
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil

For the cinnamon sugar:
4 tablespoons butter, melted
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon      

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder. Blend.
  3. In a large bowl, add eggs, apple butter, sugar, vanilla, and oil. Beat by hand for one minute to blend well.
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture into wet mixture until just blended.
  5. Grease two 6-cavity donut pans with cooking spray. 
  6. Scoop batter into a piping bag or a plastic storage bag. Cinch the top. Snip a half inch off the tip.
  7. Pipe batter into each cavity, filling cavity 3/4 full.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Done when toothpick comes out clean when inserted into donut.
  9. While donut bakes, prepare the cinnamon sugar: combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Blend well.
  10. Remove baked donuts from oven. Cool 2 minutes before unmolding. Place on wire cooling rack.
  11. Brush a donut with melted butter. Dip donut into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat all sides. Return to cooling rack. Butter and coat remaining donuts.
Makes 12 donuts.

Recipe notes:
  1. Donuts will be delicate straight out of the oven. Handle gently when coating with cinnamon sugar. Wait for them to cool more, if needed, before handling. They will firm up some.
  2. Store donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, refrigerated for 5 days, or frozen up to 2 months.
  3. To freeze donuts, place on a wax paper-lined tray. Leave in the freezer for one hour or until frozen. Transfer to an airtight storage container. Freeze.
  4. Defrost donuts in the refrigerator for a few hours to overnight, or leave at room temperature for at least 1 1/2 hours. Microwave a few second prior to eating, optional.

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  1. Your apple butter donuts baking must have filled your kitchen with a wonderful aroma.

    1. It did! Apple and cinnamon is such a pleasing aroma :)

  2. Perfect for fall! And I think I have some apple butter languishing among my canning!

    1. I’m sure it must be delicious! I love fall baking with apple butter!

  3. These are the best donuts I’ve ever made!! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. I’m SO happy to hear that, Elena!! Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know!