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Easy Baked Apple Donuts

A deliciously moist apple donut made with homemade apple compote, brushed with melted butter and rolled in a sugar and spice mixture.  The perfect fall treat!
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Course: Breakfast, Fika
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: apple donuts recipe, baked donuts, easy apple donuts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Kristi


For the Donuts:

  • 2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup puréed Caramelized Apple Compote about 1 ½ cups of compote processed in a food processor until smooth or 1 cup store bought unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted + more butter for the pans
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon ground cloves

Special equipment needed:


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease pans with butter or spray with nonstick spray.  Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
  • Whisk sugar, brown sugar, egg, oil, buttermilk, apple compote and vanilla extract in a large bowl until completely smooth.  Add dry ingredients and combine with a rubber spatula until the batter just comes together.
  • Transfer batter to a large Ziploc bag.  Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the batter into a nonstick donut pan, filling each donut space about three-quarters of the way up with batter.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake until donuts spring back when touched, about 15 minutes.  Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, make the topping.  Combine the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves in a shallow bowl.  When donuts are cool enough to handle, brush each donut with melted butter and toss in sugar and spice mixture until donuts are fully coated.  Serve warm.


These are definitely best the day they are made, a bit warm from the oven.  If you would like to save some for the next day, wait until you are just about to serve them to brush with melted butter and roll in the sugar and spice mixture.


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg