Baked Caramel Apple Donuts Recipe Is Sweet Weekend Baking Therapy by 30Seconds Food

Baked Caramel Apple Donuts Recipe Is Sweet Weekend Baking Therapy

Caramel apple donuts? Get outta here! Nothing says the weekend like a caramel apple donuts. Wow! These baked caramel apple doughnuts are spiked with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla and pieces of tender apple. But it doesn't stop there. Drizzle on a simple four-ingredient caramel sauce and it takes it over the top.

The donuts are super easy to make. The donut batter is a mixture of flour, sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, milk, eggs, butter, vanilla and grated apple. The batter is spooned into doughnut pans (see links below) and baked in the oven until golden. Drizzle with a caramel sauce made with brown sugar, butter, half and half and vanilla. Amazing!

You can make mini donuts or regular-size donuts with this easy recipe. Because every oven is different, watch them closely while they bake. You want a golden brown donut to drizzle that caramel on. Eat them hot out of the oven for breakfast, brunch or a sweet snack.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 1 large apple, peeled, grated and dried on paper towels
  • powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla 

Here's how to make it: 

  1. To make the donuts, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another bowl, stir together the milk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla and apple. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Spoon the batter into greased mini donut pans or regular donut pans. Smooth the tops with a spatula. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 7 minutes for mini donuts and 10 to 12 minutes for regular-size donuts. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired. 
  2. To make the caramel sauce, put all the ingredients into a saucepan over low heat, whisking constantly. Cook until it melts and begins to thicken, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove and cool slightly before using (it will thicken more as it cools). 

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Mini Donut Pans $10 & Up
Donut Pans $10 & Up
Brown Sugar $2 & Up
Vanilla Extract $4 & Up
Ground Cinnamon $2 & Up
Nutmeg $4 & Up

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Donna John
Oh, my goodness! Yes, please.
What a wonderful way to welcome fall. So delicious! 🍁
Elisa Schmitz
I'm making these while WEARING my fuzzy socks, thank you very much. Nothing more cozy than that! #yum

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