Baked apple donuts with cinnamon and nutmeg

Why they are called donuts, I have no idea. Might be because the batter is prepared in much the same way as one prepares donut batter. In some websites they are called baked apple donut holes. But they are neither donuts nor donut holes, baked or otherwise. There wouldn’t be holes if there were no donuts and since I made no donuts, they couldn’t be holes. They were more of a specialty bread. Muffins even. But donuts or donut holes, I think not. Whatever they are, they are really, really good. Not too sweet, crusty outside, soft inside. And the topping adds an exotic aroma and wonderful texture that no frosting can. Baked apple donuts with cinnamon and nutmeg

My husband, Speedy, fell in love with them the moment he saw them in a community food site. He sent me a text message yesterday and suggested we — well, I — bake a batch of apple donuts. Why not? So bright and early this morning, just as soon as the supermarket opened (actually I was at the supermarket five minutes before it opened), I bought apples. Adapted from a recipe contributed at Tasty Kitchen, I used butter instead of vegetable shortening and I changed the amount of a few other ingredients too.

Recipe: Baked apple donuts with cinnamon and nutmeg


  • 2 apples (I used Fuji apples)
  • 1-1/2 c. of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. of sugar
  • 1-3/4 tsps. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. of ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 c. of cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. of milk
  • For the topping:
  • 1/4 c. of butter, melted
  • 1/3 c. of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon powder


  1. Peel and roughly chop the apples.
  2. Baked apple donuts with cinnamon and nutmeg
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and nutmeg. Add the butter to the flour mixture. Rub the butter against the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Baked apple donuts with cinnamon and nutmeg
  5. Beat the egg. Pour in the milk and stir lightly. Add the chopped apples to the egg-milk mixture.
  6. Pour the apple-egg-milk mixture to the flour-butter mixture. Stir (a fork is most useful) just until blended. DO NOT overmix. The batter will be a bit stiff.
  7. Baked apple donuts with cinnamon and nutmeg
  8. Form the batter into loose balls and place in the holes of a muffin pan. If you’re not using a non-stick pan, brush the holes lightly with softened butter.
  9. Bake at 350oF for 25 minutes.
  10. While the donuts/donuts holes/muffins are baking, prepare the topping. Measure the sugar and cinnamon powder into a bowl. Stir to combine.
  11. When the donuts/donuts holes/muffins are done, remove from the oven. Use a teaspoon to remove them from the pan. While still warm, dip the tops in melted butter them dredge in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  12. Baked apple donuts with cinnamon and nutmeg
  13. Serve warm while crusty — with coffee for a total experience. Enjoy!

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 9 donut (holes)


      • Tess R says

        OMG! It looks so good. Do you think that if I use Granny Smith apples, it will come out too tart? If I use the mini muffin pan, will baking time be shorter? I just enjoy reading your recipes. Thank you.

        • says

          Yes, you’ll have to reduce the baking time if you want them smaller. If you use Granny Smith apples, you may have to have to adjust the amount of sugar. I think the tart-sweet combo will work fine though.

          • bengski says

            Hi Ms. Connie,
            I wonder if its ok to do without the nutmeg? Would there be a big effect in the taste?

          • haidz says

            wow, looks good. im not a big fan of cinnamon but my sister is. she can eat cinnamon rolls everyday na hindi nagsasawa grabe. i’ll be making this for her for a change before she leaves for the states. thank you ms. cons. naiinspire talaga ako sayo mag-bake ng mag bake. pwede rin siguro ibang fruits gamitin besides apples..?

          • says

            pwedeng mag-request? :-D
            no not to send me food samples, though pwede din…

            pwede bang palagay naman nung pictures sa mga print pages mo… it helps hehe

          • Kris says

            This looks delish! We often have Apples, the red delicious kind. I cant wait to try these, this will surely give me enough reason to have an apple picking activity with my family in the Fall. This is wonderful Connie, your website has been my go-to site for the fresh, the new and the familiar with the twist for recipes I cook in my kitchen.

          • says

            puro printing request ‘no?

            BTW, naka-marinate na yung Chicken namin last night, ready for tonight’s 1-2-3 meal he he

          • ingrid says

            wow parang ang sarap. a perfect snack for the rainy season. para po syang puffs, how the dices of apples peep through the bread.

          • beng says

            it tasted ok but i guess i must it try with the nutmeg too. hindi rin umalsa kaya nagmukha syang muffins instead of donuts. wala nang bisa ang baking powder namin… hehehe!

            dapat ulitin lahat with new ingredients.
            maybe sa weekend.
            Thanks Ms. Connie!!!

          • says

            The recipe looked simple enough and I had a lot of green apples so I tried it last night, aba si hubby nung matikman ang sabi bakit daw ang konti ng ginawa ko hehe. Yummy recipe.

          • Lyn says

            Thanks heaps Ms. Connie, this is sooo yummy and sooo easy to make. I already had 2.Lol! (Never mind the waistline). I managed to make 12 donuts, mind you I used a medium size muffin tin.. Thanks again you’re the best!!

  1. Kris says

    Connie I made these yesterday and they were so good! Nutmeg definitely gave it the doughnut taste. They were more like muffins to my son but I am thinking about investing in mini bundt pans to use for this recipe so they will take the shape of a doughtnuts.I used 2 small red delicious, grated them for my meticulous son. He loved them and so did his playmates. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. mint says

    hi miss sassy, what kind of milk did you use? the sort of ready to drink fresh milk or evap perhaps? thanks! :)

    P.S. i’ve sent a friend invitation in your facebook, hoping you’ll accept it, the name is Shayne ;)

        • pinoy_nz says

          Came across your website while searching for a banana cake recipe that does not require a few extra ingredients. Looked through some of your recipes and decided to add it as a favourite for my filipino cooking. Looks practical and not time consuming as compared to other filipino cooking methods, especially for busy people. And your ingedients are those that you normally stock in your (filipino)pantry. Will definitely recommend to Filipinos abroad.

          • Ruth says

            Hi Connie,
            These apple donuts/muffins are good even when they are cold. I have to make some more tomorrow for Rochelle to bring with her back to college. Just the smell of the kitchen while baking these goodies gives me a happy feeling. Will add some chopped walnuts to one batch. Thanks again.

          • says

            A bit of a disaster coz some of the first batch got burned. And also I couldn’t form them into balls, must be the “overmixing” part. Talagang di ako baker :-(

            PERO given all that e masarap pa din ang kinalabasan. Sabi ni pogiBoy apple pie daw hehe

            Ang bango po talaga.

          • says

            Just made these with my 12 yr old son – they don’t look like yours – they didn’t poof at all – but taste great. I subbed cinnamon for nutmeg as I didn’t have any – will try another time with the nutmeg. Thanks

          • michelle says

            hi ms.connie! good day po!

            i try this recipe of yours and also the chocolate cheese cake sobrang sarap my husband love it so much.thank u for sharing your recipe! more power po!

          • Lixil says

            I tried this recipe just this morning.. I could die a happy person now. These are absolutely amazing.
            Will definitely be making these again and again..

          • Rachel Doss-Hong says

            I tired this recipe out, it was awesome. I used Granny smith apples instead of Fuji, the taste was just fantastic.My 3 year old nephew, a poor eater; ate an entire muffin all by himself!
            Thanks for this fantastic recipe!

          • Ana says

            HI Ms. Connie, I tried this last Saturday and it was a hit to my Husband and his coworker. I have to make more because they said it was amazing and love more. thanks for sharing and my husband is sooooo happy.

          • Michelle says

            Made these this morning- came out great! Used mini muffin liners to save on clean-up! Dee-lish! The hubby couldn’t stop eating them

          • says

            I found your website by chance when I googled images of apple donut. Your picture surely pop for me. I will be trying your recipe for sure coz both of my kids loves donut and apples :-)

          • says

            I just made it, just in time for my kids afternoon snack, they loved it. I used Granny Smith apples instead of Fuji because I love the tartness and added ground flax seed. Next time I would use 1/2 tsp nutmeg, just for taste preference but over all good recipe and the best part is it is baked.

            Thank you for sharing the recipe.

          • Christine Delfin says

            My Comfort Food List is getting longer with the recipes from your blog :-)
            These were easy to make, ingredients are not hard to find, the smell was heavenly and the taste was fantastic! thanks much Ms Connie.

    • Thea says

      Hi Ms. Connie,

      it’s me again…idol talaga kita when it comes to cooking and baking! i will absolutely try your baked apple donuts. :-) thanks thanks thanks…

  3. joy says

    Hi! Do you think a mini muffin version (with muffin paper) of this will work? I’m thinking about baking this for a kiddie party. It would be more sanitary to hand out to kids if the come in paper. Thanks!