Cinnamon Applesauce Doughnut Recipe

These Applesauce Doughnuts were an experiment that went very wrong several times before I finally got it right.  They’re a very dense, sweet doughnut with an apple-cinnamon flavor that our family adored.

cinnamon applesauce doughnuts

You Will Need


  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup applesauce


  • 2 tbsp melted butted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


Preheat your oven to 400. Mix together the flour, sugars, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.  In another bowl, mix the egg, vegetable oil, melted butter, milk, and vanilla until the mixture is light and fluffy.  Combine the dry and wet bowls and mix well.  Add in the applesauce and make sure to mix so that it’s evenly distributed through the mixture.  If you’re using a homemade applesauce that isn’t very sweet, feel free to also add a tablespoon of honey at this point.

This can be baked in the oven either spooned out into balls on a baking sheet or put into a pre-shaped doughnut pan.  If your mixture has come out a little runny (which I noticed with one brand of applesauce used), you can put the mixture into the bottom of muffin tins for a disc-shaped doughnut with no hole.

I personally use a Bella Cucina 13466 Donut Maker for mine.  I like having the mini-doughnuts for the boys so that they feel like they’re getting more of them (with the same calories).  Last I checked, the doughnut makers were only around $10.  It’s definitely a worthwhile investment.

sugar cinnamon on doughnuts

If you’re baking these in the oven, bake them for around 11 minutes.  They should be a nice golden brown.  When they’re cooled enough to be safe to handle, prepare them to be coated.  (My oldest son skipped the coating for his and wanted chocolate frosting instead.)  In one shallow dish, melt the butter.  In another dish mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Dip each side of the doughnut in the butter, shake off the excess, and then dip it immediately into the cinnamon mixture.


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2 thoughts on “Cinnamon Applesauce Doughnut Recipe

  • May 20, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    This looks fantastic! I love doughnuts and I love that they are baked… definitely trying this recipe!

  • May 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

    These look awesome, i always wanted to try to make doughnuts!!


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