Applesauce Doughnuts

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like a donut? I grew up with some of the BEST donuts in the world and besides the year that I lived in Sacramento, I’ve seriously not had a donut since I moved from Indiana over 15 years ago! What a shame. So I have about 24 jars of homemade unsweetened applesauce and was wondering how I could use up some of this applesauce. I love my muffins and all, but they get old, quick. Insert a new fun recipe, applesauce muffins. Super easy to make and surprisingly moist and delicious. I was dubious about the recipe, but it worked and tastes great. All you need is an oven and some doughnut pans. You can find the Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Doughnut Pan just about anywhere:, Bed Bath & Beyond, Jo-Ann’s, …

Applesauce Doughnuts

  • Servings: 12 doughnuts
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  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (experiment here)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 teaspoons water


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (or if you live near 5,000 ft add 5º, so 355ºF).
  • Whisk together egg, milk, applesauce, sugar, and vanilla.
  • Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Spoon batter into doughnut baking pan, which should fill almost to the top.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow donuts to cool in pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together powdered sugar, cinnamon, applesauce, and ONE teaspoon water. If mixture is too dry to mix in all the sugar, continue adding water ONE teaspoon at a time just until a thick glaze forms.
  • Dip the top of each donut into the glaze and allow to rest about 15 minutes to let the glaze set before serving.
  • Eat immediately!


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    1. The dough is runny like muffin dough, so there’s no way to roll it out. The donut pans are like muffin pans and you pour in your dough. I would try cooking them as muffins and you’ll probably have to adjust your cooking temperature. Let me know if you do make these and how the experiment worked!


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