This week, we continue our apple-themed series with scrumptious applesauce doughnuts. First, we prepare a quick homemade applesauce and show our recipe for soft and chewy baked doughnuts. Then we’ll decorate the doughnuts with a cider glaze, edible leaves and stems. As always, you can find the recipe eBook and the printable favour boxes we use to gift these treats at the end of this post.

Bake with us and watch the video tutorial to see how easily you can prepare this these applesauce doughnuts!

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More apple goodness

Apples make us happy which is why we have quite a few apple related recipes and DIYs on the blog. Click on the links below an check them out!


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Applesauce Doughnuts Recipe

You can prepare this recipe either with homemade applesauce or use store-bought if your short on time!

Prep Time: 1 hour

Oven Temperature: 160°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3

BakingTime: 30 – 40 min

Cooling Time: 1 hour

Yields: 12 – 14 doughnuts


Doughnut Batter

  • 115 g (1/2 cup / 1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus some extra for greasing the tin (pan)
  • 100 g (1/2 cup, packed) brown sugar
  • 1 egg (UK & Europe: M / US, CA, AUS, NZ: L)
  • 300 g (1 1/4 cups) apple sauce, store-bought or homemade (see below)
  • 250 g (2 cups) all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove


Optional Add-Ins

  • 100 g (2/3 cup) raisins
  • 100 g (3/4 cup) finely chopped walnuts or pecans


Quick Apple Sauce

  • 3 to 4 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped, and all brown and soft spots removed.
  • 115 ml (1/2 cup) water or apple cider
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar



  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 – 3 tbsp hot cidre or water
  • a few drops of red food colouring



  • green and brown flower (gum) paste


  • kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons
  • sauce pan
  • wooden spoon
  • large metal spoon
  • sieve
  • large and small mixing bowls
  • electric hand-held or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment
  • rubber spatula
  • 12-hole doughnut tin (pan)
  • oven mitt or kitchen towel
  • cooling rack
  • small rolling pin
  • small leaf cutter or rose petal cutter
  • Dresden tool


Prep Work

Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F / gas mark 3). Grease the moulds of a 12-hole doughnut tin with butter or shortening and generously flour the tin.


1) Make the applesauce

Place the apples, water, lemon juice and sugar in a small pot and cook on medium flame until the apples become really tender, for about 10 to 15 minutes. Use a blender or potato masher to puree the apples.

Tip: You can cook the applesauce with any type of apple. Depending how sweet or tart the apples are, you may increase or reduce the amounts of sugar and lemon juice.


2) Mix the wet ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and 300 g or cup applesauce and mix until blended.


3) Add the dry ingredients

Stir the flour, baking powder and soda into the batter until just combined.

Tip: If you like, you can add raisins or finely chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter at this point.


4) Fill the doughnut tin

Transfer the batter into a piping bag fitted with a large round piping nozzle. The easiest way to do this is by folding the top edges of the bag over a mug or jar. Fill each mould 2/3 with batter.


5) Bake the doughnuts

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester or skewer inserted in the middle of a doughnut comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for an hour.


6) Glaze the doughnuts

To make the glaze, together the powdered sugar, nutmeg and hot cider or water. Add a little red food colouring to tint the glaze. Dip the doughnuts into the glaze and let the excess drip of on a wire rack placed over a baking tray.

Tip: To adjust the consistency, thicken the icing with more powdered sugar or thin it with additional water.


7) Add the decorations

Roll out a small amount of green sugar paste and cut out small leaves and roll small balls of brown-coloured sugar paste into stems. Attach both at a doughnut shortly before serving.

Difficulty: Easy

Materials: apples, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg

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Shelf life & storage

You can keep the applesauce doughnuts in the fridge for up to three days or store undecorated doughnuts in the freezer for a month. Always allow them to come to room temperature so the texture is soft and fluffy.

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Free Printable Doughnut Box

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