Apple Pie Donut Holes

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Christiana George
Christiana George
Welcome to The Tart Tart, my not-so-tart take on food, writing, and photography. I decided to start up this sucker after repeated nagging from Chris, my fiance, who cannot understand why the sight of a farmer’s market would send me into ecstatic convulsions (okay, total overstatement. I can be quite the histrionic at times).With that said, my interests, though chiefly in food, also span fashion, design, literature, and photography. So don’t mind the seemingly non sequitur odds and ends I toss in posts at times.

This week has been incredibly busy.  We put our house up for sale and my sister-in-law had her baby early.  All happy things, but hectic non the less.  I did have some time to make these treats.  I wanted donuts, but also wanted to use my new Babycakes cake pop machine.  So I thought donut holes would be fun.

I used some canned apple pie filling that I had on hand.  It already had a great flavor, so I knew the donut holes would come out tasty.

Okay, so it’s a slightly messy project, but they came out so cute.  The clean up is really easy on the Babycakes machines.  This is my third machine, so I should know.

The donut holes pop out quite easily from the reservoirs and they bake so darn fast.  Oh the possiblities for recipes with this thing.

I did glaze the donuts after they cooled off, so they wouldn’t dry out.  I was going to coat them in cinnamon sugar, but after taste testing one, I realized that the texture was too gritty.

I then moved on to powdered sugar and cinnamon.  After taste testing a few of those to get the right ratio for sugar to cinnamon, I came up with a winner.

I know what you are thinking.  It is hard work to taste test until you find the right recipe.  My daughter and husband were kind enough to lend me a hand.  They are dedicated helpers.

Apple Pie Donut Holes

by The Sweet Chick

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert snack apple cinnamon donuts

Ingredients (36 donut holes)

For the donuts

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned apple pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk

For the coating

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


For the donuts

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Then add eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix well.

Before adding apple pie filling, run a knife through the large chunks of apples to chop them into smaller pieces. Then add to mixture and mix until all apples are incorporated.

Then add the milk. The mixture will be on the thick side.

Pour 1 tablespoon of donut mixture into each reservoir of your preheated Babycakes cake pop machine.

Bake for 4 minutes, then remove and place on a plate or cooling rack to cool off.

For the glaze

In a small bowl mix together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. You want the consistency to be runny, not thick.

Dip each donut in the mixture and flip it around by hand or with a fork until the whole donut is covered.

Then place back on the cooling rack until the glaze is dry.

For the coating

In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and cinnamon.

Dip each donut into the mixture and roll around until all covered.

Then place finished donuts in an airtight container until ready to eat.

Oh, who are you kidding, go ahead and start eating!

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