Baked Apple Donuts with a Caramel Walnut Topping

Amazing doughnuts that are baked not fried, dripping with a caramel walnut glaze, it's breakfast heaven.

 My kids are donut fanatics. They love that puffy bread dripping in sugar. (OK well maybe I do to) It was time to try making them baked and since Matthew loves apples, these baked apple doughnuts were just the ticket.Baked Apple Doughnuts with Caramel Walnut Glaze, I must have some now!

 They are really easy to make and if you have a few apples on hand you are set. These are perfect for a weekend treat and you can do a regular powdered sugar glaze for your picky kids. For the more adventurous this caramel walnut glaze is divine. It’s like a caramel apple on steroids. I promise everyone will fight over them so make sure to make plenty!

Baked Apple Donuts with a Caramel Walnut Topping
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Apple, caramel and walnuts make this baked doughnut a warm comfort anytime you need it
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
  • Donut Batter Ingredients
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peeled and grated apple
  • Caramel Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chopped walnuts (for sprinkling)
  1. Directions for Donuts:
  2. Lightly grease a doughnut pan and preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Beat in the softened butter.
  4. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl then add in the wet ingredients.
  5. Fold in the grated apple until just combined (don’t overmix!)
  6. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for about 8-10 minutes until they are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and turnout onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  9. Directions for topping:
  10. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, half and half and salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes while whisking gently until the mixture thickens. Add the vanilla and cook for 1 minute more.
  11. Turn off the heat and let set for 5 minutes. Spoon the mixture over the cooled donuts. Sprinkle immediately with chopped walnuts.
Pour any remaining sauce into a jar and store in the refrigerator – this is delicious on ice cream, too!

 Baked Apple Doughnuts with Caramel Walnut Glaze, I must have some now!

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Kelley Wilson

I love to cook, drink wine and craft. I live in Georgia with my husband and 2 sons. My goal this year is to become a better photographer and spend more time with my boys,

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