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You will love how simple and easy these donuts are to make.

Earlier this year, I purchased a couple of baking donut pans. I mean, I love a good yeast donut, but I have recently fallen in love with making baked donuts.

They are so much easier and hassle-free. And the flavor combos you can make are amazing.

For this recipe, I decided to up the flavors some by adding chopped pecans into the cinnamon-sugar mixture that goes on top. I used Millican Pecans because they are my absolute favorite.

I took them and minced them up in the food processor with the cinnamon and it changed these donuts from great to AH-MAZING!

Not only do the pecans set these donuts over the top, but the vanilla bean paste from Taylor & Colledge is what I like to use for all my pastries and donuts these days.

So, let's get down to making these delicious donuts.

How to Make Pecan Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apple Donuts

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

While the oven is heating, combine your dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together.

In another bowl, combine your wet ingredients. Mix until combined.

Now, grate two apples. I love getting apples in my Melissa's Produce box. They are always perfect and in the season when I get them.

Add the grated apples to the wet ingredients. Now, combine the dry and the wet together. Transfer the batter to a pastry bag or a ziplock bag.

Snip off the end to create a hole big enough for the batter to come out.

Spray your baking pans with nonstick cooking spray.

Squeeze the batter into the cavities of the donut hole pan and transfer to the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes.

While the donuts are baking, it's time to get our pecan cinnamon-sugar mixture ready.

In a small skillet, toast 1/2 cup of chopped pecans on medium-high heat just until they start to smell fragrant, about 2-5 minutes.

Once they are toasted, remove them from the heat and allow them to cool. In a food processor, add the pecans and the cinnamon and pulse until the mixture is ground up.

When the donuts are done baking, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes.

Melt your butter in a small bowl. Dip the tops of the baked donuts in the butter and then coat them with the pecan cinnamon-sugar mixture.

That's it! Your house will smell amazing and everyone will RAVE about these donuts.

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Yield: 25 donuts

Pecan Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apple Donuts

Pecan Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apple Donuts

These donuts are the perfect dessert or breakfast option for a delicious fall snack!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the apple donuts

  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 whole apples, grated

For the pecan cinnamon-sugar coating

  • 4 tablespoons of butter melted
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecan pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and ground cinnamon. Set aside the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, sugar, milk, nutmeg, and applesauce. Mix until combined.
  4. Grate the apples and then add them to the wet mixture.
  5. Now, stir the dry into the wet. Transfer the batter to a pastry bag or a ziplock bag. Snip the tip off to create a hole.
  6. Spray the donut pans with non-stick cooking spray. Pipe the batter into each donut hole cavity.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the donuts are baked through.
  8. While the donuts are baking let's make the cinnamon and pecan sugar mixture.
  9. Toast the chopped pecans on the stove over medium-high heat until fragrant. This should take about 2-5 minutes. Be careful and don't let them burn.
  10. Give them a few minutes to cool off. Then, mix them with the cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until the pecans are ground up.
  11. Now, mix the sugar with the pecan cinnamon mixture.
  12. When the donuts have finished baking, let them cool for 5 minutes.
  13. Now, melt the butter in a small dish. Take the donuts and dip them in the butter and then dip into the pecan cinnamon sugar mixture.
  14. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g

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Friday 26th of November 2021

The perfect fall treat for breakfast!


Sunday 17th of October 2021

I love me an apple cider donut! They're so good and perfectly fall.


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Gimme all the donuts, please! I love apples and pecans together! Excellent choice!


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

The flavors and spices sound amazing! These look very delicious!


Monday 20th of September 2021

Had to tell you that I made these already and they were SO GOOD! I love that pecan sugar topping and the apple donuts, YUM!

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