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Caramel Apple Donuts
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Caramel Apple Donuts

Caramel Apple Donuts are baked apple donuts dipped in the most amazing homemade caramel glaze, plus chopped peanuts on top. It's like having a caramel apple for breakfast!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Inactive Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 38 minutes
Servings 18 donuts
Calories 223kcal


  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups Mott's® Natural Applesauce

For the topping

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, boiled (see recipe) Note: make this first because it takes 4 hours
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts


  • First, you will want to make the homemade caramel which is a boiled can of sweetened condensed milk. It takes 4 hours, but it's super easy. Place can of sweetened condensed milk (label removed) in a pot, cover can with water, and bring water to a boil. Turn heat to low, cover and continue to cook for 4 hours. Remove from heat. Let can cool completely. Open can and spoon milk (which is actually caramel at this point) into a microwave safe bowl. Cover and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease three donut pans (each pan should make six donuts). Set aside.
  • Place all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together to combine. Add eggs and applesauce. Stir until completely combined. Scoop into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool.
  • Topping: If the caramel is cool and thick, heat for about 20 seconds in the microwave to make it easier to work with. Stir until smooth. Dip donuts in caramel. Add chopped peanuts on top.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg