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glazed baked applesauce donuts

Cinnamon Applesauce Baked Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

Quick and easy baked donuts made with a pouch of applesauce. Bake these in your oven using a special donut pan. Dip into glaze and sprinkle sparkling sugars!
Course Quick Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 15 donuts


  • nonstick donut pans
  • wire cooling rack
  • medium mixing bowl
  • small mixing bowl
  • small bowl for glaze


  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 pouch (3.2 oz) applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


    • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
    • 2 tsp corn syrup
    • 2 tsp water
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
    • sparkling sugars for decoration



    • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. If your donut pans are not nonstick, spray them with cooking spray.
    • Place the sour cream, applesauce, eggs, vanilla, oil, butter, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together.
    • Mix the flour and baking soda together, then add to the sour cream mixture. Stir until well combined.
    • Fill the nonstick donut pans with batter. I use a soup spoon to fill each donut opening. It takes two full soup spoons to fill each hole.
    • Bake in 350F oven for 12 minutes. The donuts will be golden brown and the top will be springy to the touch.
    • Remove the pans from the oven, and let cool for at least 5 minutes before turning the donuts out onto a wire cooking rack. Be careful, as they tear easily when they're hot.


    • Melt the butter in a small bowl. Add corn syrup, water, extract, and powdered sugar to the butter and stir/whisk until smoth. Add an extra tsp of water if it is too thick.
    • Pour sparkling sugars or sprinkles into a bowl and mix together.
    • When the donuts have cooled, dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze, let the excess glaze drip off, then dip the donut top into the sugars/sprinkles. Allow to rest for a few minutes until the glaze has set.
    • Makes 15 donuts.