Apple Donut Mini Muffins

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Craving a donut but don’t have a donut pan or don’t want to worry about frying the donuts?    No problem!  Try these delicious Apple Donut Mini Muffins!  They have the consistency of a donut but are made in a mini muffin pan.

If you like apples you'll love these Apple Donut Muffins

Since apples are in season I’ve been making a lot of desserts with apples in them.  There’s a farmer that comes to the farmer’s market and they always have the best fruit.  They sell apples in all sizes of baskets.  This past week I got a $10 basket which had about 20 apples in it so I’ve been making a ton of apple recipes.

Everything you need to make Apple Donut Muffins

These mini muffins are easy to make.  All of the ingredients in them are things that I have on hand everyday so I didn’t even have to go out and buy anything.  They came together quickly and baked to a nice golden brown in the oven.

If you like apples you'll love these Apple Donut Muffins

When I first tasted one I was a little disappointed by the lack of big apple flavor.  I’ll definitely use double the apples next time (this is reflected in the recipe).  Plus I didn’t think they really tasted like donuts.  Then I remembered that they were supposed to have a topping.

Apple Donut Muffins are an easy and delicious breakfast or snack.

To top the donuts I simply had to dip them in melted butter then roll the tops in cinnamon sugar.   After doing that these Apple Donut Mini Muffins were delicious!   It’s amazing that a little sugar can make such a big different but it did.  These are a great fall breakfast or snack.

If you like apples you'll love these Apple Donut Muffins

Apple Donut Mini Muffins

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Mini muffins bursting with spices and a subtle apple flavor topped with cinnamon and sugar.


For the muffins:

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 small apples, peeled and grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. milk

For the topping:

  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine butter and brown sugar. Add in the apples, egg, and milk and mix well.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon fill the mini muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with the mixture.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
  8. Place the melted butter in a small bowl. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in another small bowl.
  9. Dip the tops of the mini muffins into the butter and then into the sugar mixture.
  10. Store in an air tight container for up to 5 days.


Recipe adapted from Persnickety Plates

Grab an Apple Donut Muffin for breakfast or a snack!

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