Apple Butter Donuts

Y'all, winter is a-comin'!


In Los Angeles, Fall weather actually starts right about now. And as "basic" as it is now to love Fall (which honestly, I don't can loving a season be basic?), I just get so excited when I wake up and feel that first chill in the air. Like, you walk outside and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and the air smells crisp and it's cloudy and wonderful...even sometimes in L.A.! Now, if I could get the scent of a tobacco barn, I'd be 100% set. 

Anyway, y'all have probably gathered how much I love to cook/bake. I grew up doing it a lot with my mom & grandma, and it's just really therapeutic for me. It's also something that I really cherish between Tyler and I. We spend a lot of nights after work in the kitchen, cooking together, and just talking. It's a way we can connect before kind of "turning off" for the night! BUT it gets so dang hot in L.A. in the summer that it's almost impossible to cook sometimes. So, when the cooler weather hits, best believe I hit the kitchen! Usually Gilmore Girls is playing in the background, and it's just all sorts of wonderful for my soul. Okay, done blabbering. We'll get to the recipe! 

I just recently picked up some locally made apple butter on Jen's and my most recent trip to the Last Bookstore! They carry all sorts of independent vendors, and apple butter is hard to find out here! At least I haven't seen much of it, so when I saw it, I had to go for it! Besides eating it by the spoonful, I figured I could use it to make some sort of fall-ish treat. Thus apple butter donuts! 


For the donuts:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

For the glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup


Combine the egg, apple butter, almond milk, vegetable oil, & vanilla extract in a bowl. Mix in the brown sugar. Then, mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt. 

Spray your donut pan with non-stick cooking spray and spoon the batter into the pan! This recipe made 8 donuts for me. My donut pan only makes six at a time, so you may have some batter left over. I just wipe my pan clean after the first batch, and then bake whatever batter is left! Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes! 

While the donuts are cooling, make your glaze! For the glaze, microwave the maple syrup for about 15 seconds, then whisk in the powdered sugar! Dip each donut into the glaze and let them cool on a wire wrack! You can eat them warm or let the glaze harden before diving in! Or both, because how else can you really do an accurate comparison? ;)

Lemme know some of your favorite seasonal treats! I'm itching to try some new things out this season! 

Happy snackin'!