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Apple Doughnut Bombs are light and delicious apple cinnamon topped doughnuts with a sweet apple surprise inside!

Apple Doughnut Bombs - Light and delicious apple cinnamon topped doughnuts with a sweet apple surprise inside!

Hi everyone. This is Jack with a recipe for the perfect sweet treat for a Fall breakfast – these Apple Doughnut Bombs!

Don’t ask me where this recipe came from…I went to a party a few weekends ago with Martha and ate too much pizza and drank too much beer. As a result I tossed and turned all night and dreamt of blog recipes!

These Apple Doughnut Bombs just popped into my head and when I work up the following morning, I wrote the recipe down before I forgot it. Then after guzzling some coffee, I began working on recipe development.

Apple Doughnut Bombs - Light and delicious apple cinnamon topped doughnuts with a sweet apple surprise inside!

These Apple Doughnut Bombs taste like a cinnamon sugar cake donut that is baked with a little apple surprise in the center. They bake up light and sweet and are addictively delicious.

And although these apple doughnut bombs are fantastic – no more pizza and beer just before bed for me! 🙂

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Apple Doughnut Bombs

  • Author: Jack
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 doughnut bombs


Because I put this recipe together on a whim, it does not yield exactly one dozen, but instead it makes nine. If you want a dozen, the math gets a little fuzzy to extend the recipe ingredients because you end up splitting an egg and you have some off cup measurements – so I figured it was best left at a yield of nine apple doughnut bombs. However you could make smaller portions and spread the batter out to yield 12 if that is important to you, just adjust the baking time by a few minutes less.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 small Gala or other baking apple, cored, peeled and cut into one inch chunks
  • Kitchen pan spray for muffin tin


  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix both types of flour and baking powder until blended.
  3. Add sugar, spice, and salt and mix again to combine.
  4. Add cold butter and mix to break up into a crumb like mixture.
  5. Heat the cream and sour cream in the microwave for about a minute to hot but not boiling.
  6. Add vanilla and eggs to dry mix and start mixer. Then slowly add hot cream mixture and mix just to combine. Do not over mix.
  7. Spray standard muffin tin with kitchen pan spray.
  8. Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop half the mixture into nine cups of the tin.
  9. Take nine apple pieces and plunge into the center of the batter in each cup then top with the remaining batter. (You will not use the entire apple)
  10. Bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven.
  11. While the apple bombs are baking, melt butter in a medium bowl and place sugar and cinnamon in another medium bowl. Stir cinnamon into sugar.
  12. When muffins come out of oven, immediately roll each one all over in the butter then the cinnamon sugar. Place on a rack to cool. Repeat for all nine apple bombs.

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Apple Doughnut Bombs - Light and delicious apple cinnamon topped doughnuts with a sweet apple surprise inside!

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  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    That apple chunk in the middle of these gorgeous donuts is brilliant! What a fresh and unexpected surprise!

  • Susan wrote:

    I don’t care how Jack came up with the idea, I’m just glad that he did! Love the look of this doughnuts!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking wrote:

    He just created it out of nothing? 😀 That’s so impressive! They look amazing and I love that you used a little whole wheat.

  • Heather | girlichef wrote:

    Apples, apples, apples! These were born from a dream, and turned into the things dreams are made of. (Okay, sorry – that was totally cheesy – but seriously!) These sound amazing, the perfect way to welcome fall!

  • Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox wrote:

    I come up with some of my best ideas in the middle of the night too. 🙂 These are right up my alley, I could eat a mountain of them.

  • Tasha @thatssoyummy wrote:

    Fall is my favorite time of the year. These would be perfect for breakfast.

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    Oh my goodness, these are brilliant! That perfect crust, with a little surprise inside – perfect for fall.

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    Doesn’t matter where the recipe came from it looks like a keeper to me.

  • Brenda@SugarfreeMom wrote:

    I love the name and I love that you stuffed it with a piece of apple!! Super cute!

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition wrote:

    Oh wow! I love these! They are so fun and I am so excited for apple recipes!

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