Baked Cinnamon Apple Donut Holes

It has been a crazy few months and we’d like to thank each and every loyal fan we have out there.  Since our hiatus, we’ve added new Facebook followers, more Twitter followers, added more pins to our most followed boards and our blog has reached several different countries.  We knew it was time to come back and share again.  Your patience and support means a great deal to us.

So in return, we plan on giving you 25 days of posts (and great gift giving ideas for the holidays) as a thank you.  Within the spirit of the holidays,  we hope you’ll enjoy the great dishes and drinks we’ve prepared, as much as we have enjoyed creating them.  We hope to bring you fun recipes from other food blogs (today’s features Chocolate Shavings, we found on Pinterest!) and great entertaining ideas (because there is always a holiday party around every corner).  We will feature a “Gift of Giving” series at the end of every post for fun and creative ideas this holiday season.  If we can bring you nothing else, we’d love to spread some holiday cheer into your hearts and homes because there is nothing more we love to do than in creating memories with the ones we love.  Enjoy!

We stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest and pinned it to our Test Kitchen Worthy board.  This is a great snack for the kids and Big Kids alike on a calm December evening or a great accompaniment to breakfast!

Prep Time: Cook   Time: Level: Serves:
15 min 30 min (total) Easy 24 donut holes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of bite size chunks of apple, peeled and cored
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup of cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of milk

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1/4 cup of butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, sugars, salt and nutmeg in a bowl. Add the cold chopped butter.
  3. Gently mix the pieces of butter with the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Separate any butter cubes sticking to together by covering it with the flour mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Mix in the milk and fold in the chopped apples.
  5. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Fold using a spatula or spoon making sure not to overmix. Place a spoonful of batter into each mold of a buttered mini muffin pan.  **Tip**If you have a cookie scoop this is very handy!
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the donuts are just golden.
  7. While baking, in a small bowl combine cinnamon and sugar for the coating and whisk together until blended.
  8. Remove donuts from the oven, unmold and lightly brush each donut with the melted butter.  Dunk in the cinnamon sugar mix and thoroughly cover.  Shake off excess sugar and serve immediately.

Gift of Giving (Experience Series Part 1)

Donate Your Time or Money to a Local Nonprofit Organization

We all get those commercials on TV and we get those pleas for donations in the mail.  Some of us may even go as far as volunteering at a soup kitchen or local Salvation Army.  What we suggest is volunteering your time at a smaller local nonprofit that often get lost in the holiday season.

Do you have a hard to buy for cousin who very passionate about literacy?  Make a donation in their honor to a local literacy organization with a pamphlet to them on how they can make a difference too.

Do you know of new parents?  Find a local nonprofit children’s museum and buy an annual membership for them.  They’ll get to take their kids to something fun and you’ll be supporting something local.

Do you have an artistic teen family member.  Donate some money in their honor and include a pamphlet on how your teen can use his/her art to advance the cause.

Need help finding a nonprofit in your area?  check out: GuideStar for listings in your area/state.

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