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Caramel Apple Doughnut Muffins

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Bake: 15 min.


4 dozen (scant 1 cup sauce)

Welcome autumn and Halloween into your kitchen with these muffins. The recipe will remind you of cinnamon-sugar cake doughnuts. —Julie Ruble, Charlotte, North Carolina
Caramel Apple Doughnut Muffins Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In another bowl, whisk egg, milk, oil and vanilla until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in apple.
  2. Fill greased mini-muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  3. Meanwhile, for caramel sauce, add sugar to a in a small heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, gently swirling pan occasionally, until syrup turns a medium amber color, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat; gradually stir in warm cream. Cooled about 5 minutes and whisk in creme fraiche, vanilla and salt.
  5. For coating, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip tops of warm muffins in butter, then coat in cinnamon-sugar. Serve muffins with caramel sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 mini muffin with scant 1 teaspoon caramel sauce: 77 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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