Apple Butter Waffle Donuts

These apple butter waffle donuts are the perfect sweet Easter brunch treat. Perfectly spiced apple butter waffles fried to donut perfection and dipped in a vanilla bean glaze. You’ll love these sweet little donut treats.

These apple butter waffle donuts are the perfect sweet Easter brunch treat. Perfectly spiced apple butter waffles fried to donut perfection and dipped in a vanilla bean glaze. You'll love these sweet little donut treats.

Ok, so just went and took a few of my favorite things and mashed them up! I mean, we all love waffles and we all love donuts so why not just throw them together and get a party started? Of course, since I’m working with Musselman’s this year I also decided to not just make them any old waffles NOPE they are apple butter waffles! Hello, delicious!

Now, I know there is this whole “donut or doughnut” controversy and honestly, I’m a donut girl. Maybe it’s a midwest thing but I just prefer it spelled that way. Even if it wrong or whatever else people try to tell me. I’m  wild card. You can’t hold me and my donut loving ways down. 

These apple butter waffle donuts are the perfect sweet Easter brunch treat. Perfectly spiced apple butter waffles fried to donut perfection and dipped in a vanilla bean glaze. You'll love these sweet little donut treats.

ANDDDDDDD since it’s almost Easter time I know all of you are freaking out about what to bring to Easter brunch. Well, I think apple butter waffle donuts is just what your brunch spread needs. These babies are perfectly spiced and packed with just the right amount of donut sweetness.

These apple butter waffle donuts are the perfect sweet Easter brunch treat. Perfectly spiced apple butter waffles fried to donut perfection and dipped in a vanilla bean glaze. You'll love these sweet little donut treats.

I used my Belgium waffle maker to make these waffles and it worked out perfectly. I made little mini waffles buy just added a spoonful of batter right into the middle of the waffle maker instead of filling it all the way up. BUT you don’t have to do that if you don’t want too. You can just make a normal waffle and break them into fours. It’s about the same thing. I just wanted to be all adorable for the post so I opted to make them mini.

It’s about the same thing. I just wanted to be all adorable for the post so I opted to make them mini.

These apple butter waffle donuts are the perfect sweet Easter brunch treat. Perfectly spiced apple butter waffles fried to donut perfection and dipped in a vanilla bean glaze. You'll love these sweet little donut treats.

Oh, and if the weather is nice I love frying my foods outside on my deck. It just helps with that gross frying smell, you know?

{Looking for even more donut recipes? Try my Peanut Butter and Jelly DoughnutsMaple Doughnut Breakfast SandwichVery Berry Baked DonutsBanana Cinnamon DonutsBrownie Donuts with Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting or my Chocolate Orange Baked Doughnuts}

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Apple butter Waffle Donuts

These apple butter waffle donuts are the perfect sweet Easter brunch treat. Perfectly spiced apple butter waffles fried to donuts perfection and dipped in a vanilla bean glaze. You'll love these sweet little donut treats.

Yield: about 20 donuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

For waffles:

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1 cup whole milk, more may be needed
  • 1/2 cup Musselman’s apple butter 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 large eggs 

For donuts: 

  • Vegetable oil

For glaze: 

Directions:

Preheat your Belgian waffle maker.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together milk, apple butter, maple syrup, melted butter, and eggs. Pour the liquid into the flour mixture to stir to combine. If the mixture seems too thick thin out with more milk until you reach the desired consistency.

There are two ways to make your waffles for your donuts - you can scoop a little bit of the mixture into the middle of the waffle make (not filling it completely) and make mini waffles OR you can fill it up to make a full-sized waffle and just break the waffle into 4 pieces along the division lines. The choice is up to you.

Cook your waffles according to manufacturing directions and let cool. If you decide to make mini waffles remember they will cook a bit faster than full-size waffles.

This recipe should make about 5 full-size waffles or about 20 mini waffles.

After you have made all your waffles fill a high-sided pan with 3 inches vegetable oil. Bring the oil to 365 degrees. Once the oil is hot add in about 4 waffles at a time and fry for about 5 seconds on each side just to help crisp them up and bring them to a dark golden brown color.

Continue frying your waffles until they are all fried.

In a large bowl whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla bean paste. The mixture will be thick but not as thick as frosting. If it appears too thick simply thin out with a bit more milk.

Dip waffles into the glaze and let on a rimmed baking sheet to let the glaze harden.

Serve the same day as making.

12 Responses to “Apple Butter Waffle Donuts”

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate — April 10, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Waffle donuts?!? You’ve just combined my two favorite breakfast foods into one and added apple butter, and I cannot handle how incredible these sound!

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    Stephanie — April 10, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Just go ahead and hand them over. All of them. Please 🙂

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    The Food Hunter — April 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    What a creative idea…I love it!

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    Jen — April 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I’m loving these donuts! They would disappear so fast once my boys see them!

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    Nicole Hood — April 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    These are so fun! Pinning to make with my kiddos.

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — April 10, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Wow, those look SO good! I WANT!!

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    Amanda | The Chunky Chef — April 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Whoa, those are truly fantastic!! Great idea!

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    Katerina @ diethood .com — April 11, 2017 at 3:37 am

    WOW!! These are absolutely amaaazing!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — April 11, 2017 at 8:47 am

    You’re like the perfect neighbor if you’re outside frying foods on your deck. I’d be over at your house all the time in the summer! These are fantastic!

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    Sandi G — April 12, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Oh wow, these look so tempting. I love this idea for a treat.

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    Cookin Canuck — April 12, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Are they breakfast? Are they dessert? The best of both worlds! These would be such an awesome treat for Easter brunch.

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — April 13, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    OMG my beloved apple butter! I must make this, and soon.

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