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Baked Apple Donuts with a Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze #MysteryDish

Baked Apple Donuts with a Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze on a platter

Healthier cake texture Baked Apple Donuts with fresh ginger and spicy cardamom topped with a homemade Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze, the ultimate fall donut recipe!

Donuts? Yah or Nah?

Ok, I have to admit I’m not much of a donut person which is kinda funny that today is a Donut Recipe.  But my boys are!

In fact, Mike and Cason have this tradition. Almost every Saturday morning they go for a donut run in the morning to start off the weekend with some father son time. {and my heart melts}

Baked Apple Donuts in a donut pan

Cason absolutely loves this time! He’s all about the donut holes or just the plain old glazed donuts. Most of the time when they come back little man comes rushing in the door saying “I had donuts mommy… I had donuts… I did!” I’m not sure if its from the sugar or just pure excitement from going to get donuts with daddy. Either way… its pretty stinking cute.

So when those Mystery Dish Ingredients came out for this month I knew exactly what I was making… I had never made a donut before but was determined to try so I could make something special for my boys over the weekend!

Baked Apple Donuts on a cooling rack with Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze being added

This month Zainab from The Blahnik Baker was hosting and the ingredients she choose were:

Sesame seeds
Green chiles
Green tea or matcha powder
Feta cheese
Pinto beans
White wine
Prickly pear cactus

I ended up going with Baked Apple Donuts (with fresh ginger in it) and then topped with a Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze…. and it was ooohhh so good!

So remember that time I told you that I had never made donuts before?

Baked Apple Donuts with a Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze on a silver plate

Well.. I learned my lesson. Apparently you don’t fill the donut tins all the way.

Why you ask?

Because half way through the baking process … you know that time when you peak into the oven to see how everything is doing… well the donuts are no longer donuts they look more like muffin tops and the “hole” that once was in the middle is no longer visible.

Which means in order to make it look like a donut..  you (or I) needed to recreate the “hole” so they didn’t look like frankenstein donuts in the shape of a mushroom top.

Baked Apple Donuts with a Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze on a cooling rack

Sooo…. the next batch I did were more normal looking! Yippee!!

Either way they tasted amazing both times and the cardamom that was in the donut batter and the cream cheese glaze brought out so much flavor! It was the perfect fall breakfast!

Definitely one of my favorite Mystery Dish dishes thus far.. I truly hope you guys get a chance to try it.

P.S. donut pans are pretty stinking cheap.. I bought my for under $10 at our grocery store. So… go get you one!

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Baked Apple Donuts with a Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 12 donuts 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Healthier cake texture Baked Apple Donuts with fresh ginger and spicy cardamom topped with a homemade Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze, the ultimate fall donut recipe!



Baked Apple Donuts:

  • 2 cups of white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of granny smith apples, peeled & diced (about 1 large apple)

Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 4 oz. of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnaon, cardamom, and fresh ginger.
  3. Add in milk, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Toss till everything is combined.
  4. Fold in diced apples.
  5. Spray donut tin with PAM.
  6. Fill donut tins 1/2-3/4 of the way full.
  7. Bake for 10-14 minutes.
  8. Remove from pan and let cool on cooling rack.
  9. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, maple syrup, and cardamom using a hand mixer. Combine until smooth.
  10. Top donuts with cream cheese mixture.
  11. Serve! {preferably with coffee… :)}

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32 comments on “Baked Apple Donuts with a Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze #MysteryDish”

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    Yum, Yum I want some, I love cake textured donuts the best. I guess because they’re more like cake, and I really like cake.

  2. These donuts are beautiful Krista! I love baked donuts and apple desserts so combining the two sounds amazing!! Gorgeous gorgeous photos too – definitely got me craving for some donuts – pinned πŸ™‚

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    Zainab @Blahnik Baker

    I can seriously smell these!!! They look so amazing and perfect for fall. Also..I smiled at your boys ritual πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Zainab!

      The boys ritual is one of my favorite things they do together, so fun. I’m sure your hubbie and kiddos will have the same thing when you guys have kids… watching daddies and the kids is so sweet!

  4. Cardamom in the glaze???? Oh dear – simply irresistible! Loving all the smells…er I mean spices in these! πŸ™‚

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    These look good, Krista! LOVE the unique flavor. And the story about your son and donut day with dad, too darn cute! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Julie! Love daddy and son donut day… makes me smile just as it makes cason smile. πŸ™‚

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLou

    I am so obsessed with baked donuts, and yours look delicious! What a perfect fall recipe. That glaze looks incredible!

    1. Thanks so much Cate! Its the first time I’ve had baked donuts and totally understand why you love them so much… ahhh-mazing! πŸ™‚

  7. I love baked donuts — I rarely have “real” ones! These look delicious with those big chunks of apple, and that glaze sounds to die for!

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    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    These look so good – and healthy too! I love when treats can be healthified so I can feel good about giving them to the kids. And they’re happy cause they get doughnuts!

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef

    so i saw the pic of your donut pan and totally was like, oh is this a batter you can fill the pan with? then i read further. i always have that problem, and i have a mini donut pan so you can image the problem being wayyy intensified. πŸ™‚ i made apple donuts this weekend too! πŸ™‚

  10. I tried apple donuts not long ago when we went to an apple-picking orchard. They are delicious! Love them right out of the oven!

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    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom

    I feel like I could have written your post, I’m not a huge donut fan but my boys and husband are too, haha! He sneaks trips to Dunkin with them every once in a while. I guess I need to dust off the donut pan and try making them these!

    1. You so need to! When I did first off my hubbie was in shock that I had made donuts and secondly it made both my boys so happy! {which makes momma happy too}

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    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire

    I love apple donuts, and the fact that they are baked makes them even better. Plus, that cardamom glaze – total yum fest right here! Pinning!

    1. haha.. I know right! It was the first time I had cardamom and I am officially hooked to the stuff! Thanks for the pin chica!