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Frugal Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts

By Marissa Bognanno, "The Boot" Blog, Pro Chef & Zumba Instructor

Who knew making donuts was so easy? And who knew you could bake them to save calories? And if that isn’t good enough, who knew they could make the kitchen smell like fall all day? Win, win, win!

Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts
(based on this recipe) 
makes about 24 donut holes

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

Preheat your oven to 350F. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugars salt and and nutmeg in a bowl. Add the cold chopped butter. Rub the pieces of butter with the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Mix in the milk and fold in the chopped apples. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir using a spatula or spoon making sure not to overmix. Place a spoonful of batter into each mold of a buttered mini muffin pan. 
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the donuts are just golden. Remove from the oven, unmold and lightly brush each donut with the melted butter. Dunk in a bowl with the sugar and cinnamon mixed in. Shake off excess sugar and serve immediately. Enjoy! 

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