Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts with Sour Cream Icing

 Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts with Sour Cream Icing
My house has been overrun with hungry kids lately (and I like it that way). I don't mind it at all but there better be something coming out of the oven at all times. Can you imagine the look on a gaggle of teen's faces when you pull out a tray of freshly baked doughnuts? Yep, it's as priceless as you can imagine.

Also, have I mentioned my town does NOT have a doughnut shop? It must be some kind of joke. It's a totally unmet demand as far as I'm concerned and I think someone could get rich quick if they put one in. Anyone, anyone? Now, there are doughnuts in the bakeries of all the grocery stores, but they are not the same as a doughnut shop doughnut. You understand what I'm saying. 

Therefore, I started making my own doughnuts. We love the cake-like ones as you see here. And they are so easy to easy. 

Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts with Sour Cream Icing doughnut pan
However, you do need a doughnut pan or two. Most doughnut recipes are written for 12 doughnuts. It makes it so much easier if you have two pans to bake them all at once. They do need to sit for 15 minutes in the pan before dumping them out, so two pans are helpful.

Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts with Sour Cream Icing before the icing
What I love about this recipe is its versatility. I easily add and subtract flavors depending on how I want it to taste. I use Greek yogurt and I always use vanilla bean paste (it really makes your baked goods taste better).

Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts with Sour Cream Icing in love with these
Doughnuts with sprinkles are a treat everyone loves. 

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Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts with Sour Cream Icing

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 12 doughnuts



  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Sour Cream Icing:

  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray doughnut pans with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, apple pie spice and table salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine yogurt, granulated sugar, oil, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  • Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each doughnut compartment of the prepared pans. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until doughnuts spring back to the touch. Place on a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans.
  • When doughnuts are cool, whisk together confectioners' sugar, sour cream and lemon juice. Stir until it comes will. Drizzle over doughnuts or use an offset spatula to apply the icing. Add sprinkles.

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  1. I like cake donuts too! We have 1 donut bakery type place here but no big chains! Perfect Fall donut you have here!

  2. Yum! These are so perfect for Thanksgivukkah actually! Can’t wait to try!

  3. These sound fabulous, Cathy! Now I really need to get a donut pan… :)

  4. No donut shop??? I bet you could set one up in your home and have people stopping by all the time. These look great!

  5. Kezz18 5

    I didn’t have a donut pan & couldn’t find one so I made a giant donut in a bundt pan. I baked it for 25mins (depending on your oven) & followed your recipe for everything else. Also couldn’t find apple pie spice here so Google helped with a recipe for it there lol.


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