Apple Pie Doughnuts

by aimee @ shugarysweets on June 26, 2013

Easy Gourmet Doughnuts made in 30 minutes! Pillsbury Grands Biscuits are the perfect base to these doughnuts piled high with Cream Cheese frosting, apple pie filling, caramel and peanuts!

Apple Pie Doughnuts: Easy gourmet doughnuts made in 30 minutes. #Pillsbury grands doughnut #gourdoughs

Let’s all do a quick, collective, “OMG.” Yes, I’m for real with these doughnuts.

You may recall my trip to Austin Texas when I happened to eat my weight in doughnuts. These Apple Pie Doughnuts, AKA “The Carney” were by far my favorite that I tried!

And today, you can make them at home, in under 30 minutes.

Need a showstopper of a breakfast to serve your mother in law? One that will make your friends fatter than you in their swimsuits at the pool this summer?? Drop off a plate of these!

Okay, maybe not the best selling gimmick? Let’s just say, if you eat these once in a while, and balance your life with exercise and healthy eating, these are a perfect treat. I used Crunchpak Apple Slices to make my own apple pie filling, but you can certainly skip that step and buy canned or jarred filling too. (you can even use canned frosting, but I do think homemade is better, duh!!)

I also used Pillsbury Grands Biscuits to make the biggest doughnut I could! Only a Grands biscuit could puff up high enough to endure the topping overload that was about to happen. And it still tasted buttery and rich, and soft!!

Gourdoughs Doughnuts Copcat Recipes

Some of my friends who devoured doughnuts with me in Texas are also creating copycat versions today! Be sure you check everyone out.

PB & J by Capturing Joy
Granny’s Pie by Crazy for Crust
Heavenly Hash by Something Swanky
The Flying Pig by The Novice Chef
Dirty Berry by Inside BruCrew Life
Bring the Heath by Mom on Timeout
Son of a Peach by Chef-in-Training
Mama’s Cake by The Domestic Rebel
The Mother Clucker by Oh Sweet Basil
Cherry Bombs by My Life as a Mrs.
The Funky Monkey by The Little Kitchen
The Baby Rattler by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Black Out Cupcakes {inspired by Gourdoughs} by Cookies & Cups
ODB by Sweet Treats and More
The Puddin’ by Lauren’s Latest
Naughty & Nice by Life’s Ambrosia
Miss Shortcake by Kevin & Amanda

Apple Pie Doughnuts: Easy gourmet doughnuts made in 30 minutes. #Pillsbury grands doughnut #gourdoughs

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Apple Pie Doughnuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 large doughnuts

Ingredients

    For the Doughnut:
  • 1 pkg Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
  • canola oil
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk
  • For the Apple Pie Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced apples (I used Crunchpak)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • For the garnish:
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, salted

Instructions

  1. In a large, heavy bottomed skillet, heat oil about 1/2-3/4 inch high. Depending on your size skillet will determine how much oil is necessary. Bring oil to a sizzle when you drop a couple drops of water into it.
  2. Separate biscuits and using a one inch circle cutter (I used a cannoli tube) pop center hole out of each biscuit so it resembles a donut. Fry each biscuit for 2-3 minutes each side. Allow to cool and dry on paper towels.
  3. While donuts are cooling, prepare apple pie filling (or use jarred/canned to save time). In a small saucepan, bring sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and water to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Add apple slices (or diced) and reduce heat to simmer. Cover and simmer for about 6-8 minutes, until apples are fork tender. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and milk and beat an additional 3-5 minutes.
  5. To assemble, frost cooled doughnut with cream cheese frosting. Top with cooled apple pie filling, peanuts and caramel sauce (divide evenly among the 8 doughnuts). ENJOY.
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shelly (cookies and cups) June 26, 2013 at 7:41 am

These are gorgeous! That frosting!!
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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking June 26, 2013 at 8:36 am

I have never craved a donut so early in the day like now!!

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I feel the same way today! So many great recipes in the round up!
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amy @southern sweets and eats June 26, 2013 at 8:41 am

I think I may be disappointed by any other doughnut i ever eat. Ever. I want these NOW!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Haha! So true!!
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Christina Gathright June 26, 2013 at 8:50 am

Seriously think I need these in my life! Going to have to make these for the family

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Christina Gathright June 26, 2013 at 8:53 am

It cut off my comment :( The last part was that they look awesome :)

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Thanks christina!
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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 26, 2013 at 8:53 am

I am loving the way they look! All that apple – just dripping off. Mmmm, reminds me of apple hand pies I used to eat as a kid, but wayyy better!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thank you Averie! They were even more delicious than they look. Although, I need a knife and fork to eat them :)
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capturing joy with kristen duke June 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

these look amazing, i love the idea of combining apple pie and doughnuts!
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carrian June 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

oh my gosh!! That looks amazing!
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JulieD June 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

These look amazing!! So glad I got to finally meet you even if it was just for seconds! Austin was so fun, can we go back now?
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Ashton June 26, 2013 at 9:06 am

These look gorgeous Aimee! Way to hit the nail on the head!
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e June 26, 2013 at 9:06 am

Ha, another amazing looking copy cat donut!! I think this one wins. What could be better than an apple pie donut? Great pictures, you have captured the sinfulness of these donuts.
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

Cream cheese on top of a donut! Love it! This is a great twist if you want to serve single apple pies to guest!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

You are a genius. Where were you when I was writing this post?? great idea, and so true too. These are a perfect single serve apple pie dessert!
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Eat Good 4 Life June 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

Ha… another amazing looking copy cat donut!! I think this one wins. What could be better than an apple pie donut? Great pictures, you have captured the sinfulness of these donuts.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Thanks so much, they definitely are sinfully delicious :)
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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

These donuts are EPIC!
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Lauren June 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

So puffy and gorgeous!!
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Eva @ Eva Bakes June 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

I’ll take a dozen, please.
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 26, 2013 at 9:40 am

Well, apple pie doughnuts. You know how much I love that! I wish I’d tried this one too. Gah. A trip back to Austen might be in order… ;)
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

*Austin. Haven’t had my coffee yet. ;)
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Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste June 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

These look absolutely incredible! I just had my first taste of Gourdoughs last month and I am hooked!
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Cookbook Queen June 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

Cream cheese frosting? And doughnuts?? And CARAMEL??? I’m down!!
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Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen June 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

This is literally dessert for breakfast! These sound absolutely amazing and I should not be reading 10 posts about donuts before I even eat breakfast.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Come back. It’s dinner time :)
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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel June 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

Oh my gosh, this was one of my favorites! Love, love, LOVED it. You nailed it, Aimee!
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Trish - Mom On Timeout June 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

Holy moly Aimee! I never got to try this one but it looks amazing! Anything with cream cheese frosting is alright with me ;)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Oh Trish, it was the best one!! ;)
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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

You had me at apple – seriously – in love.
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Sues June 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

I love how easy these seem and how AWESOME they look!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 27, 2013 at 9:30 am

Thanks Sues! they really are easy with all the shortcuts!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life June 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

Oh these apple doughnuts were amazing!!! You recreated them so perfectly!!! Now I seriously need to make these ones….love the apples and peanuts on top of cream cheese frosting!!!
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

Hellloooo beautiful! These look incredible, Aimee!
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Amanda @ Kevin & Amanda June 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

Oh my gosh, Aimee!! Your doughnuts look perfect!! Loved getting to know you in Austin!! :) xoxo
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Thanks Amanda! right back at ya!
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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes June 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

Heaven in a doughnut!! I’m speechless :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Well it’s about time! ha. Kidding :)
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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Love the shortcut! I am in love with all of these donuts, it is making me sad I missed Austin all over again!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Next year :)
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Jessica - The Novice Chef June 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I wanted to have this one so bad at Gourdough’s but ended up trying 4 others instead. I really have to make this at home now!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Oh you only tried 4? LOL :)
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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting June 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Anything with apple pie is fine by me! Love this!
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Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl June 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I need one of these for lunch. :-) YUM!
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marcie@flavor the moments June 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

You’ve outdone yourself…AGAIN. These look so incredible — they’re very photogenic! I saw them on Foodgawker before I saw them here and oh boy do they look great.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Thanks Marcie. You’re too sweet!
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Des @ Life's Ambrosia June 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm

How yummy do these look?! And I LOVE that you can make them so quickly. There are so many good doughnut recipes in this round up that I’m going to need to start going to Barre 7 days a week instead of 3.
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katie June 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Stop it… this looks so good and I bet tastes just as good (if not better) as the one we shared in Austin!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

It was only lacking in company!
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Nessa June 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I have found my true love in doughnut form :)

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Julie @ Table for Two June 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

So impressed that you made these with biscuits! Irresistible!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

Thanks Julie, shortcuts that taste great are so awesome!
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Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen June 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Oh my stars, Aimee! Apple Pie? In doughnut form? I am SO there! Just gorgeous and love that there is caramel and peanuts on top, too! Love, love, love. Most excellent post, girl! xo
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Deborah June 27, 2013 at 12:11 am

Oh my goodness – I’m totally dying over this one!
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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com June 27, 2013 at 12:27 am

That apple pie filing and toppings!! Oh my :)
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Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner June 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

I love the idea of using Pillsbury to make donuts! Some recipes can be so intimidating but this one looks easy. Not to mention that your photos are amazing so these ones are definitely calling out to me. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Thank you Tina. Pillsbury Grands Biscuits make delicious donuts. Give it a try, seriously! Thanks for the sweet compliment on my photos too :)
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Kate@Diethood June 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Niiiiice! Oh my gosh. Yah, these need to come to mama real soon! Love this!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 28, 2013 at 6:32 am

Wish I had some left to share! good thing they only take a little time to prepare :)
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ashley - baker by nature June 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Wow. Wow… WOW…! Did I mention I’m impressed? Love these!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 28, 2013 at 6:33 am

Impressed? Awww, thanks!!!
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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork June 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Drooling all over my keyboard. Thanks Aimee!! ;)

Next time you’re in Chicago, go to Glazed & Infused. You will LOVE the donut creations there!! I’d tell you to google them, but you might get jealous of my Sunday Morning breakfasts :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 28, 2013 at 6:36 am

Woah. I had never heard of Glazed and Infused. My gawsh….the Terry’s Toffee, and Maple Bacon Long John…I’m in love!
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Tahnycooks June 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Cream cheese frosting+caramel+apples+salty roasted peanuts!!!!! Hellllloooo! Perfection! I want!
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Erika June 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

Wait. Wait. Wait. HOLD UP. A Gourdough’s copycat blog hop?? BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I live in Houston and I LOVE Gourdough’s. Even though Austin is only a short 3 hour ride away, that’s too far to get there as often as I want!! This is the greatest thing ever but this is also definitely going to be my undoing. Ahh!

Oh man, the Carney is also def one of my favs and it looks like you did it justice! I’m totally craving it now. Did you try Granny’s Pie? I think that ties with the Carney for my fav. SO GOOD.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

3 hours? I would be there every weekend!!! Enjoy the donuts!!!
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Yvonne @ bitter baker June 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

OMG, that topping is dangerous! I just drooled all over my computer. YUM!
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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl June 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Ok I’m joining in with the OMG, I need these in my life!
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Kathy June 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm

What a donut! How incredible do these look!
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain June 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Under 30 minutes?!? Aimee you are an evil genius – so quick and easy but so dangerous!

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Yeah, I’ve been called that once or twice ;)
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Aya B. July 10, 2013 at 9:39 am

MMmmmm a Genius recipe

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Gina July 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

I made these this morning and they were a huge hit! I will never get store-bought donuts again! Thank you for a fabulous recipe!

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Jacqueline August 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

These look so incredible. It brings back memories when as a young lady a friend of my mother’s showed me how to make donuts with canned bisquits. But, they sure didn’t look like this. Grown up version! :-)

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Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire September 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Oh my gosh! I am dyyyyying over here!! I’ve seen recipes that used the Pilsbury Grands before, but never really considered using it myself. After seeing tees pictures and hearing how delicious it is… Well, you’ve convinced me that it must be done and I must use this recipe because I can’t imagine my life without these apple pie donuts. I just can’t.

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aimee @ shugarysweets September 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

You must try it. But be warned, these little (BIG) bites of apple pie doughnuts might be best as a dessert :)

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amy November 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm

DELICOUS!!!!! OUTSTANDING LOVED IT!!!!1

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