Apple Pie Doughnuts

Make Gourmet Doughnuts in 30 minutes with this easy recipe. Using a can of biscuits as a base, these Apple Pie Donuts are decadently sweet, with a tangy creamy cheese frosting and lots of caramel!

You can’t go wrong with caramel and apples. This Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is another breakfast treat to add to your rotation.

Apple Pie Doughnuts: Easy gourmet doughnuts made in 30 minutes with Pillsbury grands biscuits!

Breakfast or Dessert

Some might call doughnuts topped with caramel, frosting and peanuts a little over the top. I call them perfection. If you’re going to eat doughnuts, you might as well go all in, right?

These Apple Pie Doughnuts are inspired by doughnuts sold by a well known donut shop in Austin, Texas. Only these are made with refrigerated biscuits and ready in just 30 minutes.

Buttery, rich, and soft, these apple pie pastries are a perfect special occasion breakfast. With all that caramel sauce and cream cheese frosting, they’re an obvious choice for dessert too.

One bite of these incredible apple doughnuts and you’ll understand why I became obsessed!

Ingredient Notes

  • Pillsbury Grand Biscuits. These get super big and puffy when fried, making them ideal for doughnuts.
  • Cream cheese frosting. The frosting here is based on my favorite Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, made by beating cream cheese with butter and powdered sugar.
  • Apples. Any variety of apples will work! I like to use a combination of sweet and tart ones like Honeycrisp and Fuji.
  • Caramel sauce. Any bottled or jarred caramel ice cream topping will taste delicious drizzled on your finished doughnuts.
  • Peanuts. I recommend salted, dry-roasted peanuts to complement the sweetness of the caramel.

Tips and Tricks

  • In a hurry? Use canned apple pie filling instead of making it from scratch.
  • Give the biscuits a more doughnut-like appearance by poking a hole in the center with a 1-inch circular cookie cutter. I used a cannoli tube!
  • Fry the biscuits for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until they’re golden brown and puffy.
  • While the doughnuts are cooling, make the apple pie filling and frosting. By the time they’re done the doughnuts will be ready for frosting and topping!
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Recipe FAQs

Do I need a deep fryer to make doughnuts?

No deep fryer needed for this recipe! These apple pie doughnuts are fried on the stove top. Any large skillet with a heavy bottom and rimmed sides will work.

How much oil do I need?

The amount of oil you need for frying doughnuts depends on the size of your pan. Add enough to cover the bottom of the pan with about a half inch of oil.

Can these be baked instead of fried?

Baking these apple pie doughnuts won’t produce the same results. They’ll taste more like sweet biscuits than true doughnuts. Still delicious if that’s what you’re going for. If you’re looking for a baked donut recipe, try my Apple Cider Donuts or these Pumpkin Streusel Donuts.

Can these be made ahead of time?

Fried doughnuts are best served fresh the same day they are made. You can make the cream frosting and apple pie filling in advance and store them in the refrigerator until ready to use. Then all you have to do is pop open the biscuits, fry ’em up and add the caramel apple toppings. Quick and easy!

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Apple Pie Doughnuts

5 from 1 vote
By: Aimee
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!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 doughnuts


For the Doughnut:

  • 1 package Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
  • vegetable oil for frying

For the Frosting:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

For the Apple Pie Filling:

  • 1 ½ cup sliced apples
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • ¾ cup water

For the garnish:

  • ¼ cup caramel ice cream topping
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts salted
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • For a quick substitution, swap out the homemade apple pie filling for canned pie filling.
  • Give the biscuits a more doughnut-like appearance by poking a hole in the center with a 1-inch circular cookie cutter. I used a cannoli tube!
  • Fry the biscuits for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until they're golden brown and puffy.
  • While the doughnuts are cooling, make the apple pie filling and frosting. By the time they're done the doughnuts will be ready for frosting and topping!


Calories: 556kcal, Carbohydrates: 86g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 610mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 62g
Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
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Caramel apple doughnuts are easy to make in 30 minutes! Delicious for breakfast, dessert or anytime of day.

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Posted on June 26, 2013

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  2. 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.

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

  3. Helpful tips. Fortunate enough us I ran across your website by chance, and i’m surprised the reason why that accident couldn’t came about previously! My partner and i book-marked them.

  4. 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! 🙂

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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 🙂

    1. Woah. I had never heard of Glazed and Infused. My gawsh….the Terry’s Toffee, and Maple Bacon Long John…I’m in love!

    1. Wish I had some left to share! good thing they only take a little time to prepare 🙂

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