Yield: 8 doughnuts

Apple Pie Doughnuts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

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!


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
  • ⅓ 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


  1. In a large, heavy bottomed skillet, heat oil about ½-¾ 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.
  4. Cover and simmer for about 6-8 minutes, until apples are fork tender. Remove from heat and cool.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 556Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 610mgCarbohydrates: 86gFiber: 2gSugar: 62gProtein: 7g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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