Apple Butter Mini Donuts with Maple Toffee Glaze

Apple Butter Maple Mini Donuts- Gluten Free, Sugar Free
Apple Butter Maple Mini Donuts

Sometimes you just have to indulge.

Even when you’re participating in October Unprocessed, the desire for a tender donut happens on a lazy Sunday Morning.

And when your twins look at you and say, “But Mom, we used so many calories up running the 5K Hole In the Wall Invitational,”  you give in, just a bit.

I still won’t use sugar, or crappy genetically modified shortening to fry these lovely little Apple Butter Mini Donuts.

But combine some homemade apple butter with a bit of maple syrup for sweetness?

Yeah I can do that.

It didn’t hurt that I found this Bella Cucina 13466 Donut Maker
at the thrift store for $3.99, brand new in the box either.
Some things were just meant to be.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Apple Butter Mini Donuts with Maple Toffee Glaze
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Maple Syrup sweetened Apple Butter mini donuts, topped with a Maple Toffee glaze. Let's put it this way, my twins kept me baking for 45 minutes till they had enough. :)
Recipe type: Breakfast, snack, donut
Serves: 4
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 grams (1 packed tablespoon) pixie dust
  • 57 grams (4 tablespoon) butter- melted or use safflower oil
  • 5 grams (1 teaspoon) vanilla etract
  • 40 grams (¼ cup)maple syrup
  • 71 grams (½ cup) white flour mix
  • 83 grams (½ cup) whole grain flour mix
  • 15 grams (1 tablespoon) baking powder
  • 5 gram (½ teaspoon) salt
  • 125 grams (¾ cup) apple butter
  • pinch nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Prepare your donut maker according to manufacturers instructions and preheat.
  2. Beat together the eggs, pixie dust, butter, maple syrup,and vanilla extract for 1 minute. It will thicken and become glossy
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Stir till well combined.
  5. Place tablespoons of dough in the wells of the machine.
  6. Bake according to machine instructions. I found that I had to let them cook for 7 minutes till they browned well. The machine’s book said 3. hmmf.
  7. Let cool and continue making donuts till all batter is gone.
  8. Glaze with Maple Toffee Glaze

5.0 from 1 reviews
Maple Toffee Glaze
Maple Toffee Glaze
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
  1. Place maple syrup in pan over medium heat.
  2. Cook till the volume has reduced by ½, the mixture is thickening and the bubbles are not popping immediately.
  3. Add the butter then swirl the pan to combine.
  4. Brush on Apple Butter Maple Mini Donuts immediately

After using this donut baker for both plain donuts and the Apple Butter minis, I’m very glad that I only paid $4 for it. To get the donuts cooked fully, I ended up baking them for 7 minutes. The bottom of the donuts browned evenly to a chestnut brown but the tops were lighter.

If I wanted to go out an buy a machine again, I’d get this Sunbeam Mini Donut Maker simply because the reviews are better, only 6 1 stars overall. Love the Baby Blue too

I’ve submitted this recipe to a contest on Pure Maple Canada, leftover donuts make an amazing bread pudding.


  1. Tito says

    Hello Jean, I must be measuring wrong and/or mixed the Pixie Dust incorrectly, but 1 teaspoon of the dust doesn’t even register on my scale.. any thoughts?


      • says

        Hi Tito,
        Got to admit, this is why I love my scale,
        When I measured this morning, I found that to get to my 10 gram amount, you have to pack the Tablespoon down. So, for this recipe, you found a typo and a missing bit of instruction. I’m so sorry.
        1 packed teaspoon = 4 grams
        1 packed tablespoon = 10 grams
        but only on one set of measuring spoons. Another set was off by 1 gram in each measurement.
        If you have a scale, that is the best way to measure
        How did the donuts with less pixie dust come out?

        • Tito says

          Awesome, I thought I was going crazy :) I didn’t finish the mixture because I wanted clarification on this first. I’m trying to avoid resorting to gums as long as I can and due to other failures without gums I wanted to make sure I got your Pixie Dust solution correct :) If this works as expected, I’ll be giving you virtual Hi-Five!

          Thanks very much for taking the time out to verify, appreciate that!


  2. Stephanie says

    Thank you very much for the recommendation for the doughnut baker.

    Could you please recommend a couple of kitchen scales? Maybe at different price levels? Or tell us what features we should be looking for?

    Many thanks!

    • says

      Hi Joyce,
      I’m so sorry, I was posting quickly and didn’t get the links active. I’ve corrected them now for the Whole Grain, White flour mixes as well as the Pixie dust.
      Pixie dust is a seed mixture I use instead of xanthan gum