Summer is winding down and Fall is in the air! It’s time for cozy sweaters, boots, and apple recipes! I love apple picking this time of year, and I always pick way too many. Here’s one great way to incorporate apples into a delicious dessert. This is also a great alternative to oatmeal raisin cookies. They are sweet and full of cinnamon for that delicious Fall flavor.
These cookies are sweet and full of cinnamon to satisfy your Fall flavor cravings. My recipe is simple and dairy free! I shared it with my friend Melinda of Kitchen Tested fame. You can find my Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie recipe there!
Oh my goodness, guys-I think I just won Hanukkah. Now let me start off by apologizing for sharing these the day that the holiday starts, but you really can’t rush greatness! Lucky for us, Hanukkah is 8 days long so there is still time to work these epic donuts into your schedule!
Now I wish I could tell you that this recipe came out perfectly on my first try. I was actually working on another flavor idea and couldn’t get the dough to work. So I thought I would try using my cinnamon bun dough because that recipe is amazing and it’s my most requested dessert. But then once I was using that dough my friend mentioned that I should just fry my cinnamon buns. I wasn’t so into that idea because that is basically just a fried cinnamon bun or coffee roll if you frequent Dunkin Donuts. That’s when the genius hit me! What if I stuff a cinnamon bun inside a donut and fry it?! It was not as easy as I thought. For one thing, my cinnamon bun dough is way to sweet and heavy. Perfect for baking, not so great in the fryer. There goes batch number one, into the garbage right out of the fryer. On to round two: finding a better recipe. I found one that was so similar to my original bun recipe, it just cut down on the amount of sugar and used a little less shortening instead of my butter/margarine. This recipe was similar to Alton Browns recipe but without all the weighing so I knew I was on to something. This new dough recipe turned out to be perfect! But my method now needed tweaking. I was rolling my cinnamon buns my usual way, cutting them into pieces and wrapping them in more dough. After letting them rest, they would fry up beautifully. But the centers were raw…insert sad face here! I was really going to give up-I was not only 2 batches deep in terrible cinnamon bun donuts, I didn’t even mention the 3 batches of my previously failed attempt at an interesting flavor combination. 5 batches of donuts in, I almost gave up. Aren’t you glad I didn’t?!
It turns out that you need to bake the cinnamon buns before you stuff them inside more dough and fry them. Otherwise you end up with raw donut centers. I don’t know of anything worse! So, that is definitely a downside of this recipe-they take some time and patience. But here is the good news-you only need to make one batch of dough. And you can plan in advance-make the dough and bake the cinnamon buns. Next day, take your buns, stuff them in some raw dough and fry! The icing is completely optional, but cmon…you got this far-the icing is the easiest part! Here is my dairy-free, perfectly epic cinnamon bun stuffed donut recipe. Enjoy!
In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix the yeast with the warm water and 1 tsp. sugar. Stir until no longer lumpy and set aside to proof and bubble up; 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile add the ¼ cup sugar and the salt to the bowl of an electric stand mixer.
In a microwaveable bowl warm the vegetable shortening with the soy milk until the shortening has melted. Pour the shortening/milk mixture over the sugar/salt mixture and stir to melt. Allow to cool until lukewarm.
Add the flour and eggs into the mixer bowl. Then finish off with the yeast mixture. Mix on low using the dough hook until the dough comes together. Once it's pulling off the sides of the bowl, set the mixer to medium low and mix for about 6 minutes.
Grease or oil a large clean bowl and scrape the dough mixture inside.The dough will be sticky, but don't add flour! Grease your hands to better work with the dough.
Cover in plastic wrap and set in warm place to rise for one hour.
Once the dough has risen, cut off ⅓ of the dough (about 12 ounces if you have a kitchen scale) to make your cinnamon buns. Set the rest of the dough in the fridge.
Grease a 12 cavity cupcake pan and set aside.
On a well floured surface roll out the dough you just portioned off. Roll it into a rectangle about 12" wide and 6" tall.
Melt the margarine and brush over the dough.
Sprinkle the dough with the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. Roll the dough into a log, you are rolling the long side up so your log is still 12" long.
Once rolled up use a serrated knife or bench scraper to cut the buns into 12 pieces.
Place each bun in one cavity of the cupcake pan, cut side up/down.
Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Once the buns have risen, bake for 10-12 minutes until just lightly brown. You don't want to overbake-these will still be fried.
Remove the pan from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes and then carefully pop the buns out of the cupcake pan. The sugar will be extremely hot so your best bet is to flip them out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Allow these to cool completely.
Once the buns are cool, remove the reserved dough from the fridge.
Divide the dough into 12 portions (just under 2 ounces each). Flatten each piece, I used well floured hands but you could use a rolling pin.
Place one bun pretty side down on the flattened dough. Carefullly wrap the dough over the bun and pinch the seams together at the bottom.
Set the donut to rise seam side down on a floured parchment lined baking sheet.
Once all 12 donuts are formed, cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
While the donuts are rising, heat your cooking oil. I use vegetable oil but use any oil with a high smoking point.
Heat your oil to 350 degrees F. Proper temperature is everything: too cold and your donuts soak up all the oil and become greasy. Too hot and your donut is burning but the inside is raw.
I use a deep fryer because it will regulate the temperature for me, if you don't have one-make sure you have a really good thermometer and keep a close eye on it.
Fry the donuts for about 1 minute per side.
Carefully remove from the oil and drain on a sheet pan lined with paper towels.
Once your donuts have cooled (if you haven't eaten them all yet) measure the powdered sugar into a bowl.
Slowly add a bit of water at a time until you have a thick icing consistency. I went thick with these but you can thin the icing out more if you are looking for more of a glaze.
Dip, drizzle, or pour the icing onto your donuts.
Sprinkle with extra cinnamon for an added touch and enjoy!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer. But there is something so great about Fall…oh yeah-pumpkin spice overload. Now I agree that the pumpkin craze can get a little overwhelming, but I absolutely love it! I think I’ve shared more pumpkin recipes than any other category. These cookies use pure pumpkin puree just as my pumpkin snickerdoodles (first blog post ever!!), doughnuts, doughnut holes, cinnamon buns, and hamantaschen. Last year I discovered pumpkin spice pudding mix and used that to make chocolate chip cookies, and simple pumpkin spice pudding cookies. I have a few more ideas for this pudding mix and I hope to do some recipe testing soon.
These cookies are similar to a classic cinnamon twist cookies, but they are perfectly seasonal. The pureed pumpkin give these a nice orange color. The cookie dough has a blend of pumpkin spice flavors mixed inside. Then the cookies are rolled in cinnamon sugar and twisted into this cute shape. These cookies are perfect alongside a cup of tea or coffee as the weather starts to cool down. My recipe is dairy-free, margarine-free, and freeze beautifully.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the sugars with the oil and eggs and beat until combined.
Add in the vanilla and pumpkin and mix to combine.
Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg. Mix on low until the dough comes together.
Cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour so the dough is easy to work with.
In a small bowl mix 1.2 cup sugar and 1 Tbs. cinnamon.
Once dough is chilled, scoop dough into about 2 tsp. sized balls. I use a cookie scoop for even and easy measuring. Roll each ball of dough into a log about 3 inches long. roll the dough in the cinnamon sugar mix. Flatten dough slightly and then twist and set onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake for about 8 minutes until just lightly brown.