Back to School Apple Donuts

apple donuts

This year may be the last first day of school that we ever have.  Our baby will start her senior year of college.  We’ve had a lot of first days of school at our house. It’s been about twenty five first days of school if my math is right.  So unless someone decides to go back for a graduate degree (we have two of those already) we may be done with back to school.

The first day of school is just not the same when they are off at college and there are definitely things I  miss about the start of a new school year.  I miss shopping for that first day of school outfit and new school supplies although I have been known to buy a new box of crayons just for me.  I miss baking chocolate chip cookies on the first day of school for that after school snack.  I miss hanging up the school bus banner in front of the house and taking first day of school photos.  One thing I won’t miss is that college tuition or  the cost of college textbooks!

I’m just going to have to keep celebrating the first day of school with my neighbor kids by hosting a back to school breakfast each year. Donuts are always a big hit at a first day of school breakfast.

What’s not to love about a donut?  Especially a donut that looks like an apple.

Apples are good for your right?  So if it looks like an apple does that make it healthy??  One of my girls is allergic to apples but not to apple donuts!

When I was at my local donut shop to pick up my maple bars for my donut rulers I shared yesterday I noticed the cake donuts and got to thinking that they might make cute little apple donuts so I picked up a few of those too.

To turn the cake donuts into apple donuts I mixed up a little glaze using powdered sugar, milk and a bit of vanilla extract.  It then added in red food coloring.

Just dip your donuts into the glaze.  Please excuse the red food dye that is all over my hands!  I’m a messy cook.

apple donuts

Then since sprinkles make everything better, I added some red sprinkles.

_DSC0232I used a pretzel stick to make the stem of the apple

apple donutsThe final touch was to create a leaf out of green fruit leather.  I just cut out a leaf shape and pinched it together at the bottom of my fingers. Again, excuse those red stained fingers!

apple donut leaf

Then just stick the pretzel stem through the leaf and into the donut.

apple donut

Cutest apple ever!  Take your teacher an apple donut on the first day of school and you will totally rule!  Student of the year!!


_DSC0571A batch of apple donuts would make a perfect treat for Teacher Appreciation Week too.


And don’t forget an apple a day keeps the doctor away!  That works for apple donuts too, right??

apple a day

Back to School Apple Donuts
Donut Glaze
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • red food coloring
  • red sprinkles
  • 10-12 cake donuts
  • pretzel sticks
  • green fruit leather
  1. Add enough milk to powdered sugar to make a good dipping consistency.
  2. I started with 1-2 Tbsp.
  3. Add in red food coloring
  4. Dip in front side of donut.
  5. Lay on waxed paper
  6. Add Sprinkles
  7. Allow glaze to dry
  8. Cut fruit leather to shape of leave and attach to donut with pretzel stick stem

Check out these other fun back to school ideas:

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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