Cinnamon Sugar Apple Donuts – using pizza dough!

Sometimes the bf gets a random craving for a specific dessert late at night and he asks me to whip something up for him. Often times, he cannot make up his mind as to what he wants because he lists off 5 things he wants and I told him I’m not making all of that for him when I know he’ll only eat 2 pieces and there’s no way I can finish the rest.

I’m also very lazy – so I opt to pick the option that requires the least amount of effort while also taking advantage of what we already have in stock in our pantry. One of the options we considered was making donuts but I ran out of milk – he suggested I use whipping cream instead since we had that in stock but I am not planning on substituting 1 1/3 cup of milk with whipping cream!

So the alternative was to use pizza dough instead! Ya that is kinda random but recently we ordered some cinnamon stix from Domino’s Pizza and they were pretty good and guess what – made from pizza dough too! It was a good compromise and I thought it’d be interesting to try it out. Hence – Cinnamon Sugar Apple Donuts was born!

The effort to make this was minimal – what took the longest was really just waiting for the pizza dough to proof (which took minimum an hour).

So if you’re ever getting some cravings late at night – give this a try!

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Donuts – using pizza dough!

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Category: Cakes

Servings: 12

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Donuts – using pizza dough!


    Pizza Dough
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100-110F)
  • 3/4 tsp dry active yeast
    Apple filling
  • 1/2 an apple, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp flour
    Cinnamon-sugar mixture
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
    vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. First, prepare your pizza dough. Activate the yeast by mixing it in the warm water and wait a few minutes until it starts to foam. Once it foams, you know your yeast is ready.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Slowly, add about half of the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients and drizzle a bit of the extra virgin olive oil as well.
  3. Continue mixing the dough until the wet ingredients are incorporated, and add in the rest of the yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. If the mixture is still looking a bit dry, add a bit more water.
  4. Knead the dough on a well floured surface until it's smooth and tacky to the touch, about 5 minutes. When you shape the dough into a round ball and it springs back to the touch after pressing on it gently, it's ready. Put it into a well greased bowl with olive oil and cover with saran wrap and allow to rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare your apple filling. Toss the diced apples with the flour, cinnamon, brown & white sugar mixture. Set aside.
  6. Prepare your cinnamon sugar mixture my whisking together cinnamon and sugar. Set aside until ready to use.
  7. Once your dough has proofed/doubled in size, punch down the dough. Take pieces of dough and form them into round disks and fill with the apple filling. Cinch them up like you would a dumpling, twisting the opening close and reform them into round shape.
  8. Prepare your oil for deep frying. In either a deep fryer or a sauce pot, fill it up with vegetable oil (enough for the donuts to float to the top) and heat it up until it reaches 350F. Drop each donut into the oil and flip occasionally to ensure even browning.
  9. Once they float to the top, they are ready! Remove with slotted spoon to remove excess oil and quickly toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture and set aside on wire rack to cool. Serve immediately!
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