Apple Cinnamon Biscuits With Vanilla Glaze

Apple Cinnamon Biscuits on cooling rack

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 14 mins
Total: 29 mins
Servings: 12 to 14 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
226 Calories
10g Fat
33g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 14
Amount per serving
Calories 226
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 2g
Calcium 117mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These biscuits are perfect for the fall season, but they're a welcome treat any time of year. Make them ahead of time and warm them in the microwave for an amazing breakfast treat, or surprise your holiday guests by serving them along with a special family brunch.

You can use the suggested Granny Smith apples or whatever kind you have on hand in these great-tasting apple cinnamon biscuits. 

Feel free to add some crumbled bacon to the biscuits if you'd like. 


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium apples (peeled, cored, and finely chopped, about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Cream or milk and cinnamon sugar blend, for topping (optional)
  • For the Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons hot water, as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Heat the oven to 425 F.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon. With a pastry blender or fingers, work in the butter pieces until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the finely chopped apples. Combine the buttermilk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla; stir into the first mixture until all ingredients are moistened. Depending on moisture from the apples, a little more buttermilk or flour might be necessary.

  3. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead a few times, just until a soft cohesive dough has formed. Pat into a circle about 3/4-inch thick and cut out with 2-inch biscuit cutters.

  4. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet. If desired, brush tops with cream or milk and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on racks.

  5. Combine the confectioners' sugar and butter; add the vanilla. Beat in the hot water. a few teaspoons at a time, until the mixture is a good consistency for drizzling. Drizzle over the cooled biscuits.

  6. Serve the biscuits cool or warm them slightly just before serving.