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)
217 Calories
7g Fat
36g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 14
Amount per serving
Calories 217
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 74mg 2%
*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

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 5 tablespoons (2 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped, about 1 1/2 cups

  • Cream. or milk, for topping, optional

  • Cinnamon sugar blend, for topping, optional

For the Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons hot water, as needed

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure 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.