Applesauce Doughnuts Recipe -
Applesauce Doughnuts Recipe
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Applesauce Doughnuts

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"My mom made these when I was a little girl. We would love to help her and of course eat them afterward. Dust with powdered sugar, granulated sugar or cinnamon. Delicious!"

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    50 mins


  1. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, beat together white sugar, butter, eggs and applesauce. In a separate bowl, stir together flour baking powder, salt, baking soda, mace and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into the egg mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Mix until a stiff dough is formed.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 3/4 to 1 inch thick sheet. Make sure to roll the dough to an even thickness. Cut out doughnuts with a doughnut cutter.
  4. Carefully slide doughnuts into hot oil. Turn doughnuts as soon as they rise to the surface. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve hot.
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  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 27, 2007

this recipe is tasty, but the person who reviewed it and changed not only the ingredients but cooking method shouldn't comment on this recipe, it's not going to turn out correctly if you don't follow the recipe!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 24, 2007

Don't know if I did something wrong but I didn't like this. Interior was moist but outside was tough. Did add 1/2 grated apple and drop by spoonfuls into the oil. Sorry this recipe didn't do it.


17 Ratings

Aug 31, 2010

Yummy! My kids beg me to make these. The only thing I do different is I use a small scoop to make donut holes only. It's quick and easy with less mess. I have used flavored applesauce too. Raspberry and cinnamon are great. We've also dipped them in glaze. Thank your mom for the great recipe. I can guarantee this will be passed down in our family.

Aug 10, 2009

Very tasty. I used allspice instead of clove, since that's what I had on hand. By the way, I agree with the poster who said it's unfair to dramatically change the recipe and then give a poor/mediocre rating. The raw apple that poster added would completely change the texture of this recipe and would also change cooking time.

Dec 10, 2009

Good... but not too apple-y. Anything fried and sugary is good, right? 4 cups isn't enough flour to take this from a batter to a dough. I made with 4.5 -5 and they were still tender and light. Tasted great, but could go for more apple flavor... as well as more cinnamon and nutmeg. I think next time I'll try replacing half the buttermilk with applesauce instead... or maybe a little apple juice concentrate instead of some of the sugar.

Sep 12, 2011

great! easy and delicious! I agree with the others you cannot review a recipe when you refuse to follow the directions!

Jan 12, 2010

These were great. I added frozen orange juice concentrate as I had no orange. They were terrific!

Sep 11, 2011

Yummy! Fast and easy. I didnt have buttermilk. So I subd with plain yogurt. Was still great! Cant wait to try again with original ingredients. Make sure oil isnt too hot! Burnt first few. I made donut rings, with a glass and the center with a small shot glass! Cute!


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  • Calories
  • 190 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.7 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 9 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 172 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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