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Applesauce Drop Doughnuts

"'I made these tasty cake doughnuts often when our children were growing up,' says Frances Poste of Wall, South Dakota. 'They're quick and easy.'"
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45 m servings 59 cals
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Original recipe yields 60 servings (60 doughnuts)


  • Calories:
  • 59 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 1.3 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 10.4g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 75 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk (the batter will be thick). In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees F. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter a few at a time into hot oil. Turn with a slotted spoon and fry until golden, about 1 minute on each side. Drain on paper towels; roll in sugar while warm.

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Most helpful positive review house smells amazing, like the donut stands at the fair! I used a pan with oil on my stove, with the temperature alternating between medium and one notch below medium (I have copper b...

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It's okay, but not what we were looking for. The bit of nutmeg goes A LONG way. My daughter loves them, but most toddlers love ANYTHING coated with sugar. I found it was easiest to fry them a...

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Newest house smells amazing, like the donut stands at the fair! I used a pan with oil on my stove, with the temperature alternating between medium and one notch below medium (I have copper b...

Great time saving recipe! I wanted to make doughnuts for my family, but didn't want the work of a traditional doughnut. I found this recipe and was not disappointed. I used my cookie scoop to dr...

This is a great snack doughnut. I made the whole recipe and it's huge. Next time I'll only make half. Instead of rolling them in granulated sugar, I used confectioners sugar. This way you can di...

These are DELICIOUS! They almost taste like the little fried donuts you will find at Chinese restaurants, but much better! I highly recommend coating them with powdered sugar--it makes them tas...

delightful, added chopped apples to give it a fritter like taste.

So easy and so tasty. I halved the recipe cause it makes a ton. Nice and crispy outside, soft and subtly spiced inside. I rolled mine in powdered sugar in a plastic baggie. Batter is like browni...

These doughnuts were easy to make and tasted great. I made them for New Year's, but there were still a couple left over in the morning and they tasted great cold too. Everybody loved them, the...

These doughnuts make up very quickly and they don't need to rise, which is great. The only problem I had was keeping the size of the dough going into the oil very small, so they would cook all t...

These are delicious! I divided the recipe to make 20. I threw these together very quickly when my Dad came to visit yesterday... he loved them and my husband and son loved them also... I added...