Applesauce Doughnuts

Applesauce Doughnuts


"Try these delicious doughnuts for an old-fashioned taste treat. Serve sprinkled with confectioners sugar, if you wish."

Ingredients 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 155 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 155 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 9.1 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 16.8g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 81 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt onto piece of waxed paper.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer at medium speed to beat together sugar, brown sugar and eggs until fluffy. Beat in 2 tablespoon oil. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture, alternately with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients, until well blended. Stir in applesauce and vanilla.
  4. Carefully drop batter by level tablespoons, 3 or 4 at a time, into hot oil. Do not overcrowd pan or oil may overflow. Fry, turning once with tongs, for 3 minutes or until golden. Transfer with tongs to paper toweling to drain. Cool completely.
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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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  1. 76 Ratings


Ok, seriously yummy. The kids wanted doughnuts this morning and we amazed them by whipping up a batch in less than 40 minutes. One suggestion I have for making this recipe is make sure your dropping the batter in the oil in the "level tablespoon" size and no larger...otherwise, you've got a yummy looking raw-in-the-middle dough ball. The tablespoon amount of batter gives you a "doughnut hole" sized doughnut. Also, drain them on a paper bag instead of tends to keep them crisper since the papertowel creates a "steaming" effect. Cheers!

Sarah Jo

I did use homemade spiced apple butter instead of unsweetened applesauce. Right out of the oil, I tossed the hot donut holes in cinnamon/sugar mix. These are addictive little suckers. Between the three of us, we made quick work of these spiced donut holes. The kids keep talking about them and how unbelievably good they are--HUGE hit here. Next time I make these, I'd like to try another submitter's idea and try pumpkin puree in place of the applesauce. I bet that would be AWESOME. NOTE: Using one of those spring loaded cookie dough scoops to make uniform balls and to drop into the hot oil works really well. Try that. Much easier than trying to manuver a tablespoon and a spoon.


Very tasty, and I will make them again. I substituted canned pumpkin measure for measure for the applesauce successfully. I also added a bit more milk to make a runnier batter and used a doughnut batter dropper to get real doughnuts with holes.