Applesauce Doughnuts/Donuts

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Ready In:
1 doughnut




  • Beat 1-1/3 cups of the flour and remaining ingredients (except oil and cinnamon/sugar mixture)with an electric mixer on low speed, until just blended.
  • Stir in remaining flour and beat on medium speed for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Cover dough and refrigerate for about 1 hour (dough should be stiff after refrigeration).
  • Heat 2 to 3 inches of vegetable oil in a fryer or heavy (3 quart) saucepan to 375°F (for perfect doughnuts use a themometer).
  • Divide dough in half and roll each half out on a well floured pastry board to 3/8" thick. Cut with a well floured doughnut cutter, or use a 3" cup and a clean pop bottle lid for the center.
  • Carefully slide cut doughnuts into hot oil, using a wide spatula. Cook 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time, so as not to lower the tempeture of the oil too much. Fry 1 to 1-1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Carefully remove from the oil (do not prick) and drain on papertowels.
  • If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture while still hot.

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  1. anniesnomsblog
    These were great! I've never used applesauce inside doughnut batter before, but these were easy to make and tasted great! We ate all of them very quickly!
  2. cause4chubbyhubby
    Awesome all the way around....flavor, heaviness, crispiness, ease... and I even reduced the sugar! Love 'em, and will be making them VERY often.
  3. hrfaretra
    I was really looking forward to these, but we were quite disappointed. I followed the recipe exactly, but the batter was really bland. I added a little nutmeg and allspice and some more cinnamon. The batter was very runny for donuts, but I hoped it would thicken up when chilled. When I tried to roll out the chilled dough, it was not really dough, but still thick batter. I couldn't make donuts because it wasn't thick enough. We made all donut holes, and they were extremely bland.
  4. specialbekah
    These are great! The first cake donuts I have ever made that weren't hard as brick. Will totally do it again. The fam loved them!
  5. Hannibal Homegirl
    These were delicious. Warm, slightly crispy on the outside, moist & chewy on the inside. Addictive.There are only three of us in the family, so we saved half of the dough in the fridge so we could have fresh made ones the next day. I see no reason why these would not keep even longer. They serve old fashioned apple sauce donuts at our annual Folk Life Festival. They've gotten kind of expensive..started out 25 cents per donut & now are 1.00 per donut! I won't have to fork out that kind of cash again because these taste just like them! Thanks for posting!!!


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