Applesauce Donuts

A batch of warm Applesauce Donuts are the perfect cooking project for a cool fall day. Everyone loves homemade donuts and our Applesauce Icing takes this tasty breakfast or snack recipe to the next level.

Applesauce Doughnuts
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
50 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
20 doughnuts and holes


  • 4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup Homemade Applesauce or unsweetened applesauce

  • ½ cup buttermilk or sour milk*

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying

  • 1 recipe Applesauce Icing

  • Homemade Applesauce and/or sweetened whipped cream (optional)

  • Ground cinnamon and/or ground nutmeg (optional)

  • Apple peel ribbons (optional)

Homemade Applesauce

  • 5 red cooking apples (the mushier the better), cored and seeded

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup apple juice or apple cider

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Applesauce Icing

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • ¾ cup Homemade Applesauce or unsweetened applesauce

  • ¼ cup water


  1. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, the 1 tablespoon cinnamon, the salt, and baking soda. In another large bowl whisk together eggs and egg yolk. Add sugar, the 1 cup Homemade Applesauce, the buttermilk, and melted butter; whisk until well mixed. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Use your hands to mix together until all of the flour is moistened. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

  2. On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter, rerolling dough as necessary. Fry doughnuts, two or three doughnuts and doughnut holes at a time, in deep hot oil (365°F) for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden, turning once. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.

  3. Dip warm doughnuts and doughnut holes in Applesauce Icing. If desired, serve with whipped cream and/or additional applesauce; sprinkle with additional cinnamon and/or nutmeg. If desired, garnish with apple peel ribbons.

Homemade Applesauce

  1. In a Dutch oven combine red cooking apples; granulated sugar; apple juice or apple cider; and ground cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cook for 45 to 60 minutes or until apples are soft enough to puree. Transfer apple mixture to a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until sauce texture. (If you prefer, use a hand blender to puree the apple mixture.) Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

Applesauce Icing

  1. In a medium bowl combine powdered sugar, Homemade Applesauce or unsweetened applesauce, and water. Whisk together until smooth. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
17g Fat
51g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 79mg 2%
Folate, total 52.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*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.

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