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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."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Additional sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 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; gradually 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°. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter a few at a time into hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels; roll in sugar while warm.

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  • Cassandra
    Jun 25, 2020

    Instead of creaming the butter and sugar, I put the butter and sugar in a small sauce pan and kinda melted the butter and creamed them together. I also used all spice instead of nutmeg, and used buttermilk. My kids and mother said they were a do again.

  • djgrwhite
    Nov 22, 2019

    Can you air fry or bake these?

  • eyeball4
    Oct 31, 2013


  • delrays
    Sep 28, 2013

    I have not tried them, wanted to know if anyone tried baking them? Trying not to eat fried foods...

  • keverwann
    Jun 23, 2013

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  • Cheryl Clawson
    Apr 10, 2013

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  • JennTats
    Mar 1, 2013

    These were good, cake like donuts. You have to have a good dough to have a good tasting donut and this recipe is good. Thank you for sharing it with my family.

  • meada80
    Feb 12, 2013

    I won't be making this again. No matter how small the fritter was it was raw on the inside and dark on the outside. Also too much of a nutmeg flavor & the amount of cinnamon made the batter dark....I have no idea what went wrong.

  • xicota
    May 16, 2012

    My daughter and I had so much fun making these! The recipe surely made a lot---enough to share with neighbors. I even had a catering request for these! Great recipe!

  • LindaFranz
    Nov 29, 2011

    Excellent and easy! I added cinnamon to the sugar you roll them in! Definately recommend!!!