Frugal Foodie Mama: Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Butter Donuts

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Butter Donuts

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We started a fall tradition 2 years ago after my husband and I got married.  Every year we visit a Pennsylvania farm about 2 hours away to spend the day, go apple picking, take hay rides, pick out pumpkins straight from the patch.... and eat these amazing apple cider donuts they sell there.
It is literally THE FIRST thing we do when we get there.  
We make a bee line for the stand where they sell them and pick up a bag because they always sell out before midday.  
They are that good.

A month or so ago, I picked up my first donut pan.  Ever since the day that pan came home with me, I had been dreaming of baking a donut in them that would be similar to those irresistible apple cider donuts from the farm.
Other than punching holes into refrigerated biscuits and frying them in a pan of oil followed by a quick dunk in cinnamon sugar, I had never made homemade donuts before these Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Butter Donuts.

Though my Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Butter Donuts were not the same as our beloved apple cider donuts, they came pretty close.  (I mean, nothing can beat a donut recipe that they have perfected over YEARS and YEARS. ;) )
They are definitely the perfect fall donuts that you can make at home, and you know, not drive 2 hours to get to...
Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Butter Donuts

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7-9 minutes
Ingredients (1 dozen)
    For the donuts
    For the cinnamon-sugar topping
    • 3 tbsp sugar
    • 1 tbsp cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp butter, melted
    Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Spray your donut pan(s) with cooking spray. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add in the apple butter, milk, melted butter and eggs. Mix well and then fold in the chopped apples.

    Pour the batter into each donut cup of the pan about 2/3 full.
    Bake 7-9 minutes or until the tops of the donuts spring back when touched.
    Let the donuts cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Once cool enough to handle, melt 2 more tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe bowl.
    In another small shallow bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon.
    Quickly dip the top of one of the donuts in the melted butter and then twist immediately into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat this for each donut.

    Pour a glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee and Enjoy!
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    Do you have a special fall tradition you do with your family each year?  Or is there a special food that you can only get when the leaves start to turn that you look forward to every autumn?

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