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Apple Butter Doughnuts

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch


2-1/2 dozen

In my family, it's a tradition to make these lovely spiced doughnuts after sledding. The whole family gathers in the kitchen to talk and laugh while we mix these up and fry them. We all think they are the best ever!—
Apple Butter Doughnuts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Combine evaporated milk and lemon juice; let stand 1 minute. Stir in apple butter. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with apple butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 5-6 times. Roll to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. cutter.
  4. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
  5. In a small heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Pour into a small bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Frost doughnuts.

Nutrition Facts

1 doughnut: 223 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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