Caramel Apple Donut Holes

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Originally, I meant to get this recipe up in September, but when you’re utterly and completely sick to your stomach for weeks (er, months) on end, food is the absolute last thing you EVER want to look at, let alone write about unless you absolutely have to.

While I’m still dealing with the yucks somewhat (oh, but I know the end reward will be worth it), I’m calling it and posting this recipe anyway. And you know why? You deserve to make this recipe while you’re still craving caramel apple everything and all the apple recipes.

Back when my taste buds were still in good working order, these donut holes were AH-MAZING.

Caramel Apple Donut Holes are the perfect fall treat, coated with a Krispy Kreme copycat like icing that’s flaky and oh so scrumptious.

These are a quick rise yeast donut, fried in a deep fryer. I know, not the healthiest, but every once in awhile, it’s ok to enjoy a simple treat. Simple ingredients led to a delicious fall treat that I honestly can’t wait to make again.

Caramel Apple Donut Holes are the perfect fall treat, coated with a Krispy Kreme copycat like icing that’s flaky and oh so scrumptious.

In fact, I may take this recipe, switch it up, and make a fantastic baked sweet bread. Who can tell? Just let me get my tummy back in order, and a recipe will be coming your way.

Let’s just talk about the icing, though. I happen to be a fan of Krispy Kreme and the wonderful, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth icing they use on their glazed donuts. In trying to emulate the texture and consistency of their icing, this icing turned out quite well. Quite the copycat if I do say so myself.

Caramel Apple Donut Holes are the perfect fall treat, coated with a Krispy Kreme copycat like icing that’s flaky and oh so scrumptious.

When you bite into the donut holes, the icing flakes and gives that deliciously crunchy effect. So yummy!

Caramel Apple Donut Holes are the perfect fall treat, coated with a Krispy Kreme copycat like icing that’s flaky and oh so scrumptious.

Grab the printable recipe below. And most of all, enjoy!

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Caramel Apple Donut Holes are the perfect fall treat, coated with a Krispy Kreme copycat like icing that’s flaky and oh so scrumptious.

Yield: 48

Caramel Apple Donut Holes

Caramel Apple Donut Holes

Caramel apple donut holes are a quick rise yeast donut, fried in a deep fryer and glazed with a thin, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth icing that's oh so delicious!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rise Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

Donut Holes:

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packs quick rise yeast
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 pinches salt
  • 1 tbsp. apple pie spice
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. caramel extract

Icing:

  • 3-4 tbsp. salted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. caramel extract
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup real apple juice

Instructions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. In separate bowl, mix together softened unsalted butter, milk, eggs, and caramel extract.
  3. Blend with dry ingredients.
  4. Let dough rise for an hour or more, 'til doubled in size.
  5. Roll dough out onto floured surface, and cut with donut/donut hole cutter. (TIP: If you don't have a donut hole cutter, cut the top off a plastic soda bottle and wash. Use the opening of the soda bottle to cut out donut holes, works like a charm!)
  6. Place donuts on cookie sheet and let rise 'til doubled in size.
  7. Meanwhile, mix up icing, blending all ingredients together.
  8. Fry at 350° or at the direction of your deep fryer instruction manual. You could also fry in a skillet in a couple inches of oil.
  9. Let donuts/donut holes drain on paper bags.
  10. While still warm, dip in icing.
  11. Set on rack over wax paper to drip and cool.
  12. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 41mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

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