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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.

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!
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Course: Breads & Muffins
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Rise Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


Donut Holes:

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons quick rise yeast
  • 2/3 cup cane sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon caramel extract



  • Whisk all the dry ingredients, including the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and apple pie spice, together.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the softened unsalted butter, milk, eggs, and caramel extract.
  • Blend the liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients.
  • Let the dough rise for an hour or more, 'til doubled in size.
  • Roll the dough out onto a 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!)
  • Place the donuts on a cookie sheet and let rise 'til doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, mix up the icing, blending all the ingredients together.
  • Fry the donuts and donut holes in a deep fryer set to 350° F, 'til each donut hole is cooked thru and golden. You can also fry them in a skillet in a couple inches of canola oil.
  • Let the donuts and donut holes drain on paper bags.
  • While still warm, dip each one in the icing.
  • Set on a rack over wax paper to drip and cool.
  • Once they've cooled enough to eat, they're ready for you to enjoy!


Serving: 1Servings | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 41mg | Sugar: 13g
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