Autumn Donuts

Autumn Donuts

Dress up Apple Cider Donuts as apples or pumpkins for an even sweeter take on a classic fall dessert.

YIELDS

12 donuts

INGREDIENTS

Donuts

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup C&H® Golden Brown Sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 3/4 cups (1 lb. box) C&H® Confectioners Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • green food coloring

Decorating as Pumpkins

  • 1 1/2 cups C&H® Granulated Sugar
  • 1 to 2 drops orange food coloring

Decorating as Glazed Apples

  • 2 cups C&H® Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 to 2 drops red food coloring

INSTRUCTIONS

Donuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease donut pan with 12 openings.

Melt butter in saucepan. Add apple cider. Stir and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon; set aside.

Add brown sugar to melted butter/cider mixture; stir. Add eggs; stir until creamy.

Stir in flour mixture until all is incorporated. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Tap pan on flat surface to remove air.

Bake 7 to 8 minutes.  Allow donuts to cool before handling.

Buttercream Frosting

In a large bowl, with electric mixer at low speed, combine sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat at medium speed 1 to 2 minutes, until creamy. If desired, add more milk until frosting is spreading consistency. Add green food coloring; mix.

Decorating

Autumn Donuts Decorated as Pumpkins:

In a large zip top bag, mix sugar with orange food coloring. Remove air.

Squeeze bag until all of the sugar has become orange.

Spread sugar out onto a baking pan and let dry.

Dip slightly warm donuts in orange sugar. Decorate with green buttercream frosting leaves.

Autumn Donuts Decorated as Glazed Apples:

Mix sugar, water and food coloring until sugar is red. 

Dip top of cooled donuts into the glaze and dry on wire rack.

Decorate with a pretzel stick for stem and green buttercream frosting leaves.

QUICK TIP

Store any remaining frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months.