Apple Butter Doughnuts

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I ran across this recipe for baked doughnuts this past week. I have already fried doughnuts so this was my first time to bake them so I had to run to the kitchen store to purchase doughnut pans. I also found out that if you fill the pans too full, the hole at the top of the doughnut will close. This recipe uses fresh apples and apple butter to make a wonderful doughnut full of spice topped with cinnamon sugar.

Baked Apple Butter Doughnuts

2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup apple butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped apples
2 eggs
2 tablespoon butter, melted
Topping
3 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon butter, melted
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pans with cooking spray.
2. 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.
3. Pour the batter into each doughnut cup of the pan about 2/3 full. Bake 7-9 minutes or until the tops of the donuts spring back when touched.
4. Let the donuts cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
 5. 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 doughnuts in the melted butter and then twist immediately into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat this for each doughnut.

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