Pear Butter Or Apple Butter Doughnuts Recipe

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Pear Butter or Apple Butter Doughnuts

Brenda Newton


I made some pear butter this year for the first time and had found this apple butter doughnut recipe so thought I would try it with the pear butter. Use your holdiday cookie cutters to add a little seasonal flair to them. To give credit to the person this recipe came from was Mary June Donavan in Clinton Mass. Thanks Mary June for a wonderful recipe I got to adapt with my homemade pear butter.

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2 1/2 dozen
2 Hr 45 Min
5 Min


2 Tbsp
butter softened
1 c
2 tsp
vanilla extract
4 1/2 c
all purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 c
evaporated milk
1 Tbsp
orange juice or lemon juice
1 c
pear or apple butter (this can be store bought)
oil for deep fat frying
1/2 tsp
ground nutmeg


1/4 c
butter, cubed
2 1/2 c
powdered sugar (have extra on hand in case it gets to runny)
1/4 c
evaporated milk (i have used regular milk it just may need more powdered sugar)
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract or orange if you used orange juice above


1In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes.
2Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg. Beat in vanilla.
3Combine the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine evaporated milk and juice; let stand 1 minute. Stir in pear or apple butter. Add flour mixture, beating well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
4Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead 5-6 times. Roll to 1/4" thickness. Cut with a floured cookie or doughnut cutter.
5In an deep skillet or deep fryer heat oil to 375 and fry doughnuts a few at a time until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
6In a small heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat until golden brown. Roughly 5 minutes. Pour into a small bowl and beat in the confectioners' sugar, milk and extract. Frost doughnuts. You can add food coloring for seasonal shapes and sprinkle with favorite sprinkles. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts