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    How to Make Super Easy Caramel Apple Pie Donuts

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    These Caramel Apple Pie Donuts will be the best you've ever tasted. I use
    Country Crock® Original Spread, brown sugar and heavy whipping cream to make the caramel sweet, smooth and buttery. The dessert is the perfect spin on apple pie this holiday season.

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and one thing that’s always on our holiday table are desserts.

    During the holidays, there is a tremendous amount of cooking done in my kitchen, so I take recipe short cuts wherever I can as long as they don’t sacrifice flavor.

    For example, when making Carmel Apple Pie Donuts, I use Dollar General Clover Valley® Canned Apples rather than peeling, coring, cutting and cooking apples from scratch.

    But the one thing I don’t take a shortcut on is the caramel for the donut topping, which uses a combination of Country Crock® Original Spread, brown sugar and heavy whipping cream. Some recipes I see recommend using caramel dips, and others suggest melting caramel candy. With caramel being so easy to make, I like making mine at home.

    I was able to get all of the ingredients at Dollar General in the grocery and refrigerated aisles. I've been shopping for groceries more at Dollar General lately because it's never crowded and small, making it easy to navigate. Also, from 10/14/21 - 11/14/21, you can Save $0.75 OFF any ONE (1) Country Crock® or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! with a Dollar General Digital Coupon! Click here to save.


    What are the benefits of using Country Crock® Original Spread?

    Using Country Crock® in this recipe keeps the sugar from crystallizing, which is helpful for anyone who’s never made caramel at home. It also gives my caramel that rich, creamy and buttery taste I look for in a homemade recipe.

    I especially like using it in recipes that require softened butter. Most of the time, I don't take the butter out of the refrigerator to soften, but Country Crock® is soft right out of the refrigerator every time.

    I can feel good about using it in recipes knowing it's made with simple farm-grown ingredients without any artificial flavors and preservatives.

    Another benefit of using Country Crock® is I get that real country-fresh taste from real ingredients like a blend of delicious oils, water and a pinch of salt. The added salt in the spread saves me the step of including it in my caramel recipe.

    Using Country Crock® and the two additional ingredients below makes getting the right caramel color and texture much easier. In the end I get a sweet, perfectly brown caramel to coat the donuts in.

    Another time-saver in this recipe is replacing fresh apples with the Dollar General Clover Valley Apple Pie Filling. I'd never used canned apples before, so I was skeptical at first, but when I opened the can and found sliced firm apples in a sauce with the perfect thickness, I was so excited. All I had to do was cut them into smaller chunks and place them on top of the dipped donuts.


    Caramel Apple Pie Donuts

     

    The Donuts

    For the donuts, I use refrigerated biscuits with the centers mashed down to create a well for the apple compote. I fry them in vegetable oil for about 5 minutes per side until golden brown.

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    Caramel Sauce Ingredients


    -  1 cup brown sugar

    -  4 tbs. of Country Crock® Original Spread

    -  1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


    Instructions

    Once the biscuits are done, I start making the caramel sauce.

    1.  First, I add a cup of brown sugar to a pan over medium heat. I whisk the sugar until it melts into a syrup.

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    2. 
    Next, I add 4 tablespoons of Country Crock® to the melted sugar and whisk until both ingredients are melted. I then let the syrup come to a boil as I continuously whisk.

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    3. 
    After the syrup begins reducing, I whisk in a half cup of heavy whipping cream then allow the sauce to boil for about 10 minutes. Then remove it from the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.

    4.  I pour the caramel into a bowl and refrigerate it for 10 minutes so that it can firm up into a thick caramel.

    After removing it from the fridge, the smooth, thick texture is perfect. Now I'm ready to dip each donut into the caramel sauce. I dip both sides of each donut and let them drain on a wire rack.

    The last thing I do is add a few spoonfuls of diced Clover Valley® Apple Pie onto the donuts.

    The great thing about this caramel sauce recipe is that you'll have plenty left over to use on ice-cream, in caramel lattes, and so much more!


    Caramel Apple Pie donuts are a great spin on traditional apple pie. A sweet, buttery, caramel sauce atop soft warm donuts topped with apples is how my family will enjoy apple pie inspired dessert this fall.

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    This post has been sponsored by Country Crock®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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    Post Written by: Saidah Washington of Aprons and Stilletos

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