Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBiasCaramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie DoughnutsCaramel Frosted M&M’s® Pecan Pie Doughnuts, a homemade fry cake smothered in a caramel frosting and topped off with M&M’s® Pecan Pie, salted roasted pecan pieces, and some fall sprinkles! When fall gets here I always think doughnuts. When I was a young girl, I remember having a “fall festival” where we would get together for hay rides, apple dunking, and homemade fry cakes. We would enjoy our goodies around a nice big ole bonfire. I sure do miss those days!

I decided to try and recreate some of those fun times and make my own doughnuts in anticipation for the fall coming upon us. Have you seen the gourmet doughnuts in stores recently? Every time I walk by them I’m so tempted! They are usually buried under good stuff like caramel, coconut, and chocolate. Rather than buy the doughnut in the store, I decided to grab some ingredients and make my own gourmet Caramel Frosted M&M’s® Pecan Pie Doughnuts!

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Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts

Walking through Wal-mart I saw a few items that I thought would work perfectly for my recipe. I grabbed a jar of Mott’s® Applesauce Original, some Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing, and M&M’s® Pecan Pie. Then for good measure I grabbed a Snapple® Peach Tea to drink on my way home!

Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts
My dad, the tractor driver for our hay rides, and I love my mom’s homemade doughnuts. Unfortunately, I have not perfected her ability to make her recipe but I seem pretty successful with my own. I guess in my eyes I am never going to match my Momma’s doughnuts because they are the absolute best. With my mom not around though I had no trouble scarfing down these doughnuts that I made!

Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts

Thinking about my dad and how willing he was to make us kids happy with our fall gathering, I wanted to make a gourmet doughnut worthy of him. Dad’s birthday is coming up in the next month also and I think these would make a nice treat to make when I visit to wish him a happy birthday! I decided to make an applesauce fry cake (doughnut), a caramel icing and to cover that baby in M&M’s® Pecan Pie along with lightly salted and roasted pecan pieces. I may not think my doughnut making skills are the most amazing, but oh my goodness, these doughnuts were absolutely amazing!

Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts

I realize many people may not have the talent or skill to make their own doughnuts. So, while I am not the expert, I thought I would at least show you that I do know a little bit about making doughnuts! Just follow my photos below to see my roll and cut out process. I’ll share some tips about what I do along the way. If you already know what you are doing, you can scroll to the end of this post and just grab the recipe!

Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts

After my dough is coming together I turn it out onto a floured board. At this point in time the dough is still really soft. I use my scraper and fold some more flour into the dough until its not too sticky and I can roll it out easily.

Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts

I use enough flour to keep the dough from sticking to my board and rolling pin, then roll the dough out to about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. I then cut the dough out into rounds with my biscuit cutter. I don’t have a doughnut cutter so I just take one of my big Wilton decorating tips and cut the hole out with the round end of the tip. (Sorry, I forgot to get a photo of the tip!)

Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts
You want your oil to be hot, but not too hot. This can be the tricky part when making cake doughnuts especially. Try to keep it at around 375 degrees. I use a candy thermometer to watch my temperature. If your oil gets too hot your inside of your doughnut will not be cooked all the way through before the doughnut is browned. If your oil is not hot enough, your doughnut will be heavy and greasy. I always use a brown paper bag to drain my doughnuts on. Its what my mom used and this has carried over into what I use. I believe it really works best because it soaks up any grease from the doughnut without letting it soak into the doughnut and making it soggy.

Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts

If your leery about making your own doughnuts, you can always buy plain fry cakes in your store and proceed with making the topping. Then, you can enjoy your gourmet doughnut as seen below :).

Caramel Frosted M&M's® Pecan Pie Doughnuts

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Caramel Frosted M&M’s® Pecan Pie Doughnuts
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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Serves: 2 dozen
  • For the doughnuts:
  • 2 quarts oil for deep frying
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Mott’s® Apple Sauce Original
  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavor extract (may sub vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 cup Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • M&M’s® Pecan Pie 9.9oz
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted pecan pieces
  • fall colored sprinkles
  1. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F. You can test this by dropping a small piece of dough into the hot oil. If it bubbles all around quickly, it is up to temperature
  2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, butter, eggs, butter flavored extract, and applesauce. In a separate bowl, stir together flour baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir flour mixture into the egg mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Mix until a stiff dough is formed.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 3/4 to 1 inch thick sheet. Make sure to roll the dough to an even thickness. Cut out doughnuts with a doughnut cutter.
  4. Carefully slide doughnuts into hot oil. Turn doughnuts as soon as they rise to the surface. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain and cool prior to icing.
  5. To decorate doughnuts: Mix together Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing and caramel ice cream topping until combined. Spread icing over top of doughnut and decorate with M&M’s® Pecan Pie, pecan pieces, and fall sprinkles if desired.


About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Christie September 18, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

    What a fun way to celebrate a birthday or to start Thanksgiving day.

  2. Renee@Renee's Kitchen Adventures September 18, 2015 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Oh yummy!! I love cake doughnuts this time of year!! They seem so “Fallish” These look amazing Shelby!

  3. Sandra September 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Oh, I love all the goodies that top the donuts! What a fun treat. I’ve only baked donuts I need to try this tasty fry method!

  4. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama September 19, 2015 at 11:06 am - Reply

    These sounds like the perfect donuts for fall! 🙂 I always love when bloggers share recipes that bring back warm family memories for them.

  5. Mary Ellen September 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Great tip on how to do this if you don’t have a donut cutter!

  6. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads September 19, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    What a fun and delicious looking donut! I could totally go for one right now!

  7. Heather {Brie Brie Blooms} September 23, 2015 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I remember my dad making us homemade doughnuts growing up but I haven’t carried on the tradition. Instead of making doughnuts for my daughters I would love to surprise my dad with homemade doughnuts the next time I visit. Great recipe! #client

  8. Samantha K September 25, 2015 at 4:39 am - Reply

    These look amazing! I have a mini doughnut maker, but I really want to try to have homemade ones like this! (client)

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