By Kimberly Holland

Can't snag a sweet at your favorite apple-picking spot? These will help.

Apple picking is a treasured fall activity. You can join your neighbors and friends at your local apple orchard to pick bushels of fruit and celebrate time-honored traditions. You may even be able to sip cider by a campfire or take a hayride through rolling hills. Before leaving, you'll load up with McIntoshes, Empires, or Cortlands — and, of course, doughnuts for the next day's breakfast.

But some years, you just can't leave town for the U-Pick. Busy schedules get in the way. If that's you this year and you're aching to spend a crisp autumn day in an expansive orchard, we've got the next best thing — those doughnuts you'll be missing.

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This brand-new recipe for Baked Apple Doughnuts will transport you to the farm house with wooden floors and crackling fireplace. You might have to settle for picking up apples from the local farmers' stand — you'll need a few for this recipe — but you can turn on some tunes, dress in your favorite denim, and settle into a fall state of mind while you whip up these baked treats.

Allrecipes member summer writes, "These easy and delicious baked apple doughnuts are tender, sweet, and studded with pieces of tart apple. The trick is to coat the dough in lots of cinnamon sugar, and then bake them so they are still soft on the inside and have a wonderful sugar crust on the outside. Enjoy with coffee and a crossword!"

If you prefer the fluffy, airy texture of fried doughnuts to baked ones, you might want to try these Apple Cider Doughnuts. Here again, you may prefer to use cider from your favorite farmer, but you can also pick some up at the weekend market or beg a neighbor to bring back a gallon — you'll need 1 1/2 cups for this recipe — from their apple-picking adventure.

If you're more of a fritter fan, don't fret. Mom's Apple Fritters feature fresh apples, so you can still get your fried batter fix, even if you can't get to the fruit source.

Next year, be sure to make space for that apple picking day you so love. But keep these recipes handy so you can put your bushel bounty to good use.

Related: 13 Savory Main Dishes Featuring Sweet Apples

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