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Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

These Apple Cider Donuts capture the flavor of fall! Apple pie spice gives these donuts their tasty flavor while a apple cider glaze and cinnamon and sugar give it a perfect finish. 

Apple Cider Donuts

Fried Apple Donut Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider- Pick a good tasting apple cider. This is going to be a big part of the flavor profile, so splurge a tiny bit for a better brand.
  • All-Purpose Flour- Regular white flour is what I use. 
  • Sugar- Both granulated and brown sugar are called for. Brown sugar is important. It adds a subtle molasses flavor that helps enhance the apple.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda- Leavening agents which give you a soft and fluffy finish. 
  • Salt- A flavor enhancer. 
  • Apple Pie Spice- This can be found in the spice aisle of most grocers. 
  • Eggs- Large eggs at room temperature. 
  • Butter- Salted butter is best for this recipe. 
  • Oil- For frying.

This recipe also uses a cinnamon and sugar topping. Alternately, you could make a glaze using 1 cup of powdered sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the apple cider. 

Best oil for making donuts:

I always reach for canola or vegetable oil. Here’s why… You want to use an oil that does not have flavor. Any added flavor notes are going to transfer into your donuts. Which is always why you want to use a new bottle of oil. Do not reuse. 

donut-cutter

Helpful Tools for this Recipe:

Doughnut recipes can be a smidge tricky. Here are a few of my favorite tools to help make the experience a tad easier. 

  • Donut Cutter or Round Cookie Cutters– These will help give you a uniform size and finish. 
  • Electric Skillet– These are an amazingly easy way to keep track of the temperature. You want the oil to be heated to 365 degrees. 
  • Candy Thermometer– If you are not ready to invest in a skillet, consider picking up a food thermometer. This can be put right in the oil and help you watch what the temperature is. 

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How to make Apple Cider Donuts:

  1. Pour the apple cider into a small pot. Heat over medium until reduced in half. Cool to room temperature and reserve 1-2 tablespoons for the glaze.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and apple pie spice in a large bowl.
  3. In a measuring cup combine the eggs, melted butter, and cooled cider.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just moistened. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or until chilled.
  5. Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Pat into a 1/2 inch thickness and cut your donuts using a donut cutter.
  6. Heat your oil to 365 degrees. Cook the donuts 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly browned and cooked through. Dip in cinnamon sugar mixture or glaze while still slightly warm.
  7. For the cinnamon and sugar: Combine ingredients until incorporated. Dip warm donuts to coat.

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Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

Yield: 24 small or 14 large
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 54 minutes

Ingredients

For the donuts:

  • 2 cup apple cider
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • oil for frying

For the cinnamon sugar topping:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Pour the apple cider into a small pot. Heat over medium until reduced in half. Cool to room temperature and reserve 1-2 tablespoons for the glaze.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and apple pie spice in a large bowl.
  3. In a measuring cup combine the eggs, melted butter, and cooled cider.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just moistened. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or until chilled.
  5. Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Pat into a 1/2 inch thickness and cut your donuts using a donut cutter.
  6. Heat your oil to 365 degrees. Cook the donuts 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly browned and cooked through. Dip in cinnamon sugar mixture or glaze while still slightly warm.
  7. For the cinnamon and sugar: Combine ingredients until incorporated. Dip warm donuts to coat.

Notes

Don't have a donut cutter? No problem! Just use a cup and small shot glass to create those perfect rounds. You can substitute the apple pie spice with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 donut
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information is an estimate.

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Catherine

Sunday 9th of February 2020

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!! I just discovered your blog and am having such a wonderful time looking at all of the wonderful recipes! Do you think the King Arthur Flour Vermont boiled cider would work in these donuts?

Jesseca

Monday 10th of February 2020

I have never used that product, so I couldn't comfortably tell you yes or no. Be sure to let us know if you try it and it works out!

Sara

Monday 21st of December 2015

My husband has always associated donuts with dessert, while donuts were a breakfast treat for me growing up. I made these for dessert for a Christmas party we hosted. They were a big hit all around, especially with my husband. I will definitely be bookmarking this recipe. Thanks!

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