Donuts Recipes

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Wonderful and warm, these old-fashioned apple cider donuts are delicious. Though perfect for fall, these treats are great year-round.

I even make the batter recipe the night before and then finish them in the morning. I also like to dust them with powdered sugar… Yum!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Additional Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hrs


  • 2 cups white sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider
  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 6 cups vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together in a resealable plastic bag.
  2. Bring apple cider to a boil in a saucepan; cook, stirring occasionally, until cider has reduced to 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Whisk 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl. Mix butter, eggs, egg yolk, and cooled cider together in a separate bowl until smooth; stir into flour mixture.
  4. Stir remaining 2 3/4 cups flour into mixture until dough is smooth. Refrigerate dough for 10 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a large pot or deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  6. Turn dough onto a well-floured work surface using floured hands; pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into doughnuts using a doughnut cutter or 2 round cookie cutters (1 large and 1 small). Gather scraps and re-pat dough to cut out as many doughnuts as possible.
  7. Carefully slide doughnuts, working in batches, into hot oil; fry until doughnuts rise to the surface and begin to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip doughnuts and continue frying until opposite side is browned, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  8. Remove doughnuts with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to cool until easily handled, about 1 minute.
  9. Toss cooled doughnuts in the reserved bag of cinnamon sugar. Bring oil back to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) before frying next batch.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 24
  • Calories 219
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 8g 11%
  • Saturated Fat 2g 11%
  • Cholesterol 29mg 10%
  • Sodium 160mg 7%
  • Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
  • Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
  • Total Sugars 19g
  • Protein 3g
  • Calcium 34mg 3%
  • Iron 1mg 6%
  • Potassium 30mg 1%

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