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Apple Cider Donuts
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Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts are a fall favorite. These apple cider donuts are made from freshly pressed apple cider and fried not baked. Add your favorite topping and enjoy with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. 24
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 mins
chill in fridge overnight or for 2 hours2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 19 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider donut, donut
Servings: 24 donuts
Calories: 142kcal


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  • deep fryer or deep frying pan


  • 2⅔ cups all-purpose flour(320g)
  • cup packed brown sugar(75g)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp apple pie spices
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp melted butter cooled
  • ¼ cup boiled cider (85g)
  • ¼ cup fresh apple cider(70g)
  • powdered sugar, maple glaze, or cinnamon and sugar for coating the donut.
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Mix together all of the dry ingredients.
  • Mix together the egg, boiled cider, fresh cider, and cooled melted butter
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well with a hand or stand mixer. The dough will be the consistency of a very thick batter. Don't try to make the donuts before the dough Chills or else you will have a sticky mess.
  • Cover and rest in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 2 hours.

Rolling out and frying the donuts

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large cast-iron pan or electric skillet. Oil temperature needs to be a steady 350 degrees. Use an instant-read thermometer to monitor the oil.
  • Roll out the donuts to about 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut to desired size with either a large or medium size donut cutter.
  • Fry in the hot oil for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove and allow donut to cool briefly. Once it is cool enough to handle, add your favorite coating or topping (see below)
  • These donuts are best when served warm and fresh.



If you don't have a donut cutter 2 round biscuit cutters will also work.  
To coat the fried donut:  Once the donut is cool enough to handle:  Dip in powdered sugar.   Dip in a mixture of granulated sugar and cinnamon.  Dip in powdered sugar with cinnamon.  Make a maple glaze with powdered sugar and maple syrup.  


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg