Cider Doughnuts Recipe
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Cider Doughnuts Recipe

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Here on our 1,250-acre farm, we usually have a quick breakfast on the go. So I often keep a batch of these light and moist doughnuts on hand. They disappear quickly because no one can eat just one!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Combine the eggs, cider and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Divide dough in half. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; pat to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter. Repeat with remaining dough.
  3. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Cider Doughnuts in Cookin' Up Country Breakfasts Cookbook 1994, p67

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danielleylee User ID: 4484886 256959
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2016

"I made these today. My husband loved them. I did not use powdered sugar for the coating. Instead, I made an apple pie spice sugar blend. I took 1 tablespoon of apple pie spice and mixed it with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. I placed the mix in a brown bag and let the donuts cool slightly and then shook the donuts up in the bag."

dfilyer User ID: 2400457 216788
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"These came out so good. Don't over mix the dough or they will be tough. I mixed them by hand, just until they were moist. Really great recipe."

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 45583
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"These were good, but I think they could have used more flavor. I dipped some in the maple glaze and some in cinnamon sugar."

randcbruns User ID: 828588 73553
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"These doughnuts are nice and moist and have a great spice to them. You won't taste the apple cider but the spices due remind you for cider. These are easy to make and always a hit when I serve them. I love that it includes whole wheat flour. Like others have mentioned, they are great with cinnamon sugar."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 42627
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"These delicious donuts are easy to make! I roll them in cinnamon-sugar instead of using confectioners' sugar, which my husband really likes."

truckinchick561 User ID: 1725701 40110
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"These were great...super easy , and I used my fry daddy! I rolled them in cinnamon & sugar. Plus, I didn't have any cardamom, so I substituted cloves."

Loufrommaine User ID: 6222180 202018
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"These doughnuts were delicious, but tasted nothing like apple cider. I think I will save my cider for other things and go back to my old doughnut recipe."

marcyskitchen User ID: 5844004 43568
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"Excellent doughnuts, my grandchildren can hardly wait for me to get them done!!"

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