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Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Cake doughnuts remind me of family trips to South Dakota. We’d stop at Wall Drug for a dozen or so before camping in the Badlands. Maple glaze was and still is my favorite. Share a batch with friends and family who appreciate a hot, fresh doughnut. —Melissa Hansen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch YIELD:12 servings


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


  • 1. In a small saucepan, bring cider to a rapid boil; cook over high heat until reduced by half, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.
  • 2. Whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and spices. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, melted butter and cooled cider; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened (dough will be sticky). Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until firm enough to shape.
  • 3. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, pat each portion to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a floured 3-in. doughnut cutter.
  • 4. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 325°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side. Fry doughnut holes, a few at time, until golden brown and cooked through, about 1 minute on each side. Drain on paper towels; cool slightly. If desired, dip tops of doughnuts into glaze of your choice. Yield: 1 dozen doughnuts plus doughnut holes.

Recipe Note

Ginger-Sugar: In a shallow bowl, mix 3/4 cup sugar and 2-3 tablespoons ground ginger. Toss with warm doughnuts. Yield: 3/4 cup.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without toppings): 335 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 338mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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LYNN3029 User ID: 8496179 265764
Reviewed May. 9, 2017

"Fantastic! Making a double batch today to take to a picnic. They are wonderful rolled in sugar."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 254845
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"Yum! These were awesome and pretty easy to prepare. I'm not a fan of ginger so we stuck with cinnamon sugar topping."

erinshea1982 User ID: 7151030 254453
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"This is the perfect fall breakfast! We loved them!"

kparmar24 User ID: 8411271 254361
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2016

"Nice recipe !"

cindiak User ID: 221828 254334
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"Delicious! I did use all all-purpose flour as I don't care for the taste of wheat flour."

gzaborsky User ID: 8103789 237422
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"The holes came out great. Hard to from doughnuts"

DoubleStuff User ID: 6617777 223305
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"Made these this morning to go with breakfast. DELICIOUS!! I prepared the dough last night exactly as specified, rolled it out and cut the doughnuts this morning. Tried sugar, cinnamon sugar mix and ginger sugar mix as a coating. Definitely prefer plain sugar or cinnamon sugar mix. We did not try either glaze. Keeping the temp at 365 can be a little tricky, so I used a candy thermometer to help monitor the temp.

This recipe is not difficult, but a little putsy. If I was planning to use for company, I think I would cut out the dough ahead of time so in the morning, all I'd need to do is heat up the oil and plop the doughnuts in.
I fried up half of the dough today, and I cut and froze the remainder of the dough to use sometime in the next month. I'll plan to thaw the dough the day prior in the refrigerator. I'm not sure how that will work, but I'm going to give that a try."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 219670
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015 Edited Apr. 17, 2017

"These doughnuts were tasty and my daughter liked them. They were a nice fall morning treat. I liked the chocolate glaze, but didn't think the apple flavor and chocolate went together very well. We thought they tasted better topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar."

preachermom User ID: 4175916 218247
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015


I made my dough the night before, which made breakfast come all that much more quickly in the morning. The level of spice in this recipe was far more tolerable than some other recipes I have tried. In fact my kids didn't even notice.
I rolled some in a cinnamon and sugar mixture and made a chocolate glaze/frosting for the others.
I will be making these again."

jillknit User ID: 902626 201115
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"I made these a few weeks ago and they were awesome!"

pastiepie User ID: 1062574 185474
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"I really liked these and so did the kids."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 128105
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"My husband loved these! I made a caramel glaze and then dipped the donut in chopped pecans and walnuts to make it kind of like a caramel apple."

cali1957 User ID: 7834767 127454
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"We get these every year in Kansas at the cider mill. Now that I found a recipe I can make our own. Thanks for posting this one."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 199915
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"These were good but a bit heavy. Took quite a bit of time. I enjoyed spiced flavor but kids did not. Maple glaze worked well."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 199446
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"These were delicious. One bite of these light, fluffy and flavorful donuts took me back to wonderful memories. I was worried they might be a bit heavy but these were not. I love the craggy edges on a donut too and these have them. My favorite topping is a simple sugar cinnamon dusting. I will be making these again. They are delicious."

Woodspryte User ID: 7365296 199445
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

"How do you convert these to BAKED doughnuts?

I had to give a star rating for my question to post. I'm basing it on how good they sound. I have not made them yet."

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