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Cider Doughnuts

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch


about 1-1/2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 10, 2022
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! —Suzanne Christensen, Defiance, Iowa
Cider Doughnuts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together first 10 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, cider and melted butter. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Refrigerate, covered, until firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.
  2. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, pat each portion to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter.
  3. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 doughnut: 217 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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