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Cider Doughnuts

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • danielleylee
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Sep 27, 2011

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

  • jhwest
    Oct 16, 2006

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    Aug 22, 2006

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