Apple Cider Donuts

Megan Hampton


There is nothing better in the fall than those melt in your mouth apple donuts from the local Orchard! This is my take on those tasty donuts!

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This recipe has converted me from a yeast donut lover, to a cake donut lover. The apple cider was very subtle, but, oh boy, did it add to the amazing flavor! The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 7 votes

30 Min
1 Hr
Deep Fry


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  • 1 c
    apple cider
  • 1 c
  • 1/4 c
    solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 large
  • 1/2 c
  • 3 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    iodized salt
  • 1/4 tsp
  • ·
    enough vegetable oil or shortening to fill 3 inches of a frying pan
  • 1 c
    cinnamon/sugar mixture to coat donuts

How to Make Apple Cider Donuts


  1. Boil apple cider in small saucepan until it is reduced to 1/4 cup, 8 to 10 minutes; cool. Beat sugar with shortening until smooth. Add eggs and mix well, then add buttermilk and reduced cider. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in another bowl. Add to liquid ingredients; mix just enough to combine. Transfer dough to lightly floured board and pat to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2- to 3-inch doughnut cutter; reserve doughnut holes and reroll and cut scraps. Add enough oil or shortening to fill a deep pan 3 inches; heat to 375'F. Fry several doughnuts at a time, turning once or twice, until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove to paper towels with slotted spoon. While still warm, shake a few at a time in a paper bag containing cinnamon sugar. Cool on a rack.

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About Apple Cider Donuts

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Collection: Fall Food
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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