Homemade Apple Cider Doughnuts

  • My idea of Fall is having a large plate of warm, fresh, homemade apple cider doughnuts with a cup of coffee in hand. This is the perfect cinnamon sugary treat full of apple cider flavor!

    Every Fall, I crave apple cider doughnuts. As soon as September hits, I want to go to the pumpkin patch or local apple orchard and get fresh apple cider doughnuts. As ambitious as I try to get ourselves out there, we never seem to carve out the time to actually do it. I really should make it a yearly recurring calendar event.

    Anyway, like clockwork, September rolled around then October came and went and we still never got our apple cider doughnuts. This year, the craving was intense. Maybe it was because I had just gotten off my sugar-free challenge but I HAD to have the taste of apple cider doughnuts in my mouth ASAP.

    What’s a girl gotta do when she craves apple cider doughnuts? Make a pan full of them. Yup. The only cure is homemade and that is what I did.

    My idea of Fall is having a large plate of warm, fresh, homemade apple cider doughnuts with a cup of coffee in hand. This is the perfect cinnamon sugary treat full of apple cider flavor!

    The apple cider doughnuts really get their apple cider flavor from…well, the apple cider. BUT you must take the extra step to boil it for 12 minutes in the beginning. I know that you just want to jump right into making the doughnuts but you really gotta make sure there’s FLAVOR in these doughnuts.

    Apple cider flavor is what we are going for right? Then you gotta be patient. Honestly, you’ll forget that 12 minutes is even long because you’ll be prepping the other ingredients while you boil the cider.

    My idea of Fall is having a large plate of warm, fresh, homemade apple cider doughnuts with a cup of coffee in hand. This is the perfect cinnamon sugary treat full of apple cider flavor!

    The effort and time it takes to make these doughnuts is so worth it in the end. You get these gorgeous cinnamon sugar covered fried dough goodness. It was the BEST to eat these hot out of the frier and everything was still warm throughout. You can’t get that anywhere but at home and it was the best decision ever to make these at home instead of going somewhere to grab them.

    I would be happy to make these any day. Ugh, I wish I had a plate of them next to me right now. And some coffee. Apple cider doughnuts and coffee? SUCH A GOOD COMBO!!

    My idea of Fall is having a large plate of warm, fresh, homemade apple cider doughnuts with a cup of coffee in hand. This is the perfect cinnamon sugary treat full of apple cider flavor!

    What I crave, I get. You can too with the recipe below :)

    Homemade Apple Cider Doughnuts
    Prep Time
    1 hr 25 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 45 mins
     
    The epitome of a Fall morning! Apple cider doughnuts + a cup of coffee = heaven on earth!
    Servings: 12 doughnuts with doughnut holes
    Ingredients
    • 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
    • 1 quart canola oil for frying
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    Instructions
    1. In a small saucepan, bring apple cider to a rapid boil. Cook over high heat until reduced by half, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.
    2. In the meantime, whisk together in a large bowl: flours, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and spices
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, and cooled cider.
    4. Make a well in the dry ingredients then pour the liquid into the well. With a spatula, start folding the flour into the liquid then once a cohesive, sticky dough is formed, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1 hour, or until firm enough to shape.
    5. Once ready, divide dough in half then on a floured surface, roll out dough into 1/2-inch thickness then use a doughnut cutter, cut dough.
    6. In a shallow plate or container, whisk together sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
    7. Heat canola oil in a heavy-bottom pot to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry doughnuts, 2-3 at a time until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Place fried doughnuts onto a paper towel to drain then immediately toss in cinnamon sugar mixture.
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe from Taste of Home

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  • Jenny Flake says:

    Ok, I need these this morning! Gorgeous!

  • Maria says:

    These look addicting!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    These look soooooo tempting! Love the fall flavors!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I am salivating looking at these!

  • Gaby Dalkin says:

    I need these in my life ASAP!

  • Mary Pisarkiewicz says:

    Oh yum, I didn’t get to get out to the farm and get my cider and donuts! I will have to make this!

  • Marissa says:

    Made these tonight and my family loved them! Thanks

    • Julie says:

      Wonderful! So happy you made them. Thank you for letting me know :)

  • Kat Ray says:

    Hi! Is it possible to substitute apple cider for apple cider vinegar? Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      Hi, absolutely not! The apple cider is what gives the donuts the apple cider flavor. If you use vinegar…well, your donuts will taste like vinegar!

  • Elene says:

    Would it be possible to modify this recipe to bake the donuts instead of frying?

    • Julie says:

      Hi, I don’t think you could bake these donuts. I feel like there needs to be different ingredients for this to be baked, however, I am not positive either because I haven’t tried this myself. Sorry!

  • Doris Kramer says:

    Thanks!!sounds easy enough

  • gabrielle says:

    hi, i was just wondering how many doughnuts this recipe yields?

    • Julie says:

      hi! sorry – i thought it was in the recipe but i guess it never made it in. it makes about a dozen + the doughnut holes!

  • Noemi says:

    Can i substitute white flour for the wheat flour? Can I substitute vegetable oil for the canola oil?

    • Julie says:

      I haven’t tried it with regular AP flour for the wheat but it should work. Vegetable oil doesn’t have as high smoke point as canola oil so might not be as good for frying.

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