The Best Apple Cider Donuts

Apple cider donuts aren't just for the apple orchard. Make these Fall treats at home with this full recipe tutorial and photos!

Have I told you lately how much I love Fall? I think I profess my love for the season every blog post. Whoops! What can I say, all of the food just resonates with me. Think pumpkin rolls, caramel applesand Fireball apple cider slushies.. Yum!

Anyway, today I’m sharing with you a recipe that couldn’t get more Fall. Every year, I look forward to making apple cider donuts with my family. It hadn’t even come to me to share the recipe with you on the blog until a friend emailed me inquiring it. Duh, why haven’t I shared this delicious recipe with you yet?!

Apple cider donuts aren't just for the apple orchard. Make these Fall treats at home with this full recipe tutorial and photos!

The Best Apple Cider Donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cup apple cider
  • 4½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅙ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium or medium-low heat, gently reduce the apple cider to about ¼ cup, 20 to 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and granulated sugar until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat until the eggs are completely mixed.
  5. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the reduced apple cider and the buttermilk, mixing just until combined.
  6. Add the flour mixture and continue to mix just until the dough comes together.
  7. Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper and sprinkle them generously with flour.
  8. Place the dough onto one of the sheets and sprinkle the top with flour.
  9. Flatten the dough with your hands or spatula until it is about ½ inch thick.
  10. Transfer the dough to the freezer until it is slightly hardened, or about 20 minutes.
  11. Next, using a 3-inch or 3½-inch doughnut cutter cut out doughnut shapes. (You can also use two glasses, in different sizes.)
  12. Place the cut doughnuts and doughnut holes onto the second sheet pan. Refrigerate the doughnuts for 20 to 30 minutes.
  13. Add enough oil or shortening to a deep-sided pan. Attach a thermometer to the side of the pan and heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 350°.
  14. Carefully add a few doughnuts to the oil, being careful not to crowd the pan.
  15. Fry until golden brown, about 60 seconds. Turn the doughnuts over and fry until the other side is golden, 30 to 60 seconds.
  16. Drain on paper towels for a minute after the doughnuts are fried.
  17. Dip the top of the warm doughnuts into a glaze or cinnamon sugar mixture.
  18. Enjoy!
Apple cider donuts aren't just for the apple orchard. Make these Fall treats at home with this full recipe tutorial and photos!

Pro Tip:

My family’s special ingredient to make the best apple cider donuts lies all in the glaze. Whisk together 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons cider until the mixture is smooth. Add in 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Once the mixture is smoothly mixed, you have a delicious glaze to dip your donuts into! Immediately sprinkle on your cinnamon sugar mix. Yum!

 

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2 Comments

  1. These look incredible!!! YUMMM

    Published November 16, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      They are so good! Thanks Jessica!

      Published November 16, 2016Reply