Best Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

Nothing quite says fall like an apple cider donut! They are sweet, a little fruity, and perfectly fluffy for a fall sweet you will love sinking your teeth into! This recipe creates homemade apple cider donuts that rivals any bakery treat! 

My family discovered the goodness of apple cider donuts years back when visiting a family owned apple orchard. Picking fresh apples in the fall is something we have always enjoyed doing together. When we saw the sign for freshly made donuts, we knew we had to try one, but we had no clue they would be so good that we would turn this trip into somewhat of an annual pilgrimage, over a dozen donuts!

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Where Did Apple Cider Donuts Originate

Apple cider donuts have a delicious history that begins with a Russian immigrant who opened a chain of bakeries in New York. It seems fitting that these tasty little treats got their start in the big apple when you think about all of the big flavors these little donuts pack in! Ever since then, people young and old have been taking a bite out of fried apple cider donuts!

Glaze for Apple Cider Donuts

If you like a good finger licking glaze on your donuts, don’t worry! You can use this glaze recipe with the fall apple cider donuts and it tastes like a perfect match. I think you will agree that this recipe makes the best apple cider donuts!

HOW to STORE CIDER DONUTS?

Store cider donuts at room temperature in an airtight plastic or glass container, or in a ziplock bag. The donuts will keep fresh for about 2 days, afterwards, they will taste less fresh.

Can you Freeze Cider Donuts?

If you want to make them in advance, you can freeze them and pop out a few, as desired, for breakfast or just an awesome fall snack. It is best to freeze them without the cinnamon sugar because, when the donuts thaw, the sugar coating will be absorbed by the donut. Make sure they are fully thaw before tossing them in the cinnamon sugar. Store in a sealed plastic or glass container, or ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.

How to Reheat Apple Cider Donuts

You can put the homemade donuts in the microwave for about 10 to 15 seconds to soften them up. The cinnamon sugar might get absorbed, so you will need to coat them again.

If you are hungry for more apple flavours, check out these reader favourite recipes. Air Fryer Apple Pies are always a success with my family. Caramel Apples with M&M’s are so much fun to make and share in the fall!

Fried Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

These are the best fried apple cider donuts that melt in your mouth! These donuts are so moist and delicious that making one batch won’t be enough! The cider adds more flavour while its acidity makes the doughnut tender. It’s such an easy homemade apple cider donuts recipe to make at home with the kids.

Apple Cider Donuts ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Equipment Needed

  • Donut Cookie Cutter
  • Large Pot

How Do You Make Apple Cider Donuts?

Step 1: Line baking sheet with parchment. Line a large plate with paper towels. In a paper bag, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon; shake to mix well. Set aside.

Step 2: Bring cider to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Step 3: In a bowl, mix baking powder, salt, 1 cup flour, and remaining sugar and cinnamon. In another  bowl, whisk butter, eggs, yolk, and cooled cider. Add cider mixture to flour mixture; mix until smooth. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and mix. Dough will be sticky. Refrigerate 20 minutes.

Step 4: Pour oil into a large pot and heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375ºF.

Step 5: Remove dough from fridge and roll out to 1” thick with donut cookie cutters cut out donuts. Makes about 24 Donuts.

Step 6: Carefully place doughnuts into hot oil. After about 1 minute, doughnuts will rise to surface and begin to brown. Turn over and fry 1 1/2 minutes longer. Transfer to lined plate to drain.

Step 7: When doughnuts have cooled for 1 minute, add to plate with cinnamon sugar and toss to coat.

Apple Cider Donuts

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Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts‏ Recipe

This recipe creates homemade apple cider donuts that rivals any bakery treat. These are the best fried donuts that melt in your mouth!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Refrigerate 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 24
Calories 163 kcal

Equipment

  • Cookie cutter
  • Large pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 cups vegetable oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Line baking sheet with parchment. Line a large plate with paper towels. In a paper bag, combine cup sugar and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon; shake to mix well. Set aside.
  • Bring cider to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  • In a bowl, mix baking powder, salt, 1 cup flour and remaining sugar and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk butter, eggs, yolk and cooled cider. Add cider mixture to flour mixture; mix until smooth. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and mix. Dough will be sticky. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  • Pour oil into a large pot and heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375ºF.
  • Remove dough from fridge and roll out to 1” thick with donut cookie cutters cut out donuts. Makes about 24 Donuts.
  • Carefully place doughnuts into hot oil. After about 1 minute, doughnuts will rise to surface and begin to brown. turn over and fry 1 1/2 minutes longer. Transfer to lined plate to drain.
  • When doughnuts have cooled for 1 minute, add to plate with cinnamon sugar and toss to coat.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
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Lynehttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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