Wonderful and warm, these donuts are delicious! Though perfect for fall, these treats are great year-round. I even make the batter the night before and then finish them in the morning. I also like to dust them with powdered sugar...YUM!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together in a resealable freezer bag.

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  • Bring apple cider to a boil in a saucepan; cook, stirring occasionally, until cider has reduced to 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

  • Whisk 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl. Mix butter, eggs, egg yolk, and cooled cider together in a separate bowl until smooth; stir into flour mixture. Stir remaining 2 3/4 cup flour into mixture until dough is smooth. Refrigerate dough for 10 minutes.

  • Heat oil in a large pot or deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Turn dough onto a well-floured work surface using floured hands; pat dough into 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into doughnuts using a doughnut cutter or 2 round cookie cutters (1 large and 1 small). Gather scraps and re-pat dough to cut out as many doughnuts as possible.

  • Carefully slide doughnuts, working in batches, into hot oil; fry until doughnuts rise to the surface and begin to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip doughnuts and continue frying until opposite side is browned, about 1 1/2 minutes.

  • Remove doughnuts with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to cool until easily handled, about 1 minute. Toss cooled doughnuts in the reserved bag of cinnamon-sugar. Bring oil back to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) before frying next batch.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

219 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 34.2g 11% DV; fat 8.2g 13% DV; cholesterol 29.1mg 10% DV; sodium 159.5mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2013
This recipe makes excellent donuts. They tasted just like the apple cider donuts from my local bakery. My donut cutter is on the large side so I only got a dozen out of this recipe. I ended up with around 28 "holes" as I used a small cookie cutter to portion out the extra dough. I followed this recipe exactly and the dough is a bit sticky at first I considered adding extra flour but after it rose the first time it didn't need it. It rolled out very nicely and was easy to work with. I fried these for two minutes per side at 375 and they were perfect. I coated half in the cinnamon-sugar and made a glaze for the other half. These were really good there's none left! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2018
These were good I didn t get much of a Apple tast and even after I put the flour in that the recipe called for the dough was very sticky still. I also used a larger cutter so I didn t get many doubts but on a positive it was a fun experience Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2013
This recipe makes excellent donuts. They tasted just like the apple cider donuts from my local bakery. My donut cutter is on the large side so I only got a dozen out of this recipe. I ended up with around 28 "holes" as I used a small cookie cutter to portion out the extra dough. I followed this recipe exactly and the dough is a bit sticky at first I considered adding extra flour but after it rose the first time it didn't need it. It rolled out very nicely and was easy to work with. I fried these for two minutes per side at 375 and they were perfect. I coated half in the cinnamon-sugar and made a glaze for the other half. These were really good there's none left! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2015
For those saying the recipe is too dry - When I cooked it as the directions indicated this was the case. I ended up not bringing the oil to temp between batches (though I did bring it to temp to start) chilling the dough for longer than 10 minutes - about 25... and reducing the cook time by about half. The key to frying donuts is to watch for a good color change note how long it took and halve it for the other side. My husband loved them:) Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2018
These were good I didn t get much of a Apple tast and even after I put the flour in that the recipe called for the dough was very sticky still. I also used a larger cutter so I didn t get many doubts but on a positive it was a fun experience Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2018
They re a very dense donut! Super yummy! Boyfriend loves them and is hoarding them all! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2016
this was so easy my 17 year old made it on her own for breakfast. They were delicious!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2017
I cannot eat foods made with enriched and bleached flour so most commercial bakery is off-limits. I've learned to do most of my own baking and these doughnuts made with unbleached and unenriched flour are outstanding! For those of you that don't have Celiac disease but still have difficulty with wheat try Hodgson Mill Organic white unbleached unenriched (available online if you can't find it in a local store which you probably can't). Happy munching! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2016
This sounds really good but I don't have a deep fryer. I think that this would be an excellent recipe and I would use this if I gad a deep fryer Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2016
Very easy to make and very tasty. Got a double "MMMM" from my husband. So it's a keeper. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2017
Not as fluffy as I wanted but still a yummy donut. I did not make any changes to the recipe. Next time I will add less cinnamon because it overpowered the apple cider. I might do an apple cider glaze instead of the cinnamon sugar too. Read More