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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Doughnuts:
Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Boil 1 cup apple cider in a small pot until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and cool to room temperature.

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  • Beat white sugar and butter together with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth; add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well before each addition. Mix buttermilk and reduced apple cider into creamed butter mixture.

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Slowly stir flour mixture into creamed butter mixture just until dough is combined.

  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle dough with flour and roll to 1/2-inch thickness, adding more flour if dough is sticky. Cut dough into doughnuts using a 3-inch-wide doughnut cutter and arrange on a baking sheet; refrigerate until chilled, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Heat at least 3 inches of oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Whisk confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons apple cider together in a bowl until glaze is smooth.

  • Fry doughnuts in the hot oil, 2 to 3 at a time, until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side; remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour glaze over warm doughnuts.

Cook's Note:

Low-fat or non-fat buttermilk won't change the taste.

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

333 calories; protein 5.2g; carbohydrates 58.9g; fat 8.8g; cholesterol 41.6mg; sodium 336.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2016
I have made these several times and the one thing I did change was I used 1/2 cup of home made chunky applesauce instead of the apple cider. It totally makes them amazing, you do end up using about a cup more flour, but they were so good everyone keeps asking me to make more, more and more!!! I also instead of glazing them when still slightly warm shake them in a bag of regular white sugar and lot's of cinnamon. My husbands first comment was These are better than my Mom's !! Since we are all Vermonters and cider is one of our greatest joys as well as fall apples. These I would recommend to anyone whom love apples and donuts because you will be in Heaven once you have had these. Thanks , Angie From the middle of Vermont Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/15/2015
I followed the recipe as written and while it was easy to prepare the recipe really lacked overall flavor and didn't taste anything like apples or apple cider, they were overall flavorless. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2016
I have made these several times and the one thing I did change was I used 1/2 cup of home made chunky applesauce instead of the apple cider. It totally makes them amazing, you do end up using about a cup more flour, but they were so good everyone keeps asking me to make more, more and more!!! I also instead of glazing them when still slightly warm shake them in a bag of regular white sugar and lot's of cinnamon. My husbands first comment was These are better than my Mom's !! Since we are all Vermonters and cider is one of our greatest joys as well as fall apples. These I would recommend to anyone whom love apples and donuts because you will be in Heaven once you have had these. Thanks , Angie From the middle of Vermont Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2015
I followed the recipe as written and while it was easy to prepare the recipe really lacked overall flavor and didn't taste anything like apples or apple cider, they were overall flavorless. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2016
Never made donuts before but this was a great cake donut recipe. The leftovers were even delicious 2 days later!! 5yr old and hubby said I should make donuts every weekend now! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2019
Great recipe for cake cider donuts. I didn't glaze them, just coated in cinnamon sugar while still warm because that's how the farm stand near my house does it. I'm not very skilled at frying, but I was able to make this recipe without any difficulty. Make sure you reduce the cider to 1/4 cup (measure it!) and use real apple cider (not juice or cider from concentrate) for best flavor. Read More
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