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Apple Cider Donuts

Warm apple cider donuts with a tall glass of milk sounds wonderful on a crisp autumn day, doesn’t it? It’s easier than you think to make them yourself!
Apple Cider Donuts - the perfect fall breakfast or dessert!

In addition to pumpkin everything, I’m also one of those people who’s into apple cider everything. I didn’t care much for it as a kid, but it’s one of my favorite drinks as an adult, for mostly sentimental reasons. Every year, the pioneer park where my husband and I were married hosts a pioneer Christmas. They have old-fashioned caroling, hot apple cider, tours of the museum and cabins and some old-fashioned crafts for the kids, too. It’s a blast, and we try to go every year. And, of course, their apple cider is delicious.

Apple Cider Donuts for Fall

These apple cider donuts from our contributor Carla have the same great flavor and a good zing of sweetness to boot. It may not be as easy as driving to a store to pick up a box, but when you have a fresh, warm donut in your hand, you won’t mind the extra “work” of making them yourself.

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Apple Cider Donuts

Donella Crigger
Enjoy an apple cider donut with a big glass of milk on a crisp fall morning. YUM!
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Course Dessert


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


  • 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. 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. Cut out donuts with cookie cutter. 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.
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Delicious Apple Cider Donuts


  • I'm Donella, the voice, heart, and wit (sometimes) behind this blog. I homeschool my pre-teen son by day and moonlight as a blogger and freelance writer. I'm a Diet Pepsi aficionado with a bookshelf that's always overflowing. My two dogs—a German Shepherd and a Beagle—are my fluffy shadows. I love planning in my bullet journal almost as much as I love hoarding notebooks and pens. I may be an introvert who missed her calling as a desert hermit, but that just gives me more time to write, right?

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