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Apple Cider Donuts | A Nerd Cooks
Apple Cider Donuts
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Chilling dough
3 hrs
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 donuts + donut holes
For the donuts
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 3.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 quart canola oil, for frying
For the cinnamon-sugar coating
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1.5 tbs ground cinnamon
To prepare the donut dough
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the apple cider to a boil. Cook over high heat until the cider reduces by half. Allow it to cool completely.

  2. While the cider reduces, whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, kosher salt, baking soda, and spices together in a large bowl.

  3. In a medium-sized bowl or a large measuring cup, whisk the eggs, cooled butter, and cooled cider together.

  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients then pour the liquid ingredients into the well. 

  5. With a spatula, fold the flour into the liquid ingredients. Once a sticky dough comes together, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (overnight would be ideal).

To make the cinnamon-sugar coating
  1. On a plate or in a shallow container (I used a pie dish), thoroughly combine the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

To fry the donuts
  1. Once ready, divide dough in half then on a well-floured surface, roll out the dough into 1/2-inch thickness and use a donut cutter to cut the dough (see notes).

  2. Heat the canola oil in a heavy-bottom pot (I use a Dutch oven) to 375 degrees F. 

  3. Fry the donuts, 2-3 at a time, until they are golden brown (about 2-3 minutes on each side).

  4. Place the fried donuts onto a paper towel to drain for a minute. Then immediately toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Recipe Notes


  • I don't have a donut cutter, so I used two round cookie cutters of different sizes to cut the outline of the donut and then to cut the donut hole.