Apple Cider Doughnuts

Homemade doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar will remind you of days spent at an old-fashioned fair or the local apple orchard. The wonderful addition of small pieces of apples will make your mouth water.
By | September 01, 2015


In a medium saucepan over low heat, reduce the apple cider to about ¾ cup, about 20 minutes. Set aside and cool to room temperature.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices into a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to mix until incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to occasionally scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the reserved reduced apple cider, buttermilk, and vanilla extract, mixing to combine. Add the flour mixture and combine. Gently fold the chopped apples into the batter.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to ½-inch thickness. Lightly flour a doughnut cutter and use it to cut out the doughnuts, then place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Line a baking sheet with several layers of paper towels and set aside.

In a large heavy-duty pot, add enough shortening to equal three inches of oil. Heat to a temperature of 375 degrees F. Drop about four doughnuts into the oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until lightly golden brown. Remove the doughnuts from the oil and allow to drain on the paper towels.

In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the cinnamon sugar; mix well. While the doughnuts are still warm, sprinkle them with the cinnamon sugar.

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  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 medium to large apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • Vegetable shortening for frying
Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
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