Apple Orchard Cider Doughnuts

So far I have made Apple Orchard Cinnamon Rolls and Apple Orchard Apple Pie and posted those recipes. When I was buying my apples last weekend, I also bought fresh apple cider. There was a long line to buy apple cider doughnuts, so I didn’t buy any. But the thought was in my head and I just had to make my own. I’m sure glad I did, these are so good, in fact they are fantastic! Cider and doughnuts, they just go together.

Apple Orchard Cider Doughnuts

If you are used to those bland cake type doughnuts, get ready for a real treat when you taste these. The apple cider flavor is there and the spices are just right. But what I really like is the slightly crisp outside and tender inside. No pre-made mix type of doughnut here, these are the real thing.  I used a cinnamon sugar on all of them, it’s my favorite.
Apple Orchard Cider Doughnuts

Apple Orchard Cider Doughnuts

Pure cider, no preservatives and unpasteurized. For a few years you couldn’t find the unpasteurized, but I was happy when that law was changed. So for the last few years I have been able to get it again, the taste is so fresh and sweet, if you see it give it a try. If you can get some good apple cider you should try this recipe.

Apple Orchard Cider Doughnuts
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Apple Orchard Cider Doughnuts

This recipe makes about 18 doughnuts and holes when using a 2 1/2 inch doughnut cutter.

Ingredients:Apple Orchard Cider Doughnuts
1 1/2 Cups fresh apple cider
5 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
1 Cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 Cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 Cups unbleached flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg (fresh grated is best)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

Vegetable oil for frying or oil of choice


Bring the apple cider to a boil in a small saucepan. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes until it is reduced down to 1/3 Cup. Set aside to cool.

Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well, after each egg. Stir in the buttermilk, vanilla and the reduced 1/3 Cup of cider, using low speed,  until combined.

Combine the flour, baking powder, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt, in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and sprinkle with flour.

Place the dough on one cookie sheet and flatten it out with you hands until it is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.

Transfer this cookie sheet, with the dough, to a freezer for about 15 minutes. The dough will firm up so that cutting the doughnuts will be easier. This is a soft dough.

Cut the doughnuts, using a 2 1/2 inch doughnut cutter. You should get about 18 doughnuts and 18 holes. Place the doughnuts on the second baking sheet and return to the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm up again.

Heat 3 inches of vegetable oil in a deep pan to 350°.

Carefully add doughnuts to the hot oil, do not crowd them. Fry for about 1 minute per side or until golden brown. Remove from oil and let cool for a minute. Dip into glaze or cinnamon suger. See below. Repeat until all doughnuts and doughnut holes are cooked.

Glaze – 1 Cup sifted powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp apple cider
Cinnamon Sugar – 1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar, mixed with 3 Tbsp cinnamon.

recipe adapted from

Nancy Copyright 2014

18 thoughts on “Apple Orchard Cider Doughnuts

  1. So I made donuts for the very first time using this recipe and it was a huge success. I brought it to my thanksgiving dinner for about 30 people and everyone was coming up to me saying how amazing they were. I bake a lot and have never gotten this many compliments. So thank you for sharing!!

  2. Very disappointed in this recipe.
    Followed just as directed, and the donuts were just too saturated with oil. The consistency just was way off. Back to using my old recipe.

  3. My seven year old and I went to our local pumpkin patch here in Long Island yesterday. He was desperate to buy the apple cider donuts, but I’d pinned this recipe last year, and was determined that this year we’d make our own. I convinced my son (barely) to let me just buy the Apple Cider, and promised we’d go home and start making doughnuts. We love them! My son says he’ll never go back to the ones we usually buy. Yes, doughnuts are ambitious. No, I had never deep fried anything before. Yes, it was a little scary at first. But, now I’m certainly a professional!
    I used my regular old heavy All Clad pot. We did stop at the store to buy the vegetable oil, a large slotted skimmer spoon, a candy/deep frying thermometer, and even found a doughnut cutter. As I nervously waited for the oil to heat up to 350 degrees, I apologized in advance to my family for probability of me smoking up the house. Then, my husband suggested I move the whole operation out to the grill and use the side burner! He carried it out for me and we had a wonderful time on the back deck, frying and sugaring, and eating! This will definitely become a part of our autumn traditions.

  4. wanted to mention this: A friend of mine owns a donut shop and she told me that when frying donuts – you should NOT use liquid oil. instead use the shortening that is solid at room temperature. the reasoning behind this is that liquid oil makes for greasy donuts whereas the solid shortening solidifies when cooled. always make sure the temp is correct before frying. I don’t make many donuts, but hers’ are really good – so I’m assuming she knows of what she speaks.

  5. I was excited to try this bake doughnut recipe ( as the name describes) them I start to read the recipe and I have to deep fry, why?

    • sorry you mis-read the words. I don’t see where I used the word bake anywhere. You just can’t get the same texture contrast when you bake a doughnut…at least I can’t.

    • This is being shared on Pinterest with the title “Apple Orchard Cider Baked Doughnuts”, so you may have more people coming here thinking they were coming to a recipe for baked donuts. I thought I was, as well.

      • I’m so sorry! Pinterest sure can mess things up. I don’t know how to fix it. Pinterest picks up quite a few of my pins and features them. I’ll try to contact Pinterest and let them know.

        • Someone pinned it from your post and inserted their own text. It was then re-pinned by someone on their feed and continues to be spread all over Pinterest. Impossible to fix, unfortunately.

    • Thanks for bringing that to my attention, I’ve just added it to the list. I can’t give an actual measurement because it’s the depth of the oil that is important. I use a deep fryer, but someone else might use a pan on a stove, that has an entirely different capacity.

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