Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Andrea Steinberg
Prep Time
35 Mins
Cook Time
3 Mins
About 15 doughnuts and 15 holes (serving size: 1 doughnut and 1 hole)

Add apple cider to the dough for these homemade doughnuts, then sprinkle the doughnuts with cinnamon and sugar for a flavor that will remind you of autumn.

How to Make It

Step 1

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 well. Set aside.

Step 2

Bring cider to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cider has reduced to 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

Step 3

In a large bowl, whisk baking powder, salt, 1 cup flour and remaining sugar and cinnamon until well combined. In a small bowl, whisk butter, eggs, yolk and cooled cider until well combined. Add cider mixture to flour mixture; whisk until smooth. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and mix until just combined. Dough will be slightly sticky. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

Step 4

Pour oil into a large pot and attach a candy thermometer to side (thermometer should not touch bottom of pot). Heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375ºF, watching and adjusting as needed to keep oil from overheating.

Step 5

Turn dough out onto a well-floured countertop and coat fingertips with flour. Pat dough out to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a doughnut cutter or 2 round cookie cutters (one large and one small), cut out doughnuts and holes. Transfer both to lined baking sheet. Gather scraps and re-pat dough, cutting as many doughnuts as possible.

Step 6

Working in batches, carefully slide doughnuts into hot oil. After about 1 minute, doughnuts will rise to surface and begin to brown. At that point, turn over and fry 1 1/2 minutes longer. Transfer to lined plate to drain. Bring oil back to 375ºF before frying another batch. When doughnuts have cooled for 1 minute, add to bag with cinnamon sugar and toss to coat. Remove to a clean plate and serve.

Also appeared in: All You, None, 2013,Back to School Special

Ratings & Reviews

October 12, 2015
Update...they are MUCH better after they cool completely! They're still a bit dry but the flavor comes out and the dryness can be fixed with a cup of hot cider, coffee, or milk!

not good

October 02, 2016
I would not make these again. Time consuming and not worth the effort. When fried as directed, they were still doughy in the middle. I cooked them a little longer and they tasted burnt. There was absolutely no apple taste. Tasted like a plain (very heavy) donut with sugar on it. Couldn't taste any cinnamon, just sugar.

Apple Cider Hockey Pucks

October 25, 2015
They are as flat as a hockey puck. Dough was very dry. Something has to be off. Not recommended.

Ok at best

October 12, 2015
These were more like deep fried ornament dough. They were extremely dry and not much cider flavor. I gave 2 stars because they were edible, otherwise I would have given them a 1. On to the next recipe

eunice1's Review

January 18, 2014
Realllllyyyyy sticky dough. Probably used another cup of flour when flattening them out and cutting them. These are very good but needs more apple cider taste. Mostly tastes like a plain donuts with cinnamon and sugar. Didn't stop us from gobbling them down!

KatieBlake's Review

October 13, 2013

steponme's Review

November 07, 2011
I agree with previous reviewer "hubbin," didn't taste anything but cinnamon & sugar. The first couple of donuts looked perfectly browned like the picture, but were doughy in the middle, so I left them in longer, which somewhat burnt the outside, but the middle was done. Maybe my oil was not hot enough with the first couple. Don't know, if I'll be making them again; though they did taste pretty good with my morning cup of coffee;)

hubbin's Review

October 22, 2011
Followed recipe; not very much of an apple taste; husband asked to just sugar one side of donut. Will definitely try again. Next time will add more apple cider to concentrate flavor. Fun to make but dangerous if young children around with super hot oil!

equalvalue's Review

October 19, 2011
I found that this recipe was missing liquid. It called only for 2 eggs a yoke and 1/2 cup of boiled down apple cider. Doughnuts were heavy and burned at the bottom of our iron dutch oven at the required heat. Maybe I missed something.

Bothergirl's Review

October 17, 2011
I used to have these when I lived in Northeast N.Y. I've missed them. I can't wait to make theses.