Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts [] Apple Cider Donuts []

Forget your calendar. Forget meteorology.

The biggest indicator that fall is here is the sudden onslaught of foliage-related profile pictures and Snapchats of some foreign, hauntingly beautiful phenomenon commonly known as “rain”. Which manages to be a nuisance 90% of the time, but in September? Crack out the tea and sad Ed Sheerhan music! It’s prime time for artsy photography!

Another indicator of the seasonal shift is undoubtedly the food. People rejoice in their disposal of frozen kale; real food is back. Butter is reintroduced into daily life. It’s great.

Since I am nothing if not a bandwagon blogger, I’m hopping on this train and bringing you the most autumn-y recipe I could think of: apple cider donuts.

Because what’s more fall than apple cider? Pumpkin Spice Lattes, probably, but since I don’t identify with the Lululemon-wielding cult formed by that abomination of a “coffee” drink, I will be skipping that this season and focussing on different things. The indie bands of fall cuisine.

Apple Cider Donuts []

Donuts are a daunting thing to make if you’re half as clumsy as I am and understand that a hot vat of oil is not something you should be anywhere near. But they’re surprisingly easy to make! As long as you haven’t abandoned caution and aren’t aimlessly tossing your pastries into the oil, you should emerge with all fingers intact and some delicious baked goods.

Apple Cider Donuts [] Apple Cider Donuts []

I found a recipe from Southern Living, made my own toppings, and went ham. My kitchen still smells like oil.

Word on the street is you can also bake donuts, but where’s the fun/cholesterol in that? Go all out! It’s fall! You can live in maternity clothes for the ensuing months and people will think it’s chic!

Apple Cider Donuts []

makes ~22 donuts

You Will Need

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup peeled grated apple
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • FOR THE MAPLE GLAZE: whisk together 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. maple syrup, 1 tbsp. milk, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (makes about 1 cup of glaze)
  • FOR THE SPICE TOPPING: whisk together 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tbsp. cinnamon, and 1 tsp. nutmeg


  1. Combine the apple cider and grated apple in a small saucepan and cook until it’s reduced to about 1/2 cup, stirring occasionally. Transfer it to a small bowl and let it cool completely.
  2. When it’s at room temperature, whisk in the apple butter, vinegar, and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, then beat in the egg. Mix in the flour and apple mixtures alternately, starting and ending with the flour, until just combined.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/2 inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter and a 1 inch round cutter, cut donut shapes.
  6. Pour 2 inches of oil into a large Dutch oven (which full disclosure, I just used a big pot) and heat over medium-high heat to 350F.
  7. Fry donuts on both sides evenly until they are golden brown (about 45 seconds-1 minute). If you’re using the maple glaze, let cool completely before topping. If you want to go for the spice topping, coat each warm donut in the mixture evenly.


  1. My husband has an obsession with donuts, so I will have to give it a try and make these for him.

  2. Oh my gosh these photos are making me so hungry at my desk! Can you start a delivery service?! (;

  3. My mouth is watering just looking at the photos and reading this! YUM!

  4. Pinned this recipe! Looks so yummy for fall.

    xoxo A

  5. I want a dozen of these! They look so yummy!

    Greta |

  6. These look so good Elly! Seriously apple cider donuts are a favorite of mine!

    Rachel |

  7. jennyblaisdell

    These look heavenly. If I wasn’t on a diet, I would totally make these.

  8. Time to make some donuts and break my boyfriend’s diet… Sorry, not sorry.

  9. certifiedpastryaficionado

    Yum, maple glaze! I love that idea. And I am right there with you. If you’re gonna make doughnuts, go all out!

  10. Okay I’m soooo making these! My family and I LOVE these and we always get 2 dozen when we go apple picking haha! Can’t wait to try this!

  11. These look INSANELY tasty! I definitely see making these in my near future.

  12. omggggg these look so so delicious!!

  13. Oh my these looks so good! I love donuts they are my fav for sure.

  14. These look soon good! I think everyone gets a little chub over fall and winter 😛

  15. beautynerdbynight

    These look so good!! I haven’t had a donut in a long time for some reason, but I’ve definitely never had Apple Cider Donuts. Your photos are gorgeous, and I want to make them now. Thanks for the recipe!


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