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Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

Fresh fried donuts at home–is there anything better for breakfast? Make the dough the night before for easy frying in the morning. 

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15 min
Prep Time
02 hrs 55 min
Total Time



3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup apple cider

1 Half Stick (1/4 cup) Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 medium (1 cup) apple, peeled, cored, finely chopped


1 1/2 cups apple cider

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Whisk all remaining donut ingredients except apple together in large bowl until well mixed. Add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in apple. Cover; chill at least 2 hours or overnight. 

  3. STEP 3

    Heat apple cider in 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Cook 7-10 minutes or until reduced by half. Remove from heat. Cool 15 minutes while frying donuts.

  4. STEP 4

    Heat 1 inch oil to 360°F in deep-fat fryer or Dutch oven.

  5. STEP 5

    Pat dough with floured hand on lightly floured surface to about 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch round biscuit cutter dipped in flour. Cut out centers with 1-inch cutter dipped in flour.

  6. STEP 6

    Gently place 3 donuts and 3 donut holes into oil. (Refrigerate remaining dough until ready to cook.) Cook 1 minute; flip donuts. Continue cooking 1 minute or until golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack placed over paper towels. Cool about 1 minute. Repeat with remaining donuts making sure oil temperature returns to 360°F between batches.

  7. STEP 7

    Stir powdered sugar into cooled apple cider until smooth. Dip donuts into glaze to fully coat both sides. Let stand 5 minutes. Dip side of donut in glaze again. Let stand until glaze is set. 

Tip #1

Don't throw away the scraps after cutting out your doughnuts! Fry and glaze them to make free-form fritters. 

Tip #2

Don't throw away the scraps after cutting out your donuts! Fry and glaze them to make free-form fritters. 

Nutrition (1 donut)

440 Calories
7 Fat (g)
55 Cholesterol (mg)
240 Sodium (mg)
89 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
6 Protein (g)
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