Apple Cider Donuts
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. 

15 min
02 hrs 55 min



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 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 in 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 donuts! Fry and glaze them to make free-form fritters. 


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


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  October 11, 2016

I just finished making these. Mixed them up last night so refrigerated overnight. I did tweak it just a tiny bit since I don't have apple pie spice. I added a slightly rounded 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and a scant 1/2 tsp of mace (use less if using nutmeg). I also have King Arthur Flour's boiled cider so I added 1 1/2 tsp into batter and 1 tsp into glaze. They fried up beautiful and tasted great. A perfect fall/winter treat. The donut itself was pretty good but the glaze pulled it all together with the apple and the cider. The glaze is thin so most runs off. I only dipped them once. Nice easy recipe that I will definitely use again.

— says Jonnye
  October 01, 2016

I made these and they are very tasty. The butter makes them brown very quickly so next time I will make them smaller and thinner so they are not doughy in the center of the donut.

— says Judith
  September 25, 2016

followed recipe but it wasn't dry enough to form doughnuts added 1/2 cup more flour . still not enough. used an small scoop and made fritters. very tasty, but, still, not a doughnut

— says linda
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