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Horizontal image of fried dough covered in sugar in front of a red towel and red apples.

Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 doughnuts, plus 8 holes 1x


Spiced apple cider doughnuts are deep-fried delights that are easy to make right at home. They’re perfect for the fall season.


  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 67 cups vegetable oil


  1. Boil the apple cider in a small pot until it reduces to about 1/3 cup. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 1/2 cup of the sugar with the butter until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mix together the remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine the liquid ingredients: cooled apple cider, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
  5. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the liquid ingredients to the butter mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. The dough will be very soft and sticky.
  6. Scrape the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that is thoroughly dusted with flour. Dust the top of the dough with more flour, then gently pat it to about 3/4 inch thick. Dust with more flour and tightly cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  7. Once chilled, roll or pat the dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Use a doughnut cutter or two circular cookie cutters (one large, one a few sizes smaller) to create the shapes. Save the holes to fry.
  8. While cutting the dough, prepare the oil. Fill a large, deep pot or pan with vegetable oil to a depth of approximately 3 inches. Heat until a thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 350°F.
  9. Using a heatproof perforated spoon or a spider, carefully place 2-3 doughnuts at a time into the hot oil. Cook, turning once, until they are fluffy and browned on both sides, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove the doughnuts from the oil with the spider and transfer to a tray lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts and holes. The holes will only take just a few seconds to fry!
  10. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. After the doughnuts have cooled just slightly, and most of the excess oil has absorbed into the paper towels, coat them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  11. Enjoy warm!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Doughnuts
  • Method: Deep-Frying
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: doughnut, apple cider, cinnamon, autumn, dessert, donut