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Apple Cider Donuts


Since I can no longer go trick or treating, this was my version of festive October fun.  I always had homemade costumes as a kid and went as a princess several times.  What would you dress up as?

{Gala Apples}

{Stayman Winesap}

Apple Cider Donuts
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  • 10.5 g yeast
  • 1⅓ c apple cider
  • 60 g melted unsalted butter
  • ½ c whole milk
  • 84.5 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 470 g flour
  • ½ ts fine salt
  • 1 ts baking powder
  • ½ ts baking soda
  • ½ ts cinnamon
  • ⅛ ts nutmeg
  • ⅛ ts allspice
  • ⅛ ts cloves
  • Oil or shortening for frying
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • ½ c apple cider

  1. Gently warm your apple cider but make sure it’s not hot or it will kill your yeast. Sprinkle in your yeast. (Mine read at about 105)
  2. In a mixer, tip in all the following: butter, milk, sugar, and eggs. Mix to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, weigh out and sift your flour, salt, baking powder/soda, and spices.
  4. In 3 or 4 separate additions, combine your flour mixture with your wet mixture.
  5. Cover with a towel and allow your dough to rest for 60 minutes in a warm/draft free place. (A cold oven or pantry works fine).
  6. Afterwards, on a lightly floured surface, knead your dough for about 5 minutes. You want to make sure you don’t add in too much flour or your finished product will be tough and dry.
  7. Roll out your dough to about a ¼-1/2 ” thickness and cut out donut shapes.
  8. Heat up your oil to 350-375 and fry in batches. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes on each side.
  9. Scoop with a slotted spoon and allow to drain and slightly cool.
  10. To make the glaze, whisk together the sugar and cider. Submerge each side of your donut into the glaze and sit on a cooling rack to set.
  11. These are best eaten the day of.

I cannot be held accountable for how many you eat.  I will happily serve as your guinea pig and tell you this much: you can eat 9 and not die

Doughnuts & Donuts,


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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72 thoughts on “Apple Cider Donuts

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I’ve never been to apple picking before and now that I have kids, I’d love to find some orchards in our area. Your donuts… my goodness. How am I supposed to look away… looks so yummy. Very interesting to see apple cider in the recipe and would love to have a piece (or more!). :)

  • Choc Chip Uru says:

    I don’t think one would be enough my friend, I want to trick or treat at your place

  • Tom says:

    apple cider donuts bring back good memories… parents used to beat me and throw me in a closet…..but there was always some warm apple cider donuts waiting for me in the depth of the closet – OK so that story is not true but I still like the donuts…

  • Amy (Savory Moments) says:

    I love apple picking. We go every fall. These donuts are a wonderful fall treat!

  • cookingactress says:

    Ooh how fun!!!!

  • Zeeona @ Basil and Strawberry says:

    Your post has conjured up some really great memories from my childhood, when we went apple picking with my family, and also with my kindergarten group. It was so much fun!

  • shuhan says:

    I went to visit my friend’s orchard and it was just beautiful! what an itneresting donut recipe, will keep in mind, though must say am not usually a fan of them, maybe this will change my mind

  • Joanne says:

    I love apple picking. And apple cider donuts. ANd the fact that I officially have your permission to eat 9 of these. I may just take you up on it.

  • Nik@ A Brown Table says:

    I just finished my first apple picking, it was fun and I also ended up with one too many apples. The doughnuts look awesome!

  • yummychunklet says:

    I love apple cider so I bet it tastes wonderful in donuts!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    These are some REAL yeast donuts! I love apple cider glaze. Must be very delectable.

  • Lester. says:

    Angie. All these doughnuts look lovely and delicious! You look so happy lovely , feminine and Angie while making them! 9 and not die ??? Lollllllll! I thought that was 19 at first ( wishful thinking on my part) lol!!

    Angie. I see MORE adults trick or treating than children in my ( Not me) area,lol ok? Thanks for sharing . Have a great day!Got my tea GOING TO GET MY APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUT,hee hee.



  • Connie says:

    Your donuts looks so good! Love the video! I do think that one of the best parts of apple picking is the fresh apple cider donuts you can get at the farm stand. I’m used to seeing ones of the cake donut variety, so I’m interested to try a yeasted one (like the ones you made).

  • eastofedencook says:

    Oh my goodness! Your Apple Cider Donuts are just irresistible! Screaming fall and lush with flavor, an irresistible treat.

  • thehautecookie says:

    i’ll take some right now xO!

  • Bonnie (@GlamKitten88) says:

    Why have I never heard of such a thing before? These sound dream-worthy!

  • Suzie says:

    I so love Halloween. I don’t remember dressing up much when I was young but, I do every year now to pass out candy. I’m still not sure what I’m going to be this year and it’s getting so close…eek! My friend’s parents own a farm called the ‘Pumpkin Farm’ and it’s only open in October, I love to go there it’s so much fun. They have the animals too :) Your donuts look immensely good, I’ll be over shortly

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    That sounds like a lot of fun–both the dressing up and pumpkin farm part. I bet Pumpkin Spice Donuts would be delish as well! I was debating which way to go but I had my mind on those donuts…it’s funny how when you can’t have something, you want it more, lol.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    My dreams are always delicious, to be quite honest, part of the reason I’ll even bother getting up instead of hitting the snooze a million times is that I know that hot eggs and bacon are awaiting downstairs, to actually eat and not just dream about, lol.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    well c’mon over Unni!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thanks. They say they like you, too! ^.^

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I figured, as much as I love Krispy Kreme, why not? I hear the secret to delicious donuts is frying them up in shortening.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I may just very well brave it. I mean candy is a food item and I love food and Halloween is when they’re all giving it away for free? Booooo! I want in =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    They seem to think so and they know it, lol.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    So now, I have an entire half jug of the stuff left–best.problem.EVER!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Oh the joys you’ll experience re purposing the beautiful fruit that will be lying around for days to come.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    lol…I’m a survivor that survived to tell the tale =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    your FRIEND? Aw, I’m so jelly!! If donuts aren’t your thing, I’d go happy-crazy-wild with incorporating them into unique and delicious things. For a twist, for savory dishes, I like grating some into Bulgogi (Korean BBQ).

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Food always seems to do that for me :)

  • The Squishy Monster says:
  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I thought they were kidding when they said that they were all out of donuts. But the 2 hour drive was worth it bc this cider is BOOOMB! =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    LOL, you always make me laugh out loud in a big-is-she-ok? way

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I wish we could give out homemade treats but alas, it is not possible. I’d have a ball coming up with a creepy crawly theme =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Ah, I hope you get to go, it’s ver fun =)

  • Paul Anthony Prince says:

    This is the first year that the kids haven’t had a field-trip to the Apple Farm/Pumpkin Patch. That just means we’ll have to go on our own time Warm apple cider is another one of my favorite Autumn drinks, with or without a camp fire.

    I donut remember many of my costumes over the years but I do recall going as GI Joe a few times and also as a Hobo Clown in the style of Red Skelton. :) I always got a thrill out of using burnt cork to give myself a beard & moustache as a child. If young me could only see me now.

  • amy donovan (@amy_donovan) says:

    Oh wow, these sound fantastic! And I’m glad to know that you can eat 9 + not die. HA!

  • The Squishy Monster says:


  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Great word play =) if ever I want to give myself a beard/mustache, I will definitely keep your trick in mind. Hope you and your love bugs have a great night!

  • Sheila says:

    Oh wow… sounds amazingly delicious!!!!! I love anything pumpkin. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and leaving me a sweet comment!

    xo – Sheila

  • Adrian Briones (@food_rehab) says:

    This beats krispy kreme hands down! I wish Halloween was bigger in Australia, trick or treating, rocks!

  • hui says:

    dear squishy, thanks for dropping by my space ^^ anything-donuts are always delicious in my books ^^ but you sure made these apple cider donuts taste, look and sound even more deeleeshious than delicious!! ^^ mmm.. how i’d love to have some right now! this is so my kind of sweet! ^^

  • Monet says:

    Yes please! Apple picking and then baking/eating is one of my favorite fall activities. I can’t get enough of it! These cider donuts look heavenly. Thank you for sharing. What a delicious end to my week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Lester. says:

    Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go for it Angie!

  • Cheap Ethnic Eatz (@cethniceatz) says:

    So funny my last post was on apple picking too. I have seen this recipe all over, the donuts look amazing.

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says:

    I’ve made some pumpkin donuts and wasn’t supposed to make them for some time. But yours are so tempting.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Oooooh, now my weekend goal will be to find some pumpkin donuts!

  • The Squishy Monster says:


  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I hope you have the best-est weekend, Monet! =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    ^.~ you know I will!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    but of course =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Aw, that’s a great compliment!!

  • DWei says:

    I always went as a Mad Scientist or something similar. Hoping to go as something scarier this year.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    fun stuff!

  • Sandra (@SECooking) says:

    I LOVE your video! Those donuts sure look tempting and so delicious…Awesome Recipe! Got to share it!!!! Well done!

  • myhealthyohana says:

    We used to go apple picking in Philadelphia, and my favorite part was getting some hot apple cider and apple cider doughnuts!! Love the glaze on yours. Now I’ll have to make my own, since there is no apple picking in Hawaii :)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank you so much!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    But the silver lining here is that you’re in Hawaii! I loved it so much, can’t wait to go back! Pick an extra pineapple for me =)

  • Veronica says:

    I love that you use apple cider in the glaze! I’ve made quick apple cider doughnuts (the dough used a bisquik to make) and then coated them with cinnamon sugar like you did with the holes and they were great, but I think I’d like to try that glaze though! (Psst! Your recipe says “1 1/3 cups apple cider vinegar.”)

  • appler says:

    beautiful and the donuts are stunning as well…I’m going to have ta try those =)

  • Tandy says:

    The question and see,should I risk the tenth :)

  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade says:

    These look sooo good. I bet they would be perfect warm – love the look of that glaze!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie says:

    I have never gone apple picking and now I really want to. Your donuts look mouthwatering:)

  • Baker Street (@bakerstreet29) says:

    I want to go apple picking too! Heh! These donuts look absolutely terrific! :)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank ya =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I hope you get to before the seasons over, it’s buckets of fun!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    My tummy acts like he knows the difference but in all honesty, he doesn’t care LOL

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    do it! =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    with bacon? =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    That’s smart! and thaaank you, you’re the best-est!

  • Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) says:

    Apple cider donuts sound great! Two of my fall faves in one. I also love how it’s a yeast donut, as I’m not a huge cake donut fan.

  • Janet says:

    I made some yesterday and they were a huge hit. I did substitute with whole wheat flour. My consistency came out super sticky and I added probably another cup or two of flour and was praying that it would still be fine. I think I just have to learn to work with the sticky dough. Can’t wait to try again either today or tomorrow!Thanks for sharing!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank you so much for trying it and good luck, Janet!

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