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Apple Cider Doughnuts

Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

  • Author: Nicole Nared-Washington from Brown Sugar Food Blog
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 18 1x


These Apple Cider Doughnuts will put you in the Fall spirit! With this recipe from Bobby Flay, you can’t mess up this recipe!


  • 2 c. apple cider
  • 1 tbsp. light or dark brown sugar
  • 3 3/4 c. flour (spooned into the measuring cup and leveled), plus for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp. plus 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (optional)


  1. Put the apple cider and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat to medium and cook until reduced to 1/3 cup, about 25 minutes and where the apple cider begins to look like syrup. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until completely cool.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients that includes flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon and the nutmeg in a medium bowl.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the butter and 1 cup of the sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Lower the speed to medium and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Then add the buttermilk, vanilla extract and the cooled apple syrup, and mix until combined. Lower the speed again and add the flour mixture 1 cup at a time; mix until just combined. Don’t worry if the dough still seems a bit soft.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with a little flour. Pour the dough onto the baking sheet and pat to flatten until they have reached about 3/4 inch of thickness. Sprinkle the top with flour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours, at least, or overnight until firm.
  5. Begin to warm up your oil in your deep fryer to 350 degrees. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and using a donut cutter, cut out donuts to be fried. You can put powdered sugar in one bowl and/or put 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 2 tbsp. of cinnamon in a large bowl for coating.
  6. Place the doughnuts in the deep fryer and cook until slightly brown on each side. Use a slotted spoon to remove the doughnuts and place on paper towels to remove the excess oil and then coat on both sides in your choice of coating and transfer to a serving tray. Continue this process until all donuts are made.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Breakfast