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After a delightfully warm September, autumn is officially upon us, meaning apple season is in full swing! Apple cider doughnuts are the second featured treat in our apple-flavored October series of recipes. These fall favorites are plentiful in local bakeries in upstate New York, but can you make them at home? We say yes! Whether as a bridal shower treat or a dessert for an intimate engagement party, the warm, comforting smells of cinnamon and apple spice will delight your guests. Create them as dough balls or pick up an inexpensive doughnut pan and get started!

Apple Cider Doughnuts | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

(Naturally, these doughnuts are even more delicious when enjoyed with last week’s recipe, an apple cider signature cocktail!)

Prep time: 25 minutes
Yields a dozen doughnuts.


• 2 Cups all-purpose flour
• ¾ Cups sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
• ¼ teaspoon allspice
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ Cup apple cider
• ¼ Cup applesauce
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Mix until well blended.
3. Add in the apple cider, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat for about 2 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
4. Lightly grease (you can use butter, margarine, or Crisco) a doughnut pan.
5. Pour batter into a large bag, seal the bag, and snip off the corner. This is the easiest and cleanest way to get batter into pan without dripping. Pipe the batter into the prepared pan.
6. Bake the doughnuts in the oven for 10-12 minutes (until they spring back when touched).
7. Take doughnuts out of the oven and cool slightly before removing from the pan.

Apple Cider Donuts | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

To make doughnut holes:

No doughnut pan? No problem. For a fun-sized snack, simply roll the dough into balls and place in rows on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and let cool.

Apple Cider Donuts | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

Optional glaze ingredients:

• 2 Tablespoons apple cider
• 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
• ¼ teaspoon allspice
• ¼ Cup sugar
• 1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Glaze directions:

1. Whisk together apple cider, powdered sugar, and allspice until completely smooth.
2. In another bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar together.
3. Dip each doughnut into the glaze (the top of the doughnut only), and then into the cinnamon and sugar mix. The glaze will run down the sides and coat nearly the whole doughnut. Allow to dry on a cooling rack.

Digging into this autumn recipe is a great start to fall festivities ahead. Even a quiet night at home is reason enough to enjoy this tasty treat. Stay tuned next Wednesday, when our October series continues with an original recipe for homemade apple crisp!

— Story by Anne Rathe


  • Comment by Julia — October 19, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    My best friend’s mother used to make us fresh apple spice doughnuts every autumn. They were so good and I loved the old fashioned taste! I’ll have to try this recipe!

  • Comment by Emmie — October 19, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    Yummy! I think I need these in my life. I don’t have a doughnut pan but I feel confident that I could whip up some amazing doughnut holes with this recipe.

  • Comment by Kel — October 23, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    I prefer the edges of doughnuts, so doughnut holes are my favorite option.

    The problem is, because they are so small I tend to eat so many more than if I just had one whole doughnut!

  • Comment by Lisa-P — October 26, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    I would have to agree with you Kel, I definitely wouldn’t be able to stop at one doughnut hole either. These little bite sized balls of goodness look so amazing!

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