Apple Cinnamon Donut Recipe

These Apple Cinnamon Donut Recipe are beautifully flavored and they are extra delicious if you serve them warm. This recipe reduces the apple cider before using it in the dough to concentrate the apple flavor. As you know, apples and cinnamon are perfect flavor partners, which is one reason this apple cider donuts recipe is so mouthwatering. The cinnamon sugar coating is wonderful.

If you love donuts, you will enjoy making homemade donuts. It is not difficult to learn how to make donuts and these Apple Cinnamon Donut are great served as a snack with a mug of steaming champurrado or atole, or even with a glass of milk. You can also serve them as a dessert after any kind of meal.
This Apple Cinnamon Donut Recipe involves deep frying and it is a good idea to use a candy thermometer, if you have one, to ensure you get the shortening or oil exactly the right temperature before adding the donuts to it. If you do not have a 3 ½ inch cookie cutter, use a 3 inch cutter. You will get a few more donuts that way too.
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Apple Cinnamon Donut Recipe

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 1 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ? teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups flour, plus more for sprinkling
  • ½ stick softened butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Shortening or vegetable oil, for deep frying

For the Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon


  1. Reduce the apple cider to ¼ cup by simmering it in a pan over a low to moderate heat for 25 minutes.
  2. Let it cool.
  3. Combine the baking soda, baking powder, flour, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl.
  4. Beat the butter and sugar together, and then add the eggs gradually. Add the buttermilk and apple cider and mix well.
  5. Add the flour mixture and keep mixing the dough until it comes together.
  6. Line a pair of cookie sheets with parchment paper and sprinkle some flour over them.
  7. Turn the dough on to one of the cookie sheets and sprinkle some flour over the top.
  8. Flatten the dough to a ½ inch thickness and sprinkle more flour over it if it still seems wet.
  9. Freeze the dough for 20 minutes, then use a 3 ½ inch round cutter and a donut-hole cutter to form the donuts.
  10. Put the donuts on the other lined cookie sheet and chill them in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  11. Add enough shortening or oil to a deep pan to get 3 inches, and then heat it to 350 degrees F, using a candy thermometer as a temperature guide.
  12. Line a plate with a few layers of paper towels. Stir the cinnamon into the sugar to make the cinnamon sugar.
  13. Add several donuts to the oil and fry them for a minute or until they are golden brown.
  14. Turn them over and fry the other side for a minute, then drain them on the paper towels and dip them in the cinnamon sugar.
  15. Repeat with the remaining donuts and the donut holes.

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