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Easy Apple Cider Donuts

Apple cider donuts are soft cake donuts with fresh apples and warm spices. Perfect for a fall brunch.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider donuts, cake donuts, fall cake recipes
Servings: 24
Calories: 110kcal


  • 2 cups dry baking mix such as Bisquick
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar can be increased to 1/3 cup
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • frying oil or shortening

For Exotic Spice Blend:

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp cardamon

For Traditional Spice Blend

  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp mace

For Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Heat enough oil in a deep pot (like a dutch oven or wok) to deep fry–about 2-3 inches of oil. Heat oil to 375 degrees F.
  • Mix the flour, baking mix, sugar and whichever spice blend you wish to use in a medium bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg. Add the egg to the flour/spice mixture. Add the apple cider. Stir blending well. You should have a VERY thick and sticky batter, where a spoon will almost stand up in it, but too soft to roll or knead. Add more flour or baking mix if necessary to get this texture.
  • Using a teaspoon or a drop cookie scoop (looks like a small ice cream scoop) or a larger melon baller, drop batter into hot oil, not overcrowding the pan–maybe about 6 or 7 drops at a time.
  • Fry on one side approximately 5 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbles begin to form on the unfried side facing you. Flip and fry the other side until golden brown.
  • Drain on a paper towel covered plate. Repeat until all batter is fried.
  • Mix cinnamon sugar ingredients and place in a sturdy plastic or better yet, brown paper bag (like a lunch bag).
  • Shake donuts in cinnamon sugar and serve.


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg