Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

DIY apple cider donuts! This simple brown butter, apple butter, and apple pie spice cider donut recipe is the best. Sugar-coated and fried, it's cakey but donuty and tasty. 

Apple Pie Spice – 1 tablespoon cinnamon – 1 teaspoon nutmeg – 1 teaspoon allspice Donut Dough – 6tablespoons or 85g unsalted butter – ½cup or 140g apple butter – ½cup or 115g sour cream – 2 large egg – 2 tablespoons boiled or reduced cider* see ingredient notes above – 1 tsp pure vanilla extract – 3/4 tsp fine sea salt – ¼cup or 50g granulated sugar – ½cup or 105g brown sugar – 2 teaspoons apple pie spice from above – 1 tsp baking soda – 2 teaspoons baking powder – 450g or 3 ½ cups all purpose flour – Canola or vegetable oil for frying – granulated sugar for coating




Pan-fry butter on low to medium. Sputter and bubble until bottom browns after melting. Keep stirring as it browns to avoid black bits. Transfer to heatproof bowl.

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STEP  1 .

Mix cooled brown butter, apple butter, sugars, sour cream, eggs, salt, boiled or reduced cider, apple pie spice, and vanilla. Whisk flour, baking powder, and soda separately.  

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Mix dry and wet ingredients into a thick dough. Grease a cookie sheet and place parchment. Thinly coat it with flour. Spread donut dough on parchment in a half- 

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inch layer with floured hands or a roller. Put another parchment sheet on top after flouring to smooth. Chill 30 minutes or an hour in the freezer or fridge.

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Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp apple pie spice. Fill a large, deep skillet with 2-3 inches of oil. Over medium-high heat, keep a thermometer and paper-towel-lined cookie sheet nearby.  

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Cutting-edge donuts. Roll dough again for donuts. Gooey flour dough. Fry donuts at 360 F. Only cook four because they cook fast. After 2-3 minutes of bottom browning, flip and cook.  

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Brown, strain with a spider strainer, and drain on paper towels. While hot but manageable, coat both sides in sugar. 

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Stick sugar to the donut before the oil cools. Donuts keep well in an airtight container at room temperature.  

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