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Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

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Want a little bite of autumn? Try these classic apple cider doughnut holes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • ¼ cups Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • ½ cups Buttermilk
  • 5-½ cups Flour, Divided
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons Nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoons Cardamom
  • ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • Vegetable Oil, For Frying

Preparation

In a small sauce pan, boil the apple cider down until it is reduced to 1/4 cup. Allow to cool.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Beat in the buttermilk and reduced apple cider.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 1/2 cups of the flour, the baking powder and soda, and the cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until combined. The dough will be very sticky.

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead, adding in the additional flour (you may not need the full remaining 2 cups), until the dough is no longer sticky. Roll out the dough to 1/2″ thickness, and using a 1″ cutter, cut out the doughnut holes. Re-roll the scraps of dough and continue cutting until there is no dough left.

In an electric fryer or a deep pan, add 3″ of vegetable oil. Fry several doughnut holes at a time, turning occasionally, until they are browned and cooked through. Remove the cooked doughnut holes to a paper towel-lined plate. Immediately coat them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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funkiplanet on 10.26.2010

Made these a couple nights ago – soooooo good and super easy. You’ll love these!

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alsherer on 10.24.2010

OH MY GOODNESS! These are delicious! Made these this morning for the family and they devoured them. Try them today! You will not regret it!

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aliciaburnstoast on 10.1.2010

I’m pretty sure I HAVE to make these.

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aurorafedora on 9.30.2010

oh, yummmmmmmmm!

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reinascountrykitchen on 9.30.2010

I have been looking for a good donut recipe just like this. My husband LOVES donuts but we moved and they do not have any place that sells them. I will have to try these, he will love them.

Thanks for sharing. I love your blog too!

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thesweetandsalty on 11.30.2010

These were awesome! Reminded me of the donuts we would get at the apple orchard.

I actually made my fiance take half of them into work so I wouldn’t eat them all myself.

Will be making these again.

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svyeta on 11.10.2010

I thought these were pretty easy to make, but they turned out drier than I expected. I was hoping for something more moist. But they were tasty and my kids didn’t have any trouble eating them all.

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funkiplanet on 10.26.2010

We loved these. I thought they were very simple to make. It was a fast recipe and the final product was delicious. These would be great for Thanksgiving morning!

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neferkatie on 10.23.2010

They taste really good, but they’re not quite “easy”– I would say medium difficulty.
The dough is really sticky– really really sticky. And the smaller, drier circles you make, the better they fry up. Actually, we made semi-circles– which came out looking like cute little apple slices.

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