Apple Cider Donut Holes

Apple Cider Donut Holes

Chef Jeremy
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Difficulty: Beginner

Indulge in the pure delight of Apple Cider Donut Holes. These bite-sized treats are like little flavor bombs of autumn, with the warm, comforting taste of apple cider and cozy spices. Each donut is a perfect, poppable delight, and they're like a warm hug on a crisp fall day. Whether you're enjoying them as a sweet snack or as a delightful addition to your morning coffee, our Apple Cider Donut Holes are the perfect way to savor the flavors of the season.

What you'll learn

  • Discover the flavorful wonders of reducing apple cider and incorporating it into the donut dough.
  • Learn the art of mixing the dry and wet ingredients to create a soft and tender donut dough.
  • Embrace your creativity with various toppings for your apple cider donut holes.

Mise En Place

Paper Towels
Slotted Spoon
Rubber Spatula
Plastic Wrap
Large Pot with Lid
Sauce Pot
Sheet Tray
Paper Towels
Slotted Spoon
Rubber Spatula
Plastic Wrap
Large Pot with Lid
Sauce Pot
Sheet Tray

Shopping List

For the Donut

Apple cider, 2 cups

All purpose flour, 2¼ cups

Brown sugar, ½ cup

Baking powder, ⅛ teaspoon

Baking soda, ½ teaspoon

Cinnamon, 1½ teaspoons

Cloves, ¼ teaspoon

Nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon

Cardamom, ¼ teaspoon

Salt, 1 teaspoon

Egg, 1x

Butter, 2 tablespoons

Sour cream, ¼ cup

Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon

Vegetable oil, 2 quarts

For the Topping

Sugar, 1 cup

Cinnamon, 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar, 3¾ cups

Apple cider, ¼ cup


  1. The Night Before Cooking
  2. Place 2 cups of apple cider in a medium saucepan. Simmer on medium heat until it has reduced to yield about ½ cup of cider. Place in a container and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. To Make The Dough
  4. Fill a large pot halfway with vegetable oil and put on the stove over medium heat.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the all purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
  6. In a small saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave, melt the butter.
  7. Transfer the melted butter to a large mixing bowl and stir in the reduced apple cider, egg, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
  8. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until a soft dough forms. Do not overmix or the donuts will become tough.
  9. Place the dough in the refrigerator to chill for a few minutes.

How to cook

  1. To Make The Toppings
  2. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. In a larger bowl, whisk together half of the powdered sugar and the reserved ¼ cup of apple cider. Add more powdered sugar if necessary to get the glaze to the perfect consistency. The glaze should run off of a spoon in thick streams.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
  5. To Fry The Donuts
  6. Increase the temperature on the oil to medium-high. We are looking for ~350F if you are measuring with a thermometer.
  7. Using a large spoon or cookie scoop, scoop marble sized pieces of dough into the oil
  8. Let fry for a few minutes until golden brown and delicious!
  9. Transfer to a sheet tray lined with a wire rack or paper towels. After the initial grease drips off, transfer to the cinnamon sugar and toss to coat.
  10. Alternatively, wait until they are completely cooled and dip in the icing. Return them to the wire rack and give the icing 20-45 minutes to set to a crispy icing.
  11. Enjoy the cooked donies the same day, or refrigerate the unfried dough for up to 3 days.