Apple Cider Doughnuts + a Giveaway!

Let’s talk doughnuts.

Let’s talk about how cider doughnuts are my most favorite doughnuts in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD, and how a perfectly simple and delicious recipe for cider doughnuts just happened to fall into my lap (more on that later).

Let’s talk about how I made these doughnuts three days after moving into our new apartment (love!) with its teeny-tiny kitchen (hate!), a mere 30 minutes before Mike and I decided to host our very first dinner guests (poor! planning! Melanie!).

Let’s talk about how I frantically snapped 850 photos of said doughnuts in the rapidly setting sun while our dinner guests waited downstairs.

Then, we should probably talk about how we ate cider doughnuts for dinner instead of….well, dinner. Worth it.

If you know me, like, at all, you’ll know I freak out over fall. Fall is my jam. Some people like summer, others prefer spring, but, personally… I lose it over pumpkin and crunchy leaves and apple picking and cinnamon and cool temps and CIDER.

So when the super cool people over at Harvard Common Press contacted me to see if I wanted to host a stop on Dede Wilson‘s blog tour for her new book, A Baker’s Field Guide to Doughnuts, and included  a recipe for cider doughnuts, you better believe I f-r-e-a-k-e-d o-u-t. I’ve been dying to make fried cake doughnuts for at least 100 years but figured it was too complicated and instead spent the last month buying (and eating) dozens of doughnuts at a time.

The good news is, making fried doughnuts isn’t so hard! These cider doughnuts came out fluffy and cinnamony and perfectly cider-spiked even in my teensy tinsy kitchen.

The even better news is, you can make doughnuts too! Because I get to give away a copy of Dede’s new book to one very lucky reader 🙂

The bad news is you’re going to have to quit your job because after one look at the recipes in this guide you’re going to be a doughnut-making-ma-CHINE.

First, the recipe! Then, the giveaway deets. Priorities, people 😉

Apple Cider Doughnuts (Recipe ©2012 by Dede Wilson and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press)

yield: about twenty-four 3-inch doughnuts


  • 21⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 ⁄3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup apple cider, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (3⁄4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • Flavorless vegetable oil for deep-frying, such as canola
  • 1 recipe Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

1. Whisk together both flours, the baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and allspice in a medium-size bowl to aerate and combine.

2. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs with an electric mixer until pale and creamy, or whisk well by hand. Beat in the cider and melted butter until combined. add the dry mixture in two batches and stir with a wooden spoon just until the dough comes together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

3. Line a rimmed baking sheet pan with a triple layer of paper towels. heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pot or deep-fat fryer to 350° to 355°F.

4. While the oil is heating, dust the work surface with flour. scrape the dough onto the surface, dust the top of the dough lightly with flour, and roll out to 1⁄2-inch thickness. Cut out doughnuts with a lightly floured 3-inch round cutter. Gently gather the scraps, press them together, roll out the dough, and cut out as many additional doughnuts as possible. Place the cinnamon sugar, if using, in a shallow bowl.

5. Fry a few doughnuts at a time; do not crowd. Fry until light golden brown, about 1 minute and 15 seconds, flip them over, and fry for about 1 minute and 15 seconds more, until light golden brown on the other side as well. Using a slotted spoon, remove each doughnut from the oil and drain thoroughly on paper towels.

6. If desired, immediately transfer the doughnuts to the bowl of cinnamon sugar and roll and toss them to coat completely. repeat with the remaining dough.

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

Yield: enough to coat the tops of about sixteen 3-inch doughnuts or about 24 doughnut holes or small fritters


  • 1 cup granulated sugar or superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions: Stir the sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow bowl large enough to hold a doughnut. Place a still-warm doughnut on top of the mixture and toss around to coat thoroughly.

*A Baker’s Field Guide to Doughnuts Giveaway!*

How to enter (you can enter up to three times!):

1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite kind of doughnut and/or favorite thing about fall (you better believe those comments will warm my heart);

2. Follow @dedewilsonbakes on Twitter and leave a comment saying you did;


3. Follow @melssweetlife on Twitter and leave a comment saying you did.

**Make sure to leave some sort of contact info in your comment so I can contact you if you win! The giveaway will close on Sunday, September 9th, at 9PM. (9/9 at 9 – got it?!)**

PS: There’s a copycat recipe for Krispy Kremes in there. As IF you needed another reason to enter. Good luck!

43 thoughts on “Apple Cider Doughnuts + a Giveaway!

  1. Meli Mathis

    Best part of fall: not coming home covered in sweat after running around the Reservoir and actually feeling good about it instead of standing in front of the AC.
    Favorite doughnut is Boston Creme.
    I already follow you on twitter.
    Contact: NetID is mbm47

  2. rachel

    I had to read this post…my favorite doughnut is apple cider! Great giveaway, thanks so much for the chance to win and for a great recipe that I’ll definitely be trying soon!

  3. adrienne

    MELANIE! I love cider donuts. My favorite specifically are the ones at the Ithaca farmer’s market on the end. Once, he ran out and I drove to his orchard to get some. That’s dedication.

  4. Lisa N.

    OMG I will surprise my husband this weekend (and make donuts at home). In the fall we cannot wait for the local orchards to open for the season so we can get our apple cider donuts, in fact 2 weekend ago week drove nearly 15 miles to get donuts because the closes orchard was not open yet, needless to say the box of donuts was nearly gone by the time we got home. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Anonymous

    Following you on twitter! contact info:
    one of the best parts of fall is certainly the treats… however last fall i may have been over zealous and i believe i still have cans of pumpkin puree in my cabinet OH WELL … crossing my fingers you throw some more DELISH fall recipes our way!!

  6. hipfoodiemom

    hi there! my fave donut is either cinnamon or good ole glazed and my fave thing about fall is wearing sweaters! 🙂 I just signed up for a donut making class here in Seattle so you know I am crazy about donuts! thanks for the chance at this giveaway! and your donuts look amazing!

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  9. Elin

    My favorite kind of doughnut is an old-fashioned dark chocolate cake doughnut. However, now that it is fall, all bets are off…haha

  10. Taryn

    Apple Cider Donuts are far and away my absolute favorite kind of donuts, and I love EVERYTHING about the fall. I’m with you – it’s such a magical season.

  11. Beth

    I love any and all kinds of donuts. I guess you could say I’m kind of a “Donut Junkie”. I’m new to your blog and am LOVING IT!

  12. Jaime Carter

    Anytime donuts, hmmm, DOUBLE CHOCOLATE, and glazed! I have also found in the fall (which happens to be one of my favorite times of the year also!) Pumpkin spice with cream cheese frosting, YUM!!! Fall is my favorite time of year… One,both of my boys happen to be born in the fall! Two, I love the colors of the leaves of the maple trees! Three,AND PUMPKIN PATCHES, hayrack rides, bonfires (which always include roasted hotdogs, and S’MORES!!!!) And the cool crisp air! I am patiently waiting for my other half to propose, and when he does, it will be a fall wedding!!! (keeping my fingers crossed!!!)

  13. Ashley

    Mel! When’d you make it big time??? You’re my hero. My fav donuts are apple cider too. I want one right now!! Xoxo

  14. Mel

    Apple cider donuts are the best! Definitely one of the best parts of living in upstate NY! That and the apple picking, pumpkin picking…

  15. Michelle Philippi

    Fall….well, college football of course. Boise State! – woooo! And then there’s my daughter’s soccer games. Nothing like freezing your hiney off at 7am on a Saturday morning watching 8 year olds play soccer in long johns. We use the crock pot a lot more in the fall too. I love making warm fruit salad in the crock pot. So sweet. So sickening sweet. And fruity. And baking. Bake-a-rama time. Much more than the summer when I hate heating up the whole house using the oven. But I’m finna get my bake on!

  16. Lisa Franz (@ichladysdaughtr)

    My favorite doughnut is from a local business owned and run by the nicest Vietnamese couple who know my family by name. I love all their doughnuts, but the best is the chocolate cruller. Its sweet and moist and melt-in-your-mouthy 🙂 I also followed you on Twitter

  17. Lizzie

    I just found you through a pin on pintrest for your Peanut Butter Cup Smores Bar and I love your blog!

    My favorite thing about fall is apple picking and how my family makes a whole day of it.

    My favorite doughnuts are coconut, I love coconut!

  18. Stephanie Murphy (@Ambersmurphy)

    ALL of THEM… ha. What a silly question? My favorite doughnut is a sour cream cake doughnut with a hint of lemon in the glaze. It’s honestly like a slice of lemon pound cake heaven for me. Being in Florida, our Fall is summer-like for northerners and our Winter is more like Fall… so I’d have to say having an excuse to wear a cute, soft & fluffy sweater curled up with a hot cup of wassel is my idea of Fall heaven!

  19. bakerorbust

    Hi! 1. I love your blog – your blog actually inspired me to create my own! I need to learn to take pictures of food like you do, they are mouth watering where as mine are….meh!
    2. I just started following you on Twitter. I think I have 9 “friends” – is that what they’re called? So follow me too! I’m BakerOrBust
    3. My favorite part about fall is…well…everything! It is my favorite season. I love that I’m not sweating the second I walk out of the door, I love picking apples, and drinking cider (with rum sometimes…) and obviously the changing leaves. I especially love being able to bake with “warm” ingredients – pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. I’m going to attempt to bake Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream frosting (found it on pinterest haha).
    4. My favorite donuts are sourcream doughnuts.


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