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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!

We have a winner!

I used to create a randomized list of commenters/tweeters, and the winner of a batch of Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes is…

Molly over at Cheap Beets!  Hooray for a fellow Boston blogger!  I’ll be getting in touch soon 🙂

THANK YOU to everyone who voted – and keeps voting!  Reminder: the “Cupcake Crown” competition is open until Feb. 12th, and I am moving up on the “most votes” page.  You can vote once per computer and/or smartphone and/or iPad every day until the 12th.  Spread the word! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cupcake Giveaway!

It’s funny how one little {insanely delicious, absurdly fattening} cupcake can make you feel like you’ve really made it in life.  Since posting my Peanut Butter Oreo cupcake recipe, my blog traffic has skyrocketed, my turducken cupcake has popped up all over the internet (I’m pretty much a viral YouTube video, blog style. *brushes shoulder off*), and I’ve felt like a million bucks.

They like me, they really like me!

I recently entered my Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcake in the Cupcake Crown competition at and I need your help.

I need you to click the button below, then click “Vote for this cupcake!” once a day, every day, until February 12.

And if you vote?  You just might get a Peanut Butter Oreo cupcake reward.  Thaaaat’s right!  I’m giving away a batch of these unbelievably delicious cupcakes (or a baked good of your choice, if you’re allergic to nuts, gluten-free, etc.) to one lucky voter 🙂  All you have to do is:

1. Vote here.  Seriously.  I’ll know if you didn’t really vote, and so will your karma 😉

2. Comment on this post that you voted. (one entry)


3. Tweet that you voted, with this link: and the tag #pboreocupcakecrown (two entries)

4. Check back on Friday, Feb. 3 to see if you’re the winner!

You have until Feb 2 at midnight to enter.

Hubba hubba.

Oh, Happy Day!

Happy, happy, joy, joy. I was just alerted by Miss Anna over at dear friend blog about the BEST GIVEAWAY EVER. Ever, ever, ever, ever in the history of EVERDOM. I am trying really hard to contain my excitement but it’s tough because….

Oh Happy Day is giving away a




Just something I have been dreaming of for the past… 23 years, 9 months, and 22 days.

Oui, s’il vous plaĂźt.

And the winner is…

Miss Anna over at Dear Friend!

YAY, Anna! So excited for you 🙂 Shoot me an email and I’ll send the bowls over right away!

To continue on my path of legit-ness – here’s some proof of how I randomly picked the winner:

LUCKY #13th commenter! I also had Mike on the phone with me while I did it so I wouldn’t be tempted to pick the person who gave me the best compliment… or my mom.

So, what did we think of My First Giveaway? 2Legit2Quit? I am already planning my next one…stay tuned!

My First Giveaway!

People: this is big. The awesome people over at CSN stores recently contacted me about wanting to help me do a giveaway. My first thought?

I am sooo legit.

I was able to pick out something that I wanted to give away, and I obviously hopped right on over to the Le Creuset section of the CSN website. I l-o-v-e all things Le Creuset, mostly because of the beautiful colors, and so I decided on these bright little prep bowls.


If you want to be entered to win this set (Is it wrong for me to enter my own giveaway? Will anyone know its me if I make up a fake name?), just comment (anything!) on this post by tomorrow, Thursday March 17th, at 9PM. I’ll attempt to figure out how to pick a random winner from there. May the luck of the Irish be with ya!