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Apple Cider Donut Holes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Proofing Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Author: Traci
If a recipe could scream Fall, it would be these delicious Apple Cider Donut Holes! Perfectly soft, fluffy, full of flavor, and just SO. GOOD. It's the perfect treat to make for breakfast this holiday season!

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • cup apple cider, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon boiled cider
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Donuts

  • Combine flour, yeast, baking powder, sugar, apple pie spice, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  • Mix together.
  • Add apple cider, egg, and boiled cider.
  • Mix on medium low until combined.
  • Add butter and continue mixing.
  • Switch to dough hook, if using.
  • Knead dough until it is smooth and cleans the bowl, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Place in a covered container that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Let rise at room temperature for 1 hour, until doubled in bulk.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2" thickness.
  • Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Using a 1" cutter, cut out donuts.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush excess flour off doughnuts and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Allow to proof for an additional 15 minutes.
  • While dough is proofing, heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to between 350 degrees F and 375 degrees F.
  • Drop donuts in one at a time, working in small batches.
  • Allow to cook until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
  • Flip donuts and cook an additional 1-2 minutes until evenly cooked.
  • Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  • Roll in sugar mixture.

Topping

  • Combine sugar, apple pie spice, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Whisk to mix.

Notes

Substitutions:
  • If you don’t have boiled cider, use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla as a substitute. The donuts won’t have as much apple flavor, but they'll still taste delicious!
Expert Tips:
  • Don’t skip resting the dough after rolling it out! This allows the gluten in the dough to relax and makes it easier to cut.
  • You can actually re-roll the dough scraps. Just don’t add any extra flour! The donuts from the dough scraps won’t be quite as pretty and may be a little tougher, but they'll still taste good.
  • Use a thermometer to keep oil at a steady temperature.
  • Make sure you roll the donuts in the spiced sugar while they're still hot!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Donut | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg