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Fall isn't complete without stuffing a dozen or so old-fashioned apple cider donut holes in your pie hole.

Apple Cider Donut Holes


  • 1 cup apple cider

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 cloves

  • 2 allspice berries

  • 3 1/2 cups flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 stick butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • Cinnamon sugar, for rolling


  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add apple cider, cinnamon stick, cloves and allspice berries. Bring to a simmer to reduce to 1/4 cup.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugars and cream together for several minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Mix in buttermilk and apple cider, then slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.

  4. In a deep-sided pan, heat oil to 350 degrees. Pinch off pieces of dough, roll into balls and fry until golden brown.

  5. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to cool, then toss in cinnamon sugar before serving.

Apple Cider Donut Holes




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- These are apple cider spiced donut holes! They're delicious. They're easy to make. They're old fashioned. And I made them small, so that you would eat less. But it doesn't work, you're gonna eat 15 of them. Let's make 'em. Donut holes! Without punching the hole from a larger donut, so donut balls. Now, this is flour. It's coming into a bowl right here. This is salt, very important. Baking soda, baking powder. So here we have ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground clove, and ground nutmeg and we just wanna make a relatively homogenous mixture of these things. Okay, so those mix in nicely. And it's really that simple, right there. Now over here, another bowl. Half a stick of room temperature butter. We've got sugar. We've got brown sugar also. And this is going to get creamed together. Boop! Here's a egg. Two eggs. Here we have buttermilk. If you don't have buttermilk, you can put like a tablespoon of vinegar into milk. Now right here I had a full cup of apple cider that I cooked down with a single cinnamon stick, two cloves and two allspice berries. Okay, lovely. Let's put half of our dry mixture in about. Boom! Nice steady Eddie. That looks pretty sexy. Let's put the rest in, nice and easy. Okay, so what we have is a pretty thick mixture here and it's pretty ideal. All right, very simply, if you so desire you can take just a little bit of four and touch your fingey things and then you literally just make these balls. I would say the size of a nice green olive is what you're looking for. You have to remember, these are gonna get a little bit bigger in the oil, 'cause of the baking soda and the baking powder. Boom! All right here we go. Oil, 350 degrees. Nice and gentle. Well these three look pretty good. Boom, boom, boom! All right so they cook really quickly guys and they have a nice split look to them, very old-fashioned style looking. The other thing that's really fantastic about these is they taste good cold, so you can make a batch and leave them around. And just look for an even tan doneness, like that. Treat these like French fries. Come into a bowl. After they've cooled, after they've drained, cinnamon sugar. That's pretty damn good. Let me just tell you where my mind is: I'm on a rural two-lane road in Vermont where people stay to the right unless they're passing. The leaves have changed colors, many of them are on the ground. I'm seven or eight years old. Umm delicious!

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