Apple Cider Donut Holes

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


  • 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.