Cinnamon Apple Doughnuts with Cider Glaze

homemade cinnamon apple doughnuts topped with a sweet cider glaze

  • Author: Kayla Howey




  • 4 oz water (at 80F)
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • ¼ oz dry active yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 oz sugar
  • 1 oz milk powder
  • 10 oz bread flour
  • 6 oz pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 oz butter, softened
  • 4 oz diced apples

Apple Cider Glaze

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 oz powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • raw sugar, to garnish



  1. Combine the water, apple cider, and yeast in the bottom of a stand mixer bowl. Stir to dissolve and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the beaten egg and sugar. Whisk to combine. Add the milk powder, bread flour, pastry flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon to the bowl. Attach the bowl to the stand mixer. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on speed #1 until the ingredients are incorporated. Add the softened butter. Mix on speed #2 for 8 minutes. Fold the apples into the dough.
  2. Remove the dough from the bowl and place into a separate, floured mixing bowl. Cover with a towel and let bulk proof for 30 minutes at room temperature. Roll out the dough to ½” thickness on a floured surface. Use a circular cutter to cut the dough into circles. Use a smaller circular cutter to cut out the middle of each. Take the remaining dough trim and roll it into a ball. Repeat the process until all of the dough is used. Cover the cut-out dough with a towel and let proof for 15-20 minutes on the counter.
  3. Fry the doughnuts at 350F in a pot of oil or a deep fryer. They should fry for about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through. Carefully remove the doughnuts from the oil and let drain on paper towels.

Apple Cider Glaze

  1. Add the apple cider and cinnamon stick to a small saucepan. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Let reduce until the cider is syrupy (you want to be left with 6 tablespoons of reduced cider). Let cool. Combine the cooled reduced cider, powdered sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Glaze the cooled (or partially warm) doughnuts by dipping them, top-side down, into the glaze. Turn them out onto a sheet rack to dry. Dry for 3 minutes. Dip them into the glaze again. Sprinkle each doughnut with a little raw sugar. Let dry for another 5 minutes or so before serving.