Old-Fashioned Doughnuts

Apple cider makes these old-fashioned doughnuts so yummy!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider cake doughnuts, old fashioned donuts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 18 doughnuts
Calories 270 kcal
Author Jessica Robinson


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Apple cider glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider


  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices into a medium bowl and set aside. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to mix until incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to occasionally scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the apple cider, buttermilk, and vanilla extract, mixing to combine. Add the flour mixture and combine.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to 1⁄ 2 inch thickness. Lightly flour a doughnut cutter and use it to cut out the doughnuts, then place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Line a baking sheet with several layers of paper towels and set aside. In a large heavy-duty pot, add enough shortening to equal 3 inches of oil. Heat to a temperature of 375 degrees F. Drop about 4 doughnuts into the oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until lightly golden brown. Remove the doughnuts from the oil and allow to drain on the paper towels.
  4. Combine the powdered sugar and apple cider with a whisk until it is smooth.
  5. Carefully dip each doughnut into the glaze, shake off any excess and set on a baking rack to drip dry. Place the baking rack on a parchment lined half sheet pan to catch any glaze that drips down.
Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 208mg9%
Potassium 141mg4%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 154IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.