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Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

Their light, tender texture and apple cider flavor make these small bites a big hit! My mom made them every year as soon as the weather turned cool. I carry on the tradition, and the aroma always brings back cherished memories. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
  • DOUGHNUTS:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or juice
  • Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon and, if desired, nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl, beat sugar and shortening until crumbly. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; add to sugar mixture alternately with cider.
  • In a large cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 350°. Carefully drop batter by tablespoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until dark golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels; cool 5 minutes. Toss in spiced sugar.
Editor's Note: Doughnuts can be tossed with confectioners' sugar instead of spiced sugar; cool 10 minutes before coating.
Nutrition Facts
1 doughnut hole: 71 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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