I found this recipe in the October 2013 Rachael Ray magazine. All I had to do was read that apple cider was in ingredient and I was sold. I gave them a test run this weekend and while they were good, they needed a little more sugar in the batter, in my opinion.
Recipe (as it was written):
1 cup apple cider
4 tbsp butter
2 cups flour
6 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
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1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
10 tbsp sugar
Step 1: In a small saucepan, boil the cider until reduced to 2/3 cup, about 6-8 minutes. I didn't measure it ... just boiled it for the time and what was left, was left! Add the butter and stir until melted. Let cool. Whisk in egg.
Step 2: In a bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in cider mixture until just blended.
Step 3: The directions tell you to fry the donuts, but I used my cake pop maker. Much healthier! I dropped the batter by the teaspoon and shut the cake pop maker ... less than 5 minutes later I had perfectly round donuts!
Step 4: Allow to cool and coated with cinnamon sugar.
They were good but like I said, when I make them again I will add more than 6 tbsp of sugar to the batter. I would add at least a 1/2 - 3/4 cup of sugar.