Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

Homemade donuts have never been easier than with these Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts. Tossed in a cinnamon sugar coating and drizzled with a warm apple cider glaze each bite is melt in your mouth perfection. They’re the perfect way to celebrate one of your favorite Fall fruits.

Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

What is it about donuts that makes them so magically delicious?!

And nobody in our family is immune to their allure. Seriously, they have like this Siren song that calls to us. My kid’s won’t have even been invited to the grocery store with me (it’s my only ‘me’ time somdays, and secretly my happy place- SAHM probs, lol).

Let me come home with them tucked away in my brown paper bags, and my kids are like little bloodhounds on a mission.

Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

It never fails. It also never ceases to surprise me, even after years and years.

Donuts come in all shapes, sizes, and forms and we don’t discriminate. We love em all. However, I don’t always have the time, or let’s be honest- the energy, to make them from scratch.

The same goes for driving to our favorite sugary ‘shack’ to get a box of assorted specialty flavors and fun finds.

What’s a gal to do then to get her finger lickin’ fix then?

You have a genius hack on hand for a quick & easy version that’s ready in just minutes.

Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

You could call this a ‘cheater’ version, but cheating is bad and strongly discourage in our house. I’m sure it is in yours too.

What the kids don’t know won’t hurt them, right? Especially if a delicious pastry is involved? It’s all for the love of donuts, so it’s all good in my book. Besides, we’re not breaking any rules.

I’ll just make sure to tuck Grandma’s recipe box back up on the cupboard shelf before getting started. Wouldn’t want her to think I’d totally lost my way around a from scratch recipe!

Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

Refrigerated biscuit dough, that’s all you need to keep on hand for a quick, tasty donut treat. If only someone had shared this secret with me years ago!

We’re here to remedy that though for as many other Moms, kids, people in general as possible.

With a few simple ingredients, not only can you be enjoying freshly fried homemade donuts- but Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts!

Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

Cut out of canned refrigerator biscuit dough, these Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts fry up into crisp, melt in your mouth donuts that dreams are made of. Dipped in a light cinnamon sugar coating, they’re drizzled with a warm apple cider glaze for a Fall donut that’ll hit the spot any time of day- morning, noon, or night.

Fresh donuts whenever you want, without ever having to load up the kids or even leave the house. Dreams really do come true! 

Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

A simple donut using a kitchen staple with a cinnamon sugar coating and a warm apple cider glaze.
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  • 1 16.3 oz can refrigerated biscuit dough, NOT flaky or butter flavored
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp warm apple cider
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • canola oil, for frying


  • In a dutch oven, or cast iron skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees.
  • In a small, shallow bowl, use a fork to whisk together the regular sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the cider and powdered sugar until the glaze is smooth and completely incorporated.
  • Separate the dough into the 8 precut biscuits. Using a small cutter, like a large water bottle lid, cut out holes in the middle. Save the circles for donut holes.
  • Working in batches of 2-3, add the dough to the hot oil, frying each side until golden brown. Remove the cooked donuts to paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Carefully transfer the warm donuts to the cinnamon sugar mixture and gently toss to coat evenly. Transfer the coated donuts to a cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining biscuit dough until all the donuts are cooked, coated, and cooled.
  • Drizzle the warm apple cider glass out evenly over the donuts, and serve immediately.

Let’s see what else everyone’s brought to the table today:

Apple BBQ Meatballs over Brown Rice from Tip Garden
Apple Butterscotch Crumb Cake from The Crumby Kitchen
Apple Cider Donuts from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
Apple Coffee Cake from Bear & Bug Eats
Apple & Fig Flatbread with Goat Cheese from Simple and Savory
Apple Oatmeal Bars from Palatable Pastime
Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Bars from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Apple Pie with Oat Crumble Crust from The Redhead Baker
Baked Oatmeal with Apple Cheddar and Sausage from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Braised Pork Roast with Apples from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple Hand Pies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Cheesy Brie and Apple Pull Apart Bread from Family Around the Table
Crunchy Apple BBQ Pork from The Freshman Cook
Easy Fried Apples With Cinnamon from Feeding Big
Fresh Apple Dinner Salad from Cooking With Carlee
Lamb Lolipops with Apple Herb Chutney from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Roasted Beet and Apple Salad from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Slow Cooker Baked Apples from Jonesin’ for Taste
Sweet and Sour Apple Cabbage Salad from All That’s Jas

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9 thoughts on “Quick & Easy Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

  1. Why are they so magically delicious? I want to dive head first into that plate of them and not come up for air until they are gone. These look like a dream!

  2. Great shortcut for homemade doughnuts! My kids would go crazy for these! Thank you for bringing mouth watering fall donuts to the party this week! Happy Fiesta Friday!

  3. What a great idea to use refrigerated biscuit dough – who would have thought – not me for sure. I know there will be a lot of happy “moms” (and kids) out there who will enjoy your donuts.Thanks for sharing…

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