In-Your-Sleep Apple Cider Doughnut Bites


In-Your-Sleep Apple Cider Doughnut Bites

In-Your-Sleep Apple Cider Doughnut Bites
In-Your-Sleep Apple Cider Doughnut Bites

These homemade doughnut holes are so simple, you can practically make them in your sleep. In-Your-Sleep Apple Cider Doughnut Bites are made using Bisquick and just a few other ingredients, and will become a favorite fall recipe in no time. Apple cider and apple pie spice is included in the batter to give these doughnuts a delicious apple flavor that's great any time of year. Simply mix the batter, fry the doughnuts, and roll them in cinnamon and sugar for a fluffy, crispy pastry that's a treat you can embrace any time of the day.

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An easy way to coat the donuts with the cinnamon sugar is to place the mixture into a clean brown lunch bag and then drop in the donuts and shake the bag until they are completely coated. 


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  • 2 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice (or a bit more if you like)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • vegetable oil for frying, about 4 cups
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Combine baking mix, flour, sugar, spice and salt in a large bowl, fluffing with a fork to mix. Beat the egg and add the cider. Add the egg/cider mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until it is a sticky thick batter. Add more baking mix by tablespoonsful if necessary it should be like a very thick pancake batter.

  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl and set aside.

  3. Heat a deep, wide pot or a wok over medium high heat and add oil to a depth of 3 inches. Use a thermometer to check the oil it should be at 350 degrees F before you add any donuts.

  4. Use a small ice cream scoop or a large melon baller to measure out portions and drop the batter into the oil about 6 at a time they will bob and roll so use a wire sieve or tongs to keep them frying on one side at a time.

  5. Fry for 3 minutes and then turn and continue to fry for another 3 minutes or until they reach a medium brown color - if the balls are larger than 1 inches they may take a bit more time but adjust the heat keep the oil at 350 continuously so that they do not get too brown before the center is cooked.

  6. Use a wire sieve or slotted spoon to remove the donuts to a wire rack set over paper towels in a baking sheet and continue to fry the rest of the dough. While each batch is frying, drop the finished donuts into the cinnamon sugar mixture while still warm and toss to coat, then return to the wire rack to finish cooling.

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Can Bisquick dessert recipes get any better than this one? I love that you don't have to mix up the batter. You surprised me with the cider vinegar. I thought this recipe was going to call for a bit of apple cider in the mix. I have some in the refrigerator, so I am wondering how that will taste in this batter.

The only thing that might improve these would be having some bits of apple incorporated into the dough, but these are fine by themselves. I love doughnut holes and my wife and I are practically addicted to the chocolate doughnut holes we get from Kroger. This is a really simple recipe to put together, and I'm definitely going to make up a batch of these for when the grandchildren visit.


I like the plain glazed donuts especially when they are hot. I also like the lemon filled donuts for a little change. Our bakery which is unfortunately closed down made the best apple fritters in the world. They would deep fried them in the donut glaze. I haven't found any place else that makes them that way.

My favorite doughnuts? Ummmmm... I used to love apple fritters and I think they are a kind of doughnut thing.

Omg, this looks and sounds so delicious I can't wait to try it...but can someone please tell me what apple spice is? I've heard of and used pumpkin spice before but never thought they had apple spice on the market. Now that I think of it, this recipe would probably be amazing with pumpkin spice as well! On my mission to discover and find apple spice...I just may have to try it!

These doughnuts were delicious! I like that they were soft and moist on the inside, with a bit of crunch and texture on the outside. Perfect for fall!

These were SO GOOD! They are definitely not just a morning breakfast treat-- I would eat these anytime during the day-- yum! They were just the right size, and the sugar coating added the perfect finishing touch.

Love that these doughnuts are flavorful and moist. I prefer them without the coating, however.

These donuts were so very delicious. I loved the sugar coating!

I could eat these doughnuts all day long!

These were amazing! I loved the softness of the dough mixed with the coarseness of the sugar coating. I'm planning on making these for my in-laws when they visit this fall. They'd taste heavenly paired with a cup of hot cider!

Tastes just like donuts from an apple orchard - mmmm!

These weren't my favorite apple cider donuts, but they were fine. The texture and flavor were good. I prefer baked apple donuts, and these had a bit too much sugar for my taste.

Personally, I thought there was a bit too much cinnamon sugar on these bites, but I'm not a huge fan of loose-sprinkled sugar on doughnuts in general. Otherwise, the apple spice flavor was delicious. Great fall treat!

These were so good. Now I just want to go to an apple orchard.

Best homemade doughnuts ever! The texture was light and fluffy and the cinnamon sugar dusting was the perfect added touch.

OH MY GOODNESS! These doughnuts were absolutely delicious. They weren't too sweet and the sugar/cinnamon coating added a nice bit of texture. What a great idea for a fall treat!

I'm not even sure what to say except YUM!


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