Apple Ale Doughnuts & spiked! recipe challenge

Woo Hoo!!!  It is Spiked! Recipe Challenge time again, and this time the spiked ingredient is…..

FALL BEERS!  What?  Pumpkin, or apple beers used to make…..?  My mind went blank…again!  I have already told you before that I do not drink beer, so I obviously have no idea what a fall beer would taste like or what I should make with it.  Then it dawned on me…..

Apple Ale Doughnuts

What if I make apple cider doughnuts, using apple ale instead of cider!!!  That should work…right?  So I headed off to the grocery store to speak to the wonderfully helpful employees and ask about apple beers.  She didn’t even have to think about it, she immediately said REDD’S Apple Ale.  Then the cute construction worker that that was standing in front of the beer cooler, wholeheartedly agreed with her.  So REDD’S Apple Ale it is!

Apple Ale Doughnuts by

These are a cake like doughnut, that starts out rather sticky…..

Apple Ale Doughnuts dough

I do not have an official doughnut cutter, since I almost never make doughnuts, so I used a 3 inch circle cutter and an apple corer.  It seemed appropriate to use an apple corer to make the smaller hole! 😉

Apple Ale Doughnuts cut

Then you have your choice of toppings, you know me and choices.  We have the glazed version shown above, or the cinnamon sugar coated version…..

Apple Ale Doughnuts from

I prefer the glazed version, and so does my camera.  I had a heck of a time trying to get it to focus and take a picture!  These doughnuts DO NOT taste like beer at all!!  When they are still warm, the apple flavor is more prominent than it is the next day.  They are delicious and disappeared very quickly!  Even though I chose apple, I am sure that these would work just as well with a pumpkin ale!  Oooh, maybe I will try those next. 😉

A big thank you to Julie and Carrie for hosting this challenge!!  It is a lot of fun. 🙂  Make sure you stop by and check out all of the other recipes!!

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***Update: I WON!!!  That’s right, these delicious Apple Ale Doughnuts won the Spiked! Recipe Challenge!!!  Thank you so much Carrie and Julie!  I can’t wait to see what the featured spirit is in November. 🙂

Apple Ale Doughnuts

Serves 20
Prep time 1 hour, 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cake like doughnuts spiked with apple ale, make these Apple Ale Doughnuts a unique fall treat!


  • 1 cup apple ale (can substitue apple cider)
  • 3 1/2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (1/2 cup coconut milk + 1 teaspoon vinegar)
  • oil for frying
  • Apple Ale Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons apple ale (or apple cider)
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon


Apple Ale Doughnuts reduce
Heat the apple ale (or cider) in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until it is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 20 - 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Apple Ale Doughnuts flour
Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together is a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
Apple Ale Doughnuts butter
In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar together until smooth.
Apple Ale Doughnuts eggs
Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until fully incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to occasionally scrap down the sides as necessary.
Apple Ale Doughnuts ale
Gradually add the reduced apple ale and the buttermilk, mixing just until combined.
Apple ALe Doughnuts flour add
Add the flour mixture, and continue to mix just until dough comes together. It was very sticky.
Apple Ale Doughnuts flatten
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and generously coat with flour. Turn the dough out onto one of the baking sheets, and press down with your hands until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Use more flour is dough is still wet. Place the dough and baking sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes until slightly hardened.
Apple Ale Doughnuts cut
Remove from freezer, and cut out 3 inch circles with 1 inch holes in the center.
Apple Ale Doughnuts freeze
Place the cut doughnuts and doughnut holes onto the second baking pan. Re-roll dough scraps and cut out remaining circles. Refrigerate the doughnuts for 20 to 30 minutes.
Apple Ale Doughnuts oil
Heat 2 to 3 inches of oil in a large deep-sided pan until a candy thermometer reaches 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with several layers of paper towels and set aside.
Apple Ale Doughnuts fry
Gently drop a few doughnuts at a time into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden brown, turn over and fry the other side.
Apple Ale Doughnuts drain
Remove doughnuts from oil and drain on paper towels for one minute.
Apple Ale Doughnuts glaze
Dip the warm doughnuts into the glaze or cinnamon sugar.

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  1. says

    Oooooh! These sound delish! LOVE the idea! Now I know what to do with my leftover apple beer. I’m not a beer drinker either so I have 5 bottles of the Apple Shock Top left! 🙂

  2. says

    Girl. I hope you know how much i love these!!! Redd’s is DELICIOUS!!! Also– we are visiting a hard cider mill tomorrow and I am totally trying out this recipe. The cure construction worker was likely my other half — giving sage beer advice… sounds about right. Thanks Lisa for giving us such an awesome fall recipe!!

  3. says

    YUM! I love what you have come up with, Lisa! Apple Ale Donuts? I think Dunkin Donuts needs to have you start making these for their Fall donut collection! 🙂 Thanks so much for participating in the Spiked! Challenge!

  4. says

    Yum!! I don’t drink alcohol, but apple cider donuts are one of favorite things. I am going to have to try these because they look delicious! PS – I just saw that you’re in Eastern Iowa. I went to law school at University of Iowa. I love that area!! =)
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  5. Cathy says

    Congrautulations on winning the challenge! Yum! These look awesome! I have a deep fryer and I’m thinking a batch of these needs to be made SOON!

    Happy Saturday! Cathy

  6. says

    Ooooh! My MIL and I were just talking last week about how hard it is to find a good apple cider donut recipe (they either fall apart or don’t have enough apple oomph). I’m gonna have to tell her about this one! They’ll be eaten within hours of being made, so no need to worry about disappearing flavor 😉

  7. says

    Wow, Lisa!!! These look so absolutely delicious and congratulations on the win!!! Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to have one of these!!! Can you bring some to the party Friday night? 😉 Great job, my friend!!! Pinning!

  8. says

    I’ve been wanting to buy a donut pan lately, and now I’m wishing I already had one! I know that fried donuts are way tastier, but I hate dealing with hot oil 🙂 These look amazing! Pinning.
    Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes! Hope to see you back for the party again tonight!
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