Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots

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I’ve been craving them for a several weeks… Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots, that is.

To be a bit more accurate, I physically ache for them morning, noon and night. I lay in bed at night and see floating golden knots of heavenly bliss, covered in sugar crystals… And they’re smiling at me.

This has been going on for days. It’s become a bit of an issue.

I’m seeking therapy.

Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots |

One thing I’ve learned about food obsessions, is that a sure cure comes from developing a perfect recipe. That way, you know you can get your fix any time you want.

It removes the lure, you see.

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I created this Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots recipe several years back after visiting an orchard and tasting apple cider donuts for the first time.

I hate to deep fry at home so true donut making was out of the question.

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However, do you think I would I let a little thing like frying stop my desperate need for homemade apple cider donuts?

Of course not. There are always ways to get around frying!

Simple Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots |

This baked Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots recipe was created to cure my craving for donuts, yet it created a new ravenous craving of its own.

Easy to Make Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots |

Ever since I first made them, I start obsessing over these little guys at the beginning of apple season and I can’t stop thinking about them until I get my fix.

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They are ultra soft, apple-icious, bathed in butter, kissed with shimmering cinnamon sugar, and easy to make!

Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots might be my best invention yet.

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Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots |
5 from 3 votes

Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots are perfect for fall parties! This soft sweet cinnamon knot recipe is kissed with apple cider flavor and coated with cinnamon.
Servings: 60 knots
Nutrition Facts
Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots
Amount Per Serving (2 knots)
Calories 57 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 16mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 0.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 3/4 cups apple cider, divided
  • 1 package dry active yeast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil + oil for kneading
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. For the dough: Place ½ cup of warm apple cider in your electric mixing bowl. Add the yeast and allow it to swell for 5 minutes. It should look foamy. Then add 1 ¼ cups of room-temperature apple cider, plus the oil and salt.
  2. Place a bread hook attachment in an electric mixer. Mix on low, adding the flour a little at a time. “Knead” in the mixer for 3-5 minutes until well combined but tacky.
  3. Oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it to cover in oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours.
  4. When to dough is more than double the original size, punch it down and place it on a floured work surface.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, to make it easier to work with. Use your hands to turn the edges of the dough under to create a perfectly round, smooth mound.
  6. Roll the dough (from the middle out) into a 12-inch circles. Then using a pizza cutter (or sharp floured knife) cut the dough into strips ¾ X 4 inches long.

  7. Flour you hands and roll each strip into a 6-inch “snake.” Then cross the ends and tie the snake into a loose knot. Place it on a piece of parchment paper and repeat with the rest of the dough. The knots will expand, but not much. You can put them fairly close together.

  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large bowl. While the knots are still hot, toss them in the butter—coating each completely.
  9. Place the sugar and cinnamon in a brown paper bag. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the knots out of the butter and place them in the bag. Shake the knots until they covered in cinnamon sugar. Serve warm!

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68 comments on “Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots

  1. Annieposted October 14, 2018 at 9:10 am Reply

    My kids put together the dough last night and we let it rise for the two hours on the counter and refrigerated over night. This morning I rolled it out and baked the donuts. Delicious! We sugar and cinnamon coated half and glazed the other half. So yummy! Thank you. :-) Happy fall!

  2. Daniposted September 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm Reply

    These are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t believe how many knots I got out of one recipe and thought I’d end up throwing away half the batch (at least). They were gobbled up before I could even get a photo to post. These are amazing and will be made often this fall and winter in my house!

    • Sommerposted September 28, 2016 at 9:05 am Reply

      Hi Dani,

      You just made my day. Thanks for reporting back. I’m so glad you liked them!! :)

  3. Emily @ Life on Foodposted September 26, 2016 at 8:17 am Reply

    I am dying over here. I can smell them through the computer. This weekend these are happening!!!

  4. Beverlyposted September 24, 2016 at 11:55 am Reply

    Shame on you, Sommer! Shame. on. you. Now you’ve given me your craving. And it’s still in the low 90s here. Newp. Not gonna turn on my oven. Nooooo. Well, maybe just for a little bit….

  5. kateposted November 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

    I have a question: In Europe apple cider is sparkling and has an alcohol content of around 4%, is that what you use? Or are you refering to unfiltered apple juice?

  6. Cécyknposted October 27, 2012 at 11:05 am Reply

    I made it this morning with whole wheat flour and it worked out beautifully. My first knots were a little big and the tails broke off when I tossed them in the butter. So I made the second batch with half size knots and I’ll take them for my co-worker to enjoy this afternoon. Thank you.

    • Sommerposted October 28, 2012 at 12:02 am Reply

      I’m so glad you liked them! :)

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  9. Ninetteposted October 26, 2010 at 11:24 am Reply

    These look fabulous. Great idea!

  10. Alisonposted October 7, 2010 at 11:36 am Reply

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe. My husband and I crave apple cider donuts so much (we even served them at our wedding) but like you hate to fry. I'm still hopeful that I'll find a way to do the donuts (maybe baked?) but these knots will go a long way to tide us over 'til then.

  11. [email protected] and Starvingposted October 2, 2010 at 2:47 am Reply

    Holy goodness these look spectacular!!

  12. LEROYposted September 27, 2010 at 6:14 am Reply

    Thanks for a great recipe.It looks so good!It is exactly the dish I’d love to eat

  13. Monetposted September 27, 2010 at 1:59 am Reply

    I read a lot of blogs…and this is a recipe that I'm jumping up and down about! Wow! What a delicious treat. I have a lunch group that I'm going to on Friday, and I think that these would be perfect to bring along. Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Joudie's Mood Foodposted September 25, 2010 at 9:39 am Reply

    Oh you are Clever. This is AMAZING! I loove and adore and worship andything doughy, cinammony and sugary. YUM YUM YUM! I am making this today. WIll let you know how it goes. How did you manage to have any left for photos? I would have gobbles them up for sure!!!!

  15. Tasty Eats At Homeposted September 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm Reply

    These sound positively evil! :)

  16. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted September 23, 2010 at 12:03 am Reply

    Oh Cinna-YES, Sommer, Cinna-yes!!!

    My God, I've just realised, you are some kind of evil genius! These are beyond wonderful because they are also absolutely do-able. I love deep fried food but deep frying – meh!! Not so much :P

  17. Rickposted September 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm Reply

    Ever try to get those cider doughnuts that have the longest lines of all humanity? Next time I'm skipping the line and just making these.

  18. Emily Malloyposted September 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm Reply

    I hardly think I'm now able to focus on the rest of my day after seeing this. Divine. Delish. to Die for.

    You should absolutely submit this to my Best Tastes of Fall Challenge. Fantastically amazing.

  19. Debbieposted September 22, 2010 at 7:34 am Reply

    Oh these do sound great, first time i had a knot was in NY on this recent trip, but it was garlic and delicious. Love the idea of a sweet knot…nice pics too!

  20. The Mom Chefposted September 22, 2010 at 1:01 am Reply

    PS: I'll take a dozen!

  21. The Mom Chefposted September 22, 2010 at 1:00 am Reply

    Not to belabor a frying point, but with all that butter, is there much of a difference? :)

  22. Meganposted September 21, 2010 at 11:38 pm Reply

    Wow, these look and sound delicious. I want to run home and start baking these guys up right away! Yum!!

  23. Evan @swEEtsposted September 21, 2010 at 8:35 pm Reply

    So many recipes to try when I get home!! All these fall treats are making me want to get in the kitchen immediately!

  24. Umm Mymoonahposted September 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Looks simply awesome, hey how to follow your blog, at the moment I'm just bookmarking this recipe.

  25. Velvaposted September 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Holy cow! These look good. I love it.

  26. claireposted September 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm Reply

    never seen or even thought to make one of these! they look scrumptious!

  27. Maryposted September 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm Reply

    They look and sound delicious. It's always wonderful to be able to recreate a favorite treat. Taste memory is a wonderful thing. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  28. Gitteposted September 21, 2010 at 10:53 am Reply

    You simply must get help immediately, those look very addictive indeed. Delishhh

  29. unmacaronroseposted September 21, 2010 at 5:05 am Reply

    They sound really good. I'm also not a big fan of frying things, so this sounds perfect to me. I'll definitely have to try it out one autumn evening!

  30. Margaretposted September 21, 2010 at 4:00 am Reply

    I am willing to tackle yeast again for these….thats saying A LOT :) thanks!

  31. Shirleyposted September 20, 2010 at 9:55 pm Reply

    They look mouthwatering! I want 1. Or 10.

  32. Julie M.posted September 21, 2010 at 1:15 am Reply

    Good grief Sommer! These look mouthwatering! I can't believe I've lived in NC for 2 years and haven't had an apple cider doughnut yet. I definitely need to whip a batch of these up!

  33. Tanviposted September 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm Reply

    Wow…u baked these and coated these with cinnamon sugar!! If I would not have read the post , I would have thought that they are fried!really clever!!
    Love anything apples…gotta try this one for sure!

  34. amyposted September 20, 2010 at 10:44 pm Reply


    I just made a batch up for dessert and the fam LOVED them! I am thinking it might be fun to try them using the Brioche recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day- a bit lighter/flakier but not too much.

    Loving reading your blog and trying out some of your recipes!


  35. Foodessaposted September 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm Reply

    Sommer…if it's not particularly that girl's time of the month…then, yes, I'd seek therapy.
    Before, you do…send some knots my way…those look scrumptious ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  36. Magic of Spiceposted September 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm Reply

    Those do look addicting :)

  37. Julianaposted September 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm Reply

    Wow, never heard of apple cider donuts…and after seeing these…I don't even need to have tried them in order to crave them…they look so light and tasty…yummie!

  38. Kristenposted September 20, 2010 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Those sounds wonderful! What a great idea..and so glad you cured your yearning for those cider donuts.

  39. A Little Yumminessposted September 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm Reply

    I hate to fry as well – phobia of some sort that I need to get over. These look amazing and look FRIED :)

  40. Rosa's Yummy Yumsposted September 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Cider is so wonderful. Those doughnuts look divine!



  41. Karenposted September 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Wow! You can tell something must be good if it's soaking through the paper bag!! These look amazing. Great invention.

  42. sweetlifeposted September 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm Reply

    OMG, you genius you, how awesome are these, I love this recipe…..great job recreating your craving….

  43. Isabelleposted September 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm Reply

    These look fabulous. I can totally relate to the fear of deep-frying, which is what keeps me from trying all the awesome deep-fried food I keep seeing on other people's blogs. Plus, apple fritters and their ilk are like my kryptonite. I could eat them all day and still beg for more.
    So how much do I love that this recipe is actually doable even for us non-frying types? Tons, that's how much. Yay! :)

  44. [email protected]posted September 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Mmm Mmm Mmm!! I can almost smell them through the screen of my computer. They look SO good!

  45. Priscilla - She's Cookin'posted September 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm Reply

    I loved your curry apple turnovers, and these are fantastic, too! If only I had one with my coffee right now!

  46. Taraposted September 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Those look too delicious for words!!

  47. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted September 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm Reply

    I love the pictures and would give anything to have one of those yummy pastries jump out of the screen onto my plate. I never fry anything either and like your idea of baking them in the oven.

  48. 5 Star Foodieposted September 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm Reply

    These look so scrumptious! I need to make them asap!

  49. lauraposted September 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm Reply

    Ahhhh! These are gorgeous, Sommer – I must try them. And when we are in H'ville in a couple weeks, I am now going to have to visit Sky Top Orchard!! ( :

  50. Katerinaposted September 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm Reply

    They are indeed heavenly. I wish I had one or two or three right now.

  51. Susiposted September 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm Reply

    I feel so much better that I'm not the only one who gets obsessed with a certain food LOL These knots are amazing looking and since I've been thinking about apple cider donuts quite often as well I will give your version a try since I really dislike frying at home too :o)

  52. Loriposted September 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness! I need to make these for my kids! (I hate frying too).

  53. Eileenposted September 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm Reply

    Oh, they look so good. I wish I had time to make some right now!

  54. Suchitraposted September 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm Reply

    look heavenly! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  55. High Plains Driftersposted September 20, 2010 at 11:44 am Reply

    You had better copyright that asap!

  56. Joshua Burgin - New Day, New Wayposted September 20, 2010 at 11:38 am Reply

    Oh, goodness! I definitely have to make these soon! Here in Normandy, France, we have apple cider everywhere(I'm an American doing study abroad)! Merci!

  57. Cherineposted September 20, 2010 at 10:44 am Reply

    WOW!! I bet those are addictive!! Great job!!

  58. Wheels and Lollipopsposted September 20, 2010 at 9:06 am Reply

    Yummy !!! When I was a wee little one there used to be donut store right next to my school and my mom as a treat on Friday mornings would buy me an apple fritter – can't begin to tell you how much I loved it. This reminds me of that and the fact that oil is involved is even better !!

  59. Angie's Recipesposted September 20, 2010 at 8:46 am Reply

    OMG..buttery, aromatic..these knots look fantastic!

  60. [email protected]posted September 20, 2010 at 7:23 am Reply

    I passed out. Period.

    Sommer! thats AWESOME! got to make it

  61. Belinda @zomppaposted September 20, 2010 at 5:25 am Reply

    I now can see why I might be up all night dreaming about these! Bathed in butter and cinnamon. =)

  62. Kociposted September 20, 2010 at 5:14 am Reply

    You have officially passed on the craving for apple cider cinnamon knots to me! Those look so delicious–how am I supposed to pay attention to writing a Government paper now?! :D

  63. Suzanneposted September 20, 2010 at 4:56 am Reply

    Yum these look heavenly!

  64. sara @ CaffeInaposted September 20, 2010 at 4:07 am Reply

    You can't post something so delicious when it's evening! And on a Sunday night! Now I'll be craving and I won't have time to try them tomorrow! Unfair! i want one, pleeease!

  65. Nirmalaposted September 20, 2010 at 3:38 am Reply

    These look so great. How creative. Can't wait to make the turnovers now that we're heading into apple season.

  66. Annaposted September 20, 2010 at 3:37 am Reply

    Oh Dear! I will be dreaming with those tonight. They look divine. And the pictures are great, I can almost get them, almost Sigh*
    Have a great week.