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.

Making Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots |

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.

Fabulous Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots |

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