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The best apple cider donuts in NYC

Enjoy a taste of fall when you indulge in the best apple cider donuts in NYC

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Time Out editors
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Danielle Valente
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Aren’t we lucky to be in NYC in the fall? Cool autumn temps and brilliant foliage make spending time outdoors a dream. Plus, fall means cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, apple cider and apple cider’s cool cousin: apple cider doughnuts. This sweet seasonal treat pops up on pastry menus around town, at farmers markets and at apple orchards throughout the region. In addition to straightforward apple cider doughnuts, you can find apple cider flavored cakes, cookies and pies. Snacking on an apple cider doughnut is the perfect accompaniment to other fall activities like pumpkin picking, hayrides and corn mazes. So grab the kids and head out for a peak autumn treat at these spots for apple cider doughnuts in NYC.

Best apple cider donuts

Freshgrown goods come in spades at NYC greenmarkets, especially when orchards and farms are among the vendors. Peruse the lineup at your local greenmarket to see who is making a pitstop in your neighborhood. Might as well snack on a donut while you're stocking up on those veggies, right? 

What's better than picking your own apples fresh from an orchard? Hanging around to enjoy seasonal treats made on-site. Many of the best apple-picking orchards in NYC offer hot apple cider and amazing apple cider donuts for you to enjoy after all your hard work.

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A dessert menu for a sophisticated palate, Doughnuttery wows with selections like Pumpkin Pie Brulee and Coco Loco, which is often a hit with the younger customers. But its apple cider doughnut takes a fall staple and delivers an over-the-top taste with hints of citrus and fall spices. Don't be fooled by the size, either: though they be but little, they are fiercely delicious. Expect to order seconds, maybe even thirds! 

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Peter Pan had it all wrong when he was in search of eternal youth—a never-ending supply of sweets is more like it. At this delightful Greenpoint shop, customers can enjoy traditional donut flavors or bite into the flavors of the season with options like apple cider glazed and apple cider cinnamon

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This West Village doughnut shop partners with other producers to create handcrafted, small batch, over-the-top doughnuts in all kinds of flavors. You've got a short window to snag an apple cider donut — through November 19 this year — made in collaboration with Raw, a natural sweetener brand. Weekend specials may include other seasonal, apple-centric offerings, like the recent Granola Bowl donut made with apple cinnamon granola from Tom's Perfect 10.

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  • Prospect Heights

Don't miss out on Dough's seasonal Apple Doughnut, available in October and November. The almond streusel topping takes it up a notch. Don't miss the seasonal pumpkin donut either!

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  • Lower East Side

Doughnut Plant takes a autumn favorite and gives it a glazed twist. Sourcing its apples from local greenmarkets, the shop concots a sweet snack that infuses cinnamon in its dough and glaze. We'll take two. 

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Not only does Posh Pop have apple cider donuts, they've got apple cider-flavored cake pops, cookies and pies. Get an assortment with the Apple Cider Box available online, or stop by in person to peruse the wide array of offerings.

More fun for kids: Instagrammable desserts

1. Baked in Color

This ain't your typical chocolate-chip-cookie-with-a-glass-of -milk-combo. Baked in Color makes the kid-approved staple taste and look equally sweet. Tins of cookies, Oreo brownies and cookie cakes are up for grabs.These rainbow hued-desserts—which can be customized according to your favorite color—are available to ship nation-wide via GoldbellyPrices start at $55. 

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