Apple Cider Crescent Doughnut Holes

Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 30 min
Servings: 14

These doughnut holes made with crescent dough, twists on traditional Jewish sufganiot, are downright delicious.


  • 4 cups canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 box (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 can (8 count) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Original Crescents
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar


  1. In deep fryer or 3-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat to 350°F.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat whipping cream, apple cider, pudding mix and apple pie spice with electric mixer on medium speed until thick. Cover; refrigerate.
  3. Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Stack 2 rectangles on top of one another. Fold in half widthwise to make tall stack. Repeat with remaining 2 rectangles. Use 1-inch round cutter to cut 14 holes from crescent dough stacks, rolling and rerolling dough as necessary.
  4. Place paper towels under cooling rack. Gently drop 4 or 5 balls at a time into hot oil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to cooling rack to drain; cool 30 seconds. Toss doughnut holes in cinnamon sugar.
  5. To fill doughnut holes, spoon pudding mixture into decorating bag fitted with 1/2-inch wide tip. Insert tip in side of each ball; squeeze about 1 tablespoon pudding mixture into centre.