The Best Apple Cider Doughnuts in and around Boston

By Eric Twardzik
The Best Apple Cider Doughnuts in and around Boston
Union Square Donuts

The end of a New England summer is bearable only because New England fall and its apple cider donuts are right around the corner. From top local doughnut shops to country orchards and everywhere in between, here’s where to find must-try versions of the essential autumnal treat.

Union Square Donuts

A batter made with nutmeg and cinnamon gives Union Square Donuts’ Apple Cider Cake Donut an extra helping of autumnal goodness. After frying, it gets dusted with cinnamon and clove sugar. Find it at USD locations in its namesake Somerville square, Assembly Row, Brookline, Time Out Market, and Boston Public Market. Along with this seasonal specialty, this top Boston donut shop stocks plenty more appley goodness throughout fall, from Ginger Apple Cider Crullers to Vegan Chai Apple Cider donuts.

Red Apple Farm

Red Apple Farm | Best Apple Cider Doughnuts in and around Boston

Red Apple Farm, a fourth-generation family-owned farm in Phillipston, Mass., operates a stall inside the Boston Public Market that pumps out apple cider donuts on the spot. If the sight of a mini-assembly line frying donuts before they’re coated in cinnamon-sugar doesn’t mesmerize you, you’ll be transfixed by that fresh donut smell. Year-round, these little delights are available warm and fresh, but during the fall, look out for cider-glazed and other seasonal options. You can also visit the farm in Phillipston for apple picking and to a hard cider taproom.

Wilson Farm

Wilson Farm Apple Cider Doughnuts in Boston
Wilson Farms (Photo Provided)

At this Lexington farm stand, you can find everything from Chinese eggplant and Tuscan melons to a full-fledged baking operation pumping out sugar-caked doughnuts every weekend. Alongside cookies, muffins, and dozens of pie flavors, hot and fresh Wilson Farm Cider Donuts are available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through September and October. Other autumnal treats include freshly spun caramel apples and cold-pressed apple cider. We don’t really need an excuse to drive into the leafy suburbs on a fall afternoon, but Wilson offers yet another seasonal draw: the iconic wall of pumpkins.


The Cider Doughnuts rolled out each fall at Blackbird Doughnuts is a spiced twist on the beloved bakery’s old-fashioned cake doughnut. The growing company—which now has locations in the West End/Beacon Hill, South End, Fenway, Brighton, Newton Centre, Harvard Square, and High Street Place in the Financial District—also ships, so you can send these nostalgic New England treats by the six-pack anywhere via two-day delivery. Feeling extra festive this fall? You can also order a Caramel Apple Doughnut Cake, comprised of spiced-cider glazed donuts with an apple cinnamon core, and caramel buttercream frosting.

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

Honey Pot Hill Orchards Doughnut

If your apple cider doughnut fix must come from an actual orchard, Honey Pot Hill Orchards is the place to go. Autumn activities are the perfect way to work up an appetite for cider donuts, and this orchard in Stow, about an hour outside of Boston, offers it all, from apple picking, to hayrides, and even the largest hedge maze in North America at 2 miles long, dubbed “The Big Green Monster.” Make plans to go on a Monday to match your cider doughnuts with coffee from the on-site Littletown Coffee Co. truck. For visitors 21 and older, there’s also an on-site Hard Cider Tent, featuring Honey Pot’s Last Press Cider. 

Jacqueline Cain updated this guide.

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