If the PSL is fall’s favorite beverage then apple cider donuts are the season’s official sweet treat. They’re cakey, best served warm and most often coated in an obscene amount of sugar. Although, you’ll see them in plain and powdered varieties too. Throughout the fall months, you’ll spot them in abundance at local farm stands, orchards, cider mills and more. Here, we’ve rounded up where you can find the best apple cider donuts in NJ. If this is what being in the autumnal spirit is about, we’ll take a dozen!
Abma’s Farm – Wyckoff, NJ
In between hayrides to the pumpkin patch and visits to the barnyard petting zoo, Abma’s has some incredible baked goods inside their market. Abma’s bakery makes everything from scratch according to season and with its own produce. In addition to pies, muffins and breads you can find homemade apple cider donuts. Before you go, just note that they’re closed on Sundays.
Alstede Farms – Chester, NJ
Alstede Farms is a PYO staple in North Jersey. When you’re done getting your fill of fall air (and way too many apples), it’s time to hit the store. Their bakery offerings at Alstede don’t disappoint. The donuts, of course, are the standout. For a real treat, head to the ice cream stand which offers an absolutely over-the-top apple cider donut sandwich.
Delicious Orchards – Colts Neck, NJ
Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, NJ offers two types of apple cider donuts. Plain, for the purists and powdered. You can grab these year-round at their retail store (closed on Mondays) or through their website. In the unlikely scenario that you don’t inhale your donuts on the spot, you can transform your day’s old d’s at home into an otherworldly bread pudding. Snag Delicious Orchards’ recipe here.
Demarest Farms – Hillsdale, NJ
This farm and local market is Bergen County’s go-to U-Pick spot. Fall, however, is when Demarest Farms really shines with their on-site orchard and signature apple cider donuts. The hardest decision you’ll make all day, aside from which apple variety to pick, is which donut you’re going to bring home. They offer plain, powdered and sugar.
Hacklebarney Farms Cider Mill – Chester, NJ
If the name didn’t give it away, at Hacklebarney Farms, they’re actually milling their own cider. It should come as no surprise then that they’re using it as the base for their donuts—and just about everything else. Think cider hot dogs, sauerkraut, slushies, chili, baked beans and more. But, back to the donuts. Here you can find them in a variety of ways. Coated in powdered sugar. As the structure for an ice cream sandwich. Or topped with a maple-bacon glaze.
Hill Creek Farms – Mullica Hill, NJ
It doesn’t get more picturesque than Hill Creek Farms. In the fall, take advantage of their U-Pick orchards, pumpkin patches or have yourself a picnic complete with autumn-inspired eats. Their on-site bakery offers fresh pies, cakes and, of course, apple cider donuts. Fresh from the fryer these sweet treats get a generous dusting of cinnamon sugar. Their locally pressed cider keeps them super moist and packed with apple flavor.
Johnson’s Corner Farm – Medford, NJ
Hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, live music and much more are on the table during fall harvest season at Johnson’s Corner Farm. Family-owned and operated since 1953, their famous apple cider donuts are baked on-site daily and finished with a generous sprinkling of sugar. Dunk them right into one of Johnson’s cold cider slushies or grab a bag to-go.
Mood’s Farm Market – Mullica Hill, NJ
Every September and through the month of November is when Mood’s Farm Market presses their own cider. Naturally, they’re using all its gloriousness to craft their cider donuts. From experience, we can tell you they’re super light and fluffy! You can grab them every day of the week except on Sundays when the farm is closed. If you’re visiting for a PYO experience, goers must bring their buckets or boxes.
Ort Farms – Long Valley, NJ
Catch apple cider donuts on display year-round at Ort Farms in Long Valley, NJ. Their signature recipe can be purchased plain, with cinnamon sugar or powdered. Probably best to all three. You know, just to be safe. Aside from delicious d’s, enjoy pony rides, haybale and corn mazes in addition to seasonal apple and pumpkin picking.
Secor Farms – Mahwah, NJ
No matter what season you visit Secor Farms, you’re bound to walk away with something from their market or greenhouse. In autumn, that means fresh-pressed cider, donuts and apples galore. From mid-September through October, hop on a hayride to Secor’s pumpkin patch and corn maze.
Terhune Orchards – Princeton, NJ
Terhune Orchards is a 250-acre family-run farm, winery and bakery. The latter is serving up homemade cider donuts, crisps, cakes, cobblers, pies cookies and more. Their donuts incorporate Terhune’s very own apple cider and they’re not throwing away the scraps. Think small, pillowy and perfectly poppable donut holes. If you’re in the Princeton area, you can find Terhune apples amongst many of The Bent Spoon’s seasonal ice cream creations.
Wightman Farms – Morristown, NJ
Wightman Farms is a must-visit for Morristown locals. Here they’ve got PYO experiences, hayrides, corn mazes and a fully-stocked market. That being said, if you go purely for the donuts, we won’t judge. In fact, we highly recommended giving the apple cider donuts a try if nothing else.
Photo by Olivia Bauso