Where to Find Apple Cider Doughnuts Around the DC Area

Find the fall treat at bakeries, farms, and markets while you can

Cox Farms' apple cider doughnuts. Photograph courtesy Cox Farms.

It’s the prime season for pumpkin patches and corn mazes. But mostly we’re just excited about the apple cider doughnuts. Here are some places—near and far—where you can get your fix.


Apple House

4675 John Marshall Hwy, Linden, Va.

Heading to Shenandoah? Don’t miss this 59-year-old comfort food restaurant, which—as the name might suggest—is famous for its apple butter cinnamon doughnuts. You can stock up on apple butter, cider, and more Virginia-made products in the gift shop as well.


Cox Farms

15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, Va.

Come for the pumpkin patch and hayrides, stay for the farm-made doughnuts. The Centreville getaway uses Virginia-made Rinkler’s Apple Cider in its cinnamon-sugar-rolled treats, and fries them up around the clock during Fall Festival weekends to keep up with high demand.


District Doughnut

Multiple locations in DC and Virginia

The local doughnut joint will offer apple cider doughnuts with apple cake batter, apple glaze, and cinnamon sugar dusting at all four of its DC-area locations as a special on September 16 and October 16. Among the many other fall flavor specials: caramel apple, spiced old fashioned, and brown butter doughnuts.


Donut Run

6904 4th St., NW

Fans often line up early for fresh vegan doughnuts from this Takoma DC shop. Apple cider doughnuts made with real apples and apple cider are an extra incentive not to hit the snooze button.


Gaver Farm

5501 Detrick Rd, Mt Airy, Md.

Washingtonian critic Ann Limpert counts herself a big fan of these straight-from-the-fryer treats, which she reports have “the airiness of a yeast doughnut but the flavor and crumb of a cake doughnut.” Bonus: cider slushies, which you can get layered with soft-serve ice cream, to enjoy in between corn mazes, pedal carts, and picking your own apples and pumpkins.


Miller Farms

10140 Piscataway Road, Clinton, Md.

This 267-acre Prince George’s County farm—with a corn maze and farm animals—makes a wide variety of cake doughnut flavors, from red velvet to toasted coconut. But it’s the apple cider variety, baked fresh each morning, that’s the real attraction. The farm’s bakery offers them glazed or rolled in cinnamon sugar, alongside apple pies, cakes, and soft-serve ice cream.


Rock Hill Orchard & Woodbourne Creamery

28600 Ridge Rd, Mt Airy, Md.

This orchard and creamery grows more than 30 varieties of apples for picking plus “cow to cone” ice cream (you can watch the cows being milked and pet the calves). Naturally, they’ve got apple cider doughnuts at their farm market to go along with a slew of other family-friendly activities.

Have another favorite spot for apple cider doughnuts that we missed? Let us know

This story was last updated Sept. 14, 2023.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.