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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts



Cinnamon sugar coated and baked – not fried, these yummy apple cider donuts will become a fall favorite sweet treat in your house! Quick and ready in under an hour, these fall-inspired donuts are also perfect to serve with homemade apple cider

Do you feel like you are missing something this fall season? I was definitely feeling this way the past few weeks. Maybe it is the ongoing pandemic or maybe it’s the abnormally warm weather we have been having but it just didn’t seem quite like fall. Until I discovered apple cider donuts.

apple cider donuts recipe

My sister actually turned me on to this amazing fall treat after she had a few donuts at a local farm. Of course, being the foodie that I am, I had to immediately find out how to make apple cider donuts of my own. Cider, cinnamon, fresh baked goods…what could be more fall-y?!? I got right to work crafting the perfect make-at-home apple cider donut recipe that could rival any farm stand treat.

apple cider donuts recipe

I use to be intimidated by donut recipes. They always seem to require so much time and also I’m not a huge fan of deep frying foods at home. However, donuts can easily be baked in your oven rather than fried in oil. And, when you make cake-style donuts, there is no yeast or rising time involved- much easier! Apple cider donuts are traditionally made this way so they are perfect for creating in your own kitchen. They will also make your whole kitchen smell heavenly as they bake!

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST APPLE CIDER DONUTS

baked apple cider donuts recipe

To make the donuts, you start by boiling apple cider to help it reduce. This means the flavor will be more concentrated without the excess water in the cider. The sugar and butter in the recipe are creamed together and then the eggs, buttermilk and cooled cider are added to the bowl.

baked apple cider donuts recipe

The dry ingredients are mixed in to the wet ingredients and then the batter is done! Simple, right? It is the same mixing method as most muffin or quick bread recipes so you are likely already familiar with these steps.

The batter is scooped into a greased donut pan, filling each ring about half way. If you don’t have a donut pan, you can definitely use this same recipe to make “donut muffins”. Fill a mini muffin tin with the batter instead and then continue on with the recipe as written. However, to get the full apple cider donut experience, you may want to invest in a donut baking pan. You’ll use it a lot, I promise!

easy apple cider donuts recipe

After the donuts have baked, they are dunked in melted butter and dipped in a cinnamon sugar mix. Coat the donuts completely in the fall flavored cinnamon sugar to get maximum deliciousness! The cinnamon sugar mix can be made even more delicious by using apple pie spice in place of the plain cinnamon. You can find apple pie spice in most grocery stores and it will give your donuts even more seasonal flavor. You may even want to try pumpkin pie spice for a fun mix of apple cider and pumpkin flavors- could these donuts be any more fall-perfect?

If I am going to splurge on a donut, I want it to be totally over the top. That is why I also drizzle my donuts with some of the glaze after dipping them in the cinnamon sugar. Of course, you can opt to just use the glaze instead of the cinnamon sugar too. Both ways work! Both donuts will be incredibly tasty. You should probably make them both ways just to see which you like more.

Enjoy the donuts while they are still nice and warm. They are guaranteed to make it feel more like fall and your house will smell amazing while baking them too! You should definitely give this recipe a try and taste it for yourself. One bite of this delicious baked apple cider donuts and you will know that fall is here! And while you’re here, check out my homemade apple cider recipe too – a perfect fall drink to pair with these yummy fall-inspired donuts!

Enjoy!

OTHER FALL SWEET TREATS TO TRY: 

 

CARAMEL SLICE RECIPE

CARAMEL CRUNCH NO CHURN PUMPKIN ICE CREAM 

HONEY APPLE MUFFINS

MINI PEACH CRISPS

PUMPKIN OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP BARS

PUMPKIN ALMOND CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA BARS

S’MORES CARAMEL POPCORN

 

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 18 donuts 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ** see notes
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • *For the Coating:
  • Cinnamon Sugar: 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon plus ½ cup unsalted butter, melted for dipping
  • Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, 1 tablespoon apple cider

Instructions

  1. 1. Add apple cider to small saucepan
  2. 2. Bring to boil over medium high heat and cook until reduced to ¼ cup, about 10 minutes
  3. 3. Cool completely
  4. 4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  5. 5. Coat donut pans with non-stick cooking spray
  6. 6. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until combined
  7. 7. Add eggs and mix until well combined
  8. 8. Add buttermilk and reduced apple cider and mix until well combined
  9. 9. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices
  10. 10. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir just until combined
  11. 11. Fill donut pan about ½ full ** see notes
  12. 12. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned
  13. 13. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes
  14. 14. Remove from pan
  15. 15. Combine cinnamon sugar coating or glaze in a medium bowl ** see notes for glaze
  16. 16. Melt butter in microwave safe bowl and cool slightly
  17. 17. Dip donuts in cooled butter and immediately coat both sides with cinnamon sugar mixture and set on a wire rack
  18. 18. Serve warm or room temperature
  19. 19. Store leftovers in airtight container

Notes

1. You can substitute 1 ½ teaspoons apple pie spice in place of cinnamon and nutmeg
2. Donut pan – to make filling the donut pan easier, use a plastic decorator bag or resealable bag
3. If you want to glaze the donuts, make this Glaze recipe: Add powdered sugar to medium bowl, add milk and juice and whisk until smooth
Add additional liquid if the glaze is too thick. Dip donuts top side down into glaze and place on a wire rack to drip off excess.

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54 Comments

  1. 11/06/2020 / 5:23 pm

    I’ve never tried these but they sure look good! Very fall.

  2. 10/30/2020 / 4:01 pm

    I love homemade donuts. These apple cider donuts are awesome, moist and delicious.

  3. Kita Bryant
    10/29/2020 / 5:17 pm

    I am craving some of these. i love donuts with cider.

  4. Nicole
    10/27/2020 / 5:55 pm

    I love apple cider donuts at the pumpkin patch. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  5. 10/26/2020 / 2:36 pm

    Oh wow, this dish looks awesome. I’ll give this recipe a try for sure.

  6. 10/26/2020 / 1:33 pm

    Those apple cider donuts look super delicious! I love apple cider so I’m going to try these!

  7. katrina Kroeplin
    10/26/2020 / 11:19 am

    i just made some apple cider donuts too. they are so good and easy to make except we fried them.

  8. 10/26/2020 / 1:50 am

    Wow! This is the first time I heard about Baked Apple Cider Donuts. It looks so tasty! Yum! Can’t wait to make it!

  9. melissa
    10/25/2020 / 8:04 pm

    so yummy!! I love anything apple.

  10. Monidipa
    10/25/2020 / 5:56 pm

    I have never made anything like this, but it looks really tasty. I would for sure try it!

  11. 10/25/2020 / 4:48 pm

    I’ve only tried to make doughnuts once before and I about burned down my kitchen with the fryer. I will have to give baking a try!

  12. 10/25/2020 / 2:43 pm

    These look amazing! I’m going to have to try this recipe.

  13. blair villanueva
    10/25/2020 / 9:05 am

    With apple cider, this is the healthiest donut I’ve seen! Your donut recipe deserves more than 5-stars 🙂

  14. 10/24/2020 / 5:55 pm

    Wow! This looks good and delicious. I would love to try these apple cider donuts. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  15. 10/24/2020 / 4:09 pm

    The perfect autumn snack, here they are all the tastes I’m crazy about! What a great idea you gave!

  16. Kevin Brotac
    10/24/2020 / 12:53 pm

    Not only it looks delicious but they are so good! I made them following this recipe and god, no regrets! Thank you for sharing this easy and tasty recipe!

  17. 10/24/2020 / 11:53 am

    Aww yeah. I would eat my weight in those. They sound really awesome.

  18. 10/24/2020 / 11:53 am

    Those look amazing. I love apple cider everything when this time of year rolls around. I am definitely going to make these!

  19. 10/24/2020 / 11:23 am

    These look so delicious. May need to try them with my new donut pan.

  20. 10/24/2020 / 5:56 am

    i am definitely making this soon.. so so delish!

  21. Rita M
    10/24/2020 / 3:59 am

    If you wouldn’t mind sharing the link for the donut pans you used I would really appreciate it. I went on Amazon & got bombarded with choices – it was overwhelming and I ended up with nothing.

  22. 10/24/2020 / 3:28 am

    We look forward to apple cider doughnuts every year. I am so excited to see a recipe so I can make them at home!

  23. Kileen
    10/24/2020 / 3:03 am

    These donuts look and sound so amazing! I would love to make these and dip them in my cocoa!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  24. monica y
    10/24/2020 / 1:53 am

    Apple cider it is one of my favorite drinks of the season, so I imagine that these donuts are fantastic

  25. 10/23/2020 / 11:01 pm

    Omg. I immediately went on amazon for a donut pan. I need these in my life!!

  26. Maria N Azanha
    10/23/2020 / 7:35 pm

    I love that they are baked and not fried. Such a yummy alternative to surprise your guests! Great recipe!Thanks

  27. 10/23/2020 / 7:03 pm

    Oh, yummy! This looks like such an amazing recipe to try out! I’ll have to give it a whirl this weekend.

  28. 10/23/2020 / 4:40 pm

    I didn’t know that apple cedar can use for making donuts. I will try your recipe for sure!

  29. Catalina
    10/23/2020 / 4:33 pm

    Baked donuts! Love this idea! And this fall flavor must be amazing!

  30. Shilpa Bindlish
    10/23/2020 / 4:30 pm

    Amazing recipe. Great use of Apple cider in donuts. I frankly didn’t have slightest of idea that apple cider can be utilised this way.

  31. Lily
    10/23/2020 / 4:21 pm

    Wow Apple Cider Donuts! Wow this is amazing I gotta try this!

  32. 10/23/2020 / 3:56 pm

    These look amazing. I have a great gluten free version that tastes just like regular flour. I can’t wait to try this recipe though!

  33. 10/23/2020 / 3:33 pm

    Oh my gosh yum!! Funny story in the Western part of New York they don’t sell Apple Cider donuts my favorite..! Now I can make them

  34. Krystal Miller
    10/23/2020 / 2:40 pm

    I love apple cider donuts. They’re the ultimate fall food for me!

  35. Ryan Escat
    10/23/2020 / 1:17 pm

    This sounds like a great and addictive flavor. Your donuts looks perfect. Love it.

  36. Jennifer Van Haitsma
    10/23/2020 / 11:54 am

    Apple cider donuts are so delicious! I’ve never made a homemade donut, but it would be lots of fun and the kids would get a kick out of it!

  37. Rose Ann Sales
    10/23/2020 / 10:32 am

    Apple cider is such a great flavor. Can’t wait to try.

  38. Nikki Wayne
    10/23/2020 / 9:24 am

    Such a great recipe.. I can’t wait to bake and eat some donuts

  39. 10/23/2020 / 3:03 am

    These apple cider donuts are perfect for the kids and me to recreate. I’ll add it to my list for the holiday activities.

  40. Sherry
    10/23/2020 / 3:02 am

    Apple cider donuts for the win! I love cider and I love donuts so these donuts are perfect.

  41. 10/23/2020 / 1:33 am

    It’s like my 2 favorite things had a baby. Love!

  42. 10/23/2020 / 1:17 am

    I’ve never made my own donuts before. These look really good and not that hard.

  43. Kita Bryant
    10/23/2020 / 12:31 am

    Holy goodness, these sound like SUCH a delicious donut flavor! I love apple cider as it is, but put it in donut form and I’m SO there!

  44. 10/22/2020 / 11:15 pm

    I love the idea of making these baked apple cider donuts. We wanted to try to make apple cider with our apples but haven’t’ yet. hopefully, when we do we can make your donut recipe!

  45. 10/22/2020 / 11:06 pm

    I can’t wait to make these. Apple cider donuts are my favorite!

  46. Heather
    10/22/2020 / 10:20 pm

    One of my favorite fall treats! These donuts are so good especially with a cup of coffee.

  47. Pam Wattenbarger
    10/22/2020 / 9:08 pm

    Those look amazing! Apple Cider is one of my favorite fall drinks. Now add that with doughnuts! Yum!

  48. 10/22/2020 / 8:44 pm

    These look amazing. I love the flavors, and you can’t ever go wrong with donuts. I have to make some. I think they’re going to be great!

  49. 10/22/2020 / 8:41 pm

    I have to make these this weekend. My son and husband are going to love them. IF I share….

  50. Ben
    10/22/2020 / 8:36 pm

    There cannot be a better fall treat than these. I love cider AND I love donuts, so I’m making these.

  51. 10/22/2020 / 8:15 pm

    Donuts have always been hands off for me to bake but this seems doable and looks soooo yummy!!

  52. Amber Myers
    10/22/2020 / 7:24 pm

    What a perfect fall dessert. I know we’d love these. I’ll have to try them out for sure. Yum!

  53. 10/22/2020 / 5:44 pm

    Oh my goodness yes please! These sound like they would be incredible! I just want to try one right now, yum!

  54. 10/22/2020 / 5:38 pm

    I want to make baked donuts so badly!! This recipe looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

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