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These Baked Apple Cider Donuts Are Easy & Delicious

Apple cider donuts are perfect for fall. Make this easy apple cider donut recipe and enjoy the delicious smells of the season in your kitchen! SO tasty.

Delicious baked apple cider donut recipe

I absolutely love donuts! They’re one of my favorite desserts. If I can choose between chocolate or baked goods, I’m going with baked goods every single time!

One donut recipe that I love all year ’round, especially during the fall/holiday, is apple cider donuts. And did you know that you can make them yourself with this awesome baked donut recipe? Yep!

Baked Donuts

This isn’t the first time I’ve made donuts. There were the baked funfetti donuts, and the pumpkin spice donut holes. Then we have the ultimate donut recipe . . . the cake mix donuts. I know how to make donuts from scratch as well as a few shortcuts.

Today I’m going to teach you how to make this apple cider donut recipe from scratch. It’s really easy. They are delicious and soft and cinnamon-y and apple-y and everything you could want in a donut.

Easy apple cider donut recipe

Apple Cider Donut Recipe

Several of the other apple cider donuts I’ve seen out there have instructions for deep frying, but I can’t get behind that personally.

It’s way too messy and I just don’t have the interest in using that much oil. Plus the cleanup? No thanks. There’s no frying in this recipe for that reason.

That means, since these donuts are baked, that they aren’t quite as light and fluffy as the fried.

Baked vs. Fried

Baked donuts typically turn out a lot like cake donuts in density. I actually prefer cake donuts, so this apple cider donut recipe is perfect for me.

In addition to the consistency, the flavor of these donuts is perfectly fall. The cinnamon and apple spice flavors work so perfectly together.

And then of course there is the sugar on top that just makes these apple cider donuts. I feel like every fall donut recipe needs cinnamon sugar. Am I the only one?

The Benefits of a Donut Pan!

Donut pan

So I just found out about donut pans recently, and they are completely amazing. That is how you get your perfectly shaped baked donuts! I have the Wilton 6-cavity pan shown above and love it. This recipe makes six donuts,

Are you ready to get this apple cider donut recipe? Keep reading!

Apple Cider Donuts

Ingredients

  • 3 T unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg

For the Topping

  • 3 T butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Stir in the cider and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Whisk the sugar and egg into the cider and butter mixture until evenly combined.

Stir together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Don’t over-mix.

Spray the donut pan with cooking spray if it’s not already non-stick. Add batter to a piping bag and pipe evenly into the pan (or spoon in carefully).

Bake for approximately 7 minutes – be sure to watch carefully and test with a toothpick. Allow to cool 1 minute before removing donuts onto a cooling rack.

While the donuts are baking, make the topping. Melt the butter and place into a small bowl. In a separate small bowl, stir the cinnamon, brown sugar, and white sugar together.

Delicious baked apple cider donut recipe

Dip each donut in the butter mixture and lightly coat in the dry mixture. Place back on cooling rack.

Yield: 6 people

Apple Cider Donut Recipe

Baked apple cider donuts recipe

Apple cider donuts are perfect for fall. Make this easy apple cider donut recipe and enjoy the delicious smells of the season in your kitchen! SO tasty.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 3 T butter (unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg(s)

Topping

  • 3 T butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Stir in the cider and set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Whisk the sugar and egg into the cider and butter mixture until evenly combined.
  5. Stir together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Don't over-mix.
  6. Spray the donut pan with cooking spray if it's not already non-stick. Add batter to a piping bag and pipe evenly into the pan (or spoon in carefully).
  7. Bake for approximately 7 minutes - be sure to watch carefully and test with a toothpick. Allow to cool 1 minute before removing donuts onto a cooling rack.
  8. While the donuts are baking, make the topping. Melt the butter and place into a small bowl. In a separate small bowl, stir the cinnamon, brown sugar, and white sugar together.
  9. Dip each donut in the butter mixture and lightly coat in the dry mixture. Place back on cooling rack.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 277mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g

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These donuts are best eaten the same day. They’ll last a day or two after though – just place in Tupperware.

Baked apple cider donuts recipe

Have you ever tried apple cider donuts? You need to make them ASAP! Your fall baking rotation will be forever changed – trust me on this one!

Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments. I’d love to hear if you make it.

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Dana Jane

Thursday 19th of December 2019

These turned out great! I love apple cider donuts and this recipe is easy to use and turns out great. Good thing it only makes 6 at a time because I would have eaten way too many. Making as gifts for Christmas. Mine turned out fluffy on the inside and the topping was great. Will definitely make this my go to.