These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are the perfect fall snack that you can make in no time flat. These are simple and easy to prepare. Use them for lunches, snacks, desserts, or just because you want a sweet treat that is full of fall flavor.
This donut is not a yeast donut and donut holes like the ones you get from the bakery. These are a cake donut that is baked in a donut pan. Then the donuts are dredged in a simple cinnamon sugar mixture.
I don't know what it is about fall, but the minute the weather changes, all I want to do is bake all the things! These baked donuts are one of my favorite things to make. I made a batch last week and I love how easy they are to prepare.
How to Make Apple Cider Doughnuts
For this recipe you will need —
- Fresh apple cider (do not use apple juice — you need apple cider)
- white granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- melted butter
- vanilla extract
- All-Purpose flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
In a small saucepan on the stove, add the apple cider and reduce it by 1/4 over medium-high heat. It will be a thick concentrated apple cider. Set it aside and let it cool. This adds a lot of apple flavor to the donuts. Apple cider on its own has a lot of water in it so if you just add it straight to the batter, it will not be as strong a flavor as you want.
In a large bowl, add the wet ingredients — eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla extract, and mix until smooth. Set the mixture aside.
In a medium bowl, add the dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You can skip the cinnamon and nutmeg if you have apple pie spice on hand.
Dump the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well to create a donut batter. Don't forget to add the reduced apple cider that has been cooling in the saucepan.
Pour the batter into a piping bag and pipe the donut batter into the greased doughnut pans that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. This method is a lot easier than trying to do it with a spoon or a measuring cup. If you do not have a donut pan, you can use a mini muffin pan. They just won't have the donut shape.
Bake them at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the donut comes out clean.
Allow the donuts to cool for 5 minutes and then remove them from the pan to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
While the donuts are cooling, mix the cinnamon sugar mixture. Brush some melted butter on the donuts with a pastry brush and then roll the donuts in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
How to Store Homemade Apple Cider Donuts
To store these donuts, once they have completely cooled, store them in an airtight container and place them on the counter. You can also put them in the fridge if you want to, but I just leave mine on the counter. These donuts need to be eaten in 2-3 days. After that, they start to lose their flavor and get kind of mushy.
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- 1 1/2 cups of fresh apple cider
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
For the cinnamon sugar mixture
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- Pour the apple cider into a saucepan and heat on medium-high heat. Reduce by 1/4 to 1/3 until you get a thick syrup consistency. Set it aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, add in the egg, both sugars, butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and combined.
- In another bowl, add in the dry ingredients -- flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients together along with the reduced apple cider. Mix well until everything is incorporated.
- Pour the batter into a piping bag. Pipe the donut batter into greased donut pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the donuts to cool for 5 minutes.
- Once the donuts have cooled for 5 minutes, remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
- While the donuts are cooling, mix the cinnamon and sugar together. Brush the donuts with melted butter and dredge the donuts in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 143mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 2g