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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

August 26, 2019 (Last Updated: September 7, 2020)

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts are perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert! These cake like donuts have the delicious taste of apple cider baked right into the donut and are finished with a dusting of cinnamon sugar.

A stack of donuts covered with sugar.

The smell of fall is in the air and in my kitchen! These baked apple cider donuts make my kitchen all nice and cozy smelling. The smell of apples, cinnamon and nutmeg are so amazing and the taste of these baked donuts is equally as amazing. 

I love baking and baking donuts is so much fun. They are much easier to make than a traditional donut, and the taste is amazing. These donuts are my new favorite and are perfect for fall, although they’d be delicious anytime of the year. 

Other baked donut recipes include Chocolate Donuts and Mini Powdered Sugar Donuts. 

A half of a donut held with one hand.

The secret to these delicious donuts is all in the apple cider. I used our home pressed apple cider, but any apple cider will do. The apple cider is reduced down so you have a really concentrated apple cider. I used two cups of apple cider and reduced it down to 1/2 cup. The reduced cider was added to these baked donuts. 

How do I make these donuts?

  1. Combine dry ingredients together in a bowl flour swirled with cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and add to dry ingredients.
    A glass bowl with flour and a wet mixture added on top.
  3. Mix just until combined
  4. The consistency should be smooth and fluid Donut batter dripping off a spoon.
  5. Pour into greased donut pan A donut pan being filled with batter poured from a glass measuring cup.
  6. Bake Cooked donuts in a pan.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly Baked donuts cooling on a rack.
  8. Roll donuts in sugar mixture and serve A baked donut in a bowl of spiced sugar.

What type of apple cider do I use?

I use our home pressed apple cider, but any apple cider will do. If you can find an unfiltered cider, use that. You will need to reduce the cider prior to using. This helps really concentrate the cider flavor. To reduce cider, place in a sauce pan and simmer until reduced from two cups down to 1/2 cup of cider. Allow cider to cool before adding to batter.  Another great recipe using apple cider are these Apple Cider Snickerdoodles!

How long do Baked Apple Cider Donuts last?

These donuts are best eaten the same day they are baked.  In my house, they disappear quickly!

A plate with sugar covered donuts.

Can I make these mini sized donuts?

Yes, you can make these with a mini size donut pan. Follow directions for making full sized donuts, but reduce baking time to 8 – 10 minutes.  

How do I know when baked donuts are done?

Always start with the minimum baking time. All ovens are different and the baking time will vary depending on how full you fill your donuts. Donuts should be just slightly browned around the edges. Carefully touch the top of a donut with your finger. Donuts should bounce back just slightly and not feel soggy. Use a toothpick and test center of one donut. There should be just a few dry crumbs on toothpick when donuts are cooked through. 

What equipment do I need?

Other delicious apple recipes

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Two apple cider donuts on a white plate.


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A plate filled with cinnamon donuts.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked donut with all the delicious flavors of apple cider
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Baking, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 donuts
Calories 174 kcal


Donut Batter

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Sugar Coating

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg


Donut Batter

  • Place apple cider in a sauce pan. Simmer over medium heat until cider has reduced to 1/2 cup. Allow cider to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • In another bowl, combine apple cider oil, egg, milk and vanilla
  • Add liquid mixture to flour mixture and combine
  • Pour batter into a greased donut pan
  • Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 12-15 minutes
  • Remove from oven and allow donuts to cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan. Cool on a baking rack.

Sugar Mixture

  • Combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together
  • Roll each donut in sugar mixture



  • I used canola oil. Any light flavored oil will work
  • I used whole milk. You could also use 2% or skim milk


Serving: 1donutCalories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 36IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Apple Cider Donut, Baked Apple Cider Donut, baked donut recipe, Baked Doughnut
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction



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  • Reply
    Lori Bilodeau
    March 12, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Sorry I never went far enough to see how to fill them but mine was a lot thicker than what you show

    • Reply
      March 12, 2020 at 8:29 pm

      Not a problem! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Lori Bilodeau
    March 12, 2020 at 8:07 am

    4 stars
    I just made them but I think I might have overfilled them, when they came out they had a muffin top, and no hole in the middle. It doesnโ€™t say how long to wait before you put them in the cinnamon/sugar/nutmeg mixture
    But theyโ€™re very good but it could have more cider taste to them. Thank you

    • Reply
      March 12, 2020 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Lori,
      Overfilling the donut pan is easy to do. It doesn’t take much and boom, it seems like too much once they are baked. Just back off a bit next time and they should be fine. I do roll mine in the cinnamon/sugar mixture as soon as I remove them from the donut pans. If the donuts are still warm the sugar mixture will stick better. Thanks for your feedback! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    October 28, 2019 at 10:03 am

    5 stars
    I bet your house smelled amazing while that cider was reducing down.

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    August 31, 2019 at 5:31 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, I’m so not ready for summer to end but one (or ten) of these delicious donuts will certainly ease the way! They look wonderful!

  • Reply
    August 29, 2019 at 11:23 am

    5 stars
    Well, you’ve just inspired me to order a donut pan. These sound delicious. I’ve never reduced cider to use in baking. I’m intrigued and can’t wait to give this a try.

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    [email protected]
    August 29, 2019 at 6:09 am

    5 stars
    Wondering if I could place an order for your home pressed apple cider? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh man – these look so good! Bring on the fall recipes – I am ready!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 26, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    5 stars
    Now you’re talking Kathy! These are screaming fall to me! And they weather here has been making me think it’s right around the corner. Pinned and excited to bake a batch!

    • Reply
      August 28, 2019 at 5:29 am

      Fall is coming!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    August 26, 2019 at 7:10 am

    5 stars
    These look so fluffy and I bet they smell AMAZING as they bake!

    • Reply
      August 28, 2019 at 5:33 am

      The whole house smells delicious!

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    David @ Spiced
    August 26, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Perfect timing on these donuts, Kathy! I was just talking to a friend yesterday about how excited I am for apple cider donut season! This baked version sounds delicious. And I bet your house smelled amazing while that cider was reducing down!

    • Reply
      August 28, 2019 at 5:38 am

      Fall means it’s time for apple cider and pumpkin spice! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    August 26, 2019 at 5:05 am

    5 stars
    I have never made donuts before! I did recently by the appropriate pan though, so no excuses now – especially seeing as I have come across this lovely recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      August 26, 2019 at 5:56 am

      I think you’re all set to make donuts! Time to get baking! ๐Ÿ™‚

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