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.
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.
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 ½ cup. The reduced cider was added to these baked donuts.
How do I make these donuts?
- Combine dry ingredients together in a bowl
- In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and add to dry ingredients.
- Mix just until combined
- The consistency should be smooth and fluid
- Pour into greased donut pan
- Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly
- Roll donuts in sugar mixture and serve
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 ½ 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!
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?
- Donut Pan
- Measuring cup with pour spout
- Mini Donut Pan - If you'd like to make mini sized donuts
Other delicious apple recipes
- Apple Fritters
- Chocolate Apple Cake
- Applesauce Bars
- Apple Pull-Apart Bread
- Apple Cinnamon Babka
- Pumpkin Apple Muffins
- Apple Tart
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Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- Place apple cider in a sauce pan. Simmer over medium heat until cider has reduced to ½ 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.
- 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
Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction