Apple Cider Donuts

I know. They’re not pumpkin. But in my defense I had this big jug of apple cider to use from when I made the pumpkin butter. Plus, I don’t want my pumpkin hater fans to be upset at TWO pumpkin recipes in one week (although how you can be a pumpkin hater is beyond me!!). Lastly, these are just plain delicious so I don’t know why I have to defend them.

The cake-like texture of these are fantastic.

So, go make some doughnuts. Today. It’s the right thing to do. And if you don’t have a pan yet, you better get one soon. I see more doughnut recipes on the horizon!

Yield: 10

Apple Cider Donuts (baked)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Baked Apple Cider Donuts


for the doughnuts:

  • 2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs

 for the glaze:

  • 2 Tbsp apple cider
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon


  1. In large mixing bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Mix until blended. Add in the apple cider, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat for about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  2. Lightly grease doughnut pan (I use Norpro brand). Pour batter into a large ziploc bag, seal, and snip corner. I find this the easiest and cleanest way to get batter into pan without dripping. Bake doughnuts in 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes, until they spring back when touched. Cool slightly before removing from pan.
  3. To make glaze, whisk together the apple cider, powdered sugar and allspice until completely smooth. In separate bowl mix sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Dip each doughnut into glaze (top of doughnut only) and then into cinnamon/sugar mix. The glaze will down the sides and coat nearly the whole donut. Allow to dry on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

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Posted on October 6, 2011

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’ve been searching on line for some decent baked doughnut recipes and the problem I have consistently come across is most of them are baked at too high a temperature or not enough moistness. I can tell by the picture you’ve included with the recipe and by the recipe itself that this is a perfect recipe. You can see the moistness in the doughnut. I’m going to buy my Norpro pans from Amazon also. They have the best deal on doughnut pans. Thank you so much Aimee.

  2. These are delicious, there still warm in my kitchen! I did a baked donut, but I put it into muffin form, making it a bit less messy. Check it out!

  3. I saw another blog with a similar recipe that suggested using a muffin pan and calling them donut holes- that might work too. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Ha, I want to get a doughnut pan now. 2 actually, hahaha. Apple cider donuts = a phenomenal idea. Iiiii love fall. Love love. Apples are a big reason for this. What a great way to create a fall scent throughout the house 🙂

    Sorry I haven’t commented in so long! I have kind of fallen off the blogosphere this summer but, I still have been following and still love your recipes and will be a more devoted follower starting now!

    Thanks for always posting such awesome pieces 🙂

  5. okay Aimee – I think you’ve convinced me to buy a doughnut pan – I adore apple cider donuts – and I want to make these right now….why oh why don’t you still live next door so I can come sample one?

  6. I have been meaning to try apple cider donuts for so long. Yours look so temptingly delicious. So glad to have found your blog!

  7. Aimee, can I come live at your house? You make the BEST stuff!!! Your family is so lucky to have such an amazing cook in their home!

  8. Tracy- enjoy. The texture is amazing, I want to play around with the flavors now. I loved that these weren’t overly sweet (go figure given all the sugar). I want to use this recipe now as a base for some other flavors!

  9. Hole cow those look terrific. Found these on Pinterest. Just started following you. Come check out our boards.

  10. These look fantastic!! I just shared on my facebook wall.

    Thanks for linking up to It’s a Keeper Thursday, I am co-hosting this week, hope you will stop by to say hi.

  11. Oh I can’t wait to try these! I have a doughnut pan and I made cake-y pumpkin doughnuts last year, but wasn’t a huge fan. I can’t wait to try these; I just bought a jug of cider!

  12. People get tired of pumpkin? Not likely:-) We are definitely on the same brain wave…I just bought stuff to make caramel apple cookies:-) Although now I am thinking apple donuts:-)

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