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Apple Cider Doughnuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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  • Author: Jaylynn Little
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 54 minutes
  • Yield: 14 donuts 1x
  • Category: Baking


Fluffy & moist apple cider doughnuts that tastes just like or even better than the bakery.


Units Scale
  • 1 and 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Sugar Coating

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice


  1. Prepare a doughnut pan. Spray with a non-stick cooking spray and preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In a small sauce pan, simmer the apple cider on low for about 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Once the cider is reduced down to 1/2 cup, remove from heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple pie spice.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, sugars, vanilla extract, melted butter, and buttermilk together. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour the apple cider into the mixture and mix until smooth.
  6. Pipe or spoon the batter into the doughnut cavities and bake immediately, for 8-10 minutes until the tops are golden. Touch the tops of the doughnuts with your fingers to test if done. If the doughnut bounces back, they’re done.
  7. Cool in the pan no longer than 3 minutes. Spray the pan and bake the remaining batter.
  8. Place the doughnuts on a cooling rack.

The topping

  1. Melt the butter
  2. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and apple pie spice in a wide bowl.
  3. Dunk the doughnuts in melted butter and coat with the sugar mixture.



The doughnuts are best when served immediately but will store nicely up to 3 days, if stored in a tightly sealed container.