Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Fresh baked, fluffy apple cider doughnuts bring the taste of the season to your breakfast table. Flavored with apple cider and apple pie spice then dipped into maple syrup and cinnamon sugar, they are a great way to start any day!

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We made a trip this past fall up to Maine and one of the things I knew I wanted to try, besides their lobster (duh), were their Apple Cider Doughnuts. I mean what better place to get this delicious confection than from a state that grows over 100 different varieties of apples.

Apple Cider Doughnuts tall stacked

While perusing the shops and restaurants of Portland Maine we came across a popular doughnut shop and just had to stop in to see if we could find some. They had so many different varieties it was hard to choose. Of course, I had to purchase an apple cider doughnut and, when I saw they had a sweet potato doughnut, I knew I had to have that too. Both were super delicious and something I definitely wanted to try making myself when I got home.

Apple Cider Doughnuts laid out

 

One thing that is hard to find in Florida is good apple cider but I managed to find some in one of the specialty stores nearby. When using cider in a recipe, like these apple cider doughnuts, you need to reduce it to more of a concentrated syrup. To do this takes a little time but it is well worth the effort. Of course, you can always purchase this bottle of Willis Wood Boiled Cider from Amazon to make the recipe a little less time consuming.

Check out these easy steps to bring the flavors and aromas of fall into your home.

Apple Cider Doughnuts Steps 1-6

Step 1 – Combine the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda and apple pie spice. Step 2 – Whisk egg, sugars, buttermilk and cider in a medium bowl until smooth.  Step 3 – Add vanilla and melted butter, whisk again. Step 4 – Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Step 5- Stir until just combined. Overmixing will cause the doughnuts to be drier. Step 6 – Pour batter into prepared doughnut pan and bake.

Apple Cider Doughnuts baked

Step 7 – Allow baked doughnuts to cool in pan about 5 minutes.

Apple Cider Doughnuts overhead cooling

Step 8 – Invert onto wire rack then dip into maple syrup or brush with butter and dip or sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Apple Cider Doughnuts bite in hand

Just look at all that delicious apple pie spice inside every bite of this moist doughnut.

Apple Cider Doughnuts bite closeup

Besides how delicious these doughnuts are, they are also a little better for you than the usual doughnut because they are baked. I also love baking doughnuts because it’s so quick and easy. I’ve made Vanilla with Chocolate Glaze, Chocolate with White Chocolate Glaze, Lemon Blueberry and now Apple Cider Doughnuts. I would make all of them again in a heartbeat, they are that good!

Apple Cider Doughnuts plated

These doughnuts are great for breakfast or just for a quick afternoon snack. Surprise your family with a warm batch of doughnuts during those cool fall days – they’ll love you for it!

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BAKED APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Reduce cider
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Fresh baked, fluffy doughnuts bring the taste of the season to your breakfast table. Flavored with apple cider & spices then dipped into maple syrup and cinnamon sugar, they are a great way to start to any day!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keywords: apple cider, baked doughnuts, breakfast, donuts, fall recipe
Servings: 8 doughnuts
Calories: 191 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
Doughnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup apple cider reduced to ¼ cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
Glaze
  • 3 Tablespoon maple syrup or 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
Directions
  1. Before beginning, the apple cider will need to be reduced to intensify the flavor in the doughnuts. To do this, place cider in a saucepan and bring to a boil then turn down and simmer for 15-20 minutes until it is reduced to ¼ cup. Let cool. You can also make this ahead of time and store in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with nonstick spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and apple pie spice. Set aside.
  4. Whisk egg, sugars, buttermilk and cider in a medium bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and melted butter, whisk again. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Overmixing will cause the doughnuts to be drier.
  5. Using a spoon, divide batter between doughnut cavities. This recipe usually makes 7 or 8 so you may have some left over.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then invert on to wire rack. Let cool until just warm to the touch.
  7. While doughnuts are cooling, place either the maple syrup or the butter on to a flat plate. On another plate, combine sugar and cinnamon.
  8. When you can handle doughnuts, dip tops into syrup or butter then into cinnamon sugar.
Recipe Notes

If you want to make your own apple pie spice, just combine 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon allspice together. 

Nutrition Facts
BAKED APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Sugars 26g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been revised with new photos and an updated article. Original post was published on December 14, 2016.

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Fresh baked, fluffy apple cider doughnuts bring the taste and aromas of fall to your breakfast table. The rich taste of apple cider & apple pie spice makes you think of cool days, all sweetened with a topping of cinnamon sugar. #recipe #doughnuts #breakfast #applecider #fall #bakeddonuts

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Meagen Brosius
    09/19/2018 at 1:34 pm

    I’m SO glad that we’re finally able to start making tasty fall recipes again! These are so tasty and I love that they are baked and not fried. So yummy and an easy breakfast for those busy mornings!

  • Reply
    Julie Evink
    09/19/2018 at 1:35 pm

    I finally had my first apple cider doughnut a few weeks ago and after that I knew I needed to try them at home! This recipe was amazing and I’m so glad we tried it!

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