Apple Cider Doughnuts square


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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Reduce cider 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 doughnuts
Calories 191 kcal
Author Linda Warren



  • 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


  • 3 Tablespoon maple syrup or 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon


  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
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.