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Every fall my dad picks apples to make cider in his fruit press. He loves doing this, and he also loves to share the cider that he makes. Which means I’m always looking for new ways to use the cider! These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are a great way to use his cider.

Dip Donuts in a Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

(Post modified with new photos on 10/1/23.)

Our oldest daughter lives near the Louisburg Cider Mill, in Louisburg, Kansas, where they make the most fabulous cider donuts. But that’s a 90-minute drive for us. Too far to drive when the donut-craving hits!

Serve Baked Apple Cider Donuts While Warm and Freshly Baked

The donuts you buy there are fried and dipped in a cinnamon sugar mixture. These Baked Apple Cider Donuts use my dad’s cider. They’re baked instead of fried, and then dipped in butter and coated in a sugar-cinnamon mixture. We thought they were pretty amazing! Sweet, moist, and full of apple flavor. Try them and see what you think!

 

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Ingredients for Baked Apple Cider Donuts

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • all-purpose flour
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • corn starch
  • baking powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • apple cider
  • buttermilk
  • vegetable oil
  • large egg
  • vanilla extract
  • applesauce
  • Honey Crisp apple (finely shredded)

 

Instructions for this Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Lightly grease 2 donut pans, or one donut pan and one miniature muffin pan.

Peel, core and finely grate apple, enough to make 1/2 cup.

 

Prepare the Batter

Sift Together Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, corn starch, baking powder, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

In a glass measuring cup combine the apple cider, buttermilk, vegetable oil, large egg, and vanilla extract.

Stir Liquids into the Flour Mixture

Create a hole in the center of the flour mixture, and add the cider mixture. Stir just until combined.

Gently Fold Applesauce and Finely Grated Apples into the Batter

Gently fold in the applesauce and grated apple to incorporate into the batter.

Fill Donut Pans to Almost Full

Fill the wells of the prepared donut pan about 3/4 full, and a tablespoon into each of the miniature muffin cups.

If you prefer to make donuts instead of donut holes, simply use 2 donut pans, or clean the pan after removing the first batch of donuts.

Allow Baked Donuts to Cool for 5 Minutes Before Removing from Pan

Bake in preheated oven for 14-16 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. The donut holes will require about 12-14 minutes.

Remove from oven. Allow to cool for 5-7 minutes, then transfer donuts from the pan to a cooling rack.

 

Dress the Donuts

Melt Butter and Mix Topping Ingredients

While the donuts are cooling, prepare the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20-30 seconds until melted.

In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon. Mix to combine.

Dredge Buttered Donuts in Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

Dip each donut into the melted butter, and then dredge in the cinnamon mixture. Return to the cooling rack.

Serve Donuts Warm and Freshly Baked

Donuts are best eaten while warm, or the day they are made. You may store uneaten donuts in a covered container for 2 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

If you freeze the donuts, be sure to allow them to thaw and return to room temperature in the container before opening. This will ensure all of the moisture returns to the donuts.

Serve Donuts Warm and Freshly Baked

This recipe will make 12 donuts, or 6 donuts and 24 donut holes.

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are baked instead of fried, and then dipped in butter and coated in a sugar-cinnamon mixture. Sweet, moist, and full of apple flavor.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Serving Size 8

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Ingredients 

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup Honey Crisp Apple (finely grated)

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Lightly grease 2 donut pans, or one donut pan and one miniature muffin pan.
  • Peel, core and finely grate apple, enough to make 1/2 cup.

Prepare the Batter

  • In a medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, corn starch, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Using a glass measuring cup combine the apple cider, buttermilk, vegetable oil, large egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Create a hole in the center of the flour mixture, and add the cider mixture. Stir just until combined.
  • Gently fold in the applesauce and grated apple to incorporate into the batter.
  • Fill the wells of a donut pan about 3/4 full, and a tablespoon into each of the miniature muffin cups.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 14-16 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. The donut holes will require about 12-14 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Allow to cool for 5-7 minutes, then transfer donuts from the pan to a cooling rack.

Dress the Donuts

  • While the donuts are cooling, prepare the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20-30 seconds until melted.
  • In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon. Mix to combine.
  • Dip each donut into the melted butter, and then dredge in the cinnamon mixture. Return to the cooling rack.
  • This recipe will make 12 donuts, or 6 donuts and 24 donut holes.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.
**Donuts are best eaten while warm, or the day they are made. You may store uneaten donuts in a covered container for 2 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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