Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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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.

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!

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 this version has a cider glaze, which helps bring out the delicious cider flavor. Try them and see what you think!

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cider, Donuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Cooling Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 dozen


Donut Pan
Cooling Rack


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce chunky
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Apple Cider Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 donut pans. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a glass measuring cup mix together oil, eggs, sugar, applesauce, cider, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Fill the wells of each donut pan nearly to the rim. Bake for 15-18 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Remove from oven. After 5-7 minutes, remove from pan and transfer to cooling rack.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, apple cider and salt. While the donuts are still warm, dip each into the glaze and return to cooling rack until glaze is set. Makes 12 donuts.
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