Apple cider donut recipe is the perfect treat for Fall. Each bite is soft and delicious and topped with the best cinnamon sugar mixture.

Apple Cider Baked Donuts stacked on top of each other

Apple cider donut recipe

This recipe is so delicious that it might become an annual tradition. Apple cider flavored donuts are so easy to make and really tasty.

I love to eat them warm and they make the best breakfast or snack. Oh who am I kidding? I could eat these all day long!

They are seriously that good. I think you will be surprised how easy it is to make homemade donuts.

Why are they called apple cider donuts?

The donuts get their name from apple cider being a key ingredient. They are infused with apple cider for a real treat.

Close up of a baked apple cider donut with a bite taken out of it.

Ingredients:

FOR THE DONUTS: 

  • Apple Cider 
  • Flour 
  • Baking Soda 
  • Baking Powder 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Salt 
  • Butter
  • Large Egg 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Sugar 
  • milk – make sure it is room temperature 
  • Vanilla Extract 

FOR THE TOPPING: 

  • Sugar 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Nutmeg
  • Butter
A donut with a bite taken out of it with a stack of donuts behind it.

How to make apple cider donuts:

Let’s make the donuts first.

Go ahead and heat the apple cider in a small saucepan.  This needs to come to a gentle boil.

Apple Cider being reduced for this recipe

Next, let the apple cider simmer until you only have about ½ of a cup left in the saucepan. Normally this takes about 10 to 20 minutes. 

Now, remove this from the heat and let it cool.  

While the mixture is cooling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You will need a donut pan. Make sure to spray it with cooking spray.

Next, get a mixing bowl out. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Whisk this together.

Photos showing how to make Baked Apple Cider Donuts - Mixing dry ingredients together, then wet ingredients.  Then combining the 2 and filling in a donut pan.

Get out a separate bowl and whisk together the egg, brown sugar and sugar until it is mixed together really good.

Next, whisk in the melted butter. Now, add the apple cider from the saucepan, milk and vanilla extract.

Mix this until it is just combined. You don’t want to over mix it. The batter will be thick but this is normal.

Take the batter and start to pour it evenly into the donut pan. You only want to fill each donut section about halfway full.

Tip: You can use a spoon but I find that it’s easiest to use a piping bag to fill the donut pan. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can put the batter in a large ziplock bag and cut the corner off the bag to pipe the batter into the pan.  

Finally, bake the donuts for 10 to 11 minutes. You should be able to insert a toothpick into the center of the donuts and it comes out clean. 

The donuts need to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before you transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Close up of these Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Let’s make the yummy topping.

First, combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl.  That is it!

After the donuts have cooled slightly and they are not too hot to handle, dip the donuts into the melted butter. Then coat them with the cinnamon sugar topping mixture you just made.

Photos showing how to put the topping on these donuts.  The donuts baked, then dipped in the melted butter and then dipped in the cinnamon sugar mixture

Enjoy! We like to serve these right away while they are warm.

Apple Cider donuts stacked on top of each other with a bite taken out of the top donut with apples behind it.

Tips for apple cider donuts:

  • Leftovers can be stored at room temperature inside an airtight container for up to 2 days. You can also store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
  • I prefer the donuts warm. You can reheat for a few seconds in the microwave if they have been in the fridge.
  • Try making donut holes instead of full size donuts. They are super fun to eat and so tasty. Donut holes would be perfect for parties, brunch and more.

Easy baked apple cider donuts

This is such a treat and really easy to make. I love how delicious they are. You are going to have a new family favorite once you try these.

Everyone loves donuts. We think this recipe for apple cider donuts is just the thing to make for Fall!

The hardest thing about this recipe is only eating one donut! They are so good and have the best flavor from the apple cider.

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Apple Cider Donuts 

5 from 3 votes
Apple cider donut recipe is the perfect treat for Fall. Each bite is soft and delicious and topped with the best cinnamon sugar mixture.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cool 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 287
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • FOR THE DONUTS:
  • 1 1/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 milk room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 6 Tbsp Butter melted

Instructions

  • FOR THE DONUTS:
  • Heat the apple cider in a small saucepan.  Bring the cider to a gentle boil and let the cider simmer until there is approximately ½ of a cup remaining in the saucepan (this should take approximately 10-20 minutes).  Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • Then preheat an oven to 350 degrees F and spray a donut pan with a non stick cooking spray.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Then in a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, brown sugar and sugar until well combined.  Next whisk in the melted butter.  Then add in the apple cider from the saucepan, milk and vanilla extract until just combined (do not over mix).  The batter will be thick.
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the donut pan filling each one about halfway full. I find that it’s easiest to use a piping bag to fill the donut pan or place the batter in a large ziplock bag and cut the corner off the bag to pipe the batter into the pan.
  • Then bake for 10-11 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the donuts comes out clean.  Let the donuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • Combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl.
  • Once the donuts have cooled slightly and can be handled.  Dip the donuts in the melted butter and then coat them with the cinnamon sugar topping mixture.
  • Serve the donuts immediately while warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Leftovers can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 287kcal, Carbohydrates 54g, Protein 3g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 31mg, Sodium 234mg, Potassium 74mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 37g, Vitamin A 225IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 36mg, Iron 1mg

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