Baked Cinnamon Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Cinnamon Apple Cider Donuts are so tender, moist, and ridiculously soft that you'll fall in love with them at first bite! With the amazing fall flavors and the sugary spiced coating, makes them even more irresistible! So simple, yet a perfect fall treat.

No need to make that special trip to the apple orchard for these lovelies, although I highly recommend going for the apples, definitely the apples - something I have yet to do this fall. Unless a grocery store counts, haha.


A Few Reasons Why You'll Love These Apple Cider Donuts

  • Easy. They're easy to make. Literally take as little as 15 minutes to prep and into your oven!
  • Texture. They're soft, moist, and so fluffy. Almost like eating a bite sized cake, if not better!
  • Simple. Made with simple ingredients that you can get at your local grocery store, and might have a lot of them already in your pantry!
  • Baked. These donuts are baked, not fried. So say goodbye to heartburn. And here's the best part, no need for yeast.
  • Taste. They are so light and melt in your mouth. And they taste almost just like old fashioned apple cider donuts.


Apple Cider Donut Ingredients

  • Spices. You can literally overload these donuts with tons of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. I guarantee your house will smell like fall.
  • Apple Cider. Do NOT use Apple Cider Vinegar!! Might be a no brainer, but it is not the same. Did that mistake once and had to throw it away to my embarrassment. Fresh Apple Cider is best, but if you don't have apple cider or can't find any, feel free to substitute it for Apple Juice. Won't be the same thing, but it will still taste amazing! (Actually used Apple Juice in these pictures, if you must know:) Turned out great and beautiful!)
  • Flour. I used All Purpose Flour. A staple in my pantry. But if you're gluten intolerant, you can use a gluten free flour.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Topping. This topping helps to create that authentic apple cider donut. Literally the icing on the cake, or in this case, the sparkle to the donut.


How To Make Baked Cinnamon Apple Cider Donuts

Gather you're ingredients.

In medium bowls whisk together the dry ingredients; 1 3/4 cup flour, 1 1/4 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp Salt, and 1 tsp cinnamon.

In a larger bowl, whisk together 10 tbsp butter, and 3/4 cup brown sugar, until light and fluffy. About 3-4 minutes.

Add in your eggs one at a time, just until incorporated. Then mix in the vanilla.

Gradually mix in your flour mixture into the butter mixture (dry into wet), mix until just incorporated. Then slowly mix in the 1/2 cup of apple cider, or apple juice if using.

Spoon or pipe you batter into your prepared donuts pans. About 2/3 of the way up.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown in color. Or toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the donuts sit in the pan for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Meanwhile, make your topping. Mix together you 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup monk fruit, or sugar of your choice. Melt your butter, and lightly brush on top of your donuts.

Then generously dip them into your sugar mixture.


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Prep time:
20 minutes
Cook time:
15 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
35 minutes
Yield:
6-8 donuts
Cuisine:

Ingredients

For The Topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare your donut pans.
  2. In medium bowls whisk together the dry ingredients; 1 3/4 cup flour, 1 1/4 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp Salt, and 1 tsp cinnamon.
  3. In a larger bowl, whisk together 10 tbsp butter, and 3/4 cup brown sugar, until light and fluffy. About 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add in your eggs one at a time, just until incorporated. Then mix in the vanilla.
  5. Gradually mix in your flour mixture into the butter mixture (dry into wet), mix until just incorporated. Then slowly mix in the 1/2 cup of apple cider, or apple juice if using.
  6. Spoon or pipe you batter into your prepared donuts pans. About 2/3 of the way up.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown in color. Or toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the donuts sit in the pan for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. Meanwhile, make your topping. Mix together you 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup monk fruit, or sugar of your choice.
  9. Melt your butter, and lightly brush on top of your donuts.
  10. Then generously dip them into your sugar mixture.
  11. Enjoy!

Recipe notes

  • Leftovers can be kept on the countertop covered for a 2-3 days, and in the fridge for up to 5-6 days.
  • Make these into muffins. Baker at 350 F. for 18-20 minutes.
  • Freeze. Cool completely, and place in a ziplock bag - label it - and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in oven or microwave, the brush with butter and dip in sugar.
  • You can use tin donut pans, but I find those a little harder to deal with and you need to butter those. I prefer the silicone donut molds. Which you don't have to butter and the donuts slip out without much help.

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