Apple Cider Donuts

Posted: September 13

Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

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What’s better than some warm apple cider in the fall? How about an Apple Cider Donut? The combination of apple cider, tasty cinnamon, and apple pie spice—these donuts will make your fall season feel especially festive!


• 1 1/2 cups apple cider • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted • 1 large egg, at room temperature • 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar • 1/2 cup granulated sugar • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Toppings: • 1 cup granulated sugar • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


Step 1

To begin, reduce the apple cider. Let simmer in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Check at 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, etc. until only 1/2 cup is left (120 milliliters). It typically takes 20 minutes.

Step 3

Leave any solids or spices left on top of your reduced apple cider. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 5

Spray the donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Step 6

To make the donuts, begin by whisking the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and apple pie spice in a large bowl. Set aside.

Step 7

Whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, egg, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and milk together.

Step 8

Add in the dry ingredients, then add the reduced apple cider and whisk it all together until combined and smooth. The batter should be slightly thick.

Step 9

Place the batter into the donut slots, using a large zipped-top bag is recommended. Cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each donut cup, filling it halfway.

Step 10

Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the tops and edges are lightly browned. To test, poke your finger into the top of the donut. If the donut bounces back, they're ready.

Step 11

Cool the donuts for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Step 12

Re-grease the pan with cooking spray and bake the remaining donut batter.

Step 13

Next combine the cinnamon, granulated sugar, and apple pie spice together in a medium bowl.

Step 14

Once cool, coat the donuts by generously dipping both sides of each donut into the melted butter, then again into the apple spice topping. Serve immediately.

Step 15

Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days if tightly covered, or at room temperature for up to 2 days.