Bring the Orchard Home With These Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

My family and I have quite the sweet tooth and because of that I am always on the search for the next best recipe that I can create to spoil them… and myself of course. Going into the fall season always takes me back to our trips to the orchards in Michigan, where they always had fresh apple cider and warm cinnamon donuts at the ready. Remembering those sweet moments and delicious scents inspired today’s treat of Apple Cider Donuts.

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Yields 6-8 donuts


  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 c. apple cider
  • 1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 large egg

For the Topping:

  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in apple cider and set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  4. Whisk the sugar and egg into the cider and butter mixture until evenly combined.
  5. Stir together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Don’t over-mix.
  6. Spray a donut pan with baking spray if it’s not already non-stick. Add batter to a piping bag and pipe evenly into the pan (or spoon in carefully).
  7. Bake for approximately 7 minutes. Allow to cool 1 minute before removing donuts onto a cooling rack.
  8. While the donuts are baking, make the topping. Melt the butter and place into a small bowl.  In a separate small bowl, stir the cinnamon, brown sugar, and white sugar together.
  9. Dip and rotate each donut in the butter mixture and lightly coat in the dry mixture. Place back on cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy!!
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