Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Is there anything better during the fall than a warm apple cider doughnut (or do you prefer, donut)? They just make me dream of being in cooler weather and the changing leaves. It’s a feeling I don’t get to feel very often these days since I moved out of Ohio many, many years ago, but I still remember that dreamy fall feeling well! I specifically remember annual trips to the apple butter festival and cider doughnuts were a must!

I originally posted these Baked Apple Cider Donuts back in 2012. Ever since, they’ve remained a top fall recipe on the blog. While the majority of the comments and feedback has been positive, it seemed like there could be a little tweaking to be done with the recipe. So, a couple of weekends ago, I decided to make these again and to reshoot them!

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

The revised recipe includes less flour and more apple cider, and I kicked up the spices a bit. I brought these into work the next day for brunch and they were devoured! These doughnuts have just the right amount of moisture and still remain cakey. I love the cinnamon and sugar topping too!

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

I thought these were delicious out of the oven, but actually felt they tasted even better the next morning so feel free to bake them the night before! They also freeze well if you want to make extras to pull out during the fall and holiday season!

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Yield: 18 doughnuts

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Nothing says fall like apple cider doughnuts! These baked doughnuts are perfectly warm and cozy for weekend mornings.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


For the doughnuts:

  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For the cinnamon sugar coating:

  • 4 tbs. melted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (or more, if desired)


For the doughnuts:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, boil the apple cider until it is reduced to 1/2 cup (about 15-20 minutes).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and the sugar. Add in the eggs and mix well.
  4. Stir in the buttermilk and reduced cider.
  5. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and the nutmeg.
  6. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients, mix just enough to combine.
  7. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray. Either pipe or spoon the batter into the each mold until they are about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow doughnuts to cool for 3-5 minutes before rolling in the cinnamon sugar coating.

For the cinnamon sugar coating:

  1. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
  2. Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter on both sides and in the middle of each doughnut. Dip and roll the doughnut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 246mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts



  1. Wow! You guys seriously did a great job. I always prefer baked donuts and yours look absolutely fantastic! :)

  2. Mmmm your donuts have quite a kick my friend :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. I’m not a donut person, but I love apple cider donuts! There is something about Fall that makes me want apple cider donuts, hot apple cider or hot chocolate!! Yummy!!

  4. Perfect fall time doughnuts!

  5. Two guesses: the twilight couple du jour or Brajolina??

    Love the look of those donuts….oh. my. goodness. Here’s to November being not so bad ;) xo

  6. I’m drooling over these! I have a weakness for donuts, and I want that sugary goodness in my mouth. I went to Pier 1 the other day and it was so hard to keep myself from buying every single penguin decoration in the store.

  7. These doughnuts look fantastic! Apple cider is one of my favorite fall time treats.

    Those pumpkin carvings… seriously… you two are awesome. The man looks like the wolf guy from the Twilight movies… I am not sure (I have never watched the movies… yes.. I am a loser). I guess that makes the girl from the movie too..

    You and your husband could seriously do this for a living…. don’t know how much you would make… but that’s some serious talent!

    Have a wonderful weekend my friend. :)

  8. Those doughnuts are gorgeous! I think we gauged the candy about right for our onslaught of trick or treaters–I’m sure you’ll find something to do with yours.

  9. These look amazing!! I want some!! And yes I have way too much candy leftover from Halloween because I got NO trick or treaters. :(

  10. I’m such a sucker for a pretty doughnut – these are killing me right now!!!

  11. The first thing I thought was they were Christian Grey and Ana Steele..haha Im a 50 Shades nerd though!

  12. Buffy and Spike, people.

    By the way, those donuts look amazing! :)

  13. Buffy and Spike. My favourite show in the world. Grr….arg!

    Great doughnuts. Love apple doughnuts. Almost as much as Spike.

  14. How long should I bake these for if I’m using a mini doughnut pan?

  15. That’s one amazing carving job right there! No idea who they’re supposed to be. But that’s just because I’m out of the loop with these things…

    And these doughnuts look awesome! I wish we had apple cider over here in Germany. I guess apple juice would be almost as good. :)

  16. I am so impressed by your pumpkin. I do the triangle eyes type pumpkin carving. Seriously impressed. November 1 means Thanksgiving meal planning. I think November is my second favorite month of the year!

  17. baked apple cider donuts! they are on my list to make this fall season. Stephanie, yours look PERFECT! I want to jump right through the screen. Gorgeous photos too. I am a sucker for a breakfast doughnut :)

  18. These doughnuts have been on my list of things to make forever. I even bought a pan too when we got here, just haven’t gotten around to it. We are always stuck with Halloween candy too. And even more this year because the kids trick-or-treated. Hope you have a great week!

  19. Dang girl! Your pumpkins look perfect! Holla Buffy.
    And these donuts? A wholllllle other level of awesomeness. Want.

  20. I enjoyed these in New England in early fall and they were outrageous! Yours look so perfect. I’d love to try your recipe!

  21. I’ve never made nor tasted an apple cider doughnut, but maybe now is the time! Yours look DELISH…plus I have a couple doughnut pans that need dusting off :)

  22. First of all I need these in my life! They look incredible! Second, you guys have some serious skills!! Buffy – great job! Last, I’m trying not to go to pier 1 because I know I will probably buy everything in the store… I’ll most likely cave soon!

  23. Okay, those are the most perfect looking donuts I’ve ever seen! And I have no clue who the pumpkins are supposed to be, but the male one looks like Billy Idol!

  24. I got to make some dougnuts. Must stop blaming that I don’t have adequate time :-). Love apples and never had an apple doughnut. So I am really eager to bake some doughnuts. Mom bought quite a lot of apples and I know where I can put them to now. Great click and oh! I completely understand on clearing and packing festive decor Isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Hehehe…

  25. Love your donuts and it brings back memories and anticipation of going home for thanksgiving and going to the orchards. I featured these in my Friday Five over at Feed Your Soul –

  26. Yum! I will have to try these…and it’s Buffy and Spike. Duh. :-)

  27. Heh! Why, Buffy and Spike of course. Now that’s some cool pumpkins. I love it! Just as I’m pretty sure I’d love those doughnuts (was that a good segue or what? :-P )

  28. Just ate the first doughnut. They are light and fluffy, but taste like baking powder, far from the cider doughnuts I was hoping to taste. Disappointing.

    • Hi, I’m sorry to hear you had a hard time with the recipe. As for the thickness, the dough shouldn’t be liquidy, so it is on the thicker side. If it seemed really thick though I would double check your measurements of the wet ingredients. As for the baking soda or powder taste, 3 things could be wrong. One is that you may have put too much. It’s one teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of baking powder (make sure you didn’t use tablespoons). The second thing is that your dry ingredients may not have been mixed well enough prior to adding them to the wet ingredients. Sometimes it helps to sift all of your dry ingredients together first. The only other thing I could think is that your baking powder went bad.

      I’m sorry it didn’t turn out for you!

  29. These donuts look amazing and I can’t wait to try them!
    And you’re Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Spike pumpkins are amazing!

  30. Your pumpkins could def also pass for Elena Gilbert and Stefan from The Vampire Diaries!

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  33. Are you sure the 3 1/2 cups of flour isn’t a typo? I just made a batch and the batter is really thick. And they baked up dry. I bake frequently, so I know I got the measurements right.

    • Hi Debbie, 3 1/2 is correct for 18 doughnuts. If you decide to make them again, you can try baking for less time or you could add a little less flour.

  34. These are super tasty! I spiced up the recipe a little bit and added vanilla and extra butter. I also made an apple cider cream cheese frosting for the top. (1c powdered sugar. 1 tbsp of cream cheese. 2-3 tbsp apple cider. a dash of cinnamon)
    The doughnuts were a little dry for my taste. I did extra butter and shortened the cooking time. I will probably use a little bit less flower next time.
    Also, I thought it would be yummy to chop up some apple and boil them in the apple cider and add to the doughnuts. I didn’t try that this time, but I probably will next time I make them.
    Will definitely use this recipe again!

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  37. Can I use GF flour for these? 

  38. I just made these and they turned out wonderful! Followed the recipe to a T. It’s a keeper!

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