Apple Cider Donuts

I’ve come to the conclusion that fall is really the best season for baking. What other season has such festively delicious ingredients and flavors? I mean you’ve got endless options with pumpkin, cinnamon, nuts of all kinds, apples and, of course, apple cider.

Apple Cider Donuts

Okay guys, I have a confession. Until around this time last year I had never tried an apple cider donut. WHAT?! I know. I used to be very much a picky eater and was silly enough to think that I wouldn’t like a donut containing apple cider. Little did I know that apple cider gives donuts an absolutely unmatchable taste. I’m a cider donut convert.

Apple Cider Donuts

Until my current venture, I had only ever eaten fried apple cider donuts. In creating a recipe for the blog, I wanted to avoid the nuisance and potential danger of frying donuts in hot oil, so I created a simple baked donut recipe. Don’t worry though! These babies are still deliciously buttery, cider-y and cinnamon-y! Plus, they’ll make your house smell divine while baking.

Apple Cider Donuts

For today’s recipe, you’ll need two donut pans. You can find these at any cooking store and even at many grocery stores or stores like Target and Walmart. You can also buy them online.

Apple Cider Donuts

Donuts may sound like a scary animal, but this recipe comes together so quickly (and has such a delicious outcome) donuts may well become a weekly treat! To begin with, you’ll reduce the apple cider from 1 1/4 cups down to 1/2 cup in order to really concentrate the flavor. Then, as you let the cider cool in the fridge, you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Put everything together and pop them in the oven! Simple as! Well, not quite, but almost! I’ll go into more detail in the recipe below.

Apple Cider Donuts

If you’ve never tried apple cider donuts before or if you love them but thought it would be too hard to make them, I dare you to try these! You won’t be sorry!

Apple Cider Donuts

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Apple Cider Donuts
The autumn classic, baked, not fried!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
donuts
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
donuts
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray two donut pans with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat the 1 1/4 cups apple cider in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup (this should take about 10 minutes).
  3. Once reduce to 1/2 cup, remove the cider from the heat and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl and stir to combine.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugars.
  6. Whisk in the cooled cider.
  7. Whisk in the eggs, vanilla and buttermilk.
  8. Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Careful not to overmix (this results in a tough textured donut).
  9. Spoon the batter into a piping bag or ziplock bag and cut off the end.
  10. Pipe the batter into the donut molds, filling about 3/4 of the way full.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a donut comes out clean or with just a few crumbs.
  12. Allow the donuts to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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2 Replies to “Apple Cider Donuts”

  1. I had my first apple cider donut last year too! I have yet to make any though. These look splendid and so delicious 🙂

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Better late than never, right? Thank you! Let me know if you try making them!

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