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Baked Apple Cider Donuts


45 min

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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45 min


12 persons




4.00 rating-star (35)


Author: Victoria Bailey
All the world's great donuts are fried, except there are a few rare examples of when they're not—and this incredibly delicious and easy-to-make apple cider donut is one notable exception. Since we're not going to fry these, not only are they easier, but they're way less messy. Less time cleaning up means more time eating donuts.


  • fresh apple cider: 2 cups
  • all-purpose flour: 2 cups
  • baking powder: 0.75 tsp
  • baking soda: 0.75 tsp
  • fine salt: 0.25 tsp
  • ground cinnamon: 1 tsp
  • ground cardamom: 1 pinch
  • freshly grated nutmeg: 1 pinch
  • white sugar: 0.5 cup
  • packed brown sugar: 0.5 cup
  • warm milk: 0.5 cup
  • unsalted butter, melted, divided: 6 Tbsp
  • vanilla extract: 0.75 tsp
  • egg: 1 piece
  • white sugar, or as needed: 1 cup
  • ground cinnamon, or as needed: 1 Tbsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter two 6-cup donut pans.
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  2. Pour apple cider into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and let it cook, watching carefully, until the cider is reduced to 1/2 cup. If it reduces too much, add enough water to make 1/2 cup. Set aside until needed.
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  3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg to a large bowl. Mix with a whisk until combined and set aside until needed.
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  4. Whisk 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, vanilla extract, and egg together in another bowl until combined. Add the apple cider reduction and the dry ingredients. Whisk together to form a slightly thick batter; do not overmix.
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  5. Spoon or pipe the batter into the prepared donut pans, filling them about 3/4 of the way up.
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  6. Bake in the center of the preheated oven until the tops are lightly browned, and the donuts spring back slightly to the touch, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pans before removing to a sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat. Cut out any donut holes as necessary.
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  7. If desired, while still slightly warm, brush the donuts lightly with remaining melted butter. Mix 1 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together for topping in a shallow dish; toss in donuts to coat. Let cool completely before serving.
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History of the Baked Apple Cider Donuts: The Baked Apple Cider Donut recipe is a modern take on the classic fried donuts, originating from America. Apple cider has been a popular ingredient in autumn baking for centuries but was later incorporated into the donut recipe to create these delicious treats. Baking rather than frying the donuts has not only made them healthier, but also easier to prepare and clean up.

Tips and Tricks for Baked Apple Cider Donuts Recipe:

  1. Use fresh apple cider for best results.
  2. Monitor the reduction carefully and don't let it reduce too much, or add water if necessary.
  3. Whisk the batter until just combined to avoid overmixing and a tough texture.
  4. Butter the donut pans well to avoid sticking.
  5. Use a piping bag to fill the donut pans for a neat and precise result.
  6. Don't brush the donuts with too much butter or they may become too greasy.
  7. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar topping evenly for a consistent flavor.

Tips for presenting the dish: Serve the Baked Apple Cider Donuts fresh and warm for the best taste and texture. You can arrange them on a platter and garnish with apple slices or a dusting of powdered sugar for a festive look. They can also be served alongside a hot cup of cider or coffee for the perfect fall treat.

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