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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Soft and moist apple cider donuts that are baked, flavored with an apple cider reduction and rolled in cinnamon spice sugar.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 20 Donuts


For the Donut Batter

  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoon unsalted, softened butter
  • ¾ cup granulated white sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup buttermilk at room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 3 cups apple cider (to be reduced to ½ cup)
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

For the Spiced Sugar Topping

  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice


For the Donuts

  • Start by adding 3 cups of apple cider to a sauce pan over medium low heat. Bring it to a simmer and stir occasionally until it has reduced down to ½ cup. It will take some time, around 20 minutes. Let the cider reduction cool before using it in the donut batter.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add ½ cup + 2 tablespoon of softened butter, ¾ cup of granulated white sugar and ¾ cup of packed, light brown sugar to a large bowl. Cream together with an electric mixer.
  • Then add in 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Next add in ½ cup of buttermilk, ½ cup of sour cream and the ½ cup of apple cider reduction and combine.
  • In a small bowl sift together 2 ¼ cups of flour, 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of ground allspice.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until completely combined.
  • Grease a donut baking pan. Transfer the donut batter to a piping bag cut with a ½ inch opening. Pipe the donut batter into the donut pan, ¾ of the way full.
  • Bake the donuts for 12-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centers. Let them cool for a few minutes in the pan and then on a cooling rack until cool enough to handle.

For the Spiced Sugar Topping

  • Melt ¼ cup of butter in a small bowl.
  • In a separate bowl mix together 1 cup of granulated sugar, 2 teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon allspice.
  • Brush each donut with the melted butter and then roll in the spiced sugar. Serve right away!


Store left overs in an air tight container for up to four days.
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