Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Baked Donuts – Skip going to the cider mill and make delicious apple cider donuts right at home! Fresh apple cider infused in an easy to make donut batter that takes less than 20 minutes to make! They are the perfect fall treat!

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

If you love going to the cider mill and getting donuts, then this is the recipe for you! Now I will admit, going to the cider mill is one of my favorite fall activities but alas, there aren’t anywhere within 400 miles.  Since then, I have been on a mission to make the best possible donuts and I came up with these.  Instead of being deep fried, these donuts are baked using a donut pan.  Baking the donuts helps make them a little healthier by cutting out how oily donuts can be but they are still far from healthy as these apple cider donuts are coated in cinnamon sugar.

I used the Slow Cooker Apple Cider I made a little while back in the batter and it worked out perfect! I also loved dunking my donuts in a glass of warm apple cider topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, and a drizzle of caramel sauce.  It’s the ultimate indulgent treat!

Common questions about making baked donuts

Can you bake donuts instead of frying them?

Yes! It’s very easy to bake donuts, you just need a donut pan.  They are available at many stores or online for just a few dollars.  Just make sure you use a recipe for baked donuts specifically to make sure the consistency and texture are what they are supposed to be.

How long does it take to bake donuts?

Baking donuts takes about 12-13 minutes at 350 degrees.

Are cake donuts baked or fried?

Cake donuts are usually baked and have a texture much more reminiscent of a slice of cake with a denser consistency.  Additionally, cake donuts are risen using baking powder instead of yeast.

Other tips and tricks on this baked apple cider donuts recipe

  • Make sure you have a donut pan! You can pick them up on Amazon for just a few dollars!
  • The easiest way to make the donuts look good is to transfer the batter to a piping bag or ziploc bag and cut the end.  Using a spoon works too but the donuts might end up a bit lumpier.

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Yield: 6 Donuts

Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Apple Cider Baked Donuts - Skip going to the cider mill and make delicious apple cider donuts right at home! These baked donuts are the perfect fall treat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt


  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray donut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine butter, apple cider, sugar, and egg. Add in dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Transfer batter to donut pan using a spoon. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into one and it doesn’t come out wet.
  5. After the donuts are removed from the oven, melt butter for coating in a bowl large enough to dunk a donut in. In another bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar.
  6. Take a donut and place in bowl filled with butter and coat both sides. Transfer to cinnamon sugar and make sure it is completely covered with the coating. Transfer to cooling rack.



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