SIMPLE Apple Cider Donuts

How to make Apple cider donuts at home #ciderdonuts #fall #falldonuts

Let’s not mince words – we know why you’re here.

You don’t want to hear us describe how utterly scrumptious these apple cider donuts are.  Nor do you want to hear that they are baked, not fried.   Nor do you want to hear that we have not ONE but TWO glazes.  Although, all of these points are spot on!

No, we don’t keep you in suspense.  But, before we dive into how to make these donuts, please read the important tips first because them does take a little preplanning.

Important Tips before you begin:

  1. A key component to getting these donuts to be as delicious as they are is in the apple cider NOT apple cider VINEGAR .  There is a stark difference.  Do NOT use vinegar.  If you can buy apple cider directly from a farm, all the better.
  2. The second key part is it has to be concentrated, which is basically apple cider that’s been reduced down.  This will take about 15 minutes on the stove.  It reduces the excess liquid and concentrates it which gives these donuts that wonderful apple flavor.
  3. Our last tip is to reduce it the night before because the cider must cool down before it added to the batter anyway, not to mention it will just concentrate even more.
  4. You will need a donut mold.  They are inexpensive and easily found on Amazon or a local craft store.

How to Make Baked Apple Cider Donuts

  1. Reduce the apple cider.
  2. Beat sugar and butter until combined.  Add the eggs and mix until well combined.
  3. Add buttermilk and reduced apple cider and mix until well combined.
  4. In another bowl whisk the dry ingredients together and add to wet. How to make Apple Cider donuts step by step
  5. Fill donut pan about ½ full – the use of a pastry bag or Ziploc bag will save you much heartache.
  6. Bake and coat the donuts with either a cinnamon/sugar topping or a white glaze topping.How to make apple cider donuts using a donut mold

Don’t forget the topping!

Ahhh … The crown jewel .  There are 2 ways to top these delicious donuts.

  1. Cinnamon and Sugar coating – A dip in melted butter, then a dunk in granulated sugar and cinnamon. If you want our opinion, adding a little apple pie spice won’t hurt!  Here is our SIMPLE recipe.
  2. Sugar Glaze – Add sugar, milk and juice to a bowl and dip.
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How to make Apple cider donuts at home #ciderdonuts #fall #falldonuts

SIMPLE Apple Cider Donuts

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 18 donuts 1x


Apple cider donuts is the reason fall was invented!



For the donut batter:

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Cinnamon Sugar: 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon plus ½ cup unsalted melted butter
  • Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, 1 tablespoon apple cider


  1. Add apple cider to small saucepan and bring to boil over medium high heat and cook until reduced to ¼ cup, about 10-15 minutes. Cool completely. (This step can be done hours or the day before.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F and spray donut pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until combined. Add the eggs and mix until well combined.
  4. Add buttermilk and reduced apple cider and mix until well combined.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices.
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
  7. Fill donut pan about ½ full.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Let the donuts cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes then remove from the pan before glazing.

For the cinnamon topping:

  1. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.  Melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly before combining with the sugar.
  2. Dip donuts in the sugar mixture and immediately coat both sides and set on a wire rack

For the glaze:

  1. Combine the powered sugar, milk and cider in a bowl.  Whisk until smooth.
  2. Dip donuts on one side and allow to drip on a wire rack.

SIMPLE Apple Cider Donuts

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