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. First off, we’re talking about apple cider, not that apple cider vinegar stuff. There’s a world of difference, so don’t even think about grabbing that vinegar bottle.
  2. Now, here’s the secret sauce – it’s gotta be concentrated. Yeah, you heard me right, concentrated like your attention in a boring meeting. That means you gotta simmer that cider on the stove for about 15 minutes. Why, you ask? Well, it’s gonna zap away all that extra liquid, leaving behind that pure, concentrated apple goodness that’s gonna rock your donut world.
  3. Oh, and here’s a pro tip for ya – do that reduction dance the night before. Why, you ask again? ‘Cause that cider needs to chill out before it joins the batter party. Plus, it’s gonna get even more concentrated while it cools. Double win!
  4. And one last thing, you’re gonna need a donut mold. They’re as cheap as dirt and easy to find, so don’t go making excuses. Amazon’s got ’em, your local craft store’s got ’em – get one and let’s get these donuts rollin’!”

How to Make Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Making these apple cider donuts typically takes around 30 minutes of active preparation time, not including the time needed for the cider reduction (10-15 minutes) and the cooling process. So, from start to finish, including baking and letting them cool, you’re looking at around 1 to 1.5 hours to enjoy these scrumptious treats.

It’s worth every minute, though! 😄🍩🕒

how to reduce apple cider to make apple cider donuts
  • Boil that apple cider until it’s reduced to liquid gold, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Cool it down, maybe even do it the night before – we’re planning ahead here.
  • Preheat that oven to 350°F and grease those donut pans – it’s magic time.
  • In a big bowl, mix sugar, butter, eggs, buttermilk, and that cooled apple cider.
  • In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Combine the dry stuff into the wet stuff, fill those pans about halfway, and bake until they’re golden brown.
  • While they’re still warm, give ’em a buttery cinnamon sugar hug.
  • And if that’s not enough, dunk one side in a sweet glaze that’ll blow your mind.

Homemade donuts, folks – you gotta try it, and trust me, you’ll thank me later! 🍩🍎💥

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

SIMPLE Apple Cider Donuts

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: approx 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 donuts 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking


Apple cider donuts is the reason fall was invented!



For the Donuts:

  • 1 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 Large Eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • ½ Cup Buttermilk
  • 3 ½ Cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

For the Cinnamon Topping:

  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Unsalted Butter, melted

For the Glaze:

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple cider


Prepreparing the Apple Cider:

  1. Pour 1 cup of apple cider into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Let it simmer until it’s reduced to ¼ cup, which takes about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cool the reduced cider completely. You can do this step ahead of time, even the day before.

Making the Donuts:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease your donut pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together 1 cup of granulated sugar and ¼ cup of softened unsalted butter until well combined.
  3. Add in the beaten eggs and mix until everything is well blended.
  4. Pour in ½ cup of buttermilk and the cooled, reduced apple cider. Mix it all together until it’s well combined.
  5. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together 3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, and ½ teaspoon of salt.
  6. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  7. Fill your donut pans about halfway full with the batter.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the donuts are lightly browned.
  9. Let the donuts cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then remove them from the pan before glazing.

Creating the Cinnamon Topping:

  1. Combine ½ cup of granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. Melt ¼ cup of unsalted butter and let it cool slightly.
  3. Dip each donut into the melted butter and then immediately coat both sides with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  4. Place them on a wire rack.

Preparing the Glaze:

  1. In another bowl, whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider until it’s smooth.
  2. Dip one side of each donut into the glaze, allowing any excess to drip off, and place them back on the wire rack.


  • Serving Size: 1 donut
  • Calories: 210-230
  • Sugar: 15-20gr
  • Sodium: 150-200mg
  • Fat: 7-9 gr
  • Carbohydrates: 35-40gr
  • Protein: 2-3 gr

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