Baked Apple Cider Donuts are out of this world delicious. These donuts blow away the farm stand donuts and you can make them whenever you want. They are warm and flavorful and covered with cinnamon sugar. You may want to make a double batch.
Pour a glass of milk and enjoy these cider donuts!
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Apple Week is in full swing. Sunday I shared Cider Braised Chicken and Cabbage, I hope you do too!
My friends, let’s talk about my Baked Apple Cider Donuts! Holy mackerel, these are amazing! You will be seriously addicted to these must make little goodies!
Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Last fall, after a trip to a local farm where we enjoyed fresh apple cider donuts, I was determined to make homemade cider donuts. Boy, was I glad that I did. These baked donuts are delicious.
These donuts have been a work in progress for some time. I finally had the donuts but then the cinnamon sugar wasn’t quite right!
When I found out that Imperial Sugar is one of our sponsors for Apple Week I had an idea for the cinnamon sugar topping. I mix brown and white sugar with cinnamon and nutmeg for the topping. Well, everyone, that works beautifully!
The key is to take the donuts out of the oven and pop them onto a cooling rack for 2-3 minutes. Then, brush the donuts with melted butter and then dip them into the cinnamon sugar. Place the cider donuts onto a wire cooling rack and hello delicious!
Baked Apple Cider Donuts FAQs
What type of apple cider is used to make these Cider Donuts Recipe?
Personally, I love making homemade slow cooker apple cider. The house smells amazing also! We know that’s not always possible. In the US, apple cider is usually easy to purchase. For my friends outside the US, this is not a hard cider, it is alcohol-free apple cider.
Can Baked Apple Cider Donuts be frozen?
Absolutely! I make a big batch of cider donuts and freeze them. I bake them, add the cinnamon sugar topping. I wrap each donut in plastic wrap and then into a freezer bag. Label the bags with the date and date to use by, 3 months later. To defrost, place in the fridge overnight. Warm at 300 degrees in the oven for a few minutes.
What goes well with Apple Cider Donuts Recipe?
- Besides a nice cold glass of milk
- A nice cup of hot cocoa
- Slow Cooker Homemade Apple Cider
- Cranberry Tea
- Lemon Ginger Green Tea.
Pro Tips for Apple Cider Donuts
- Once baked, let the donuts rest about 2 minutes before covering with the sugar mixture.
- Baked apple cider donuts take 10 minutes prep and 15 minutes to bake = 25 minutes to deliciousness!
- Bonus: these cider donuts freeze well too! I defrost overnight. Wrap the donuts in foil and heat them up for a few minutes, yum.
How to Make Baked Apple Cider Donuts:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine and stir flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- In another medium bowl mix together the apple cider, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
- In a large bowl beat together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.
- The butter/sugar mixture should be well blended. See photo under #6.
- Add in 2 eggs, one at a time to the sugar mixture.
- Mix in half the cider mixture and half the flour mix. Gently fold ingredients together.
- Add remaining cider mixture then the remaining flour mixture.
- Once blended. Use either a piping bag or a large plastic storage bag to put in the apple cider donut batter.
- Cut a hole in corner of plastic bag to pipe the batter into the donut tins. If using a piping bag, use a tip with a round hole.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Topping for the Cider Donuts:
- While the donuts are baking.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan. Can use a microwave.
- In a bowl, mix together ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup white sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ – ½ teaspoon fresh nutmeg.
- One the donuts are out of the oven. Let them cool on a wire rack for 2-3 minutes.
- Brush donuts with the melted butter then dip the donuts in the sugar mixture, do both sides of donuts.
- Dip the donuts in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Let them cool on a wire rack
- Enjoy. They are best the first day. Keep them well covered.
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Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Apple Cider Donuts
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, add one at a time
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
- non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray, set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside
- In a medium bowl combine apple cider, buttermilk, and vanilla. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer or large bowl blend unsalted butter, white and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time. Blend until well mixed.
- At the lowest speed on mixer add ½ flour mix and ½ cider mix. Blend, then remaining flour and cider mix. Fold ingredients to blend.
- Use either a large plastic storage bag and place batter into the bag. Cut the corner off and pipe the batter into the donut pan. Or use a piping bag with a circle tip to pipe the batter into the donut pan
- Bake for about 15 minutes. A toothpick would be clean after sticking it into the donut. Let donuts cool about 3 minutes on a cooling rack.
- While the donuts are baking, melt the butter in a small saute pan. In a small bowl, combine the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- While the donuts are warm, brush them with the melted butter and then dip the donuts in the cinnamon sugar. Place them back on the cooling rack. The donuts can be eaten when warm.
- Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation. Actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes
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