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The Best Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Cakey, tender baked apple cider donuts with a generous coating of cinnamon-sugar (and a dash of other fall spices). So warm and delicious you won't even notice they're not fried!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins



  • 1 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste (optional)


  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • dash cardamom (optional)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


Reduce the Apple Cider

  • Pour apple cider into a small saucepan and bring to bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes, until it has reduced to about 1/2 cup.

Make the Donuts

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare donut pans with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside.
  • In a larger bowl, whiske the butter, egg, sugars, milk, vanilla, and apple cider until well combined. Add the dry ingrdients and gently stir until incorporated. The batter will be pretty thick.
  • Pour your batter into a large ziploc bag. Snip the corner of the bag and pipe the batter into the prepared pans until 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until donuts are lightly browned and spring back when gently poked with your finger. Let them cool for a 2 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack.

Coat the Donuts in Topping

  • In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom. Set aside. Melt the butter in a separate bowl.
  • Once donuts are cool enough to handle, dunk both sides in the melted butter, then coat generously with the cinnamon-sugar topping. Don't be shy! These are best served same day, but store nicely on the counter in a airtight container for 2-3 days.