These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are a delightful way to celebrate the season. Moist and rich with fall flavor, they can be served for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even dessert.

I have a sweet treat for you today. Last week I shared my latest fall tablescape and hinted at a couple tasty recipes. Today I’m back to share these Baked Apple Cider Donuts.

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Like many folks, when it comes to fall, I’m a sucker for anything apple cider or pumpkin flavored. (Hence this recipe for Baked Apple Sider Donuts!) However, I do prefer homemade or freshly baked goodies over “fake” pumpkin things.

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A few years ago on one of the Fall Home Tours of my St. Marys’ home, I showed you how to make Baked Pumpkin Donuts. Since they were so delicious, I thought I’d make them again but switch up the flavor with apple cider.

These are actually mini-bundt cakes, but I couldn’t resist calling them donuts because of the holes in the center. It seemed so much more suitable.

What I love about this particular recipe is that they are simple to make. You just need two bowls and a whisk. That’s right, no mixer is required. (I know it’s not a big deal, but sometimes it’s nice not to have to clean the mixer.)

How to Make Apple Cider Donuts:

To make these Baked Apple Cider Donuts, mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another and then mix them together. (It’s really that easy.)

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I decided to use this cute mini-bundt pan to bake these donuts. I just love the shape. In fact, it might look familiar as I have a full-sized version of this pan which I used to make both my Funfetti Coffee Cake and my Lemon Pistachio Bundt Cake.

Once they are out of the oven and still warm, brush them with butter and press a generous amount of cinnamon sugar on them. This will give them that beautiful deep cinnamon color and add a crunchy outer shell.


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With that, your Baked Apple Cider Donuts are complete!


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They are wonderfully moist and full of apple spice flavor. I think you’re going to love them!

If you liked this fall-inspired recipe, you’ll love these:

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If you’d like to make a batch yourself, you can find the full recipe below. Enjoy!

Baked Apple Cider Donut Recipe:

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Servings: 12 donuts   |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 20 mins   |   Total Time: 30 mins
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5 from 2 votes

These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are a delightful way to celebrate the season. Moist and rich with fall flavor, they can be served for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even dessert.

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your donut (mini-bundt cake) pan with a baking spray*. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, apple cider, extra-virgin olive oil, applesauce, vanilla, and eggs. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan filling each cavity about three-quarters full.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Allow the donuts to sit in the pan for 3-4 minutes. Then invert the pan to remove.
  6. In a small bowl, make the topping by whisking together the cinnamon and sugar. Brush each donut with melted butter. Then, using your hand, press the cinnamon and sugar mixture onto each donut.
  7. The donuts can be stored, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Recipe Notes

*The particular pan that I used for this recipe will bake six donuts at a time. I baked half of the recipe first, removed the donuts from the pan, and then baked the remaining half. Alternatively, you could use two of the same pans.

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  • Kisha at

    Oh my, if these don’t take me back to my childhood and my mother’s cinnamon biscuit doughnuts, and then to adulthood taking my children to trips to the apple farm where their apple cider doughnuts are the rave. I can’t wait to try these and see if they come anywhere close to the two.

  • Sabrina at

    I really wish I had one of these with my morning coffee right now! Just the best way to start the day!

  • Carolyn at

    These look so perfect!

  • Elle at

    Michael, These look so good!!! My book club buddies would love them. Thanks for always inspiring me to try something new.

  • Jessica at

    Okay not only do these sound delicious but they look beautiful! Can’t wait to try them! Thank you.

  • Allyson Zea at

    I actually can’t believe you made these because they are SO gorgeous! I need to try this asap!

  • Emily Hill at

    Totally pinning — baked apple cider donuts are like kryptonite to me! Yum!

  • JoEllen at

    I can’t wait to give these a try! Your pictures are so gorgeous, I must make these ASAP!

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