These easy, baked apple cider donuts with cinnamon and sugar topping can be freshly made at home in under 30 minutes and are perfect for a cozy fall breakfast or snack.
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Baked Apple Cider Donuts
“Houseguest season” is quickly approaching as we head into the holiday months.
We joke about our home being “The Silverado Bed & Breakfast”, but that’s because I want to make houseguests feel welcome and give them a chance to relax when visiting us.
I like to have several easy breakfast and brunch recipes in my recipe box to serve to guests. What better way to create a lovely morning for your guests than to greet them with fresh coffee and warm donuts right out of the oven?
These Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Cinnamon and sugar topping can be ready to serve in under 30 minutes. Bonus: Not only do they taste amazing, but your whole house will smell so cozy and inviting!
They are perfect for breakfast, and leftovers can be reheated in the microwave for a few seconds for a delicious afternoon snack.
To make these baked apple cider donuts, the most essential piece of equipment is a donut pan. I was lucky enough to find three of these gorgeous Nordic Ware donut pans at a thrift store. Score!
If you don’t already have donut pans, you can find several different options on Amazon:
- These beautiful Nordic Ware pans with handles are the ones I have.
- Nordic Ware also makes this slightly less expensive donut pan.
- Although I’m partial to Nordic Ware, these pans come in a set of two for a great price.
You likely have most of the ingredients on hand for this apple cider donut recipe. Just grab a jug of your favorite apple cider and you’re ready to go.
I used this spiced cider from Trader Joe’s this time, but we also love the gallon jugs of cider from Costco. If you’re apple picking, grab a jug of fresh apple cider from the apple orchard!
(In a pinch, you could use apple juice, but your donuts won’t have quite as much apple flavor as they do with the cider. If you do use apple juice, I’d add a bit of apple pie spice for additional fall flavors.)
Grease the Pans
For best results, it’s important to thoroughly grease your donut pans so that the warm donuts will release from the pan after baking. I love this Pam cooking spray with flour. My cakes always release nicely when I use it.
Prepare the Batter
Begin by creaming the butter and sugars in your stand mixer until nice and fluffy. Then add the vanilla, followed by the eggs one at a time.
Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until well incorporated.
Finally, slowly stream in the apple cider with the mixer still running until you get a thick batter.
Carefully spoon the donut batter into the donut pans, filling them about 3/4 full. To make this easier, you could use a piping bag or ziplock bag with the corner cut off.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 14 minutes. Allow them to cool in the pans for about 5 minutes before unmolding. I tipped mine onto a wire rack over a piece of parchment paper to contain the crumbs and the cinnamon and sugar topping that comes next.
This recipe makes a dozen delicious donuts, so I filled two pans that each had 6 donut cavities. If you only have one pan, just bake 6 at a time, allow the pan to cool, and then bake the remaining 6 donuts.
Cinnamon and Sugar Coating
The cinnamon and sugar coating makes these fresh donuts extra special! Brush each donut with a little bit of melted butter and then immediately dredge in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
- 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup apple cider
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 2 donut pans ( 6 cavities each) with nonstick spray. Add flour, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream 10 tablespoons of butter, brown sugar, and ¼ cup of granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy--approximately 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until well incorporated after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.
Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until blended. Slowly add the apple cider a little at a time, mixing to combine.
Spoon the batter into greased donut pans, filling them about ⅔ full. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean--approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Rotate the pans halfway through for more even baking.
While the donuts are baking, mix the remaining ½ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together in a small bowl. Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in the microwave. Unmold the donuts from the pans after cooking for 5 minutes. Then, brush with the melted butter and dip in the cinnamon sugar mixture while they are still warm.
May be served immediately, or let cool to room temperature. These warm nicely in the microwave for 10-15 seconds if serving later.
Tip: For an even stronger apple cider flavor, reduce cider on the stove until concentrated. A 1/2 cup of the concentrated apple cider adds an even deeper fall flavor.
I used these Nordic Ware donut pans (affiliate link).
There are so many types of homemade cake donuts that can be made in these pans– the possibilities are endless. My family enjoyed these homemade apple cider donuts so much, that I plan to put my Nordic Ware donut pans to work again soon with some pumpkin donuts.
Hop over to see the next amazing recipe from Lora Bloomquist– Pear and Gorgonzola Salad. I’m adding the ingredients for this delicious fall salad to my shopping list right now.
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