Baked Apple Cider Donuts are tender, spiced treats that capture the essence of fall in every bite, making them a must-have for your autumn baking repertoire.
Why I Loved This Recipe
My journey with Baked Apple Cider Donuts began on a misty October morning when I picked apples at a local orchard with friends.
We ended our day with fresh apple cider and warm, cinnamon-dusted donuts, a delightful experience that inspired me to recreate these treats at home.
Now, I’m excited to share this simple and delicious recipe with you.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
• Fall Hug in Every Bite: These donuts taste like a warm, cozy hug from autumn, with apple cider and spices that scream “fall.”
• Healthier Delight: Baking means less grease and guilt, so enjoy these yummy donuts worry-free.
• Easy Baking, Big Reward: Making these donuts is a piece of cake, and your kitchen will smell amazing with cinnamon and nutmeg.
• Made with Love: Homemade donuts let you add your special touch, making every bite extra heartwarming.
• Instant Autumn Feels: Imagine biting into a cider-infused donut while snuggling in your favorite sweater – that’s the autumn magic these treats bring.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
- Donut Pan
- Mixing Bowls
- Whisk or Electric Mixer
• 1 cup all-purpose flour: It’s like the foundation of your donuts, making them fluffy and structured.
• 1 tsp baking powder: This helps your donuts rise and become airy.
• 1/4 tsp baking soda: Adds tenderness, making your donuts melt in your mouth.
• 1/2 tsp salt: Balances sweetness and enhances overall deliciousness.
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon: Gives your donuts a cozy, comforting spice.
• 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg: Adds a subtle nutty flavor for extra yum.
• 1/4 cup granulated sugar: Adds the perfect touch of sweetness.
• 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar: Sweetness with a caramel-like richness.
• 1/2 cup apple cider: Gives your donuts that distinct apple taste.
• 1/4 cup milk: Adds moisture and tenderness for softness.
• 1 large egg: Binds all ingredients together for perfect harmony.
• 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter: Adds richness and a melt-in-your-mouth quality.
• 1 tsp vanilla extract: Adds a wonderful aroma and flavor boost.
Making Of Baked Apple Cider Donuts
STEP 1: Alright, let’s get this doughnut party started! First, fire up your oven to a toasty 350°F (175°C). While it’s heating up, give your doughnut pan a little love by greasing it.
STEP 2: In one bowl, whisk together some all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, a pinch of salt, ground cinnamon, and a tiny dash of ground nutmeg.
STEP 3: In another bowl, gather up granulated sugar, packed light brown sugar, apple cider, milk, a big ol’ egg, some melted unsalted butter, and a splash of vanilla extract. Mix them all up until they’re one big happy family.
STEP 4: Now, slowly introduce your dry ingredient mix to the wet party. Gently mix them together until they’re just getting acquainted – no need to go overboard. A few lumps here and there are like little surprises waiting to make your taste buds dance.
STEP 5: Grab a piping bag or a trusty zip-top bag and load it up with your doughnut batter. Now, channel your inner artist as you pipe the batter into the doughnut pan, filling each little spot about 2/3 of the way.
STEP 6: Pop your doughnut dreams into the preheated oven and let them hang out for about 10-12 minutes. Keep an eagle eye on them – you want them to spring back when you gently touch them.
STEP 7: Once your donuts have had their oven trip, let them cool in the pan for a bit. But don’t leave them hanging for too long – while they’re still a little warm, give them a dip into a cinnamon-sugar bath.
Tips and Techniques
• Use fresh apple cider for that unbeatable apple sweetness.
• Ensure your ingredients like eggs and milk are at room temperature for a smoother batter.
• Grease your donut pan lightly so the donuts come out easily.
• Let the donuts cool a bit before coating them in cinnamon sugar for the perfect finish.
Create 12 delicious fall-themed apple cider donuts that capture the cozy spirit of the season. Perfect for gatherings or self-indulgence, they’re a warm and comforting treat that adds joy to your baking and sharing moments.
• Enjoy these donuts with your tea or coffee for a classic and cozy treat.
• Pair them with vanilla ice cream for an indulgent dessert.
• Serve with sliced apples or pears for a balanced touch.
• They’re perfect for brunch, alongside eggs, bacon, and fruit salad.
Variations / Options / Add-Ins
• Add a sweet powdered sugar and apple cider glaze for a shiny, fancy look.
• Throw in chopped toasted nuts like pecans or walnuts for a crunchy surprise in every bite.
• Mix in diced apples for a burst of fruity goodness in your donuts.
• Experiment with spices like cardamom or ginger for a surprising flavor twist.
• Drizzle melted chocolate for a decadent touch.
• Top with creamy cream cheese frosting for a dessert masterpiece that’ll leave everyone wanting more.
To keep your donuts fresh, here’s the deal: store them in an airtight container for a cozy nap. If you’ll munch them soon, room temp is best. For longer magic, freeze with parchment paper. When cravings strike, warm ’em up at 350°F (175°C) in the oven. Fall charm restored!
Q. Can I use whole wheat flour?
Absolutely! You can swap up to half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a heartier twist to your donuts.
Q. Can I make the batter in advance?
It’s best to whisk up the batter just before baking. Freshly mixed batter gives your donuts that perfect rise and texture.
Q. Can I use a mini donut pan?
Definitely! Mini donuts are just as delightful. Adjust the baking time to around 8-10 minutes for these cuties.
Q. Why are my donuts tough?
Tough donuts can happen when you overmix the batter. Mixing until the ingredients are just combined ensures they stay soft and tender.
Q. Why are my donuts tough?
If your donuts turn out a bit tough, it could be due to overmixing the batter. Mix until the ingredients are just combined to keep them tender.
Q. Can I reheat leftover donuts?
Absolutely! You can reheat your leftover donuts by warming them in the oven or microwave until they’re nice and toasty.
Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a donut pan lightly.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- In another bowl, whisk granulated sugar, brown sugar, apple cider, milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Stir until just combined (a few lumps are okay).
- Transfer the batter into a piping bag or a zip-top bag with a corner snipped off. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each cavity about 2/3 full.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Donuts should spring back when gently touched. Avoid overbaking.
- Allow donuts to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. While still slightly warm, dip each donut into a bowl of cinnamon-sugar coating for an even coat.
- Serve and enjoy! Best enjoyed on the day they’re made.
- Use fresh apple cider for that unbeatable apple sweetness.
- Ensure your ingredients like eggs and milk are at room temperature for a smoother batter.
- Grease your donut pan lightly so the donuts come out easily.
- Let the donuts cool a bit before coating them in cinnamon sugar for the perfect finish.