Apple Cider Baked Doughnuts

Apple Cider Baked Doughnuts are a wonderful fall dessert, made with fresh apple cider and a cake doughnut base. They are then baked in a doughnut pan and once cooled, dipped in butter and then an apple flavored cinnamon sugar to really amp up that apple cider flavor. 

The smell of apple cider immediately makes me think of fall. We used to live not too far from an orchard that offered fresh hot and cold apple cider and the most delicious apple cider doughnuts I’d ever tasted. The orchard’s were fried, of course, but I thought I could try to do their recipe justice even if I baked it.

Confession: a baked doughnut is usually a smidge healthier than it’s fried sister, I’m pretty sure that all went right out the window when I dipped these tasty little babies in butter and then coated them in an apple flavored cinnamon sugar. But really, who is counting calories when eating doughnuts?

WHY SHOULD I BAKE DOUGHNUTS?

It’s personal preference, of course, but I can make a batch of baked doughnuts in what feels like half of the time as making a batch of doughnuts that requires frying. Also, I hate the smell that lingers after anything is fried.

ARE BAKED DOUGHNUTS HEALTHIER?

Sometimes. It depends on the ingredients in the doughnut and the topping. What these may save in calories from baking over frying is most likely negated by the fact that they’re dipped in cinnamon sugar.

WHY REDUCE THE APPLE CIDER?

Reducing the apple cider gives it a stronger, more pronounced flavor in the doughnuts. If you don’t reduce the cider, the apple cider flavor is going to be very mild.

APPLE CIDER BAKED DOUGHNUT INGREDIENTS

  • FOR THE DOUGHNUTS: apple cider, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, butter, egg, milk, sugar, brown sugar, apple, vanilla
  • FOR THE TOPPING: butter, sugar, apple pie spice

APPLE PIE SPICE

Apple Pie Spice really helps to perk up the apple cider flavor of these doughnuts. This spice can easily be made if you can’t find it in the store. Mix 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground cardamom, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg and 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger together. Store in a sealed jar.

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    Apple Cider Baked Doughnuts

    Apple Cider Baked Doughnuts are a wonderful fall dessert, made with fresh apple cider and a cake doughnut base. They’re then baked in a doughnut pan and once cooled, dipped in butter and then an apple flavored cinnamon sugar to really amp up that apple cider flavor. 

    • Author: NicholeL
    • Prep Time: 15 mins
    • Cook Time: 35
    • Total Time: 50 minutes
    • Yield: 12 doughnuts 1x
    • Category: Doghnuts
    • Method: Baking
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    Ingredients

    For the Doughnuts:

    • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp cardamom
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup apple, peeled and finely diced
    • 1 tsp vanilla

    For the Topping:

    • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 tbsp apple pie spice

    Instructions

    For the Doughnuts:

    1. Reduce the apple cider. Add the apple cider to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the cider has reduced down to 1/2 a cup.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, egg, both sugars, milk and vanilla. Once the apple cider has reduced and cooled slightly, stir that in as well.
    4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Fold in the finely diced apples.
    5. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a doughnut pan with baking spray.
    6. Fill each cavity of the doughnut pan halfway with the batter. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
    7. Let cool in the pan for 2 minutes before removing.

    For the Topping:

    1. Whisk sugar and apple pie filling together in a medium bowl.
    2. Once the doughnuts are cool enough to handle, quickly dip them into the melted butter and then into the sugar-apple pie mixture. Flip to coat the other side.
    3. Place on a wire rack.

    Notes

    Donuts are best served immediately. Store cooled doughnuts in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days.

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5 Comments

  1. Such wonderful flavors for fall! I love that apple pie spice topping.

  2. These sound delicious! I’d probably eat all of them!

  3. Perfect Fall Flavors for this event. They sound delicious.

  4. These look donuts delicious, and I have to agree with you, that I prefer the smells of baked goods over deep fried.

  5. Are baked donuts healthier? In my case, never!!! 🙂

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