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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 donuts
Author Laura Doerr


  • 1 and 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup apple cider

For the cinnamon sugar topping

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pans, or muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and apple pie spice.

  3. In a separate medium bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and apple sauce, beat until combined. Add in vanilla until combined.

  4. Stir in the dry ingredients and apple cider, alternating back and forth between stirring. Stir just until batter comes together. Spoon or pipe into donut pans. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean, and donuts spring back to the touch.

  5. Cool on a wire rack in the donut pan for about 5 minutes before removing donuts from the pan.

  6. While the donuts are cooling, melt butter in a small bowl. In a separate shallow dish, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Brush donuts with melted butter, and dredge donuts in cinnamon sugar mixture. Enjoy immediately or at room temperature. Best enjoyed the same day!

Recipe Notes

If you do not have donut pans you can use a muffin tin, or mini muffin tin, but your baking times may vary. Be sure to check periodically with a toothpick.