Apple Cinnamon Cider Donuts

Apple cider donut recipe

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Moist apple cider spice donuts made with applesauce and apple spice seasoning. Baked donuts are brushed with apple cider reduction and dipped in cinnamon sugar apple spice mix.  Easy recipe. Bakes 22 minutes. 



Apple cider reduction

2 cups apple cider-for 1 cup reduction


Dry ingredients:

1 teaspoon apple spice seasoning* see recipe below

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

11/2 teaspoons baking powder

Donut Wet Ingredients:

3 large eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup applesauce

1/2 cup apple cider reduction

1 teaspoon creme bouquet or vanilla

Cinnamon Sugar Topping Mix

1 tablespoon apple spice seasoning

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup apple cider reduction-for brushing on warm donuts

Apple Spice Seasoning

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 /2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon-optional

1/2 teaspoon ground all spice

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger-optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray silicone donut molds with cooking spray. Place molds on baking sheets for stability during baking. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper and place a cooling rack over the pan, this is used for cooling donuts and brushing with reduced apple cider-cinnamon sugar mixture.
  2. In small saucepan, add 2 cups apple cider, cook on medium high heat for 12-15 minutes until cider reduces to 1 cup. This will be used for the batter and for the after bake glaze.
  3. Making the donuts: In medium mixing bowl combine oil, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, apple sauce, 1/2 cup of apple cider reduction, and creme bouquet or vanilla. Mix with wire whisk until eggs and sugar are well incorporated. ( If applesauce is more juice than pulp, drain some of the juice off 3/4 cup).
  4. In separate medium mixing bowl, add flour, apple spice seasoning, baking powder, and salt. Toss to blend, then add to wet ingredients. Using a large spoon or rubber spatula fold in flour mix, batter will be lumpy. Do not over blend dough but blend enough that no flour is seen.
  5. Fill each donut well 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together Cinnamon Sugar Topping in a medium bowl for dipping warm donuts.
  6. Remove donuts from oven, allow pan to sit 2 minutes before removing from pan. Turn pan over on cooling rack, release donuts from pan. With a pastry brush, brush each donut on both sides with the remaining 1/2 apple cider reduction.  Dip each donut in bowl of cinnamon sugar, cover with mixture all over the donuts. Set donuts aside to set. 
  7. Serve warm.  Donuts are best served day made. 


*Apple Spice Flavoring can be used in many recipes, pancakes, apple pie, any apple dish.

* Donuts freeze well. Wrap securely in plastic and foil up to 30 days. 

*If you don’t own a donut pan, make muffins instead. Same recipe but increase baking time to 24-25 minutes.

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