Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Apples, apple cider, and apple cider donuts are perfect representations of fall. In fact, I like to enjoy all three together and savor the flavor of fall.

I was born and raised in New England and lived there until I moved to Florida to attend graduate school. One of my favorite things about New England is apple season. Apple picking, apple cider and of course, fresh warm apple cider donuts. To this day, my favorite apples are McIntosh. I love how they are sweet, juicy and tender. I even love the scent of McIntosh apples. I remember having huge bags full of McIntosh apples and trying to find various ways to eat them, cook them or can them as quick as possible. Now, every fall season, I search every possible store to get my hands on McIntosh apples and apple cider.

Even if you don’t live where you can go apple picking and sample freshly pressed cider, you can certainly make homemade apple cider donuts. These baked apple cider donuts are the perfect fall treat. They only require one bowl and are relatively quick and easy. Since they are baked, they are light and fluffy. I love serving them with a cup of cold apple cider or a cup of hot coffee.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

I also grew up in the land of Dunkin’ Donuts, so for me they are donuts, but I understand that doughnuts are the same thing : )

Yields 1 dozen

Baked Apple Cider Donuts
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. To make the donuts, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Add cider, milk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Mix until well blended.
  3. Fill each donut cup about ¾ full (I use a pastry bag with the end snipped to do it neatly.) Bake for 10 minutes until donuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.
  4. To make the cinnamon-sugar topping, mix together sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl until well combined. Brush each donut with melted butter then toss in cinnamon-sugar mixture until evenly coated.

adapted from Foodie Misadventures


  1. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

    These look delicious, especially with the cinnamon sugar topping! I grew up in California, and I didn’t have an apple cider donut until I came to the East Coast for college. But now, they’re one of my favorite fall treats. I’m thinking I should try these as mini donuts!

    • Ashley

      They would work really well as mini donuts or donut holes 🙂

  2. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    These are too delicious!! Love the pictures too Ashley :). I made some apple cider muffins but it looks like donuts are next.

    • Ashley

      Muffins are next on my list!

  3. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    These look wonderful! I’m such a sucker for apple cider donuts. My farmer’s market has some of the mini (fried) ones every single weekend and they are so hard to resist.

    • Ashley

      Who says you have to resist 🙂 I think they are totally worth it.

  4. Marcie

    I think of them as donuts instead of doughnuts, too. Regardless, these look amazing with that cinnamon sugar coating! I can taste the apple flavor just looking at them.

  5. Kelly

    Love apple cider donuts and these look awesome with all that cinnamon sugar coating! We love going apple picking every year in the fall too and these apple cider donuts are definitely the perfect fall treat! Thanks for sharing Ashley – pinning 🙂

    • Ashley

      So jealous that you can go apple picking! That is one of the things I miss the most about New England.

  6. Ashley

    Before we moved we always went to the same apple orchard that had amazing apple cider donuts! I guess it’s time to just make them at home instead : )

    ha and I’m with you on the “donuts” – we only had dunkin’ donuts where I grew up so I definitely have always used donuts and not doughnuts!

    • Ashley

      You must make them at home, although nothing beats eating apple cider donuts at an actual orchard!

  7. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    These look so amazing, I need to get a donut pan as soon as possible! And the pictures are gorgeous, pinned 🙂

    • Ashley

      Yes, Consuelo, you must get a donut pan! Thanks for pinning 🙂

  8. Hi Ashley!

    So glad you enjoyed the donuts 🙂 I am a little jealous that you grew up where fresh picked apples and cider are so easy to come by! That’s not really the case here in the desert!

    • Ashley

      I enjoyed them so much I made another batch already 🙂

  9. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    I’m craving one so bad!!! They look so perfect and I love that they’re baked 😉

    • Ashley

      Thanks! I actually prefer baked donuts. They are much lighter than fried donuts.

    • Ashley

      They are just as delicious as they look!

  10. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Would you believe that I have never made donuts before? I live in the land of Krispy Kreme and always get my donut fix there. Really want to try these though. Love the apple flavor!

    • Ashley

      I can’t believe that Christin! You must try them, either fried or baked. They are so fresh and flavorful when they are homemade.

  11. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    These look delicious Ashley! I love donuts – and I especially love BAKED donuts. And apples? The perfect flavor for fall. I can’t wait to make these. Pinning!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Kristi! And I agree, I prefer baked donuts!

  12. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I have been craving apple cider donuts like a crazy woman. It’s written all over my notebooks to make them. Thanks for your recipe! 🙂

    • Ashley

      Well there is no better time than now to make them 🙂

  13. Dina

    they look yummy!

  14. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    I have apple trees right in my backyard… and they’re ready for pickin! Love donuts…and especially these! (=

    • Ashley

      So jealous! There are very few apple trees that grow well in Florida.

    • Ashley

      Yes, you must try them especially since they are so easy!

  15. Vicky and Ruth

    Love the idea of baking the donuts instead of frying, so much healthier and with that cinnamon sugar coating i am sure they are super tasty.

  16. Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

    I grew up in MA, home of Dunkin Donuts, so I’m with you there. I’m a big time Dunkin Junkie! That said, I think it’s funny that it wasn’t until I moved to central NY after Hurricane Katrina (lived in New Orleans for 13 yrs) that I ever even heard of Apple Cider Donuts. Yours are beautiful! As for apples, my eating favorites are Macoun, but I’m with you on the Macs, with some Cortland and a Granny and/or Delicious thrown in for baking. Yummmm!

    • Ashley

      I’m not sure I’ve ever had a Macoun, but now I am going to have to see if I can find any. I grew up in CT and went to college in MA so Dunkin Donuts was all I ever really knew. In fact, I didn’t really even go to Starbucks until I moved out of New England 🙂

      • Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

        They have a very short season unfortunately, but they are awesome. They are very crisp and sweet, so it’s like eating a guilt-free candy apple. The funny thing for me with Starbucks was that there was a restaurant by that name on Cape Cod that I used to go to, so when I moved to New Orleans and first heard about a Starbucks opening, I was super excited … until I realized it was a coffee house! 🙁

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Aimee. The sugar coating is my favorite part!

  17. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    What a great donut, Ashley! Growing up in Florida, I never had the pleasure to pick apples! I sure wish I did, though! Pinning these. Hope you are having a great week and have an even better weekend! 🙂

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Julie! And you have a great weekend also 🙂

    • Ashley

      Yes, you do need them 🙂 Thanks for pinning!

  18. Tara

    Stopping by from the “Finding the Pretty and Delicious” blog hop! These donuts look so yummy! I’ve pinned them so I can make them in the {very near} future.

    • Ashley

      Hi Tara, thanks for pinning!

    • Ashley

      Well they are pretty delicious 🙂

  19. Kate @ Green Fashionista

    I also grew up in New England, and now live in Florida. I don’t miss much from up there, but I do miss the cider donuts that I cannot seem to find anywhere around here. This is fantastic, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

    • Ashley

      I definitely don’t miss waking up early to shovel my car out of the snow! I’ve lived in Florida for over 7 years and don’t see myself going back, but I do like to visit for the cider donuts, clam chowder and lobster rolls 🙂

  20. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    We have a cider mill really close to us. AMAZING fresh cider donuts that I’d LOVE to reproduce in my kitchen! Thanks for sharing these at Saturday Night Fever!

    • Ashley

      I’m so jealous that you live right near a cider mill. I used to love picking up a few gallons of cider when I lived in New England. It is so fresh and delicious.

  21. Stephanie

    Can you use apple juice instead of apple cider? Just wondering because I have it in the house.

    • Ashley

      Yes, you can use apple juice. Apple juice tends to be slightly sweeter, so your donuts may be sweeter.

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  26. Theodor

    Loved the donuts, but I would recommend starting with a whole cup of apple cider, then simmering it in a saucepan with a few cinnamon sticks to reduce it until only about a half a cup is left. It will produce a much more apple cider-y taste in the donuts.


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  28. Annie

    These came out so perfect! I didn’t have apple cider but used cinnamon apple sauce with a tiny bit of water. They are great. Will definitely be making these again 🙂

    • Ashley

      So glad to hear that you loved them, Annie 🙂

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  32. Andrea

    OMG! I just made these exactly to your recipe (except I used vanilla almond milk instead of regular milk) and they came out perfect! It made an even dozen. I just ate one and I can’t wait until morning to have another! Thank you.

    • Ashley

      Hi, Andrea! These donuts really are the best. I am so glad to hear that you loved them!

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  36. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me

    These look great, I am a huge fan of donuts! Great way to get the fall apple flavor using apple cider.

  37. Lauren

    Yum – made these this morning. I halved the recipe since there are only 2 of us + a toddler eating them. I added more cider too, since the dough was very thick. Turned out very tasty!

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  42. Sherry Ascare

    Excellent recipes! I made the cider donuts and then came out perfect and everyone that I gave these homemade donuts to loved them! I’m going to add this recipe to my Christmas baking gifts for sure!!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Sherry! I am so glad to hear that you loved the donuts. These are perfect for gifts. Who doesn’t love donuts?!

  43. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    These fresh warm apple cider donuts are what I wish I had had for breakfast – these look amazing! Theres an apple orchard we go to to pick apples and they have apple cider donuts – I never tried making my own before so thanks for this recipe!

  44. Heather Kinnaird

    you sure have me craving cider doughnuts now! these look delicous

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