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Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts that are whipped up in 30 minutes or less!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, breakfast recipes, donuts, doughnuts, Fall recipes
Servings: 12 donuts
Author: Heather Perine


  • 1 3/4 cup (210 g) all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (107 g) brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) apple cider
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 stick butter melted and cooled slightly
  • For the coating
  • 1/2 cup (99 g) granulated white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two donut pans.
  • In one bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, both sugars, and spices. Stir to combine.
  • In another bowl, combine the milk, cider, applesauce, eggs and butter. Whisk to combine.
  • Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Do NOT overmix.
  • Scoop the batter into each donut well and fill each about 3/4 cup full. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • While they bake, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon in another bowl.
  • Allow to cool slightly on a cooling rack. Then take each donut and dip in the in the cinnamon sugar mixture.


  • Tools: Donut Pan |Whisk (this is my new favorite whisk!) |Cooling Rack
  • Measure your flour correctly so you don't end up with too much flour which can result in a dense tough donut.
  • Once you have combined the wet and dry ingredients do not overmix. Mix just until the flour has been incorporated.
  • Use room temperature eggs. Place your eggs in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes before baking.
  • Check the freshness of your baking powder and baking soda. Test baking powder by placing a teaspoon in a small bowl of warm water. Test baking soda by placing a teaspoon in a small bowl of vinegar. If it bubbles, then they are fresh and good to use!
  • Use a piping bag to pipe the batter into the donut pan easily. If you don't have a piping bag, then use two spoons to scrape the batter in the pans.
  • Roll them twice in cinnamon sugar. Once while warm, and a second time while cool.