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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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These baked apple cider donuts are the sweetest way to welcome fall! Deliciously tender, filled with apple cider flavor, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. You’ll love this easy baked donut recipe!

Baked apple cider donuts served on a wooden cutting board.

If you’re looking for a sweet way to start your day I have you covered with these baked apple cider donuts!

I know there are a lot of opinions surrounding donuts and whether or not they should be baked or fried BUT I’m a fan of both.

That’s right. I’ll take my donuts in any given form.

On the plus side, if you bake them your house won’t smell like grease. Which is honestly a huge plus in my book.

These baked apple cider donuts are made with warm fall spices and flavor-packed apple cider.

I rolled my donuts in cinnamon sugar but you can feel free to leave them plain, sprinkle with powder sugar, or top with a glaze.

A stack of Baked apple cider donuts.

What are baked donuts?

Baked donuts are a cake style donut that are baked in a special donut pan.

They bake up tender with a delicate crumb and in this case are flavored with apple pie spice and apple cider.

Traditional donuts come in cake and yeast form and are typically fried.

How do I make baked apple cider donuts?

You’ll need to gather a few simple ingredients that might already be hanging out in your pantry!

The biggest thing you need to remember is that this recipe calls for apple cider NOT apple cider vinegar. These 2 ingredients cannot be used interchangeably and if you use vinegar it will ruin the taste of these donuts and leave them unedible.

Here is a list of needed ingredients:

  • All purpose flour – this is your average flour you likely use for most baked goods.
  • Granulated sugar – just a fancy term from typcial white sugar.
  • Baking powder – this helps to give your donuts the rise they need to bake up fluffy and delicious.
  • Apple pie spice – a delicious mix of fall spices that work well apple desserts.
  • Egg – this adds structure, leavening, and flavor to help elevate baked goods.
  • Whole milk – I prefer whole milk because the fat content and creaminess of the milk work really well in baked goods.
  • Apple cider – this can be found in the refridgerated section of the grocery store typcially in the produce aisle near where you find fresh pressed juices and juice blends.
  • Vegetable oil – you want to make sure to use a nice neutral oil if you don’t have any vegetable oil on hand.
  • Vanilla extract – if you don’t have any vanilla extract on hand you can also use vanilla bean paste for an added omph of vanilla flavor.
Baked apple cider donuts sitting on a cutting board and topped with cinnamon sugar.

What is apple pie spice?

Apple pie spice is a bought blend of spices that work well for apple dishes and baked goods.

The blend I typically buy combines cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Some blends may also add clove and cardamom.

All of these flavors work well with apples and you can buy according to the flavors you enjoy.

How long will apple cider donuts stay fresh?

These donuts will stay fresh for up to 3 days if stored in an air tight container.

However, in my personal opinion, they are best enjoyed the day of baking.

A Baked apple cider donut sitting on a serving board with a bite take out of the donut.

Can I freeze baked donuts?


You’ll want to keep the donuts plain (aka: don’t roll in cinnamon sugar or sprinkle with powdered sugar) and lay them out in a flat layer in a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat you can let them defrost on the counter or toast up lightly in a toast oven.

Baked apple cider donuts sitting on a cooling rack.

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Yield: 12 donuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These baked apple cider donuts are the sweetest way to welcome fall! Deliciously tender, filled with apple cider flavor, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. You'll love this easy baked donut recipe!


  • 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and grease a standard donut pan with non-stick spray, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, and apple pie spice and whisk to combine.
  3. To the bowl add egg, milk apple cider, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Just whisk until no large lumps of flour remain.
  4. Fill each section of the donut pan 3/4 of the way full, about 1/4 cup batter per section.
  5. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the donuts are golden brown around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Transfer the donuts to a wire rack and cool.
  7. To serve roll in cinnamon sugar or sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  8. Best eaten the day of but can be stored for up to 3 days in an air tight container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 550Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 114gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 14g

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