Apple Cider Donuts

Delicious, fluffy spiced apple donuts slathered in melted butter and coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture.

Apple Cider Donuts

I meannnn it doesn’t get more fall than this. Cakey apple cider-infused donuts, slathered in melted butter, and generously coated with irresistible cinnamon sugar. Whew whew whew. Drool-worthy. These apple cider donuts are so good will have you dreaming about them!

I’ve always wanted to go apple picking at the farm and enjoy these donuts when I lived in NYC, but never did. I’m sooo happy that I made them. Lol It’s giving fall domestic mami.

You’ll be amazed at how easy these were to make. The longest part was the process of making the apple cider and reducing it. And the only reason I had to make it is because it’s not in stores yet.

We’re getting real domestic in the kitchen these days. And I’m here for it. It’s really only because the seasons are changing and fall is my favorite season AND and I’m feeling VERY inspired.

Definitely save this recipe for later once Cider is back in stores. It’ll cut down on the time significantly. Or check out my Homemade Mulled Apple Cider recipe.

What you’ll need

Here’s what you’ll need for these Apple Cider Donuts:

apple cider– not apple juice. Apple cider then reduced into an apple cider syrup. When reduced becomes a more concentrated flavor and will enhance the apple taste in the donuts.
Flour- The first time I made these I used cake flour. they were light and airy but a little too light and airy for me lol. I also used AP and I like the texture AP flour gave.
melted butter
apple sauce- for some razzle dazzle I added in apple sauce to give a nice apple flavor.
spices- nutmeg. & cinnamon. it wouldn’t be apple cider donuts without the delicious spices. giving these donuts the perfect fall flavor.
maple- maple to sweeten things up and add a little depth.
melted butter- really sopped these donuts up. make sure to have some extra for dipping the donuts in after they’re done.
cinnamon sugar– this was the perfect coating for these delicious treats

How to make Apple Cider Donuts

Start out by bringing the apple cider to a boil over high heat. Reducing the heat and letting it simmer for about 20 minutes or until its reduced to about 1/2 cup. When the apple cider is reduced it’s more concentrated and thick. Giving a more intense spiced apple flavor.

Once the apple cider is reduced, you want to let it cool before adding it to the batter. While it cools, get the batter together. Combining your dry ingredients with your wet ingredients. I added some apple sauce and maple to the batter to make it extra delicious. And of course to give it that fall flavorrr.

I decided to go the easy route and bake these donuts. So you will need a donut pan. If you don’t have a donut pan, feel free to use a muffin pan.

Bake it on 350 for about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven allow them to cool for a few minutes before dunking them into melted butter and then bathing them in a cinnamon sugar mixture.


  • Make sure not to OVER mix your batter. Mix it until just combined. The more you mix it the tougher your donuts will be.
  • Be sure to not over cook the donuts. Similar to cookies, take them out at the 12 min mark. While they are cooling the donuts will set to the perfect texture.

More Fall Recipes to try

Pumpkin Swirl Blondies
Pumpkin French Toast
Apple Cider Moscow Mule
Fall Pomegranate Margarita

If you try these Apple Cider Donuts please be sure to leave a comment, and or tag me on Instagram @cookwithci. I would love to see your recreations and hear your thoughts.

Apple Cider Donuts

Sugar and Spice and everything nice! Nothing screams fall like these fluffy Apple Cider doughnuts.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert


  • 1 Donut Pan


  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cup apple cider reduced to about 1/2
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce


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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray/ butter donut pan and set aside.
  • In a sauce pan, over medium high heat bring apple cider to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer until it's reduced to about 1/2 cup, stirring occasionally. It should take about 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup of apple cider, melted butter, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, apple sauce and vanilla. Mix until until combined.
  • To the wet batter add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix until just combined. make sure not to over mix the batter. as this will lead to tough dry donuts.
  • Add batter to a piping bag, and pipe the batter into the prepped donut pan. filling 2/3 of the donut pan. Bake 12 minutes. Remove and let cool for about 2 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, melt 1/3 cup butter. In another bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Dip both sides of donut in melted butter then into the cinnamon sugar mixture until coated. Serve warm and enjoy!
Keyword Easy Recipes, Fall Recipes, Something Sweet, Sweets

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