Apple Cider Donuts

October 19, 2021 | Posted in Recipes

Think you need to head to a country farm stand to enjoy the warm tasty autumn goodness of Apple Cider Donuts? You can easily make them any time in the comfort of your own kitchen…and save the farm stand visits for fresh fruits and veggies!

We had no idea how simple these were to make until we baked them up for ourselves. The main obstacle is having the right equipment on hand — the donut pan — which we pretty quickly found at a local kitchen shop. Now we’re donut-making pros! 

You probably have most of the ingredients on hand. The main seasonal ingredient, of course, is fresh Apple Cider. 

Apple Cider Donuts


  • 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter donut pan. 
  • Pour apple cider into a saucepan and place over medium high heat. Simmer and let cook until it’s reduced to ½ cup. Set aside. 
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Set aside. 
  • Combine ½ cup white sugar, brown sugar, milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, vanilla extract, and egg in a bowl together until combined. Add these ingredients and the apple cider reduction to the dry ingredients. Do not over mix. 
  • Pipe batter into the prepared donut pan(s), filling them about ¾ of the way up. We used a gallon sized plastic bag and cut the corner off and it worked just fine!
  • Bake about 10-12 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. 
  • While slightly warm, dip each donut in melted butter. Mix 1 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together in a bowl. Toss the donuts to coat. 


If you make this recipe at home, please let us know how they turn out and what you think of them. Post your pics on social media and share with us! What other fall recipes are you making this season?

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