Apple Cider Donuts

Apple cider donuts on tray

Apple Cider donuts in pile on table.

Donuts for Days!

Have you ever tried making your own donuts at home?  It’s super easy, and everyone should give these a try, because they are simple baked donuts.  No scary deep frying here(that’s coming in a couple of weeks!), and they are super light, and not at all dense.    In fact you can actually see the air bubbles in my donuts in these photos.  That’s a result of over mixing guys, it’s not a good thing, people will probably look at your donuts and refuse to eat them because they know!  They know you over mixed the batter!  Or more likely no one will say anything, because they look so delicious and they are too busy stuffing their faces with them.

But in truth over mixing creates worms holes…I can just hear Mrs. Kelly from my Home Economics class saying that to my 15 year old self.  Just give the batter a nice stir until its mostly combined, lumps are ok here, and everything will be just fine.

As an added bonus, these ones are seasonally on point, because I made them with apple cider!  Hooray!

Pro tip:  If you have a child helping you make these… be sure you are paying attention to them and they aren’t just sitting behind you eating the cinnamon sugar mixture straight out of the bowl.  It makes for way more work at bed time.  Trust me.

Cider donut dipping in sugar

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Apple cider donuts on tray

Apple Cider donuts in pile on table.

Apple Cider Donuts

  • Author: Bethany Maloney, Maloney Made
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 donuts 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Cuisine: Donuts


Perfectly fall apple cider donuts topped with cinnamon sugar!




  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tbs cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix donut dry ingredients until blended, set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl cream the soft butter and eggs together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.   Add milk and cider, and mix again until combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined, lumps are ok, do not over mix.
  5. Using a pastry bag fill donut wells half way with batter.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  7. While donuts are baking in a bowl large enough to set a donut in, mix the cinnamon and sugar together.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes in pan before trying to remove.
  9. After removing the donuts from the pan dip the top half in the cinnamon sugar mixture.  If the mixture is not sticking to the  donuts, you can coat them with a layer of melted butter first, I did this, but I honestly didn’t find it necessary.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to three days. Best if eaten same day though.


I’ve found silicone baking pans to work the best.

Apple cider donuts on tray

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