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Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

This delicious Apple Cider Donuts recipe is quick, easy, and healthier than typical donuts because these donuts are baked! With ingredients like apple cider and cinnamon, they taste like pure fall. 

The simple cinnamon sugar topping puts these apple cider donuts over the top. They make a perfect fall breakfast and a delightful snack!

Three Apple Cider Donuts stacked on top of each other on wire rack.

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As soon as September arrives I start craving all the flavors of fall. Our local apple orchard always sales fresh apple cider donuts and my husband loves them. I decided to make them at home so we can have them anytime we want and share the recipe here so you can make them too!

This recipe makes a big batch of baked apple cider donuts, so it’s perfect for feeding a crowd, taking to a bake sale, or bringing into the office. 

You’ll love the warm fall flavors in these donuts created by the apple cider and cinnamon. The crunchy cinnamon sugar topping is a unique touch that makes them completely irresistible.  

Why You Will Love This Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

  • Perfect for Fall - Nothing screams fall like apple cider and cinnamon!
  • Baked, not fried - Donuts are traditionally fried, but this apple cider donuts recipe is baked, making it healthier. 
  • Big batch - This recipe makes 18 full-sized donuts of 42 mini donuts, so they’re perfect for a bake sale, feeding a crowd, or bringing to a class party or brunch potluck. 

If you need more donut recipes I recommend trying these baked cinnamon sugar donuts and these baked pumpkin donuts.

Ingredient Notes

See printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make Apple Cider Donuts set out on counter.
  • Apple Cider - This will infuse the donuts with a warm apple flavor.
  • Flour - Flour gives the donuts their structure.
  • Sugar - This will sweeten the donuts and create the cinnamon sugar topping.
  • Baking Powder - Baking powder ensures that the donuts rise.
  • Cinnamon - Cinnamon goes in the donuts and the topping to give them a warm fall spice.
  • Salt - To bring out all the flavors.
  • Eggs - This helps the donuts hold their structure. 
  • Milk and oil - Keep the donuts moist.
  • Vanilla - Adds an extra layer of flavor to the apple cider donuts.
  • Butter - The donut tops will be dipped in melted butter before the cinnamon sugar topping goes on. 

Substitutions and Variations

  • For even more fall flavors, try adding apple pie spice to your apple cider donuts. If you don’t have any, make your own with cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. 
  • Prefer glazed donuts? Make a simple cinnamon glaze by whisking together ½ cup powdered sugar, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1-2 tablespoons of milk or cream.

How To Make Apple Cider Donuts

Apple cider in saucepan.
Apple cider in glass bowl.

Bring the apple cider to a simmer in a saucepan. Simmer until it thickens and reduces to half a cup. Then pour into a bowl and let the cider cool.

Next preheat the oven to 350ºF and start making the donut batter.

Flour, sugar ,baking powder cinnamon, and salt in glass mixing bowl.
Eggs added to flour mixture in glass mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix well. Add eggs and whisk gently. 

Add cider, milk, vanilla, and oil and stir until just mixed.

Apple cider, milk, vanilla and oil added to donut batter in the 
mixing bowl.
Apple cider donut batter in glass mixing bowl.

Spoon the batter into a pastry bag or a zip-top baggie with the corner cut off. Squeeze into greased donut pans, filling each donut about ⅞ full.

Apple cider donut batter in donut pan.
Apple cider donut batter in mini donut pan.

Bake donuts for about 12 minutes for full-sized donuts or 9-10 minutes for mini donuts. Then Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. I like to bake both sizes. The mini donuts are perfect for snacking.

Baked apple cider donuts in donut pan.

Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a shallow dish. Dip the tops of the donuts in melted butter, then cinnamon sugar, and serve.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts and mini donuts on wire rack.

How To Store the Donuts

I think these donuts are best eaten the same day they are made - fresh out of the oven. But if you have leftovers you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer.

Refrigerator - Donuts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Freezer - Apple cider donuts can be stored in a large freezer bag and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight before serving and heat them in the microwave.  

Apple Cider Donuts Recipe Tips

  • Do not skip reducing the apple cider! This makes a sort of concentrated apple cider which adds big flavor without a bunch of excess liquid.
  • If you don’t have a donut pan, use a muffin tin! Spray it with cooking spray and then roll a cylinder of tin foil for each compartment. Stand the cylinder up in the center and press it down so it stands upright. Pipe around the cylinder to create a hole in the middle of your donuts.

Serving Suggestions

These donuts are perfect served with a glass of cold milk or with this copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice. And a cup of hot coffee is always a good choice if you are enjoying these baked donuts for breakfast. 

If you want a whole brunch menu, make these apple cider donuts with our Ham, Broccoli, and Cheddar Breakfast Muffin Cups and serve with a fruit salad. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes apple cider donuts different?

Apple cider donuts are a favorite fall treat and are either fried or baked. They get their flavor from boiling apple cider until it thickens and becomes syrupy. It's an extra step but this gives the donut a more concentrated apple flavor. They are delicious!

What type of apple cider should I use?

For this recipe you need plain apple cider. Not spiced apple cider. You can use your favorite store-bought brand. For the freshest apple cider, visit your local apple orchard.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts stacked on wire cooling rack.

If you love apple recipes here are a few more favorites to try!

This baked Apple Cider Donuts recipe is a fall treat that is so simple to make and the flavors will be loved by the whole family. I can’t wait for you to try these donuts!

If you try it, be sure to come back here to rate the recipe and leave a comment. I love to hear from you!

Three Apple Cider Donuts stacked on top of each other on wire rack.

Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
This delicious Apple Cider Donuts recipe is quick and easy. Made with ingredients like apple cider and cinnamon, they taste like pure fall.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 138 kcal


  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon oil

Topping Ingredients

  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted


  • Pour apple cider into a saucepan, and bring to a simmer. Simmer until cider is reduced to ½ cup, stirring occasionally. This usually takes about 20 minutes.
  • Once cider is reduced, remove from stove and allow to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray donut baking pans cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the eggs. Whisk the eggs to break them up, but don’t mix them into the batter yet.
  • Next add in the cider, milk, vanilla, and oil. Stir until just combined. Don't overmix.
  • Spoon batter into a pastry bag, or zip-top baggie with the corner cut off.
  • Squeeze batter into greased donut pans, filling each donut about ⅞ full.
  • Bake full sized donuts for about 10 to 12 minutes, or mini donut for 9-10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar together in bowl.
  • Dip the tops of donuts in melted butter, then dip in the cinnamon sugar.
  • Serve and enjoy!


These donuts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To freeze place in a large freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. 


Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 152mgPotassium: 56mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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