Baked apple cider donuts are a delicious way to bring Fall flavors to the breakfast or dessert table. Everyone loves them!
With apple cider donuts you get a great apple flavor in every bite. Everything from the cider filled glaze on top to the chopped apples in the donut batter will have you wishing you had doubled the recipe.
But don’t worry, they’re easy enough to make that it wouldn’t take long to whip up another batch. They taste best fresh anyways- but what donut doesn’t?
This baked apple cider donut recipe is one that you’ll want to enjoy all year long. With the subtle spiced apple flavors and sweet glaze on top, every bite tastes like Fall.
Thankfully, apples and cider can be found all year long so you don’t have to wait for the leaves to change before trying these bad boys again this year.
Apple Cider Donut Ingredients
For the donut batter you will need:
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Ground cloves
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Sour cream
- Apple cider
- Diced apples
For the glaze you will need:
- Powdered sugar
- Apple cider
How to Make Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Set it aside for later.
- In another bowl, cream together the white and brown sugar with the butter.
- Add the eggs and then beat them until they’re light and fluffy. This should take about 2 minutes.
- Add in the vanilla and the sour cream, mixing until combined.
- Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ones and then mix until they’ve been combined.
- Add in half of the requested apple cider and mix again, until combined.
- Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix again.
- Add in the remaining amount of apple cider and mix again until just combined.
- Gently fold in the apples and mix again until everything has been mixed through.
- Divide the batter evenly in a donut pan. It should be able to make 12-18 donuts depending on how full you make them and their sizes.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the tops are a golden brown color.
- Let cool and then make the glaze.
- In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and apple cider until the mixture is nice and smooth.
- Drizzle the glaze over the top of the donuts and let set.
What kind of apple should I chop and use?
That’s completely up to you! I recommend using a baking apple variety as they hold up the best and the texture is better once baked.
That said, you can select a sweeter baking apple or a tangy/sour one depending on how you want the donuts to taste.
How long do apple cider donuts last?
These donuts will last up to 3 days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
To enjoy them nice and warm, you can reheat in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds and recreate that “fresh from oven” taste.
Baked Apple Cider Donuts
For the Donuts
- 2 cups flour all-purpose
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup apple cider
- 1 cup apples diced
For the Glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons apple cider
For the Donuts
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
- Cream together the white and brown sugar and the butter.
- Add the eggs and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add the vanilla and sour cream, mix until combined.
- Add half of the dry ingredient mixture and mix until just combined.
- Add half of the apple cider and mix until just combined.
- Add the rest of the dry ingredient mixture. Mix until just combined.
- Add the rest of the apple cider. Mix until just combined.
- Fold in the apples gently until evenly mixed through.
- Divide batter evenly into donut pans, it will fill 12-18.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
For the Glaze
- Combine the powdered sugar and apple cider until smooth.
- Drizzle over the donuts.
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