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Apple Cider Doughnuts

Nothing says fall like these cinnamon Apple Cider Doughnuts! These cake doughnuts go perfectly with a hot cup of coffee on crisp fall day.
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider donuts, apple cider doughnuts, donuts, doughnuts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Doughnuts


  • Doughnut pan


Doughnut Batter

  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk

Doughnut Topping

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup melted butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a doughnut pan by greasing with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a small sauce pot, simmer the apple cider over medium high heat until it is reduced to a ½ cup. This will take about 10 minutes of active simmering. Remove from heat and cool.
  •  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, light brown sugar and white sugar until well incorporated.
  • Add the egg, vanilla milk and cooled cider. Stir just until combined. Batter will be thick.
  • Scoop or pipe the batter into the prepared baking pan, filling each mold halfway full.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Turn out the doughnuts  onto a cooling rack.
  • While the doughnuts are cooling, mix the white sugar with cinnamon.
  • Dip each cooled doughnut in the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar.
  • Serve warm with chilled apple cider.
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