Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts


  • Donuts
  • Granulated sugar for sprinkling donut pans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • ½ cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Toppings
  • 8 tablespoons 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and placed in a bowl
  • ½ cup granulated sugar blended with ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted if lumpy
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spray 2 donut pans with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle some sugar in each mold. Move around to coat the entire mold, and dump out excess. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and apple pie spice.
  • In a second bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, apple sauce, maple syrup, apple cider, yogurt, and oil.
  • Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients, and, using a rubber spatula, combine into a batter. Do not over mix.
  • Fill each mold with 2 heaping tablespoons of batter, smoothing with a small offset spatula or butter knife to evenly disperse.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until the donuts springs back with a light touch of a finger. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes and gently remove donuts from molds.
  • Line 2 sheet pans with wax paper.
  • Dip half the dounts into melted butter and then into cinnamon sugar. Place on prepared sheet pan.
  • Whisk together confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and enough apple cider to create a thick but pourable icing. Do not add too much apple cider or the icing will be too thin. Place into a bowl.
  • For the remaining donuts, dip the tops into icing, and gently flip over, smoothing with a knife to evenly coat. Place on prepared sheet pan.


Makes approximately 15 donuts