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Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

Homemade apple cider donuts seasoned with apple pie spice and sprinkled with a cinnamon and sugar topping. A simple treat that’s done in 30 minutes or less!

Donuts, one of my guilty pleasures. Usually, Kim and I will make cake donuts during the holidays.

In fact, we already a vanilla donut recipe on the website. But, since apple season is in full effect we decided to share an apple themed donut recipe.

For today’s post, we’re sharing Kim’s apple cider donuts. As the name implies, they’re loaded with apple flavor.

Shall we get started?

Two apple cider donuts served on a small white plate.

How to make Apple Cider Donuts?

First, preheat your oven to 350°F, and grease a donut pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

Flour and other dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Next, in a large mixing bowl use a whisk to combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice.

After that, grab another mixing bowl and your hand mixer. Use the mixer to beat together the butter and both of the sugars.

Then, add the eggs and vanilla extract. Once again, use the mixer to combine these ingredients with butter and sugar mixture.

The softened butter and sugar mixture has been properly beaten.

Okay, once you have the butter, eggs, and sugar combined, add the dry ingredients to the bowl.

Using your hand mixer, blend everything together on low speed. It’s time to pour in the apple cider and milk.

The donut batter is ready to be added to the pan.

Again, use your hand mixer, on low speed to incorporate the cider and milk into the batter.

If you’ve followed all the directions, your donut batter should look similar to the one (1) shown above.

The batter has been transferred to a cake donut pan.

Finally, all that’s left to do is transfer the batter to the donut pan. Personally, I would use a small metal spoon or a frosting decorator for this step.

Place the apple cider donuts into your preheated oven to bake for ten (10) to twelve (12) minutes. Afterward, place them on a cooling rack to cool.

Cinnamon and Sugar Topping:

While the cake donuts cool, you can start prepping the cinnamon and sugar topping.

A baked apple cider donut being dipped into melted butter.

To begin, grab a bowl large enough to fit one (1) donut. Melt the butter and grab another similar sized bowl.

Mix together the apple pie spice, cinnamon, and sugar. Dip a donut into the melted butter.

A donut being dipped into the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Then, dip the same donut into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Set it aside and repeat the process until all the apple cider donuts have been topped.

That’s it, your apple cider donut recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy this treat and wish you all the best 🙂

Six finished apple cider donuts sitting on a cooling rack.

How many calories are in an apple cider donut?

The calorie count for our recipe is 347 calories per donut. However, calorie counts are always going to vary based on the ingredients and the amount of each ingredient used in the recipe.

Additionally, the calories will vary based on the serving size. What I recommend is to look at the recipe card (if on a food blog) or go to the company website (Dunkin Donuts, Walmart, etc.) and search for the nutritional information.

How do you heat up apple cider donuts?

Typically, you have two (2) options; your oven on low heat (around 200 degrees F.) or your microwave on low power for fifteen (15) second intervals.

Two finished apple donuts sitting on a small white plate.

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Yield: 12 Servings

Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

Six finished apple cider donuts sitting on a cooling rack.

Homemade apple cider donuts seasoned with apple pie spice and sprinkled with a cinnamon and sugar topping. A simple treat that's done in 30 minutes or less!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Dipping Time 5 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes



  • 1 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Apple Pie Spice
  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, (softened)
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1/4 Cup Milk, (we used whole)

Cinnamon and Sugar Topping



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a donut pan. Make sure to grease the pan well otherwise the donuts will stick. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix until fluffy. Next, add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the flour is almost incorporated (there may be a few dry patches). Pour in the cider and milk. Continue to mix on low until the batter is smooth and creamy, but don’t over mix.
  5. Use a spoon or a large plastic bag with the tip cut off to fill the cavities in the donut pan. Fill each cavity about ¾ of the way full.
  6. Bake the donuts for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown, and the tops spring back when you touch them
  7. Remove from the oven, and allow the donuts to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  1. Melt the butter in a bowl that will fit a donut. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and apple pie spice.
  2. Dip both sides of a donut into the melted butter, and allow the excess to drip off. Immediately dip the same donut into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place the donut back on the cooling rack, and repeat with the remaining donuts. The donuts may be dipped in the cinnamon sugar twice if there is any leftover.
  3. Store the donuts in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one (1) apple cider donut. Actual calories will vary.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 3g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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