These baked apple cider donuts are incredibly easy to make, packed with apple spice flavor, moist, and addicting!
I mean’t to share this recipe for baked apple cider donuts earlier in the Fall season but I just never got around to it. I’m still figuring out this whole blog-schmog thing and trying to gear my mind towards what people are looking for instead of posting whatever I feel like whenever I feel like it. I’m getting there, slowly but surely. Anyway, these donuts are everything you want in a baked donut.
- Not overly sweet
- Easy to make at home
- Packed with flavor from simple ingredients
That last bullet point is crucial. If you do not have will-power you are S.O.L my friend because you will be finding excuses to go into your refrigerator at random times throughout the day just to snag one of these.
So, Micah and I were on a serious apple cider kick for a good 3 to 4 weeks. I wanted to make so many things with the apple cider (read: caramel, tart, pie, bbq sauce) but we always drank it way too fast but thankfully I managed to salvage a little over a cup to make these donuts.
The recipe I wrote out worked the first time around! When does that happen? I mean obviously I was editing the recipe as I went but normally you always have to test out a recipe after it’s written at least twice. BAM! Magic donuts!
But these aren’t just any magic donuts, these are spiced with all types of christmas spices like cloves, cinnamon, a dash of all-spice, and orange zest. Oh, that orange zest is so crucial I mean it marries all of those lovely flavors together in one spiced, fluffy, bundle with a hint of citrus.
The worst part? I made mini donut holes too! Just throw your will-power out the window now because those mini donut holes are not going to stand a chance when you’re around them. Micah was popping them in his mouth like popcorn while telling me, “these muffins are awesome.” Not muffins (insert dramatic eye roll), baked donuts! He’s not used to a non-fried variety apparently!
What I didn’t want to admit is that you can totally make these muffins. Well, the mini donuts are made in a mini muffin pan so naturally you can always use a large muffin pan to make apple cider muffins. If you decide to do that, please just adjust your baking time. Instead of 10 to 12 minutes you made need to cook them for 15 to 20 minutes. If you decide to roll with large muffins let me know how they turn out!
The donuts by themselves are amazing, especially straight out of the oven when they’re still warm and you get a whiff of apple and spice…that is what dreams are made of!
To make them even better I whipped together a little cinnamon and sugar blend to top the donuts with. Dunk the donuts in a little Earth Balance melted butter or melted coconut oil and shake them in cinnamon sugar immediately.
The butter soaks down into the top of the donut which makes it even more tempting to not annihilate the entire batch right then and there.
I followed the same process for the donut holes and then immediately put them in a container out of sight! I recommend serving these immediately but if you make them ahead of time they will be good for about 3 to 5 days. If you leave the cinnamon and sugar off they will last longer as well. To make them ahead of time just use a coarser grain sugar than just plain granulated otherwise the moisture of the donut and being in the refrigerator or on the counter will cause the sugar to dissolve and you don’t want soggy donuts!
Enjoy my friends!
For more donut recipes check out these delicious posts!
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