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Baked Apple Doughnuts Recipe with Apple Cider Glaze or Cinnamon Sugar

This Baked Apple Cider Donuts recipe makes doughnuts that are moist, full of apple flavor, and sweetly scented with warm spices. You can top them with an apple cider glaze or cinnamon sugar coating. And this recipe takes just 30 minutes from start-to-finish!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 115kcal



Apple Doughnuts:

Apple Cider Glaze Option:

Cinnamon Sugar Option:


  • Butter to grease the donut pans


For the Doughnuts:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Generously grease 2 doughnut pans with butter. (Or cook the doughnuts in 2 batches if you only have 1 pan.)
  • Whisk together the brown sugar, egg, oil, apple cider, grated apple, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger all at once and use a wooden spoon to stir just until combined, being careful not to over-mix.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared doughnut pans (you should get about 10 doughnuts). Bake until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean or with just a couple crumbs, about 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the trays once halfway through baking.
  • Let the doughnuts cool for 15 minutes in the tray, then run a paring knife along the outside of each doughnut. Invert the tray onto a wire rack and the doughnuts should come right out. Let the doughnuts finish cooling on a wire rack.

For the Apple Cider Glaze Option:

  • Once the doughnuts are cool, mix together the glaze ingredients. Dip the top of each doughnut in the glaze and let it set before serving.

For the Cinnamon Sugar Option:

  • While the doughnuts are still warm, brush them with the melted butter. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon, and roll the buttered donuts in this mixture to coat the outside.


  • Recipe Yield and Serving Size: This recipe makes 10 donuts; each serving is 1 donut.
  • Nutritional Information: The nutrition information for each donut was calculated without the optional apple cider glaze or cinnamon sugar coating.
  • Apple Pie Spice Mix: You can use 1 1/2 teaspoons of apple pie spice instead of the cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
  • Whole Wheat Flour Substitution: Instead of using 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, you can use 1 cup whole wheat flour.
  • Storage: Like all donuts, these are best eaten the same day they’re made. However, you can store them in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. After the first day I like to heat these donuts for about 15 seconds in the microwave before eating.


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg