Monday, October 12, 2015

Baked Apple Cider Donuts and Autumn Nostalgia

Okay so, I'll admit it. I do kind of miss fall.

Shh, don't tell anyone. I still would much rather enjoy a mild winter in Texas than live through a Massachusetts winter, and that's all fall is, really--the prelude to winter. Ahh I'm shivering just thinking about it!

But, if I could, I would visit New England in the fall. After all, it's the prettiest place that time of year. I miss picking fresh apples off the tree, or grabbing a pumpkin right out of the patch.

And apple cider donuts. Which are NOT a thing in Texas. Really, my coworker said "these are kind of like churros..." eek!

Since I couldn't find them ANYWHERE, I must assume this is just a New England treat. So I had to make my own. Thankfully, I happen to have a donut pan. And even more thankfully, though cider donuts are not a thing here, cider itself actually is.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts
(Adapted from Foodie MisAdventures)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp apple cider
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted

-Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray or butter a donut pan, or line two muffin tins with cups.

-Over high heat, reduce the apple cider to 1/2 cup*.

-In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt. 

-Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients about a cup deep. Crack the eggs into this well and gently whisk them. Add in the cider reduction, milk, vanilla, and melted butter.

-Gently fold the dry into the wet ingredients until just mixed.

-Fill donut cups or muffin cups 3/4ths full. Bake for ten minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the donut comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature.

-In a bowl, mix together the sugar, cider, and cinnamon for the topping.

-Dip each donut in the butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar until well coated.

*Alternatively, you can use a half cup of cider and skip this step, but your donuts will not be quite as apple cider-y.


  1. These look so good! I will have to try them!

  2. Fall is my favorite. I'll take a miserable Michigan winter if it means I can have a couple of fall days. Cider donuts are definitely a thing in the Great Lakes region. I think Texas just needs to catch up. Maybe you can start a trend.

  3. Beautiful doughnuts! I too love fall! It was a beautiful day to walk my daughter to school. However, I FEEL the Canadian winter sneaking in and I am dreading it... I love snow and the cold, but walking in it every day has my mind torn, lol.

  4. I love that you added ginger and coriander in these yummy donuts - wow! What an explosion of flavors in every bite!

  5. My kids love apple cider donuts and would go crazy for these, they look so good!

  6. Fall is my favorite time of the year! Plus it's the perfect time to eat all the donuts!

  7. I absolutely need to make these. I wanted to make a similar recipe, but not being from the NE I knew they wouldn't be authentic enough. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I'm in the middle of a Whole 30 so when I went apple picking I did not get a cider doughnut :-(

    However, these look delish and I can't wait to try them out in 11 days!

  9. Cider donuts look so great! I will try these, your sharing is very nice, thank you :)