• Susan Caldwell

Baked Apple Cider Donuts (Tammy Herr, Flour Power Cary Parkside and Holly Springs

Fall is coming and I’m so excited! I’m looking forward to crisp, cool evenings on the back porch, visits to the pumpkin patch, sweaters, colorful leaves, corn mazes, hot apple cider and cider donuts! It also means yummy Fall recipes at the studio!

Growing up in Upstate New York, Fall was an exciting time. Taking trips to the local apple orchards enjoying time with friends over a cup of cider and freshly baked apple pie, taking a ride to the Adirondack mountains to see the leaves change. All wonderful memories.

I’ve taken that love of Fall into the studio and it’s represented best by our homemade baked apple cider donut hole recipe.

Enjoy these yummy treats with a cup of steamy apple cider or coffee. It’s a special Fall treat that I love to share with my family and friends and I know you will enjoy them too!

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes

Ingredients: (yields 24 )

  • 2 cups apple cider

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder

  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 2 tbsp applesauce, naturally sweetened

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  • 3 tbsp butter, melted

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon


1. Start by simmering the apple cider and cloves in a small saucepan over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the apple cider reduces down to ½ cup.

2. Remove the cloves from the concentrate and pour the apple cider into a container and refrigerate while you prepare the donut batter.

3. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350℉.

4. Spray a mini muffin pan, a super mini muffin pan or a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

5. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, set aside.

6. In a medium bowl, combine the egg, melted butter and brown sugar, whisk until smooth. Then, add in the applesauce, vanilla, buttermilk and apple cider concentrate.

7. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. (it’s ok if a few small lumps remain).

8. Pour the batter by the teaspoon into the prepared muffin pans about ¾ of the way full. Make sure to not overfill.

9. Bake the donut holes for 9-11 minutes. Super mini donut holes take between 8-11 minutes. If making donuts, they will take about 9-12 minutes.

10. For the cinnamon sugar coating, combine the sugar and cinnamon together in a medium bowl.

11. Dip the tops of each donut hole into the melted butter and then coat with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

12. Repeat with all the donut holes.


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