These Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts are not only cute for fall, but they’re bursting with all the season’s goodness. Apple Baked Donuts are loaded with fall flavors and a tenderness that melts in your mouth.
To be honest with you guys, which I am, I can’t think of a few things better than homemade, delicious apple donuts.
Donuts are one of those delicious breakfasts or treats that are so easily forgotten. At least for me. This makes no sense since donuts, especially these baked apple donuts, are definitely not forgettable. Take one bite of these soft, fluffy apply pillows and you’ll be hooked.
This recipe is so easy to make and the donuts are on your table in minutes! The hardest part will be eating just one!
- 1 and 1/2 cups apple cider
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
- Reduce apple cider. In a small saucepan over low heat, simmer the apple cider until you’re left with about 1/2 cup. Begin checking at 10 minutes, then every 3-5 minutes after that until you have 1/2 cup of cider reduction. Mine takes about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes (or complete this step ahead of time).
- Combine the dry ingredients together.
- Combine all wet ingredients except for the apple cider together.
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Add the apple cider. Whisk everything together until smooth and combined. You’ll notice the batter will be slightly thick. We want thick batter for cakey and dense donuts!
- Fill the donut pan. Fill each donut cup about halfway. My trick for this? Use a zipped-top bag. Add the batter, cut off a corner, and pipe it into the donut pan filling only about halfway. This trick makes transferring the batter easy, neat, and quick.
- Bake. Only about 10 minutes of bake time– told you they’re quick! To test doneness, poke your finger into the top of the donut. If the donut bounces back, they’re done. Once the donuts are out of the oven, let them cool for 2 minutes, invert the pan to release the donuts, then re-grease the donut pan and bake the remaining donut batter. (If you don’t own 2 donut pans! I only have 1.)
- Coat the donuts. Combine the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and apple pie spice together in a medium bowl. Once cool enough to handle, dunk both sides of each donut in the melted butter, then generously in the apple spice topping.