Apple Cider Doughnuts

The snow is falling, the Christmas carols are playing, the fire’s a-roarin’, and you need something sweet to bake. Might I suggest some warm baked apple cider doughnuts (donuts?) to round out your holiday? YES, PLEASE!

These apple cider doughnuts are my favorite thing to eat when I need comfort food sweets on the fly. The batter takes less than 5 minutes to make and after 10 minutes in the oven I’m enjoying warm, freshly baked doughnuts with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg and crunchy sugar.

These doughnuts are light, fluffy, and sugary with a hint of autumn. And thanks to the addition of buttermilk in this recipe, they stay soft for days if you can resist them that long!

Oh, and I like to enjoy these donuts with a cup of warm apple cider for that added apple kick.

If you enjoy this recipe and want more like it, check out my cookbook Beach House Baking. 🙂

apple cider doughnuts
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5 from 6 votes

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple desserts, best doughnut recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 223kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Grease a Wilton 6-cavity donut pan with pan spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, cider, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and mix together thoroughly.
  • Using a pastry bag fitted with the 1/2-inch smooth round tip, pipe the batter into the molds just over halfway. Bake 5 minutes, rotate the pan and bake for another 5 minutes or until donut tops spring back when pressed. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting donuts onto a wire rack.
  • Fill a medium bowl with granulated sugar. Toss the donuts in the sugar and serve.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 79mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg