Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts are bursting with flavor from concentrated cider and applesauce. A cinnamon and sugar topping adds the perfect extra bit of sweetness for a delightful fall treat!
I’m so obsessed with these doughnuts! Last year, I did Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts with a cream cheese icing, so I wanted to do something great again for fall. My family trip to Eckert’s Farm left me with a gallon of beloved apple cider and I couldn’t think of anything better than cider with doughnuts (besides booze).
Losing that luscious apple flavor was a major concern due to the sweet topping and bit of spice. I decided to amp things up by using concentrated apple cider; which is easily accomplished by boiling a cup of apple cider on medium/high heat until it is reduced by about half. I added a bit of apple sauce for extra flavor and moisture. How could things get any better than that? Well, they sure did! I mixed my remaining concentrated apple cider with a bit of melted butter for the topping. Complete apple cider overkill at its best!
Don’t be afraid to really coat’em in that sweet, cinnamon goodness!
That cinnamon sugar topping tho! I brushed on a bit of my apple cider and butter mixture and gave them a good dip on both sides. It is highly recommend that you eat these beauties while they are still warm for maximum enjoyment. They are easily stored in a bowl covered with foil to avoid that sweaty effect that you get from storing certain confections in Tupperware. The doughnuts remained fresh and the topping stayed on beautifully.
I can’t tell you how scrumptious these appley beauties turned out. Just remember to hide several for yourself before they are demolished without warning. I think we ate the full dozen of these in a few days. You know when you tell yourself , just a half and the other half beckons to you like an evil siren. Resistance was futile!
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These Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts are made with concentrated apple cider and are topped with cinnamon and sugar.
- 1 3/4 c. flour
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/3 c. brown sugar
- 1 c. apple cider
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- 1/4 c. butter; melted
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 c. applesauce
- 3 tbsp. buttermilk or milk
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- remaining apple cider
Add the apple cider to a small saucepan and heat to medium/high until the apple cider begins to boil. Continue boiling; stirring occasionally until the apple cider is reduced to around half. Remove from heat and set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and ginger.
In a mixing bowl; beat together the eggs, sugar and brown sugar.
Slowly add in the flour mixture and beat until combined. Pour in the melted butter, buttermilk, apple sauce and apple cider; continue beating until combined.
Add the batter into greased doughnut pans; filling no more than 3/4 of the way full.
Bake for around 12 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
In a small bowl; combine cinnamon and sugar for the topping.
Add 2 tbsp. of melted butter to the remaining apple cider. Heat until butter is melted.
Brush the melted butter over the cooked doughnuts and dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture until coated.
Serve warm for best results!