Move over Birmingham bakers, this DIY baked apple cider donut recipe will make you the most sought-after baker in town

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Birmingham, donuts, apple cider donuts, dessert, baking
Donuts and smiles. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

Nothing says fall better than apple cider donuts. Yum! So grab a donut pan and scoot on into the kitchen because this baked apple cider donut recipe is both easy and delicious.


Baked Apple Cider Donuts

  • Servings: 18-20
  • Difficulty: easy
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Easy, Fun Fall Donuts


Prep Work

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray donut pan(s) with cooking spray (set aside)
  • Reduce apple cider

How To Reduce Apple Cider

  • Pour apple cider in a small saucepan
  • Simmer on low-medium heat for 15-20 minutes (or until cider reduces down to ¾ cup)
  • Once reduced, set aside to cool

Photos by Patience Itson for Bham Now

Ingredients

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    Batter

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups apple cider (reduced to ¾ cup)
  • 3 teaspoons baking power
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • Topping

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pinch of salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In separate bowl, mix melted butter and sugars together until smooth.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until completely mixed.
  4. Pour in buttermilk and apple cider and mix until smooth.
  5. Stir in flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Don’t over mix or donuts will be tough. Birmingham, donuts, apple cider donuts, dessert, baking
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan(s) filling each well about ¾ full. Birmingham, donuts, apple cider donuts, dessert, baking
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops are firm and spring back slightly when you touch them. Don’t over bake or donuts will turn out dry.
  8. When done, remove donuts from oven and let cool in pan(s) for 5 minutes. Then carefully remove and place on wire rack to cool.
  9. While the donuts cool, prepare the topping mixture. In a small bowl, melt butter in the microwave (don’t burn!). Set aside.
  10. In a separate bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar together. Set aside.
  11. Once donuts are cool enough to be handled, dip the tops only into the melted butter, then quickly into the cinnamon sugar mixture. (Don’t add extra of topping mixture, otherwise they will be too strong and you will have a flavor-overboard situation on your hands!)

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The inside of these baked apple cider donuts is fluffy and delicious. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

And voila! You have made delicious apple cider donuts from scratch. Now, time to dive in. Enjoy!

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Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now