Baked Apple Cider Donuts


One of the best parts about going to a local farm to go apple or pumpkin picking is the apple cider donuts they often sell at the snack stand. I am a summer girl, but I am trying to embrace fall as best I can, so when I saw apple cider in the store the other day, I got a teensy bit excited and put the jug in my cart. All week long, every time I opened the fridge and saw the apple cider, it kept making me think about those apple cider donuts, so I decided to try to come up with my own recipe for apple cider donuts. But- I wanted mine to be a bit healthier, so these have no oil or eggs, and are made with Greek yogurt instead. The result is a delicious cake-y donut that immediately brings me back to days spent apple picking in the crisp fall air.

I topped mine with a bit of apple cider glaze (recipe below) but you could also roll them in some cinnamon sugar as well. They’re even good plain!


Which one do you prefer? I can tell you that the dozen mini donuts I made were gone in less than 24 hours and that’s with only 2 people living in the house! We’re not picky about how they’re topped :)  Don’t judge.  They’re made with Greek yogurt, remember? They must be healthy!


Baked Apple Cider Donut Recipe:
Makes about 12 mini donuts (I used the Babycakes Mini Doughnut Maker)

1/2c flour
1/2t baking soda
1/2t baking powder
pinch of salt
3oz plain Greek yogurt
1T maple syrup- optional (go with “pure” maple syrup for the best flavor!)
1t cinnamon
1/4c apple cider

Pre-heat your donut maker.
Mix all dry ingredients together until well-blended. Add in the Greek yogurt and the apple cider and mix again. Do not over mix as it will make the donuts tough. You may need a bit more apple cider until your dough is the consistency of pancake batter. Spoon 2-3 teaspoons of batter into each well of the (pre-heated) donut maker and bake for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and place on drying rack. If you are coating them in cinnamon sugar, do so immediately. If glazing, allow to cool for a few minutes before dipping in the glaze.

Pour about 1/3 cup of powdered sugar into a shallow bowl. Add 1t of cinnamon sugar and mix. Pour apple cider in 1t at a time and mix until the glaze is well mixed. You will probably need 2-3t of apple cider for the right consistency (not too runny!). When the donuts are cool enough to touch, dip into the glaze and place back on the drying rack. I dipped mine twice, allowing it to dry for a few minutes before drying again.

Click on the Magic button below to see my recipe on My Recipe Magic and to find out the nutritional information (I think you might be surprised to find how many of these you can eat for very few calories!)


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19 thoughts on “Baked Apple Cider Donuts

    1. SewIn2Disney Post author

      I don’t know about fried, but since these are a baked donut, I would say you could bake them in your oven just fine. My donut maker doesn’t get too hot, I think I remember reading that it’s 325*-350*, so I’d suggest setting your oven at that and go from there. If you do make these and they turn out well, let me know, I’ll add the info to the recipe!

      1. Emily

        I made these in the oven and they turned out perfectly! 350 degrees for about 15 minutes! If you are making regular sized donuts, I’d recommend tripling this recipe- the original only got me about 3 donuts.

        1. Suzanne

          I would like to bake these. However, the original recipe says it is like a pancake batter, so how did you get a doughnut shape. It isn’t “dough” – do you have a doughnut shaped mold?

          1. SewIn2Disney Post author

            Hi-at the top of the recipe, I link to the doughnut maker that I used!

  1. Allie | Baking A Moment

    Gah! I’m totally pinning these! I love getting fresh cider donuts at this time of year! We have a farm nearby that has a HUGE pumpkin festival and their cider donuts are so out of this world. I’ve been wanting to recreate…

    One question- because I can’t even decide what sounds better, cinnamon sugar or cider glaze, lol! Does the cider glaze crust over, or stay sticky?

    Also, howdy neighbor! I’m just one state over from you, just outside of Philly 😉 We <3 the Jersey Shore!
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    1. SewIn2Disney Post author

      I wish I could tell you if the cider glaze crusted over, but they were gone before they sat out too long! I’m guessing they’d stay sticky- perhaps if you added some meringue powder it would crust over a bit. In the end, I made the cider glaze and then topped that with cinnamon sugar– best of both worlds! lol.
      I love Philly as well! I am a Jersey girl, but my husband is in the military, and we just moved to WA, I’ll always be a Jersey girl though! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Maci

    My boyfriend loves apple cider donuts but we’ve had a hard time finding them here in Texas. This might be the perfect brunch surprise one morning! Now just to get my hands on a donut maker….
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    1. SewIn2Disney Post author

      I got mine at Kohls if you guys have any of those near you– if not I’m pretty sure it’s sold online- I use the Babycakes Donut maker!

  8. Ariel

    Oh my goodness! These look delicious! I was just browsing your site and found this post by accident…what a happy accident though :) I will definitely need to try them this weekend!

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