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baked apple cider donuts made in a muffin tin
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4.8 from 5 votes

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Skip the traditional fried version and make these baked apple cider donuts in a muffin tin at home.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Mallory


  • 1 cup apple cider reduced to 1/2 cup, see instructions in recipe
  • 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

For the topping

  • 1/4 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • Pour the apple cider into a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup. Let cool.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a regular sized muffin tin with 12 wells. Make sure it is well greased.
  • Stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and cooled apple cider in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet alternately with the buttermilk. Stir until just combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin wells. They should be 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake at 350 F for 16 to 18 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove for pan to cool on wire rack.
  • Stir together the granulated sugar and cinnamon for the topping in a small bowl. Dip or brush each muffin with melted butter and coat with cinnamon sugar. The keep well at room temperature for 2 days.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 266mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g