Baked Apple Cider Doughnut Minis

by Erin

I have been on the hunt for apple cider for over a month now. I did actually find some at Kroger at the beginning of my search, but it was clear and 2 gallons. First of all, since when is apple cider clear?? And second, there’s no way I need 2 gallons of it.

When I was in Columbus, I snagged a gallon jug of it, but then realized I had no way to keep it cold for the 8.5 hour drive back to Memphis so I had to leave it. You’re welcome Christina.

Then I walked into Kroger for my typical almost-every-day-of-the-week grocery store trip, and “ta-da!” there it was staring at me the moment I walked into the produce section. So I finally was able to make these doughnuts that my tummy has been after.

And they were worth the wait, even though my labmates thought they tasted like pumpkin… strange. I ended up making half mini and half large just because I got lazy. Or maybe I just like diversity?

But somehow after finally succeeding in acquiring apple cider, I forgot the cream cheese for the glaze. Really bummed about that because I LOVE cream cheese. A regular glaze had to suffice for now.

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Makes approximately 6 dozen mini doughnuts (or 2 dozen large)



Granulated sugar for preparing pans

2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1-1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 large egg, beaten

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup apple butter

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/3 cup apple cider

1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt

3 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil


1 cup confectioner’ s sugar

1 Tbsp milk, plus more to reach desired consistency

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat pan with nonstick spray or oil. Sprinkle with sugar, shaking out excess.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, cider, yogurt and oil. Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Spoon about 1.5 teaspoons (2 generous tablespoons if using the large doughnut pan) of the batter in the cavities in the prepared pan. Don’t fill them to the top or your doughnuts will lose their holes when the batter puffs up while baking!
  3. Bake 5 to 6 minutes (or 10 to 12 minutes or the large), or until the tops spring back when touched lightly. Loosen edges and turn the doughnuts out onto a rack to cool. Clean the pan, re-coat it with oil and sugar. Repeat with remaining batter.
  4. Ice your doughnuts, if desired. In a small bowl, whisk with powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, adding more milk if necessary to create a spreading or dipping consistency. Dip tops of doughnuts into the icing, then set right side up on a rack to let the icing set.

Source: Doughnuts from Recipe Girl, glaze adapted from Sprinkle Bakes.

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brandi November 22, 2011 - 9:23 am

these are so cute! and i love the idea of using the apple cider in the donuts.

Tina @ my life as a mrs November 21, 2011 - 11:05 am

YUM. These look to.die.for.

Carolyn November 19, 2011 - 4:18 pm

Those are adorable, and they look delicious!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum November 18, 2011 - 5:56 pm

Mini donuts are a must this time of year. The apple cider variety sounds awesome!

Kim - Liv Life November 18, 2011 - 2:39 pm

I love these!! My daughter doesn’t know it, but I got her (us?) donut making “stuff” for Christmas. I’m going to print this recipe and pic and slide it into the box for her!

spiffycookie November 18, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Aw that’s such a great idea!

Cassie November 18, 2011 - 1:28 pm

Yum! I love apple cider doughnuts…we have a cider mill close by and they are just about the only doughnuts that I’ll eat. These look perfect!

spiffycookie November 18, 2011 - 1:31 pm

I miss having a cider mill nearby! Oh the things I never realized I was spoiled with growing up in Upstate NY.

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 18, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Sigh! All of you are definitely trying to tell me I need a doughnut pan…

spiffycookie November 18, 2011 - 1:08 pm

Yup! O:-)

Steph@stephsbitebybite November 18, 2011 - 11:40 am

I’m so making these for Thanksgiving morning!!

Liz @ Southern Charm November 18, 2011 - 10:45 am

My favorite!! I go weak in the knees for apple cider.

I’ve been on the fence bout investing in a doughnut pan … I think I may need to take the plunge!

Pat Chandler November 18, 2011 - 9:52 am

These look delightful!

I am curious though, it sounded like the idea of them tasting like pumpkin was a bad thing! They can taste like apple cider or pumpkin, either way is a win to me!

Will be adding this to my baking list!

spiffycookie November 18, 2011 - 9:59 am

Oh no, it’s not a bad thing at all! I just didn’t get why they thought it tasted like pumpkin haha.

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 18, 2011 - 9:12 am

I am totally drooling over these little mini bites of goodness! Incorporating apple cider in to little delicious doughnut bites is a fantastic idea! Love these!

Erica Yvonne November 18, 2011 - 9:11 am

Erin, WHY did you do this to me!? Now I’m gonna have to go bake these ASAP. Good grief they look amazing!! And PS, I had a hard time finding cider here too! Pumpkin, and then Cider!? What’s up with that!?

spiffycookie November 18, 2011 - 9:18 am

haha I am sorry… no I’m not O:-)

Seriously, why do they have to make fall cooking such a challenge?


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