Easy Apple Cider Donuts
Easy apple cider donuts are a delicious fall treat for anyone who is looking to enjoy big apple cider flavor and the cozy taste of cinnamon. This easy apple cider donut recipe gives you donuts from start to finish in under half an hour that rival the yummy apple cider donut treats at the fall festivals. These baked donuts are a great recipe for an easy fall dessert or a fun addition to a fall breakfast or brunch. Enjoy them hot with a side of apple cider or hot coffee for the ultimate in fall treats.
Something about fall just screams donuts to me. I go the other 9 months of the year without even really thinking about a donut. But come fall… it’s time to make (and eat) the donuts. Like these easy apple cider donuts.
Last year, I shared my easy pumpkin donuts with you. OMG, they are still a favorite for sure but these easy apple cider donuts give those pumpkin donuts a run for their money.
Wait, hold on. Don’t worry. I’m still basic girl all the way over here in all my pumpkin spice loving glory, wearing my leggings and boots and drinking my pumpkin spice drinks. There’s no shame in my fall game.
But… apple cider donuts. They remind me of one of my favorite parts of fall. Each year, we go to this corn maze and fall festival. It’s one of my favorite nights of the whole year, traipsing through a corn maze with a flashlight in the brisk air. Last year, we had a blast. My daughter loved it.
After a night of corn maizing and apple cannons, we always stop by their food stands. Fall festivals have the best food. Last year we had edible cookie dough sundaes and as always warm apple cider donuts. Super balanced, I know.
But these apple cider donuts are the best. They are cinnamony and fresh and just taste like a cozy autumn night. I dream about these donuts all year. Literally all year.
Well, I have found a way to recreate the amazingness of these apple cider donuts easily at home. Now I just need to get on making a corn maze in my backyard and I’ll be set for my very own fall festival. Like my pumpkin donuts and gingerbread donuts, they are semi homemade. But you know what? I’m so ok with that.
All you need is yellow cake mix, apple cider, cinnamon, butter, eggs, and cinnamon sugar. Why yellow cake mix instead of say spice cake? Because I really wanted the apple cider flavor to shine through. I didn’t want it to get overpowered by the strong flavors of a spice cake.
Then just mix it together and pipe them or spoon them into a donut pan and ten minutes later you are feasting on the results. And the result?
Everything you could want in an apple cider donut. Tender yet cakey. Filled with fall flavor. The perfect compliment to a hot glass of mulled cider or a steaming cup of coffee.
Lastly, these apple cider donuts are sweet without being overpowering. I rolled them in a cinnamon sugar mix instead of glazing them. I find apple cider to already be on the sweet side so while you could make a quick glaze if you wanted, I thought it would be too much. Who am I even? But the cinnamon sugar is the perfect finish.
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Yields 12 donuts
Easy apple cider donuts are a yummy fall treat.
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1 box of yellow cake mix
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 tsp of nutmeg
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400. Spray donut pan with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl combine the cake mix, apple cider, egg, melted butter, and spices. Mix until thoroughly combined, scraping sides down. Be sure to mix until all clumps of cake mix are gone and fully incorporated.
- Spoon into donut pans or fill a pastry bag and pipe the donut mix into the pans.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400. Remove from oven. Let cool until warm. While donuts are cooling, combine the ingredients for the cinnamon sugar topping by pouring the sugars and cinnamon into a medium bowl and tossing together with a fork until combined. When donuts are warm but not hot toss each donut individually in the sugar mix to coat. Enjoy!