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Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Apple Cider Baked Donuts are perfect for portion control, containing only 74 calories per donut, and way less fat than fried donuts. They are quick and easy to make and super delish.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 26 mini donuts
Calories74.5 kcal
Cost $ 0.33 per donut


  • 1 oven
  • 1 Foyer
  • 3 bowls
  • 1 pan


For the Apple Cider Baked Donuts:

  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (for a gluten-free version, use an equal amount of gluten-free all-purpose flour and add ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum to the recipe)
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • ½ cup fresh apple cider reduced or not. I didn't reduce mine which resulted in donuts with a more subtle flavor)
  • ½ cup white sugar do not replace with brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter For a dairy-free version, use an equal amount of dairy-free butter or vegetable oil

For the Maple Glaze:

  • cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dark corn syrup or Karo syrup
  • ½ tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon maple flavoring optional

For the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted (It is optional, but without it, the sugar-cinnamon mixture won't stick on the donuts as much)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 º F (180º C). Lightly grease the donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside!
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sea salt, and cinnamon. In a small separate bowl, whisk the egg. Set both aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the apple cider, sugar, and butter, stirring often until the butter has just melted. Remove from heat, let cool for 2 minutes, and stir in the apple cider vinegar, vanilla, and whisked egg. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; stir well with a whisker until combined and almost no lumps are visible.
  • Using a piping bag (or a tablespoon or a cookie scooper), pipe (spoon/scoop) the batter into a donut pan (¾ full). Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes (standard-size, yielding about 10-13 donuts) or for 6-7 minutes (mini baked donuts, yielding about 26), or until light golden brown and cooked through.
  • Let cool for 2-3 minutes on a rack. Then, remove baked donuts from the pan and place them directly on a rack to cool completely before dipping them into the glaze.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the Maple Glaze: Whisk everything together in a small bowl until smooth. Set a rack of donuts over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Dip the top of the baked donuts into the maple glaze, turning to coat well. Let baked donuts rest on the rack until glaze sets.
  • Alternatively, you can brush the apple cider donuts with melted butter and then coat them with cinnamon sugar.

Recipe Notes

Store baked donuts in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature, or for u to 4 days in the fridge.
Freeze them in layers for up to 2 months without the glaze. Make sure to place a sheet of parchment paper in between each layer of donuts.
Thaw them over the counter and glaze them.


Calories: 74.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 2.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 10.9mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 32.4mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 10.2g | Vitamin A: 63.5IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 17.1mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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