What is it about fall and apple season that makes me want to make all the things? And Apple Cider Donuts ticked all the boxes for me for the season and the flavors!
I love donuts so an apple donut was inevitable. I also love to cook and bake with cider, it has a different consistency and taste than apple juice, I think it has a deeper flavor. So obviously these were right up my alley!
There are so many options for donut pans on Amazon. I’m not a huge fan of having to have a pan for everything but donuts, well a donut pan is a must for me and my love of donuts!
Apple Cider Donuts
- I love to bake with molasses but if you don’t have any don’t panic – you can use brown sugar in this recipe instead of white sugar and molasses. Use the same amount of brown sugar as the recipe calls for in white sugar and omit the molasses.
- This is a sticky dough/batter. You can use a pastry bag instead of your fingers like I did. Just be sure the tip is cut large enough for the apple bits to pass through and not just clog up your tip.
- I love to use freshly grated nutmeg but it’s not necessary at all!
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Apple Cider Donuts
- 10 Tablespoons softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon molasses
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1¾ cup flour
- 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 apple - peeled, cored and finely diced
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- In a bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg
- In a separate bowl for your stand mixer or can be used with hand mixer cream the butter, sugar and molasses until light and fluffy
- Add the eggs one at a time to the creamed butter and sugar until well incorporated - scraping sides and bottom of bowl to mix thoroughly.
- Add vanilla and combine
- On low speed add the flour mixture a little at a time until all is incorporated
- On low speed add the cider and finely diced apple - I do this step with my mixer - you can also hand stir if you want to be sure to preserve the apple pieces as much as possible.
- Lightly spray your donut pan with non-stick spray and spoon the mixture into the pan filling each one about 2/3 of the way - you can also use a pastry bag, just be sure the tip is cut large enough for the apple chunks to pass-through
- Bake in a pre-heated 350° oven for 12-15 minutes, light golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and stir to completely combine
- Once doughnuts are done and cool enough to handle but still warm - place each doughnut in the cinnamon sugar and coat both sides