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Baked Apple Cider Donuts from The Faux Martha

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 6 regular donuts + 4 donut holes 1x


You could also call these Apple Cider Donuts sans guilt. They’re baked and hidden with wheat flour, though no one will know. They come together quickly in the morning and are best when served warm.




3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/3 c. + 2 tbsp. apple cider
1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg, freshly ground
1/4 c. pure cane sugar
2 tbsp. honey
1 large egg


3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 c. apple cider
1/3 c. fine sugar*
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F degrees.
  2. Make the donuts. In a small pot, melt the butter along with the cider until the butter is half melted. Set aside to cool and finish melting.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Into the cooled butter mixture, whisk in the sugar, honey, and egg until evenly combined. Side note, dip honey measuring utensil in the melted butter first for easy honey removal.
  5. Stir together wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Over-mixing will create a tough donut.
  6. Spray donut pan with cooking oil. Add batter to a piping bag and evenly pipe into the pan.
  7. Bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool 1 minute before removing donuts onto a cooling rack.
  8. Meanwhile, make topping. Melt butter and cider. In a flat-bottomed bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar*.
  9. Quickly dip each donut in butter mixture and lightly coat in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place back on cooling rack. Best served same day, slightly warmed. If storing leftovers, lightly cover, if at all. Covering will create a soggy leftover donut by morning.


*If you don’t have superfine sugar (I don’t stock it), add sugar to a food processor and quickly pulse until fine, not powdery. If you pulse too long, it will turn into powdered sugar. Good to know when you’re in a pinch!

Making the night before? Serve warm the day of. Set oven to broil. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet. Place donuts on top and bake for about 1-2 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 15 min.
  • Cook Time: 7 min.
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