Mini Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Fresh apple cider is reduced down to enhance the flavor of these easy-to-make donuts. Coming together quickly, they’re a simple treat the whole family will love.

Serves: 48Prep: 15 minutesCook: 1 hourTotal: 1 hour 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 48


  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened and divided
  • 3⁄4 cup sugar, divided
  • 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare mini donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In small saucepan over medium heat, add apple cider; reduce down to about ½ cup. Set aside to cool.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  • In bowl of stand mixer, cream together 10 tablespoons butter, ¼ cup sugar and brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture. Mix on low speed until incorporated. While mixer is on low speed, slowly add reduced apple cider. Mix until smooth.
  • Divide batter into prepared donut pan. Fill each about ⅔ way full. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until toothpick inserted in thickest portion comes out clean. Repeat with remaining dough to make about 48 donuts.
  • In shallow bowl, whisk together ½ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter; brush over donuts and coat in cinnamon-sugar mixture.