Rating: 4.67 stars
27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

All the world's great donuts are fried, except there are a few rare examples of when they're not--and this incredibly delicious and easy-to-make apple cider donut is one notable exception. Since we're not going to fry these, not only are they easier, but they're way less messy. Less time cleaning up means more time eating donuts.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 donuts
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter two 6-cup donut pans.

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  • Pour apple cider into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and let it cook, watching carefully, until the cider is reduced to 1/2 cup. If it reduces too much, add enough water to make 1/2 cup. Set aside until needed.

  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg to a large bowl. Mix with a whisk until combined and set aside until needed.

  • Whisk 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, vanilla extract, and egg together in another bowl until combined. Add the apple cider reduction and the dry ingredients. Whisk together to form a slightly thick batter; do not overmix.

  • Spoon or pipe the batter into the prepared donut pans, filling them about 3/4 of the way up.

  • Bake in the center of the preheated oven until the tops are lightly browned, and the donuts spring back slightly to the touch, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pans before removing to a sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat. Cut out any donut holes as necessary.

  • If desired, while still slightly warm, brush the donuts lightly with remaining melted butter. Mix 1 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together for topping in a shallow dish; toss in donuts to coat. Let cool completely before serving.

Chef's Notes:

If you want to cook slower and safer when making the apple cider reduction, you can always use lower heat. Or if you're in a hurry and like a bit of danger, you can do this on high heat.

Donuts can also be glazed with icing (powdered sugar with a little apple cider) or served plain as-is.

Nutrition Facts

295 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 56.8g; fat 6.6g; cholesterol 31.6mg; sodium 176.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2020
This recipe turned out great. They really do have the texture and taste of a fried donut. I only had one donut pan so I filled muffin tins with the rest of the batter. Those worked out great as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2021
This should get 6 stars!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2020
Great recipe, I've made it twice since I had some fresh VT cider on hand. Give yourself time for it to reduce though! It takes a while to go from 2 cups to 1/2 cup of apple cider reduction. Sooo good though. This recipe is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2020
Can also be delicious apple cider muffins Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2021
This is the best recipe I have stumbled upon. The apple cider reduction added the rich apple flavor missing from previous recipe attempts, as well as the addition of cardamom. They look beautiful, too. I tried to upload a photo, but the web app does not like the size of my photo. They looked very much like chef John's. I did go with the cinnamon sugar topping, which added a nice crunch to the moist, cake crumb. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2021
These were amazing! An really easy to make, although cider takes a while to reduce Really delicious, 10/10 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2021
Great recipe. It makes fluffy donuts. The apple cider vinegar does take a long time to reduce. Very yummy. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/12/2020
I measured all the ingredients with a scale and prepared as directed. Baked in a donut pan for the recommended time. The donuts came out way to sweet, sticky and chewy. The flavor was excellent but the texture was not good. Nothing like a cake donut. I would not make these again unless someone gave a better recipe or explanation as to why mine failed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2020
These turned out very good. As other reviewers have noted - allow a lot of time to reduce 2 cups of apple cider to half a cup. I think it took about an hour to do the reduction - but I did not really time it. Read More