Why settle for plain old donuts when you can have something special like our Maple Glazed Apple Cider Donuts? These moist, tender apple cake donuts are topped with a delicious maple or cider glaze, making them irresistible. You’ll wonder why you don’t make them more often!
Apple cider donuts are a fall favorite in our house, and every year we look forward to this spectacular treat.
The best part about this recipe is that you don’t have to make a mess digging out the deep fryer because they can be baked to perfection using a non-stick donut pan.
How to Make Maple Glazed Apple Cider Donuts
1 cup apple cider
1 cup granulated sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons room temperature butter
1/2 cup buttermilk (or add 1 Tbs Vinegar to 1/2 cup measuring cup & fill remaining space with milk, wait 10 minutes before using )
For the Apple Cider glaze:
1 cup Apple Cider (reduced!)
1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar (aka powdered sugar)
Maple Syrup Glaze
1 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
In a small saucepan over med-high heat, add the apple cider, bringing it to a boil. Let it boil for approximately 11 minutes uncovered until it is reduced to 1/4 cup. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well; set aside. Add the buttermilk and the cooled reduced apple cider.
In another medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg together until well combined.
Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and mix only until the ingredients are incorporated, do not overmix, or the donuts will be “tough.”
If baking, Preheat the oven to 400°F
Spoon the soft dough into donut pans that have been sprayed lightly with olive oil. We use the misto olive oil sprayer for this to ensure an even coating.
Bake for 9 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in the pan for 2 minutes before removing them, glaze as desired, or dip them in cinnamon/sugar mix.
- Lightly flour a clean countertop, transfer the dough to the counter, and lightly flour the top of the dough.
- Roll the dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Alternatively, you can roll the dough out on parchment paper or a Silpat to make it easier to pick the soft dough donuts up after! Cut with a donut cutter.
- Place the cut donuts on a tray and refrigerate them for 15-20 minutes to make them a little easier to handle.
- In a deep pan, add about 3″ of canola oil and heat it to 350°F
- Place up to 3 donuts in the pan at once; Fry the donuts for about 1 minute per side, flipping once. Remove from hot oil, and drain on paper towels. Glaze or dip in sugar.
Apple Cider Glaze Directions:
Reduce the apple cider as directed above, and whisk in confectioners sugar until well blended. Set aside until needed.
Estimated calories per doughnut: 200 calories
Other Notes: If you really don’t want to boil your apple cider, you can purchase apple cider concentrate (for various recipes).
How long will Apple Cider Donuts Last
Apple cider donuts are best consumed within a few days of being made. However, they can technically last up to a week if stored properly. To extend their shelf life, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. If you want to enjoy them even longer, you can freeze them for up to three months.
When stored in the freezer, be sure to place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. When you’re ready to eat them, simply defrost them at room temperature or pop them in the oven or microwave for a few seconds. No matter how you enjoy them, apple cider donuts are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Maple Glazed Apple Cider Donuts Recipe- Print Now
Maple Glazed Apple Cider Donuts
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 ½ cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons room temperature butter
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup buttermilk (or add 1 Tbs Vinegar to 1/2 cup measuring cup & fill remaining space with milk, wait 10 minutes before using)
- 1 cup Apple Cider (reduced)
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar (sifted)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
Apple Cider Glaze Instructions
- In a small saucepan over med-high heat, add the apple cider, bringing it to a boil.1 cup apple cider
- Let it boil for approximately 11 minutes uncovered, until it is reduced to 1/4 cup. Set aside to cool.
- Whisk in confectioners sugar until well blended. Set aside until needed.½ cup confectioners’ sugar
Apple Cider Donuts
- In a medium bowl beat the sugar and butter together until smooth. Add eggs, one a time, beating well, Set aside. Add the buttermilk and cooled reduced apple cider.1 cup granulated sugar4 tablespoons room temperature butter2 eggs½ cup buttermilk1 cup Apple Cider
- Preheat Oven to 400F
- In another medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg together until well combined.3 ½ cups flour2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and mix only until the ingredients are incorporated, do not overmix or the donuts will be “tough”.
- Spoon the soft dough evenly into prepared donut pans.
- Bake for 9 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool in the pan 2 minutes before removing them, glaze as desired or dip them in cinnamon/sugar mix.
Maple Cider Glaze Instructions
- In a saucepan heat the maple syrup over medium heat until it starts to bubble, remove from heat and whisk in confectioners sugar and pure vanilla extract. Set aside to cool1 ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar⅓ cup pure maple syrup1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To Fry Apple Cider Donuts:Lightly flour a clean counter-top, transfer the dough to the counter, lightly flour the top of the dough.
Roll the dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Alternatively, you can roll the dough out on parchment paper or a silpat to make it easier to pick the soft dough donuts up after! Cut with donut cutter.
If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.
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I just tried the Maple Glazed Apple Cider Donuts and they were absolutely delicious! The donuts had a perfect balance of sweetness from the glaze and tartness from the apple cider, making them a great combination of flavors. I especially loved how light and fluffy they were; it was like biting into a cloud! Not only are these donuts tasty but they’re also relatively healthy. They’d make an excellent breakfast or snack option for anyone looking to satisfy their sweet tooth without breaking their diet. Highly recommended!