These baked apple cider donuts just taste like Fall! The cinnamon sugar topping is not to be missed.
Okay, I think this might be one of my favorite recipes that I’ve shared with you here so far. I know that’s a bold statement, because everything here is delicious 😉 I make sure of it before I share with all of you! BUT you know now that I love this time of year. And one of my favorite things to have in the Fall is apple cider.
Apple cider also always makes me think of one of my favorite Fall activities. The local botanical garden here usually puts on an evening with Poe in October. A theater company performs various Poe pieces, with each performance taking place in a different part of the garden, so you’re free to roam and choose which ones to attend. It all happens after dark, of course, so the performances are lit by candlelight and best enjoyed with hot apple cider. My sister and I had a blast the last time we went, and while that’s not in the cards this year, hot apple cider definitely is… and so are these gluten free apple cider donuts.
There’s just something so cozy about these eggless donuts, and I can’t wait for you to try them and tell me how you liked them!
Why You’ll Love These Baked Apple Cider Donuts…
- The flavors are just perfect. You really do taste the apple cider, but then the cinnamon sugar topping comes in and elevates these donuts to the next level.
- They’re baked, so not only are they easier (in my opinion) than fried donuts, you’ll also feel better about eating them!
- No mixer needed! We’ll stir everything up by hand, and it really only takes a few minutes overall.
What You’ll Need…
- The dry ingredients: flour + baking powder + baking soda + salt.
- The flavor: sugar (though not much at all; the apple cider will add more than enough sweetness) + cinnamon + apple cider.
- For eggless donuts: unsweetened applesauce + Greek yogurt (both also help make these donuts super soft and moist).
- The fat: a tiny bit of melted butter.
- The topping: a bit more melted butter + cinnamon + sugar.
How To Make…
I always start by whisking my flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Then, in a smaller bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together. Next, just add the wet mixture into your dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula until it all comes together and you have a nice, light batter.
To fill your donut pans, you can use a piping bag but I always opt to just spoon the batter in. Do whatever is easiest for you! Bake on 350ºF for 12 minutes, or until the donuts feel springy when you lightly push your finger down on them. Let the apple cider donuts cool in the pans completely before adding your topping.
When the donuts are ready, you’ll want to melt some butter in a small bowl and, in a separate small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Dip each donut in the butter first, then in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Baked Apple Cider Donuts – Gluten Free, Eggless
- 1 ½ cups (222g) gluten free flour blend
- ⅓ cup (66g) granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- ¼ cup (64g) unsweetened applesauce room temperature
- ½ cup (120ml) apple cider room temperature
- ½ cup (112g) Greek yogurt room temperature
For the cinnamon sugar topping:
- 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter
- ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease donut pans.
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to combine. Set aside.
- In a separate, smaller bowl, combine the melted butter, applesauce, apple cider, and yogurt. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Spoon or pipe the batter into prepared donut pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow donuts to cool in the pan before removing and adding cinnamon sugar topping.
For the cinnamon sugar topping:
- Melt the butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Dip each donut in the melted butter, then in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Did you make my baked apple cider donuts? Leave me a comment below or tag me on Instagram @justastastyblog and #justastastyblog!