Apple Cider Donut Holes

One of my favorite activities of fall is going to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard and grabbing some freshly baked apple cider donuts. They are the true taste of fall to me! The season is simply not complete until I get to enjoy one. Or five. Lol! However, last fall it was actually a struggle for me to get my hands on one of these delicious donuts. I went to multiple orchards and they were all out! This season to avoid that problem I have made my own, with a little twist .. Apple Cider Donut Holes.

Apple Cider Donut Holes are soft, fluffy, cake-like, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Made with fresh apple cider and complete with a buttery cinnamon sugar coating, these oven baked donut holes taste like your at the apple orchard. They’re perfectly poppable, great for breakfast or dessert, and can even be made into donuts!

apple cider donut holes

Ingredients needed for Apple Cider Donut Holes…

These donut holes call for all your classic cake ingredients – butter, sugar, flour, etc. Of course with a scrumptious fall spin from the fresh apple cider and lots & lots of cinnamon!

  • Apple Cider: The key ingredient is right in the name of this donut hole recipe … apple cider! You will ned 1 1/2 cups reduced to 1/2 cup.
  • Sugar: This recipe calls for both white sugar and light brown sugar. Add 1/4 cup light brown sugar & white sugar each to the batter and 2/3 cup white sugar to the cinnamon sugar coating. It’s definitely a sweet treat y’all!
  • Flour: Add 2 cups of all purpose flour to the donut batter.
  • Butter: Apple Cider Donut Holes call for 1 cup of salted butter total and it make for such a rich & delicious treat. You’ll need half for the batter & half for the coating!
  • Eggs: Add 2 eggs for binding and moisture.
  • Milk: Along with the apple cider, the liquid used in this donut batter is milk. I used 2%, but I’m sure whatever you have on hand will work. 1/2 cup is the perfect amount!
  • Cinnamon: This recipe calls for lots & lots of cinnamon. As any good apple cider donut should! 6 tsp to be exact.
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp of vanilla extract gives these donut holes that classic taste.
  • Baking Powder: Use 2 tsp of baking powder to bake this recipe to perfection.
baked apple cider donut holes

Kitchen tools needed for this recipe…

The most important kitchen tool needed for this recipe is of course a donut hole pan! They are pretty affordable and once you buy one you can make tons of other delicious & fun recipes. Here is the exact pan I have!

If you do not want to buy a donut hole pan, you could also make these in a mini muffin tin. They will not be as perfectly round, but will work pretty well.

Other tools you’ll need:

apple cider donut recipe

How to make Apple Cider Donut Holes…

Making these donut holes is as simple as can be! Just mix up your donut batter (or dough?), bake, and then dunk in the cinnamon sugar coating. It’s finger-licking, melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Next add the apple cider to a small saucepan.  Heat on the stove over medium heat until the 1 1/2 cups reduces to 1/2 cup.  The cider should be simmering slightly and will take about 20 minutes.  Measure a couple times throughout to make sure you do not reduce past 1/2 cup.  Then let cool before adding to the donut batter.
  3. Add the softened butter, light brown sugar, and white sugar to a large mixing bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer until light & fluffy.
  4. Next add the eggs in one by one, beating until just combined after each egg.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients – flour, cinnamon, and baking powder.
  6. Then add the flour mixture, milk, and apple cider bit by bit & alternately to the batter until all is combined, beating after each addition.  Begin and end with the flour for the best results.
  7. Next stir in the vanilla extract.
  8. Grease the donut hole pan.  Fill each donut hole about 3/4 of the way.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. While the donut holes are baking, prepare your cinnamon sugar coating.  Melt the butter and combine the cinnamon & sugar.
  10. Remove the donut holes from the oven and let cool to the touch.  Then dip each donut hole in the melted butter and then the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Ensure the entire donut is coated evenly.
  11. Enjoy!
cinnamon sugar donut holes

Why does the apple cider need to be reduced?

Reducing the apple cider creates a stronger, more concentrated flavor for this recipe. If you used 1/2 cup of apple cider straight from the bottle, you would barely be able to taste it in these donut holes. The reduced 1/2 cup allows for that apple cider flavor to really shine through!

baked apple cider donut

Can I make these into Apple Cider Donuts?

Yes, you can totally make this recipe into donuts! All you’ll need is a donut pan.

The rest of the process is the exact same. Make the batter as instructed, fill the donut pan as you would fill the donut hole pan, and dunk both sides in the cinnamon sugar coating. The donut version of this recipe also requires the same baking time, 10 minutes!

How to store Apple Cider Donut Holes…

These Apple Cider Donut Holes are of course best when freshly baked!

But do not worry they’re pretty much just as good any time after that. Simply store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-5 days. After that time, I recommend moving to the refrigerator!

apple cider donut holes

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Apple Cider Donut Holes

Apple Cider Donut Holes are soft, fluffy, cake-like, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Made with fresh apple cider and complete with a buttery cinnamon sugar coating, these oven baked donut holes taste like your at the apple orchard. They’re perfectly poppable, great for breakfast or dessert, and can even be made into donuts!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40 Donut Holes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast/Dessert
  • Method: Baked

Ingredients

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Donut Holes

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Next add the apple cider to a small saucepan.  Heat on the stove over medium heat until the 1 1/2 cups reduces to 1/2 cup.  The cider should be simmering slightly and will take about 20 minutes.  Measure a couple times throughout to make sure you do not reduce past 1/2 cup.  Then let cool before adding to the donut batter.
  3. Add the softened butter, light brown sugar, and white sugar to a large mixing bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer until light & fluffy.
  4. Next add the eggs in one by one, beating until just combined after each egg.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients – flour, cinnamon, and baking powder.
  6. Then add the flour mixture, milk, and apple cider bit by bit & alternately to the batter until all is combined, beating after each addition.  Begin and end with the flour for the best results.
  7. Next stir in the vanilla extract.
  8. Grease the donut hole pan.  Fill each donut hole about 3/4 of the way.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. While the donut holes are baking, prepare your cinnamon sugar coating.  Melt the butter and combine the cinnamon & sugar.
  10. Remove the donut holes from the oven and let cool to the touch.  Then dip each donut hole in the melted butter and then the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Ensure the entire donut is coated evenly.
  11. Enjoy!

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