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Welcoming the weekend with Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts with Cinnamon Maple Glaze. Made with boiled-down spiced cider, apple butter, and cinnamon. Then baked and dipped in a sweet brown butter glaze flavored with coffee and cinnamon. There’s really nothing not to love about these cute (and sweet) autumn spiced doughnuts. The true secret? Boiling the apple cider down to really concentrate its flavor. The perfect way to celebrate the autumn apple season!

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The first apple recipe of the season and I could not be more excited. Every fall I’m so excited, but this year even more so than ever before. I think it’s because the world is in what feels like a very unsettled place, turning on any news source usually leaves you feeling frustrated.

Because of this, I am really embracing the things I love the most. I’m focusing on all the good that the world does have to offer. My goal this fall is to really go all out. I’m 100% grabbing more pumpkins than I need, making pumpkin spice lattes, and come October 1 – decorating for Halloween. I’m already plotting out my “spooky” desserts and cocktails for October.

Embracing all the good things and leaving the rest behind, you know?

And today that means we’re focusing on September apples and making some of the best baked doughnuts.

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The Inspiration

Do any of you remember last year’s cinnamon spiced apple fritters? Well, those were the initial inspo for this recipe. I just loved those so much, especially the vanilla coffee glaze. I planned to remake them at least once this month, but the frying part really gets me. It’s just messy and not my favorite task.

That got me thinking about new recipes I could make that highlighted the same flavors but didn’t involve any frying.

And that’s where these baked doughnuts come in. They’re a cross between a really delicious apple cider doughnut and a sweet apple fritter. Totally delicious in every way possible.

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On to the details – start with the doughnuts

If you love a classic apple cider doughnut, these are for you. If you can make a basic cupcake or muffin, you can certainly make these. There’s nothing fancy about them.

The key to these doughnuts? It’s all in the cider. I recommend finding the best spiced cider with no added sugars. If you can, pick up some fresh apple cider from your local farmers’ market. Or even better, go apple picking and pick some up! Nothing quite beats a really good apple cider. It’s always so flavorful this time of year.

To help intensify the apple cider flavor throughout the doughnuts, I decided to boil down the cider on the stove until reduced. Boiling the cider will concentrate the flavors and make the cider that much more flavorful. It’s an extra step, but one that I think is worth it.

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Once you’ve boiled the cider, the rest is quick. Just mix the cider with apple butter, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, plus dark brown sugar. Then add in all the dry ingredients and stir in a chopped Honeycrisp apple. Adding the apple makes them kind of like apple fritter doughnuts.

Divide the batter between doughnut pans (or just a cupcake pan). As the doughnuts bake, the kitchen will start to smell like your favorite autumn candle, it’s perfection.

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Make the glaze

I took inspiration from my Cinnamon Spiced Sugar Cookies and apple fritters, and decided on a buttery maple glaze with cinnamon and a touch of coffee throughout. It’s just some browned butter, maple, powdered sugar, instant coffee, and cinnamon.

Not too strong, not too sweet, but just right. Especially when spread on top of a warm doughnut.


And with that, here’s my recommendation for the coming weekend…apple picking and doughnut baking – of course!

And if not this weekend, sometime soon. I promise you guys, these doughnuts are so good and such a great fall treat.

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts with Cinnamon Maple Glaze |

Looking for September apple recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Mini Apple Cider Cakes

Brown Butter Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Salted Maple Apple Tarte Tatin with Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Fritters with Vanilla Coffee Glaze

Lastly, if you make these Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts with Cinnamon Maple Glaze,  be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 14 doughnuts
Calories Per Serving: 251 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Brown Butter Cinnamon Maple Glaze


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 6-cup doughnut pan or 12-cup muffin pan with melted butter
    2. Bring the apple cider to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer 10-15 minutes or until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Remove from the heat. Let cool.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1/2 cup boiled cider, melted butter, eggs, apple butter, vanilla, and brown sugar until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt, mix until just combined. Toss the apples with the cinnamon sugar mix, then stir the apples into the batter.
    4. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pan, filling 1/2-2/3 the way full. Bake 12-13 minutes, until just set. Remove and let cool 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges to release and invert the pan.
    5. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Add the butter to a small pot set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown slightly until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the maple syrup, powdered sugar, instant coffee, and cinnamon. Dip or drizzle the doughnuts into the glaze. Highly recommend eating a few of these warm.
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  1. 5 stars
    I bought a donut pan just to make these and omg..perfection!! Taste like fall! Will be on rotation all season. Thanks for the awesome recipe! 🥰

  2. 5 stars
    These were delightful! Perfect fall Sunday morning breakfast. The browned butter in the maple glaze elevates them to a whole new level of yum!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Happy Monday!🎃 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was tasty for you, thanks a bunch for making it! xx

  3. 5 stars
    Loved these! So so easy to make. The only thing I would note is that the icing hardens fast so get it in the donuts right away! The flavor is so good. Everyone goes pumpkin for fall but apple is where it’s at! Perfectly sweet without being over the top.

    1. Hey Kenna,
      Happy Sunday! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and appreciate you giving it a try!🍂 xT

  4. 5 stars
    LOVED these donuts! These were such a fun way to welcome in the “fall” season (still hot here). The apples in the donuts add such a nice fresh bite and a fun textural difference. Next time, I will likely omit the coffee completely, but it did add an interesting changeup for the icing! This will stay on constant rotation around here now that we have the donut pan! 🙂

    1. Hey Kate,
      Happy Sunday! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and appreciate you giving it a try!🍂 xT

  5. 5 stars
    These are so good! The glaze is everything! Had to bake at 325 since I had dark coated donut pans. My picky daughter devoured them. ❤️

    1. Hey Jacqui,
      Happy Sunday! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and appreciate you giving it a try!🍂 xT

  6. I may be missing something but what do you do with the other cup of boiled cider? You only use 1/2 cup in the batter but boiled 1.5 cups.

    1. Hi Lindsay,
      Once boiled, the cider should reduce down to 1/2 cup or close to it, so you only want to use the 1/2 cup in the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx

  7. Made these as muffins and they were delicious! My glaze didn’t turn out like yours though, it was dark brown and clear whereas yours looks opaque like icing. I’m wondering if it’s because I used granulated sugar instead of powdered? Regardless, they came out great!

    1. Hi Ellie,
      Happy Friday🍁 I appreciate you making this recipe and love to hear that it turned out well for you! Sorry about the glaze, but it was the granulated sugar, you want to use powdered sugar, there’s a big difference:) xT

  8. Any suggestions on how to make these donut holes? Will the batter scoop or pipe and keep its shape? (I guess they may come out as half-spheres instead of a ball.)

    1. Hi Angela,
      If you have a small doughnut hole pan you can use that, but this batter will not hold it’s shape:) Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xx

  9. Hi,
    This recipe looks wonderful and I can’t wait to make it. How long should I cook them if I use a mini donut tin? Thanks

    1. Hey Susan,
      Sorry it depends how mini the pan is! I would start checking for doneness at 10 minutes:) I hope this helps! xx

  10. 5 stars
    Made these last night – so easy and oh, so delicious! Husband and friends already want more! Followed the recipe exactly. This is definitely a keeper! Thank you!

    1. Hi Anita,
      I like to store in an airtight container on the counter. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xT

    1. Hey Andrea,
      Lol well if you use the muffin pan they are going to be muffins:) You need a doughnut pan if you want the doughnut shape. Please let me know if you have any other questions!! xx

    1. Hi Sherry,
      Sure, that would be okay for you to do! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx

  11. 5 stars
    These were so delicious! Made the whole house smell like fall, will definitely keep on my list of desserts this season!
    Justine xx

    1. Hi Justine,
      Happy Sunday! I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a bunch for making it:)