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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.

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts with Cinnamon Maple Glaze | halfbakedharvest.com

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.

Delicious!

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 | halfbakedharvest.com

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: 226 kcal

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Ingredients

Brown Butter Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Instructions

  • 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
    Finally made these yesterday and they are AMAZING! I subbed applesauce because I didn’t have apple butter and it seemed to work great. I would say if you are like me and only have one doughnut pan (6), to wait to make the frosting until after all have been baked so the frosting doesn’t start to harden in the bowl. I also found that I was a little too zealous to dunk them and the frosting then melted (but still tasted great).

  2. 5 stars
    Ooh this is a keeper for sure! Probably the closest thing to an apple fritter without having to deep fry. I made these in a muffin pan and they took about 17-18 minutes for me. I subbed apple sauce for the apple butter since that’s what I had. Will definitely make again!

  3. 5 stars
    Just made these in muffin form. Only alteration I made was chopping a gala apple instead of honeycrisp. Baked for 19-20 minutes. Delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    Just made these. So very delicious! I reduced the flour by 1/4 c., omitted apple butter (didn’t have any on hand) and added 1/2 c. sourdough discard. I had to bake them a few minutes longer in my silicon donut pans for them to firm up nice and they turned out great. Moist and delicious. That glaze….is magic. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

    1. I believe she meant we could use a muffin pan to make them as muffins instead of donuts. I’m trying it tomorrow!

      1. 5 stars
        I made these for a friend using KAF gluten free measure for measure flour. Wonderful! The glaze… Oh my! Made 12 using donut ring pans. Cooked 10 minutes. Perfect! Wish I could post a photo.

  5. 1 star
    I made these per the recipe with the exception of using a muffin pan instead of a donut pan. They were so dry that I threw most of them away and only ate the glazed tops of the rest. The glazed is fantastic so I’ll look to use it with another apple donut/muffin recipe.

  6. Hello. How would you store these after making and how long do you think they will keep for?

    Cant wait to try these!

  7. These sound amazing. How would you store these after making and how long do you think they will keep for?

    Cant wait to try these!

    1. Hi there! I would store them in the fridge as a few people have said they got soggy just on the counter! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    I tried to make these as donuts without a donut pan using a hack I found where you put tin foil in the middle of giant muffin tins. It didn’t nooot work haha but I think it’s best to get donut pans or muffin tins.

    They were delicious anyway! I also used toffee flavoured instant coffee and that added a delicious extra element too. Another winner from Half Baked Harvest!

      1. I made them! they are amazing!!!!!

        didn’t have apple butter so I used apple sauce,

        I doubled the batch and had apple cider left over, which I really wanted to use in the glaze! but I did not 😉

  9. Hello! I am confused by step 3. It says to mix all of the ingredients for the batter, but then to toss the apples in cinnamon sugar before adding it to the mixed batter. Can you please clarify? Thanks!

    1. Whoops! I now see that the additional sugar is at the bottom of the recipe, and not included in the cinnamon/brown sugar in the batter! Got it!

  10. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan!

    Two questions, can these be made as muffins instead? Would that change anything with cooking time?

    And second question, can espresso be used in place of instant coffee??

    Looking forward to trying these!!

    1. Hi there! You could definitely make these as muffins! I would bake for 20 mins and keep an eye on them! I haven’t ever tried the recipe with espresso so I am not sure, but if you just use a bit it should be just fine! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    Made muffins instead. I used applesauce instead of apple butter and instant espresso instead of coffee. Turned out great!! I was worried they would be super sweet with the glaze, but the added coffee really helps balance out all the sugar. Will definitely make again!

    1. Haha! Just posted about those two changes you made and didn’t see your post until now! Glad they still turned out great!!

  12. Absolutely phenomenal! Cant wait for my co workers to try these in the morning. My glaze came out darker but still tastes amazing.

  13. Hey:) I would love to bake this, unfortunately I don’t have Access to Apple Butter- what would you recommend as a substitute ?
    Love from Germany!

  14. 5 stars
    I finally got around to making these and they are the perfect fall treat! This was my first attempt at making donuts and I was so happy with how they turned out. Cannot wait to make these again. 🙂

  15. 5 stars
    These are absolutely delicious!! I made them with Bobs Redmill GF Flour and it worked perfectly. They are soooo good. Thank you for the perfect fall recipe.

    1. Hi there! So glad you were able to adapt them to be GF free and they were still yummy! Have a great day. xTieghan

      1. 1:1 baking flour (blue package) works the best and tastes the best! I wouldn’t get the red packaged bobs red mill

  16. 5 stars
    Holy moly!!! These are the best donuts I’ve ever had!! Followed the recipe exactly except used gluten free flour. These are PHENOMENAL!!!

    1. Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed the recipe and it worked well with gluten free flour! Have a great day xTieghan

  17. I made these last night and they are soo good!! I will for sure be making these again. Your recipes never disappoint! Any tricks to loading the donut pans without making a mess? This is my first time using them, and I ended up with batter everywhere trying to fill them up

    1. Hi Brenna,
      Happy Sunday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try! Next time, try using a cookie scoop for the batter. xTieghan

  18. Any chance you could link your Apple Butter recipe? I went searching and couldn’t find it but I see one of the comments mentions it. I’d love to try to make it for these donuts! So excited to try them, I love a maple glaze! Also, safe travels to Cleveland.

    1. OMG however did you add the function that automatically adjusts the amounts depending on how many donuts you want to make? That is an amazing feature- I wish I could do that with all my recipes!! Thanks for that addition.

  19. 5 stars
    The flavor on these was amazing! How do you get the glaze to harden like the photo? Once I packed mine up it melted into them. Did you refrigerate?

    1. Hi Christina,
      I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try!! This is definitely a soft glaze so I would keep leftovers in the fridge or just wait to put the glaze on them. 🍁 xTieghan

  20. 4 stars
    The flavor is very nice. Mine came out quite dry though. I made “doughnut holes” in a mini muffin pan so I may have over baked them since I wasn’t sure about timing. They stay pretty pale so I couldn’t quite tell when they were actually done. I’m definitely going to try again. But maybe after I try the Apple Blondies! (I skipped the coffee too)

    1. Hey Lisa,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, yes for doughnut holes you would certainly need to reduce the baking time:) xTieghan

      1. The flavor on these was amazing! How do you get the glaze to harden like the photo? Once I packed mine up it melted into them. Did you refrigerate?

        1. Hey Christina,
          I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try!! You can definitely keep these in the fridge if you have leftovers, the glaze is a soft glaze.🍁 xTieghan

  21. 5 stars
    Tieghan,
    Thanks for all the baked doughnut recipes! I received doughnut pans for Christmas a couple years ago and just love them….it’s such a special treat when I get them out. This is the second doughnut recipe of yours that I’ve tried and it turned out great. Loved the flavors of the maple glaze and apple cinnamon doughnut together. Just yummy! I didn’t have instant coffee so just omitted it and reduced the amount of sugar in the glaze for my taste.

    1. Hey Natalie,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

    1. Hey Julia,
      Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! Have the best weekend🍁 xTieghan

    1. Hey Melissa,
      Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! Have the best weekend🍁 xTieghan

  22. I made these delicious doughnuts yesterday but this morning I went to have one and glaze was
    absorbed into the donut?? I thoroughly cooled donuts before glazing and let set. I put into a container with lid. Any suggestions for the next time I make these?

    1. Hey Linda,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try. Since this is a soft glaze, I would wait to put it on until you are ready to serve. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

    1. Hey Yvonne,
      Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  23. 5 stars
    I just finished eating one of these, and wow, they’re so delicious!

    As usual, I used Bob’s 1 to 1 gluten free flour, and it worked out perfectly. I also kept the coffee out of the icing because I didn’t have any, but it was still delicious. I also used the apple butter from your apple butter recipe, so good!

    Thanks for the great recipes!

    1. Hey Joanne,
      Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  24. 5 stars
    Perfect way to make your home smell like fall! Amazing baked donut texture- left out the instant coffee in glaze and reduced bake time to 9 mins. I think I’ll make these an annual tradition 🙂

    1. Hey Gretchen,
      Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  25. I’m getting ready to make these and was wondering if I could use liners in the muffin tin? They look and sound delicious!

    1. Hey Jacquelyn,
      Yes, totally fine to use liners:) I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  26. These came out amazing!!! SO GOOD! My only thing — I waited a while until the doughnuts were cooled before adding the icing, and the first day they looked amazing, but overnight the icing had completely melted into the doughnut making them soggy and fall apart (still good, but not what I was expecting visually!!). I kept them in a sealed container on the counter. I’m not sure if it was the temperature in my home or something I did wrong from the actual recipe??

    1. Hey Ada,
      Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! Maybe next time store them in the fridge, they are pretty delicate so I’m not surprised that this happened! xTieghan

  27. 5 stars
    BUSSIN! The texture of these are so nice and that glaze is flawless! My kids and I really enjoyed these today as part of our first day of fall festivities! Hands down the best baked doughnut I’ve ever made! *Oh and I made them GF.

  28. 5 stars
    This was my first time making doughnuts and it was much easier than I expected. And they were great! I agree with the others that the icing was darker, but it tasted great! I used espresso powder because that’s what I had around. I make a half-baked recipe at least once a week and they’re always very good. Thanks so much!

    1. Hey Lea-Anne,
      Thanks a bunch for trying out this recipe, I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Julie,
      Thanks a bunch for trying out this recipe, I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

  29. 4 stars
    The recipe was easy and the donuts taste good, but I agree with some of the comments here that my icing did not look anything like the picture, even when adding the high end of the powdered sugar amount. Mine was much darker. I also think the coffee kind of overpowered the icing and I would leave it out next time.

    1. Hey Lindsay,
      Thanks a bunch for trying out this recipe, I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

  30. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness soooo good and full of the fall flavors we love!!!! This was a rather easy recipe for the abundance of yumminess that was created.

    Repost to add the rating!

  31. Oh my goodness soooo good and full of the fall flavors we love!!!! This was a rather easy recipe for the abundance of yumminess that was created.

      1. 4 stars
        Delicious. The donut is good, but the glaze is the real star in my eyes. I like it even better than the coffee glaze on your cinnamon streusel coffee cake. I overbaked my donuts a little (beware Wilton donut pans cook fast!) but they were still very tasty.

  32. 5 stars
    Made these today and they are a hit! Deliciously autumnal! Opted to pipe the dough into the donut pan, and that worked like a charm. Was wondering though if leftovers need to be refrigerated, given that the glaze is butter-based. Thoughts?

    1. Hey Brad,
      Happy Monday! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a lot for giving it a try! You do not need to keep the leftovers in the fridge. xTieghan

  33. 5 stars
    I made these this morning for a brunch. They turned out perfectly. I followed the recipe exactly. My guest raved about them. I loved a baked donut. Also I like that the donut itself is not overly sweet. The spices were perfect. I actually used your apple butter in this recipe. Your recipes never disappoint. Thank you for another great recipe.

      1. Hey Kara,
        I’ve not tried freezing these before, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for you. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Colleen,
      For this recipe, I did not peel the apples. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  34. 5 stars
    I made these for breakfast this morning and they are super delicious. I will definitely be making them again soon. Thank you for this wonderful recipe 🙂

  35. 2 stars
    I followed the recipe to a T and they looked nothing like yours. We tried a few and threw them out. Sorry. Maybe I’ll tweak it up a bit.

    1. 5 stars
      Absolutely amazing! Made today and will DEFINITELY make again. Was on the fence about “apple butter” but picked up some today at my local farmers market and I am a changed woman. Use apple butter if you can get your hands on some! Can’t wait to make these again.

        1. Getting ready to make these, and I am curious if ground coffee can be used instead of instant coffee. Attempting to avoid a grocery store run 🙂

          1. Hey Catie,
            Unfortunately, ground coffee will not give you the same results, you will either want to use the instant coffee or just skip it:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    2. Hey Jimmy,
      So sorry to hear this. A little more info would be helpful. What was wrong with them? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  36. If I’m using apple juice instead of apple cider, do I still need to boil it down, or can I reduce the amount to 1/2 cup and skip boiling?

    1. Hey Tanisha,
      I would still recommend boiling it down:) I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. 4 stars
        Thanks, I did as you suggested and they are delicious! The only thing is that my glaze didn’t turn out like yours in the picture, mine doesn’t have a white colour. But overall very good and will make again 🙂

  37. 5 stars
    just made these, they were PHENONM. loved it. I used a bottle of angry orchard hard cider, grated the apple instead of chopped, and swapped applesauce for the apple butter. BOMB!! (re-commenting to include a rating)

  38. just made these, they were PHENONM. loved it. I used a bottle of angry orchard hard cider, grated the apple instead of chopped, and swapped applesauce for the apple butter. BOMB!!

  39. 5 stars
    I made these today as muffins, I had made a crock pot full of apple butter a few days ago and was excited to use that in the recipe.
    They turned out delicious… I tasted one without glaze and it was wonderful, but the glaze really made the flavors pop and yell “it’s fall y’all!”

  40. Hi! Can I prepare the batter the night before and pop them in the oven the next morning or with that affect how the doughnuts rise? Thanks!

    1. Hey Monica,
      Sure, that would be totally fine to do, I would just bring the batter back to room temp. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  41. 5 stars
    Hello from the a Buckeye State. Made these donuts today with my daughter and granddaughters. They look just like picture and got rave reviews from my taste testers. And the glaze…..Devine. Wonderful fall flavors. Defiantly a recipe worth your time.

    1. Hey Nancy,
      Awesome! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! Have the best weekend! xTieghan

  42. 5 stars
    I just made these to celebrate our first real rainy day since mid-June! The frosting is shockingly good. I got a little overzealous with the dough, so my doughnuts look more like muffins. Next time (which there will be) I will divide the batter into two batches to make a full dozen doughnuts. Thank you, and cheers to fall.

    1. Hey Tara,
      Awesome! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! Have the best weekend! xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        I made these doughnuts today, and they were a huge success! Never have I ever used a recipe like this that turned out exactly as promised, and I doubled the recipe. Even the glaze frosted every single doughnut perfectly with no left overs. This recipe surpassed my expectations!!! I will definitely make these again – Thank you!

  43. Hey Tieghan! Any chance you can provide details on how you’d make these vegan? My daughter has a severe allergy to eggs and dairy, but I’d love to make these for her!

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      So sorry, I have not tested this recipe without those ingredients so I cannot say for sure how it would turn out. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

    2. Stephanie,

      Have you ever tried Just Egg? My son also has a severe egg allergy(& dairy too; he can have baked egg now though), & I’ve had success with using J.E. as a replacement. I just made Polish Apple Pancakes with J.E. & other allergen-safe products, and they turned out good!

    3. hi stephanie! i have veganized a lot of tieghan’s recipes–my suggestions would be swap the butter out for earth balance or your favorite non-dairy substitute (miyoko’s is amazing but expensive) and replace the two eggs with a powdered egg replacer like ener-g or bob’s red mill. i’m going to try it myself in the next week but just need to get some apple butter first. i can update you on if it goes well!

  44. 5 stars
    These were so fun to make! I used about 1 cup chopped apples and the tops on my donuts were chunky, rather than smooth. I’m assuming that is due to how much apple I incorporated? Nevertheless, so tasty! I’m going to surprise my parents with some this weekend!

    1. Hey Christina,
      I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! Yup, the recipe only calls for 1/2 cup diced apples. xTieghan

  45. 5 stars
    Delicious! I doubled the Apple and diced it really small. Next time I will add toasted pecans and maybe sprinkle some on top of the glaze at the end. 🙂

    1. Hey Emily,
      You could use apple juice in place of the apple cider. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  46. 5 stars
    These are AMAZING. Immediately after eating a piece my daughter asked to have this instead of a cake for her birthday 😂 I don’t have a donut pan so made 4 mini-loaves – the amount of batter was just right. I accidentally used 3/4 tsp ginger and would do the same next time – really upped the flavor without overpowering it. I also added a bit more apple butter to make them a bit moister. The thick glaze is amazing – the coffee flavor turns caramely tasting and we can’t get enough of it! Thanks for another keeper recipe 🙂

  47. 3 stars
    These were just “ok.” The donut is fine. The icing flavor was very toffee-like, which was not what I expected. I would make them again and just make a confectioner’s glaze with cinnamon.

    1. I agree. Made these today. Donuts are good but frosting very sticky and doesn’t look anything like Half Baked Harvest picture of frosting? And I followed recipe exactly 😙

  48. hi! looks delicious! you say to use a “6-cup doughnut pan” but also that it makes 14 donuts so i think i’m missing something–although i honestly don’t know how to know the volume of my donut pan so maybe those two things mean exactly the same? i have this pan https://www.wilton.com/6-cavity-donut-pan/2105-0565.html and can’t for the life of me find the volume. any guidance is much appreciated. 🙂

    1. Hey Alyssa,
      You want to use a doughnut pan that contains 6 spaces for doughnuts. Please let me know if you have any other questions. xTieghan

  49. 4 stars
    I’m a huge fan of HBH.
    I make your recipes multiple times a month.

    The batter on this one was much wetter than what I observed therefore the donuts didn’t rise and set quite like I expected.

    They still turned out delicious but I will make again to see if I can get the batter to come out better.

    Thanks Tieghan <3

    1. Hey Jessica,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, was there anything you adjusted? Please let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  50. 5 stars
    These were so delicious! The instant coffee in the glaze is everything. I used cheap Great Value brand apple cider since that’s all I could find and it was still great. They were even better with more chopped apple. I used a cup or so instead of 1/2 cup. I only needed less than half an apple to make 1 cup chopped with the giant honeycrisp apples we have here!

    1. Hey Eric,
      Sorry, what are you confused about? Please let me know how I can help. It’s really a simple batter poured into a doughnut pan. xTieghan

  51. These look amazing. I am not a fan of coffee flavor, would it be ok to leave it out of the glaze or is the bitterness needed to offset so much sweet? If so, any suggestions to substitute for the coffee?

    1. Hey Sara,
      You can omit the coffee. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  52. 5 stars
    I made these yesterday and they were sooooo good! My husband (who developed a gluten allergy several years ago) said “ These taste like an apple fritter which I haven’t had in 6 years!”❤️❤️ I substitute cup4cup in all of my baking. I guess I will have to attempt you actual Apple Fritter recipe. Not sure how it will turn out with GF flour but I’m going to try. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  53. 5 stars
    Perfect! I didn’t have a donut pan so made these in a muffin pan instead and they turned out just right with no issues. I baked them slightly longer than recommended just to be sure it baked all the way through. This recipe is an immediate keeper.

    1. Hey Alex,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  54. My SIL made these for her fam and loved them! We’d like to try. However, one of our family members has a wheat allergy and another an egg allergy. Do you think Bobs Red Mill 1 to 1 GF flour could be subbed? Also, what egg substitute might work? We’ve used apple sauce, Bobs Red Mill Egg Substitute, flax seed and Aquafaba in the past. Would one of those possibly work?

    1. Hey Sabrina,
      Sure, Gf flour would work totally fine here. I have not tested this recipe with an egg substitute, but let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  55. 5 stars
    I made the recipe as muffins. Wonderful flavor and texture. I reduced the sugar in the batter knowing the glaze would be plenty sweet. I didn’t have instant coffee and substituted a half teaspoon of instant espresso. The glaze was sweet and smoky—really good. The next time I make this recipe I’ll use a loaf pan.

    1. Hey Betsy,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Sure, that would be totally fine to do! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  56. 4 stars
    Thank you for the lovely fall recipe! My family enjoyed it. With no donut pan these became muffins. My instant coffee granules did not dissolve in the glaze so I ended up straining it through a sieve before topping the muffins. Also did not toss the apples with cinnamon sugar before adding as there is plenty of sugar already. A lovely weekend recipe when you have the time to enjoy the process. 💜

    1. Hey Connie,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  57. 5 stars
    Just finished making these! It made 10 traditional doughnuts plus 6 small pumpkin shaped muffins. Fantastic flavor, the glaze really took it to the next level. I’ll be wrapping individually and sending to work with my husband, I expect many more rave reviews and will be making these again.
    The only change I made was using Penzys pie spice instead of cinnamon sugar on the apples, doubt there was much flavor difference, just wanted to simplify.

    1. Hey Rory,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

    1. Hey Ang,
      You can just skip the instant coffee. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Bethany,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  58. 5 stars
    So delicious! Made these for work as muffins and everyone loved them! For the muffins I used liners and cooked them for 16-18 min at 350.

    1. Hey Katie,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

      1. Hey Kari,
        Yes, that will work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Sue,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  59. 5 stars
    These are so incredibly delicious! I just finished making them and of course had to taste a warm, freshly glazed one. You’ve done it again with another fantastic recipe; I appreciate all the time and effort you put in to not only creating amazing recipes, but photographing them so beautifully, too! Have an awesome day. 🙂

    1. Hey Allison,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  60. 5 stars
    DELICIOUS! I made mini versions of this recipe, cut the bake time roughly in half, and they turned out amazing. Another genius recipe Tieghan!!!🥰

    1. Hey Sue,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  61. I have one of those little donut making machines that were so popular a few years ago, but have never tried it out. Bought it resale. Can I make your recipe in my machine? It’s the type that looks alittle like a George Foreman grill. Thank you! These look yummy!

    1. Hey Christie,
      So sorry, I honestly have no idea, I’ve never used a donut machine before, if it involves frying I would not recommend that with this batter. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

  62. 3 stars
    This has so much potential! These are the second ‘muffin’ type baked good I’ve made from Half Baked Harvest and they were so bready and bland. I’ll try to make them again and cut the amount of flour or up the amount of spices and apples.

    The coffee maple glaze was very good.

  63. 5 stars
    These were SO GOOD, and a huge hit with everyone in my house. And that’s even though I just now realized I forgot the apple butter. That’s my kind of recipe – delicious even when I lose track of an ingredient!

  64. Crazy pants excited for this recipe, but am wondering if it’s possible to make it into one large bundt pan instead? If so, do you recommend any adjustments to the recipe/bake time? Thanks so much!

    1. Hey Jamie,
      I would probably do this in a loaf pan and increase your baking time to at least 45 minutes. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

        1. Hey Maggie,
          I have I never worked with postum, you could certainly give it a try, otherwise it’s totally fine to omit the instant coffee. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

    1. Hey Cari,
      Sure, I bet that would be yummy. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        Score!! I am a kitchen person so I appreciate all the extra steps that really bring out the flavor. Reducing the cider and browning the butter, totally worth the effort. Everyone raved about them. Next up a gluten-free batch so I can enjoy them.

        1. Hey Cari,
          Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  65. Hi! Can I just clarify a point? I am going to reduce my apple cider. When all is said and done I only want to add 1/2 a cup of apple cider so even if I can’t reduce the 1 1/2 cup to a 1/2 cup that is all I should use right? Thanks!

    1. Hey Cari,
      Yes, that is correct, you are only going to use 1/2 cup of the reduced apple cider. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kayla,
      I didn’t peel my apples, but you totally can if you want. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  66. Hi Tieghan!
    If I used a cupcake pan, would you recommend using cupcake liners or just greasing the pan with butter?
    Thank you!

    1. Hey Emily,
      You could really do either one, it’s totally up to you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  67. Is there a substitute for the instant coffee in the recipe? We do not drink coffee…and actually don’t like the taste.

    1. Hey Crystal,
      You can skip the instant coffee. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Bridget,
      I would use 3/4 cup boiled cider in total OR 1/4 cup pumpkin puree or apple sauce in place of the apple butter. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  68. These sound and look so good.

    Can I just check that cider is juiced apples? Here in the UK, we have apple juice and cider (the cider being alcoholic).

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Being excited for seasonal things feels so good, especially when worldwide there is such turmoil. Feeling grateful and happy to be making apple recipes and looking forward to pumpkin season too. 🎃

    Making these soon, even have the pans already! 🙂xx

    1. Hey Kelly-Jane,
      Yes, that is correct. For this recipe I used non-alcoholic cider, so apple juice will also work for you. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

    2. Hi Kelly-Jane,

      I hope you don’t mind me asking as I also happen to live in the UK – what did you u se as a substitute to apple butter? I sometimes find with these recipes that the ingredients do not exist in the same form here so I sometimes have to improvise – though less keen to do so when it comes to baking! Thanks a million and hope they turned out delicious!

    1. Hey Susan,
      Sure, I think that would work well for you. I would increase your baking time to about 45 minutes. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      I would probably just reduce the baking time since the donut holes would be smaller. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  69. Hi Tieghan,
    These look amazing and I’m thinking of trying them out this weekend! I am a long-time admirer of your blog and I’ve recently started my own website dedicated to all things eating, cooking, and baking. I would be honored if you would check it out at https://threepeasinapodfoodblog.com
    I’ve recently posted several Autumn-inspired recipes- including Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon-honey butter and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette- that I think you and your followers would enjoy. Thanks so much for being such an incredible inspiration! Happy baking!

    1. Hey Chris,
      Yes, you can skip the instant coffee. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  70. Hi Tieghan, do you think I could substitute coconut oil along with a smidgen of salt for the salted butter? My grandson is allergic to dairy. Thank you!

    1. Hey Debby,
      I haven’t tested this, so I am unsure of the results, but that should be okay for you to do. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Stacy,
      I haven’t tried this, it will work, but it will obviously change the flavor profile of the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  71. Ahh!! Tieghan! You are tempting me! I just happen to be going apple picking tomorrow, AND I have everything I need to make these! They look amazing!

    1. Hey Emily,
      Sorry, I would not recommend frying this batter. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Deena,
      I would use 3/4 cup boiled cider in total OR 1/4 cup pumpkin puree or apple sauce in place of the apple butter. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  72. These sounds delicious! Could I purée the apple instead of cutting it?

    Also, my husband will not eat any fruits or veggies. It’s a texture thing (& stubbornness:) Do you have any recipes or ideas on how to hide them in dishes?

    1. Shelly, I grated the apple on the large side of a box grater and they blended in nicely with no texture issues. When I’m making recipes for my kids I usually grate the veggies or fruit that is call for. It work like a charm. Carrots, squash, onions anything really and if I can’t grate it i.e. broccoli or kale, I finely chop it. Hiding healthy things has become my specialty.

  73. If you need apple cider and have none, you could boils down mash apples or juice older apples and condense

  74. Hi – wondering if I could use a 16 mini bundt/cake pan (Nordic Ware fall cakelet pan) instead of the donut pan? Would I need to adjust the baking time or make any other adjustments? Thanks!

    1. Hey Tiffany,
      Sure, that will work well for you! I would follow the recipe as is. I hope this recipe turns out amazing, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  75. Any thoughts on how these might do using a GF 1 to 1 sub mix like KA or Cup 4 Cup?
    Im hosting a Pumpkin Carving Party and these would be perfect but my BIL has recently had to go GF and I I am trying to make all selection GF friendly for him.

    Of course I’ve never baked GF and have no clue but ran across C4C and KA products while trying to research how to make my apple crisp GF. My initial findings is that the GF sub reacts differently to liquids so not sure if I should venture on this for a party….maybe just for us on a Sat morning!

    1. Hey Miriam,
      I would recommend using an equal amount of GF flour, I like Bob’s Red Mill. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    2. I have Celiac Disease and have worked with lots of GF flours/blends. My favorite are C4C and KA. I know people who use Bob’s with good results. Just make sure you pick something that is a blend and not straight up rice flour. Straight forward substitution works well. Good luck. I plan on trying these but will probably do a gluten version first. I will circle back and let you know how they turn out if I proceed with a GF version.

  76. I’m so excited to try this, but I have one setback – I moved to the UK and they don’t really have apple cider anywhere here (why?!?!)! Do you have any substitute that might work or a recipe to make my own apple cider so I can make these beautiful doughnuts?

    Thanks so much for being amazing!

    1. I have apple cider in my fridge Lou, it’s from Tesco, their own brand. Not the best for drinking but great for cooking. Hope this helps.

      1. Thank you! I’ve found if there is “apple cider” here it doesn’t taste anything like the US, but I’ll give it a go!! Thanks!

    2. Hey Lou,
      You could try using apple juice here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan