Caramelized Onion French Lentils and Cheesy Toast.
Hello! Your Tuesday is about to be extra delish.
Because we’re making apple cider doughnuts…with chocolate chips…and salted caramel.
Here’s the deal, I feel like sometimes a Tuesday just needs something like these doughnuts.
I mean, I dunno about you guys, but Tuesday is no Friday, and some weeks it can be just as much of a struggle as Monday. You know? So why not make it a million times better with something sweet, delish and very fall inspired, right?
So it’s finally been sinking into my brain that stopping to take a work pause once or twice a day has been really helpful, and kind of a breath of fresh air…literally. For example, things like taking a twenty-minute walk in the late afternoon sunshine, or baking fresh cookies once I’ve gotten the hardest task of the day accomplished, or pausing work for an hour to run Asher down to Target to look at Halloween decorations. Just quick, little things to take a break and make the day less of a hustle and all around more enjoyable.
It’s taken a long time to learn, but work breaks are a good thing…I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m still learning, but slowly I am realizing that the little pauses are very helpful. Has anyone else figured this out? I know it’s what all the experts say to do, but you know, I am pretty stubborn, and it’s taken me a while to give in.
The point here is that if you’re having a bit of a tiring Tuesday, take an hour and bake up some apple cider doughnuts.
Like for real!!
Obviously, for a lot of you this may not be possible until you return home from work, but sometimes dessert just needs to come before dinner. It’s what my mom used to do, quite often actually, and well, she pretty much always has a smile on her face.
Really, why do mom’s always know best? I kid you not, when my brothers and I were kids, most nights of the week dessert would be made before dinner had even been thought about. Now you guys know why I have such a chocolate tooth.
Anyway, sometime sweets are needed before savory, and personally, I’m feeling like that’s the case today. You guys with me or not? And really, these doughnuts are baked, not fried, so that kind of means they’re healthy, right?
Yup, going with it.
I’ve probably said this before, but I actually don’t feel like baked doughnuts are truly doughnuts. I sort of feel like if you’re going to call something a doughnut it should be fried. Baked doughnuts feel way more cupcake-like than doughnut-like to me… just my way of thinking I guess.
But whatever, because I love the cuteness of these baked salted caramel apple cider doughnuts, and there’s no denying that baked doughnuts are just easier. I have a love/hate relationship with fried food. I kind of despise frying things, I mean, I’ll certainly do it, but it is kind of a pain.
So today we’re going with baked doughnuts, or as I like to call them cupcakes in the shape of doughnuts. No matter how they’re made though, these baked goodies are so flipping good, I mean, addictingly good.
It’s all about that salted caramel. YUMM.
And the doughnuts themselves? Incredibly moist, fluffy and super flavorful thanks to the apple cider in the batter.
Okok, AND I maybe threw in a handful of chocolate chips too, because why the heck not? You can never go wrong by adding a little chocolate, as my mom likes to say.
Oh and lastly, apparently I am really in a caramel mood. All of my sweet recipes coming up seem to involve caramel in some way or another. Guess it’s a Caramel Crazy Fall.
Not complaining! 🙂
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Ahh, I’ll just take the remainder of that doughnut…
These donuts are AMAZING! I made them last night for my kids and friends we had over. The apple cider really came through in the caramel and gave it such a unique flavor. What a great fall recipe.
Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I am thrilled to hear that it was enjoyed! xx
Hoping to make these soon. Any suggestions for an alternative to the canola oil? Thank you!
Any other neutral oil will work well for you. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xT
So excited to try these! I don’t have a doughnut pan, can the dough be rolled into balls for doughnut holes?
This batter will not work for rolling, but you can just use a muffin tin for these:) I hope you love the recipe, let me know if you give it a try! xx