Cinnamon-Sugar Dusted Apple Cider Donuts

Cinnamon-Sugar Dusted Apple Cider Donuts

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From:, September 2019

Fluffy and light with a warm cinnamon flavor, you'll be craving these homemeade donuts (with a hot cup of coffee) all fall! Because apple cider can be harder to find year-round, take advantage of when it's "in season." Don't forget to make a few extra batches and freeze the donuts to enjoy when cider isn't available.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • Doughnuts
  • Cooking spray
  • 1½ cups unfiltered apple cider
  • 1¾ cups (about 7 ounces) white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg


  • Prep

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  1. Prepare the donuts: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray one (12-count) donut pan or two (6-count) donut pans with cooking spray; set aside. Bring cider to a boil in a small saucepan over high; boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until cider reduces to ½ cup, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  2. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl until combined. Whisk together buttermilk, granulated sugar, brown sugar and egg in a 4-cup measuring cup (or a small bowl) until combined; stir in butter, vanilla and cooled cider reduction. Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture; stir until combined (but do not overmix).
  3. Spoon donut batter into a piping bag (or zip-top plastic bag; snip 1 inch from corner of bag). Pipe donuts into prepared pan, filling each cavity about halfway. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the topping: Stir together sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl.
  5. Toss warm donuts in topping mixture and serve.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 donut
  • Per serving: 178 calories; 4 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 33 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 21 g sugars; 17 g added sugars; 43 mg calcium; 209 mg sodium; 31 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2

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