Apple Cider Donuts

Growing up in Connecticut, apple picking was a rite of passage.  The orchard we used to go to had the most amazing apple cider donuts in their store.  This is a healthy twist on theirs (which were fried).


  • 1 cup apple cider (reduced to 3/8 cup or 6 TBSPs)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 ¾  cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼  granulated sugar
  • ¼  cup light brown sugar
  • ½  tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 TBSP buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg


  1. Reduce the apple cider on a stove. Pour your apple cider and cinnamon stick to a saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, add melted butter, sugar and brown sugar. Mix.
  3. Add buttermilk and stir. Then add your egg and vanilla.
  4. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and add your flour, then stir or whisk. Add your baking powder and salt.
  5. Add your reduced apple cider. And stir.
  6. Pour batter into your nonstick donut pan, making sure to wipe any excess from sides and hole. You can do this with a spoon OR by pouring the batter into a plastic bag and snipping the tip so that you can pipe the batter. Bake in 350° oven for doubt 10-12 minutes (you can use a cake tester or toothpick to see if they’re done, but don’t overbake!).
  7. Once the donuts are slightly cooled, remove from pan and dip in butter followed with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.


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Meg is a Co-Founder of What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (12, 10 and 7). She wishes her kids asked for caramelized brussel sprouts and wild salmon salad every night. But most of the time, you'll find her whipping up a kid-friendly pasta or a sweet treat with a healthy twist. Her motto is: everything in moderation... except coffee. Find her on Instagram @madewithmeg. {{Privy:Embed campaign=591322}}