Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Serves: 12
For the Donuts
  • 2 C white whole wheat flour (I used Trader Joe's)
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ⅛ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ C reduced apple cider**
  • ½ C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
For the Sugar Coating
  • ½ C sugar
  • 1¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cardamom, and salt. Stir in apple cider, applesauce, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract until just combined.
  3. Pour batter into a pastry bag or a ziploc bag with the corner cut off. Fill each donut cavity about ¾ full.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges just start to turn light golden brown and donuts spring back when lightly pressed. Remove to a wire rack to cool for 2 minutes before removing from pan onto wire rack.
  5. Stir together sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom in a small bowl. Brush donuts with melted butter and dip donuts in sugar mixture until coated.
  6. Best eaten in 1-2 days.
You can also use 1 teaspoon apple pie spice in place of all of the spices.
**Add 1½ cups apple cider to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer until reduced to half (3/4 cup), about 20-25 minutes.
Recipe by A Kitchen Addiction at