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Our Apple Cider Doughnut Holes are baked rather than fried and are loaded with apple cider flavors and coated in a delicious cinnamon sugar topping.
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Table of Contents
  1. Easy Homemade Apple Cider Doughnut Holes
  2. Why We Love This Apple Cider Doughnut Holes Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  6. How to Make Apple Cider Doughnut Holes
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Other Easy Fall Recipes
  10. Apple Cider Doughnut Holes Recipe

Apple Cider Doughnut Holes are loaded with apple cider flavors and coated in a delicious cinnamon-sugar topping. Baked -not fried, to perfection, you’ll love the soft texture of this fall favorite!

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Easy Homemade Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

Apple cider doughnut holes are so easy to make. They have delicious apple flavors and a moist, fluffy doughnut texture. They can be made in just a quick 20 minutes from the comfort of home! Best of all, these can be made year-round -no need to wait for your annual apple orchard trip.

Every fall, we make a trip to our local apple orchard. I love everything about it. Being outside in the crisp fall air, the corn mazes, and most of all apple treats. A few years back I tried apple cider doughnuts and I was sold. I knew I had to make these heavenly treats at home.

Why We Love This Apple Cider Doughnut Holes Recipe

  • Quick and easy homemade apple cider doughnut recipe
  • Delicious fall flavored treat that can be made year-round
  • Simple ingredients list using many pantry staples
  • Easily baked in the oven, no need for messy oil or a fryer
bitten doughnut

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • White granulated sugar
  • Apple cider
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Butter -melted

Substitutions and Additions

  • TOPPINGS: If you want to make these doughnut holes a bit sweeter, you can top them with caramel, chocolate, whipped topping, or vanilla ice cream!
  • Mini muffin pan
  • Whisk

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How to Make Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

The donut holes will come together in just 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes baking! Best of all, you can simply pop them in the oven to cook. No need to worry about oil or frying!

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and sugar and whisk.
    In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar and whisk until combined
  2. Add apple cider, milk, egg, and vanilla.
    Add apple cider, milk, egg, and vanilla
  3. Use a cookie scoop to fill each section of the mini muffin pan ¾ full.
    fill each section of the mini muffin pan
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
    baked doughnut in mini muffin pan
  5. Mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon for coating. 
    mix granulated sugar and cinnamon for coating
  6. Allow doughnut holes to cool slightly, then roll into butter and cinnamon sugar mixture. 
    doughnut dipped into cinnamon sugar mixture

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Freeze doughnut holes up to 3 months in a freezer Ziploc bag or an airtight container.
  • To Reheat: If you enjoy your doughnut holes warm, you can pop these in the microwave for about 30 seconds to heat them up.
doughnut stacked in a bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make apple cider doughnut holes ahead of time?

You can make these doughnut holes ahead of time and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. However, I think these are best served fresh out of the oven. So, you could simply make the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge, then scoop it into your muffin tin and bake when you’re ready to serve.

Can I make apple cider doughnut holes in the air fryer?

There are so many great air fryer donut recipes out there. However, this recipe isn’t made for the air fryer. Baking these doughnut holes in the oven is the best way to cook them. It’s super quick and easy and saves you from dealing with hot oil.

What kind of apple cider is best for making apple cider doughnut holes?

This is totally up to your preference! You can use your favorite brand or a delicious cider that you got from your local farmers’ market or apple orchard.

doughnut in wooden table

Other Easy Fall Recipes

5 from 4 votes
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Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

Serves — 12
Our Apple Cider Doughnut Holes are baked rather than fried and are loaded with apple cider flavors and coated in a delicious cinnamon sugar topping.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

Doughnut

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Coating

  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a mini muffin pan by coating with butter or cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar and whisk until combined.
  • Add the apple cider, milk, egg and vanilla and stir until fully incorporated.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to fill each section of the mini muffin pan ¾ full.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Remove each doughnut hole and roll before dipping into the butter and cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Freeze doughnut holes up to 3 months in a freezer Ziploc bag or an airtight container.
  • To Reheat: If you enjoy your doughnut holes warm, you can pop these in the microwave for about 30 seconds to heat them up.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Hi! This looks delicious, and I can’t wait to make these TODAY! Question: Do you roll only the top of the muffin in the butter and sugar mixture?

  2. I roll the enitre thing in cinnamon sugar, but you don’t have to do the whole thing if you don’t want to!