Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

When I was growing up, Sunday mornings were all about donuts. I remember hopping in the car to accompany my Dad to Winchell’s, where we’d choose a variety of donuts to bring home to the family. Personally, I liked the maple bars, old-fashioned and anything with pink icing or sprinkles. As a girl who is more often than not watching her calories, I don’t visit too many donut shops these days. Instead I do things at home, like bake these Apple Cider Doughnuts.

The pans are lined with nonstick spray and a sprinkle of sugar. I invested in some donut pans, but something tells me they’d bake up just as well in a mini-muffin pan.

I made a few big donuts and lots of little ones. Be careful not to fill the batter to the tops of your donut pans or you’ll lose the hole-in-the-middle when they puff up while baking ;) Uh, yeah… that happened to some of mine.

They’re pretty good on their own without any adornments.

But they’re even better dunked into icing. This icing is a simple mix of powdered sugar, light cream cheese, cinnamon and milk.

Place them on a rack to let the icing set.


They’re ready to eat when you are. The texture of these is a bit different than regular, full-fat, evil donuts… kind of an airy cake texture.  I thought they were best eaten the day they were made, but my little one was just as happy eating leftover donuts for the next couple of days.

The good news is… these donuts are only 131 calories for a mini donut with icing, and if you’re on the Weight Watcher’s plan, they’ll only cost you 2.5 points. If you’re not on any kind of diet plan at all, then you can just feel good about eating a healthier version of The Donut.  And guess what?  Tomorrow is Sunday, which means it can be your donut day too :)

This recipe can be found here: Apple Cider Doughnuts

Note: Feel free to experiment w/ different icing recipes, add sprinkles, etc. I’m thinking a good maple icing would also be delicious with this recipe.

Other baked donut recipes on the blogs that are lookin’ pretty good too:
Baked Mini Doughnuts by Baking Bites
Baked Caramel Apple Doughnuts by Shutterbean
Baked Jam-Filled Doughnuts by My Kitchen Snippets
Baked Banana Doughnuts by Noble Pig
Chocolate-Glazed Baked Doughnut Muffins by Joy the Baker

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24 Responses to “Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts”

  1. 1

    Jersey Girlc Cooks — October 23, 2010 @ 5:32 AM

    I love that these are less calories. Cider donuts are my favorite!

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — October 23, 2010 @ 6:39 AM

    I’ve been really tempted to finally get one of those donut pans…now I’m even more so. I remember Winchell’s!

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    Paula — October 23, 2010 @ 6:53 AM

    Oh my! They did look delicious all on their own. The added frosting makes them irresistible!

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    marla — October 23, 2010 @ 6:59 AM

    I have been wanting to try baked donuts over here too! These look awesome. Gotta get some of those pans and try them :) xo

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    Jenny Flake — October 23, 2010 @ 7:19 AM

    Looks so beautiful Lori!! You know I am wanting these this morning! Have a great Saturday :)

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    Paula — October 23, 2010 @ 8:42 AM

    these donuts looks absolutely yummy with this chocolate!

    have a nice time!
    Paula

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    Carol — October 23, 2010 @ 12:02 PM

    Lori, you have inspired me to dig out the donut pan I bought years back and have only used a couple times. These look SO doggone good…..and with….gulp…..cream cheese icing…..even better!

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    Julie — October 23, 2010 @ 8:36 PM

    I need one of those donut pans! These look wonderful :)

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    katie — October 23, 2010 @ 11:48 PM

    Wow these look fabulous!! Adore the flavour

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    Liz @ LBBakes — October 24, 2010 @ 4:37 AM

    Cream cheese icing sounds wonderful!

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    Barbara — October 24, 2010 @ 8:01 AM

    I love donuts; they’re sort of a guilty pleasure but the guilt too often overrides the pleasure and I resist them. Truth is; I’ve been hearing about donut pans but you hit on something…as long as they’re being baked and come out more cake like, maybe I’ll resist the pan too and just do a muffin; and hit the road to the nearest shop. Oh why??? All I want now is a donut!

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    Laurie — October 24, 2010 @ 8:10 AM

    Holy Cow! Just sent this to my friend Jill who is a WW leader–she will flip over this! Do you think you can make them in the mini bundt cake pans??

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 24th, 2010 @ 8:13 AM

      @Laurie, cool! Yes, you can make them in mini bundt pans too. You actually could probably make them in mini muffin pans too.

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    snooky doodle — October 24, 2010 @ 9:02 AM

    these look good. yummy

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    Courtney — October 24, 2010 @ 9:08 AM

    I love how they turned out in the donut pan. They look delicious!

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    Kerstin — October 24, 2010 @ 11:38 AM

    These look fabulous – makes me want to get one of those cute mini donut pans :)

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    Danielle — October 24, 2010 @ 3:56 PM

    Yum! This look soooo good. I made donus a while ago but yours look so much better!

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    Amanda — October 25, 2010 @ 5:26 AM

    Great job on these Lori, they look GREAT!

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    A Boston Food Diary — October 25, 2010 @ 6:15 AM

    YAY thank good ness for you Lori! I did a yahoo search for baked cider donuts-knew I should have just come here first! Can’t wait to make these!

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    Peggy — October 25, 2010 @ 7:23 PM

    Wow! I just found your blog this past weekend. You have some super recipes! Your selection of pumpkin ideas was crazy! Thank you so much. I hope you don’t mind I linked you on my blog for Candy Corn Bark. I will be back soon to try out more.

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 25th, 2010 @ 9:02 PM

      @Peggy, Glad you’re finding recipes you like :)

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    Shawn — October 25, 2010 @ 8:45 PM

    Ok, I am going out to buy myself a donut pan! My little kiddos saw these and went nuts! We’ll be making these this weekend for sure! Thanks!

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    Michelle — October 29, 2010 @ 1:11 PM

    I’ve hinted around that this pan would be a fun gift, so here’s hoping Santa puts it under the tree for me. I’ll bookmark the recipe, just in case!

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    ricky aaron — September 28, 2011 @ 4:30 PM

    Thank you !!! I was just (home) Indiania and had some but I would LOVE to make these for the non-believers that think I am nuts when I talk about them I live in Florida now and I am amazed that people have never heard of them it must be a ind & mich thing ??