Apple Cider Doughnuts

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Baked Apple Cider Donuts.

Yield: 12 large or 24 mini donuts

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 12 min

Apple Cider Donuts

For the chance to eat a doughnut when you're having to watch your calorie intake, this baked version is quite the treat. You will need a mini doughnut or bundt baking pan with 12 cavities or a 6 cavity doughnut baking pan for this recipe.


granulated sugar for preparing pans
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 large egg, beaten
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup apple butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup apple cider
1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
3 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil


1. Preheat oven to 400ยฐF. Coat pan with nonstick spray or oil. Sprinkle with sugar, shaking out excess.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, cider, yogurt and oil. Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Divide half of the batter among the cavities in the prepared pan, spoon about 2 generous Tbsp. of batter into each cavity. Donโ€™t fill them to the top or your doughnuts will lose their holes when the batter puffs up while baking!

3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops spring back when touched lightly. Loosen edges and turn the doughnuts out onto a rack to cool. Clean the pan, re-coat it with oil and sugar. Repeat with remaining batter.

4. Ice your doughnuts, if desired. Sift 1 cup powdered sugar and mix w/ 2 ounces light cream cheese, a dash of cinnamon and enough nonfat milk to create a spreading or dipping consistency. Dip tops of doughnuts into the icing, then set right side up on a rack to let the icing set.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 mini donut (no icing)
Calories per serving: 106
Fat per serving: 2g
Saturated Fat per serving: .24g
Sugar per serving: 10.64g
Fiber per serving: .5g
Protein per serving: 1.5g
Cholesterol per serving: 9mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 20.27g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 3 Old Points Program: 2


14 Responses to “Apple Cider Doughnuts”

  1. postedApr 28, 2009 8:50 PM

    I can NOT believe you have a donut recipe here that comes with Weight Watchers points. You’re my new blog-idol ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. postedOct 23, 2009 8:04 PM

    Shut the front door! I usually spend 5 points on Fridays for the apple cider donuts from the bakery. No more!

  3. postedOct 23, 2010 1:49 PM

    I adapted a recipe from Eating Well that was similar to this one – and they came out great! Gotta love a healthier spin on a seasonal favorite :).

  4. postedApr 29, 2011 12:45 PM

    These look delicious! I’ve been looking for baked donut recipes and will be adding these to my to-try list soon.

  5. postedOct 9, 2011 7:14 AM
    Samantha Bartels

    I have only had apple cider doughnuts a couple times, and i think they r awesome. I first had them at an apple orchard and was hoping to find a recipe for them. Thank you so much.

  6. postedDec 29, 2011 4:05 PM

    Thank you Lori for sharing this delicious donut recipe. We just made our first batch and started devouring them as they came out of the oven. I made these for my toddlers, so I substituted 2 C all-purpose for 1 C all-purpose and 1 C whole wheat pastry flour. They were so light and sweet, my husband didn’t even know that they had whole wheat flour in them! I also made 24 with the sugar coating and 18 without (your sugar coating is definitely more tasty). We didn’t add the icing, although it does sound delicious.

  7. postedJan 22, 2012 7:16 AM

    My mouth is watering – you are so evil sharing this during breakfast time (Though to be fair, I’d be dying no matter when I saw it). I especially love, besides the gorgeous mouth watering photo, that this has weight watchers points with it. Happy Sunday!

  8. postedSep 9, 2012 8:44 AM

    No frying?? This is wonderful! I love making homemade doughnuts (apart from the mess and calories) I haven’t made them in years so this will be a very welcomed treat!

  9. postedSep 14, 2012 11:25 AM

    Can you use whole wheat flour for this recipe?

    • postedSep 15, 2012 6:12 AM

      I’d try it with half whole wheat. Generally replacing a recipe entirely with whole wheat doesn’t always work out so well.

  10. postedMar 3, 2013 1:24 PM
    recipe books

    Yummm that looks so good ๐Ÿ˜› thanks for sharing with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. postedSep 18, 2013 6:53 AM

    WHOA!! These babies need to be mine!

  12. postedSep 18, 2013 7:39 AM
    Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine

    ohhh my. These are perfect for the season! Mmmmm! I love baked donuts ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. postedJan 26, 2014 2:52 AM

    Wow best baked doughnuts. Ever I thought they would be to sweet but they were perfect thank. You

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