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How to Make Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes

Make these delicious baked apple cider donut holes in less than 30 minutes. Their cinnamon sugar coating finishes off the perfect fall treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider donuts, easy dessert recipe, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 40 donut holes
Calories 89kcal


  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 stick


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease your donut pan. While the oven is heating, mix together your egg, butter, and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Once those are mixed and smooth, add in the buttermilk, vanilla extract, and apple cider. Blend thoroughly. Sift the remaining dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Whisk together gently, and be sure to not overmix! This is important to give it a chewy, doughy texture.
  • Pour your batter into a donut hole pan, filling each mold 3/4 full. (If you add more, they will puff up and spill over, losing their round shape.)  Bake for 5-6 minutes until barely golden.
  • While the donut holes are cooling, mix together your sugar and cinnamon for the coating. Once they have cooled, dip them in a light coating of butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve immediately (before they're all gone).


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg