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.


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


STEP 1: In a small saucepan, simmer apple cider and cloves together for 10-15 minutes. You want to reduce the apple cider to 1/2 cup. Remove cloves and place apple cider in the refrigerator to cool while you prepare the donut batter.

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray mini muffin pan or donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

STEP 2: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

STEP 3: In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, melted butter, and brown sugar together.

STEP 4: Add buttermilk, vanilla extract, applesauce, and apple cider.

STEP 5: Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until JUST COMBINED.

STEP 6: Pour batter into prepared mini muffin pan or donut pan, filling 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 9-10 minutes for donut holes or 9-12 minutes for regular sized donuts or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.


STEP 7: In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together. Dip donut holes into melted butter and then roll into cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat for all donut holes. You may need more butter/cinnamon-sugar.

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