Guilt-Free Apple Cider Baked Donuts with Maple Glaze


It is SRC- Secret Recipe Club day, and also officially the first day of autumn, my favorite season…  As you can imagine, I am as happy as can be!!!  I will be sharing with you a seasonal, guilt-free yet mouthwatering recipe: Apple Cider Baked Donuts with Maple Glaze.  I have had these apple cider baked donuts for both breakfast and an afternoon treat… Oh, if you could only see the smile on my face — and my children’s faces as well!!!

Apple Cider Baked Donuts with Maple Glaze... Welcome Fall with a Little Piece of Heaven!!!

The recipe for these apple cider baked donuts has been adapted from Apple Cider and Cinnamon Baked Donuts by We Heart Vegan, the delicious vegan blog that I have been assigned for this month.  I confess that vegan cuisine is something that I only came to learn about in culinary school, not something that I live by day to day.  But the few vegan dishes that I have tried so far, I liked a lot.  How better to learn more about this diet and philosophy on life than with Brittany, author of  We Heart Vegan.  She has a bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition and a mission to educate others on how “good vegan food can not only be healthy but also cheap and appealing to everyone.”  I highly recommend her blog!  It was a difficult task for me to choose only one from among so many superb recipes.

Because I did not have coconut flour, egg replacer, and vegan butter in my pantry and fridge, I had to replace them with all-purpose flour, real eggs, and unsalted butter.  Instead of  tossing these baked donuts in a premixed mixture of cinnamon and sugar as Brittany did, I drizzled them with maple glaze.  Of course, you are welcome to try both my apple cider baked donuts with maple glaze or Brittany’s vegan apple cider and cinnamon baked donuts.  Although my donuts are not vegan, they are guilt-free (small and baked which means they are both lower in calories and less fattening). I’d love to have your feedback!! For many other treats, visit the blogs featuring our SRC recipes below.

Enjoy the marvelous autumn season and many of our fall goodies such as these Apple Cider Baked Donuts and our Candied Sweet Potatoes Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Topping.

Happy Fall!!!


Apple Cider Baked Donuts with Maple Glaze...Welcome Fall with a Little Piece of Heaven!!!

Guilt-Free Apple Cider Baked Donuts with Maple Glaze
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Delicious, guilt-free mini baked donuts which are both easy and quick to prepare.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 26
  • For the Apple Cider Baked Donuts:
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ½ cup fresh apple cider
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • For the Maple Glaze:
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dark corn syrup or Karo
  • ½ tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon maple flavoring (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 º F (177 º C).
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sea salt, and cinnamon. In a small separate bowl, whisk the egg. Set both aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the apple cider, sugar and butter, stirring continuously until butter has just melted. Remove from heat, let cool for 2 minutes, and stir in the apple cider vinegar, vanilla, and whisked egg. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry; stir well with a whisker until combined and almost no lumps are visible.
  4. Using a tablespoon or a cookie scooper, spoon/scoop batter into a donut pan (3/4 full). Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes (standard-size, yielding about 6 donuts) or for 6-7 minutes (mini baked donuts, yielding about 26), or until light brown and cooked through. Let cool for 2-3 minutes on a rack. Then, remove baked donuts from pan and place them directly on a rack to cool completely before dipping into glaze.
  5. For the Maple Glaze: Whisk everything together in a small bowl until smooth. Set rack of donuts over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Dip the top of the baked donuts into the maple glaze, turning to coat well. Let baked donuts rest on rack until glaze sets.

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63 Responses to Guilt-Free Apple Cider Baked Donuts with Maple Glaze

  1. Raymund 23 September, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    Honestly I wanna grab those donuts out of my screen.

  2. Karen 23 September, 2013 at 2:40 am #

    What a FAB autumn recipe and so delectable to look at! Hi! I am new to group C and am enjoying doing the rounds this morning! Karen

    • Denise Browning 23 September, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Welcome to group C!!! I am happy that you have enjoyed my treat, Karen!

  3. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking & More 23 September, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    Perfect for a Fall morning. I so want these for breakfast now!

    • Denise Browning 23 September, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      Oh, Lynne! They are great for breakfast — and as an afternoon treat as well.

  4. Heather 23 September, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Now that’s what I call breakfast! 🙂 perhaps well have to make some of these this week.. My kids love their donuts and I usually make a lot to freeze for ahead of time as it is a great snack to quickly defrost and eat !

  5. Rhonda 23 September, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    I remember when I got We Heart Vegan, I was petrified because I’m a big carnivore. Ended up loving their recipes. The donuts look amazing, wish I had one for breakfast right now.

    • Denise Browning 23 September, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      We Heart Vegan has great recipes. It was hard for me to decide for only one.

  6. A Couple in the Kitchen 23 September, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    The perfect recipe to welcome fall. And they’re beautiful!

  7. Cate @ Chez CateyLou 23 September, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I just bought a donut pan and can’t get enough donut recipes! This looks like a great one, I can’t wait to try it!! So perfect for this fall weather!

    • Denise Browning 23 September, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks, Cate, Please, try this recipe. You won’t regret it.

  8. Erin @ Making Memories 23 September, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Your donuts look heavenly! Perfect for fall. We just love anything maple so these sound perfect. Thanks!

  9. Deanna Segrave-Daly 23 September, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    I’ve held off on all the apple & pumpkin recipes because I’m a summer girl (plus 80 degree weather and still getting tomatoes and zucchini in my CSA share wanted me to enjoy summer to the very end.) But now I’m ready and this will probably be the very first apple recipe I make for the season – pinning right now!

    • Denise Browning 23 September, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      Thanks, Deanna! I hope you make this recipe in a near future…It is a good one. Thanks also for sharing it!

  10. Our Eating Habits 23 September, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    What a perfect fall treat!

    • Denise Browning 23 September, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Thank you! My family and I really loved these donuts. They were gone in a blink of an eye.

  11. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com 23 September, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Loving the flavors of these baked donuts! And that maple glaze – I think I could drink it with a straw!

  12. chelsy 23 September, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    These look ahhhhhhhmazing! I need one stat!

  13. Ash-foodfashionparty 23 September, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I am getting on it asap. These are some delicious looking donuts.

  14. Chris 23 September, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    These look like irresistible bites of autumn goodness! I have peach cider in the fridge from a local orchard I believe I am going to try these with. Since the warm weather is not entertaining the whole “it’s fall”, I will have to try them twice….once with the peach and once with apple. Brilliant choice!

    • Denise Browning 23 September, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Chris, for both stopping by and your sweet words. I hope you try this recipe. It became a family favorite.

  15. Beth 23 September, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Those donuts look amazing!

  16. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} 23 September, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    What a perfect donut to celebrate the entrance of the fall season! Glad to be part of SRC group C with you.

  17. Karen - Cinnamon Freud 23 September, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Oh my this looks amazing. Apples and donuts- and a glaze? Perfect for fall.

  18. cquek 23 September, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    I should never have read this before lunch!!!

  19. Kumar's Kitchen 24 September, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    such an elegant and perfect way to welcome autumn….love those cute donuts 🙂

  20. Sugar et al 24 September, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    I want them NOW! Spring or Fall, I know I could eat at least 10 a day. Just gorgeous!

  21. Liz 24 September, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Perfect treat to user in the fall! Your donuts look delish!!!

  22. Deb 24 September, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I like your thinking Denise! I’ll gladly have an Apple Cider Baked Donut with the fabulous Maple Glaze for both breakfast and snack time! An irresistible recipe to welcome fall!

  23. Daniela 24 September, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    What a delicious way to welcome the new season,Denise.
    The Apple Cider donuts look so appetizing by just looking at the pictures and I’m sure they taste even better:)

  24. Margaret 24 September, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    I just happen to have some cider in my fridge. Coincidence? I dont’ think so!! These look soooo tasty.

  25. Juliana 24 September, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Wow Denise…these little treats look delicious, I love the combination of apple cider and the spiced glaze…they are gorgeous…I can only imagine the face of your girls looking at these donuts…
    Have a wonderful week my dear 😀

  26. Mi Vida en un Dulce 25 September, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    I do not used to make donuts because the grease, and each time I see a recipe of baked donuts I only wish the pan…!!!

  27. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious 27 September, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    I could totally use this for breakfast right now!

    • Denise Browning 27 September, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

      It’s so good to have your visit. I enjoy eat them anytime of the day. Although delish, they are not too sweet. They go well at breakfast time for sure!

  28. Nami | Just One Cookbook 29 September, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    After I make baked donuts for the first time this year I’m a true believer in delicious baked donuts! This apple cider donuts sounds AMAZING, and lovely combination with the maple glaze. Drool…

    • Denise Browning 30 September, 2013 at 7:51 am #

      Thanks, Nami! It was my first time baking donuts as well…I loved it so much that I intend to make them again and again.

  29. sallybr 1 October, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Wow, donuts intimidate me to no end! What a beautiful post, and absolutely great job making these beauties!

  30. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com 2 October, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    What a coincidence!! I made apple cider donuts tonight!! And they are not nearly as delectable as yours 🙂

    • Denise Browning 2 October, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      Kiran: I am sure that yours are to die for, as everything that you make in the kitchen. xx

  31. Candy 3 October, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    The donuts you gave me were just delicious! Thank you! Thank you! I am so happy that you have shared the recipe! Now I must get the mini donut pan and make some for my husband and sons. They will love them too! ~Loving your blog! 🙂

    • Denise Browning 4 October, 2013 at 7:33 am #

      Mrs. Miller: What a great surprise!!! Thank you for stopping by. I am glad to know that you enjoyed the donuts so much that you intend to make them for your family. Have a happy weekend!

  32. Jenny 29 November, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Love these! These donuts were so delicious! I am so excited that I discovered your blog. I can’t wait to try more recipes. Thank you for letting us sample.

    • Denise Browning 29 November, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      Thank you, Mrs. Jeske, for stopping by. I am glad that you enjoyed these donuts.

  33. Paula B. 4 October, 2015 at 7:59 am #

    We have a Fall gathering coming up and the hostess was searching for an apple cider donut recipe so I am sending her this one. It looks straightforward and so yummy. Living here in New England, we will love the addition of the maple glaze, oh my! Found this on Pinterest and had to stop by and comment. Thanks!

    • Denise Browning 4 October, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Hi, Paula!
      Thank you for stopping by. This recipe is pretty easy to make and yummy –a real family favorite! I hope y’all enjoy these donuts and have a very happy season.


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