Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

These Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites are the perfect fall comfort food. Baked with apple cider, and spices of fall, they are warm bites of heaven. Baked up fluffy, moist, and delicious, these donut bites are sure to be a fall favorite. 

apple cider donut bites

Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

If you love going to fall festivals or apple picking just so you can grab a container of fresh apple cider donuts, then this is the recipe for you. Now, you don’t have to wait for the fall festival to come around. You can have that delicious taste of fall right at home and in minutes.

Why I love this recipe:

  • it’s fall comfort packed in little bite-sized pieces of fluffy baked goodness
  • they are homemade which makes them even better
  • they are baked and not fried – but you won’t be able to tell from the taste of them

apple cider donut bites

FAQs

Make Ahead and Storage:

Can I Make Apple Cider Donut Bites in Advance?

Sure. Even though they are best served warm and recently baked, they can stay fresh for a few days. Store them covered at room temperature

Storing: These donut bites should be left out at room temperature but covered or placed in an airtight container

Why aren’t these Donut Bites perfectly round?

They resemble round donut holes, but they are really baked in mini muffin tines so they don’t have an exact round shape. However, you can buy a baking pan specifically for making doughnut holes.

Can I Make doughnuts instead of doughnut bites from this recipe?

Yes! You can use a doughnut baking pan to make full-sized doughnuts.

apple cider donut bites for fall

Tips and Tricks:

  • I used a mini muffin tin to get a small muffin that is shaped like a donut hole
  • to butter, the muffin tin cavities, grab some butter on the tip of a paper towel, and then transfer the butter into the muffin tin by wiping the inside of the cavities with the butter from the paper towel
  • you’ll want to fill the muffin tin to about 2/3 of the way up
  • use a fork to turn donut bites around in the butter and in the cinnamon sugar

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ingredients for apple cider donut bites

Ingredients:

  • apple cider – This used to be only available in the fall, but now you can find it all year long at your grocery store. Find it in the juice aisle
  • all-purpose flour 
  • baking powder – baking powder will help the dough rise and expand
  • allspice – this is a very easy spice to find in the baking aisle of your grocery store, and is filled with the flavors of most fall desserts.
  • ground cloves – ground cloves are dark brown and can be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store
  • salt – just plain old table salt
  • sour cream – use whole sour cream for ultimate moisture
  • buttermilk – this will help make your doughnut tender and also provides moisture
  • brown sugar – always a staple when baking fall desserts
  • large egg
  • vanilla extract – I always use pure vanilla extract but you can use imitation too
  • unsalted butter 
  • granulated sugar
  • ground cinnamon 

How do you make these Apple Cider Donut Bites?

  • preheat the oven
  • butter (24-count) mini muffin tins
  • cook down the apple cider to half of the liquid – it will get a little bit thicker and will most likely have some spices that have separated at the bottom
  • in a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt
  • in a separate bowl, mix the cooled apple cider, sour cream, buttermilk, brown sugar, egg, and the butter which has been melted and slightly cooled
  • add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined
  • ladle batter into a zip-tight bag and snip one corner
  • pipe the batter into 24 mini muffin tin cavities
  • bake for 12-15 minutes
  • cool slightly
  • dip into melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar
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Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

Delicious donut bites that have all the flavors of fall.

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup of apple cider
  • 1&1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1&1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1&1/2 tsp. of allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream – full fat
  • 2 Tbsp. of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter – melted and cooled slightly

cinnamon sugar coating

  • 6 Tbsp. of unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • butter (24-count) mini muffin tins – using a paper towel, dip it into softened butter and use it to coat tin cavities
  • cook down the apple cider to half of the liquid – it will get a little bit thicker and will most likely have some spices that have separated at the bottom
  • remove cider from heat and let cool down
  • in a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt
  • in a separate bowl, mix the cooled apple cider, sour cream, buttermilk, brown sugar, egg, and the butter which has been melted and slightly cooled
  • add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined
  • ladle batter into a zip-tight bag and snip one corner
  • pipe the batter into 24 mini muffin tin cavities
  • bake for 12-15 minutes
  • cool slightly
  • using a fork to turn mini muffins, dip them into a bowl of melted butter
  • use a separate bowl and fork to coat in a bowl of cinnamon sugar

Notes

Can I Make Apple Cider Donut Bites in Advance?

Sure. Even though they are best served warm and recently baked, they can stay fresh for a few days. Store them covered at room temperature

Storing: These donut bites should be left out at room temperature but covered or placed in an airtight container

Why aren’t these Donut Bites perfectly round?

They resemble round donut holes, but they are really baked in mini muffin tines so they don’t have an exact round shape. However, you can buy a baking pan specifically for making doughnut holes.

Can I Make doughnuts instead of doughnut bites from this recipe?

Yes! You can use a doughnut baking pan to make full-sized doughnuts.

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