Baked Apple Cider Donuts and Donut Shop Coffee

October 10, 2016


This month I already got to cross two things off my fall bucket list: going to an apple orchard and trying apple cider donuts. Roaming around the orchard with all the gorgeous colorful apples felt so quintessentially fall. My friends and I went on a cloudy day where it actually ended up raining, so we hurried indoors in search of warm apple cider donuts and hot coffee. I was so pleasantly surprised by the apple cider donut. The apple flavor was subtler than I expected and the cinnamon really shined. Paired with hot coffee, the apple cider donut quickly became a new fall favorite.





Donuts are such a fun, nostalgic treat to eat, which is why I wanted to put a healthy twist on them. Baked donuts definitely have a distinctly different flavor than the traditional fried version, but I actually love how light and fluffy they can turn out. This recipe creates a donut that resembles a muffin or cake just in a donut form. Dunked in cinnamon sugar for a glistening touch, you won’t even miss the difference. I recipe tested for days and finally found The Faux Martha’s recipe. I adapted it slightly, but am so happy she nailed the light and fluffy elements of the baked donut. She gave the great tip to add your donut batter into a plastic bag to evenly distribute into the donut pan…it helped so much!



To recreate the apple cider and coffee experience at the orchard, I brewed a cup of Donut Shop coffee in my Keurig and dunked my donut right into the mug. Once I made the switch to mostly using a Keurig versus my French Press every morning, I tried other types of coffee but always came back to the Donut Shop brew. There’s just something about the adorable packing that makes me happy every time I reach for my K-cup in the morning. I think of the nostalgia of being at a neighborhood donut shop in line for a donut (chocolate with sprinkles!!) and coffee. The medium flavor of Donut Shop is bold and compliments the apple cinnamon flavors of this baked donut perfectly.


While I start my days with a cup of coffee, I love winding down at night with a warm cup of tea. Right now I am really into drinking a pumpkin rooibos or harvest spice tea to celebrate the fall flavors. I am so glad I got the Keurig that stores plenty of water to also easily brew a quick cup of hot water (in several different sizes) with the touch of a button. The pearl colored Keurig is sleek, simple and doesn’t take up too much precious counter space. Plenty of room left to bake these apple cider donuts to pair with coffee!


Baked Apple Cider Donuts
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Serves: 6
Adapted from [url href=”” target=”_blank”]The Faux Martha[/url], these baked apple donuts are a lighter and healthier alternative to the fall classic.
  • [b]Donuts[/b]
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • [b]Topping[/b]
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • [b]Special tools[/b]
  • Donut baking pan
  • 1 large plastic bag
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt butter for donuts on the stove slowly or in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir in apple cider and set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Into the butter and cider mixture, whisk in sugar, maple syrup and egg.
  5. Add wet mixture into dry ingredients until just combined. Mix until just incorporated. It is okay if there are lumps in the batter. Spray donut pan. Add batter to a piping bag and pipe evenly into the pan.
  6. Bake for 7 minutes. Wait 1 minute before removing donuts from pan and placing on cooling rack. While donuts cool, melt butter for topping. In a flat-bottomed bowl or plate, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
  7. Lightly dip one side of the donut in butter and place buttered-side-down into cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place back on cooling rack, but they are best eaten warm as soon as possible!



If you don’t have a donut pan, you can snag one easily online or your favorite place to shop. Once you have one, I think you’ll be surprised by how often you use it! I love how this recipe makes 6 donuts, it was the perfect amount to enjoy with my roommate and share with a few co-workers. If you’re going to save them for later, don’t put the donuts in a plastic bag! Gently cover on a plate with plastic wrap so they can breathe a little bit. If you’re an extra good friend, you’ll share a Keurig Donut Shop K-cup for your friend to pair with their baked apple cider donut.

Thank you to Keurig for sponsoring this post!

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