Apple Cider Donut Holes are oven-baked, bite-sized perfection! Topped with an apple cider cinnamon sugar coating, they are an irresistible delicious fall treat.
Apple Cider Donuts and Donut Holes are an essential element of fall! Infused with real apple cider and oven-baked then rolled in an apple cider cinnamon sugar coating, they are irresistible and a delicious fall treat.
As a child growing up in what would probably be considered rural Illinois, there were several apple orchards near me that sold all kinds of old-fashioned apple cider donut treats. They quickly became a favorite, and something we looked forward to having every year.
The great news is that you do not need an apple orchard selling apple cider donuts near you because these Apple Cider Donut Holes are simple to make, and SO good! It will be hard to eat just one (thankfully they are baked so a bit less guilt involved).
One of the most important steps in this recipe is to simmer the apple cider in a saucepan so that it can reduce to about 1/2 cup. A good quality apple cider is best. Simmering the apple cider and reducing it intensifies the apple cider flavor and is really key to making these donut holes super flavorful and delicious.
If you don’t have cloves, it’s not a big deal. Cloves are one ingredient that you could leave out and these donut holes would still be delicious, however, it does add a unique flavor that I just love.
You will be using a mini-muffin pan to bake the donut holes. If your muffin pan has a dark coating, be sure to check the muffins for doneness around the 8-9 minute mark. They will cook a bit faster.
My favorite part is the cinnamon sugar coating. You’ll combine melted butter and a little bit of apple cider to dip each donut hole in before rolling it in cinnamon sugar. SO good!
Apple Cider Donut Holes are incredible year round whether it’s apple picking season or not. And thanks to this simple recipe, you can make them at home whenever the craving hits.
*This recipe makes 48 donut holes. Use either 2 – 24 count mini muffin pans or 1- 48 count mini muffin pan
Happy fall! Enjoy.
If you are looking for other delicious fall apple treats, these are all fantastic options:
- Instant Pot Apple Crisp
- Apple Sauce Pancakes
- Mini Apple Pies with Streusel Topping
- Easy Stovetop Apple Butter
- Spiced Applesauce Cake