Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts are such a fun treat for the Fall. A baked donut full of apple cider flavor, topped with a gooey, creamy caramel frosting.

Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts

It’s been an interesting week at our house, and I was quite happy to see the weekend. Just busy mostly, but another big milestone was hit in our house this weekend.

My mini me of our sister blog, Brie’s Bites, Brielle has entered into her first serious relationship. Woohoo!

Caught us a bit by surprise but he came home with her on Thursday after school, and … well, we like him. A lot.

He has to get through impressing seven people in this house, plus another boyfriend who is part of our family on a regular basis and he won us all over. That’s not easy to do. At all.

Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts

I thought I wasn’t prepared for this. And I was so incredibly afraid I wasn’t going to like him.

And I was so afraid she was going to get her heart broken and be disappointed, but instead, things are going beautifully and she’s the happiest I have ever seen her before in my life.

I am always thankful for my family, my children, my mother and father, brother and family. My pets too. I am thankful for my friends, my business, my life.

But right now, I am most thankful for Mason giving my happy, beautiful daughter back.  She’s been so wonderful and pleasant to be around and well, she’s a teenager so that’s not always the case. I’m so extremely thankful she is happy and it’s a wonderful thing to say.

Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts

I hope all my American friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with their families and friends, and that all those who celebrate Hannukah also have a wonderful start to their holiday season.

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Recipe for Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts

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Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts

Nicole Cook
Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts, so soft and wonderfully flavorful, drenched in caramel sauce. Top with some crushed nuts if you'd like a little crunch.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 223 kcal


For the Donuts:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • teaspoons nutmeg
  • teaspoons allspice
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 4 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the Caramel Topping:

  • 1 ½ cup caramel candy squares like Brach’s
  • 1 Tablespoons whole milk


For Donuts:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray your donut pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients: the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk the maple syrup, apple cider, oil and vanilla.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined… the dough will be thick.
  • Spoon the batter into a piping bag or a plastic baggie with the corner snipped and pipe the dough into the prepared donut pans. Fill each space to about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until donuts springs back when gently pressed. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before adding icing/caramel topping.

For the Caramel Topping:

  • In a microwaveable bowl, add caramels & milk. Heat for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Heat an additional 30 seconds, stir and then repeat at 30 second intervals until fully melted.
  • With a spoon drizzle caramel over the donuts or just kinda slather it on like I did. 🙂


Calories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 270mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy dessert recipes, easy donut recipes
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    1. Thank you Stacy, they really are so sweet. They all loved helping with the donuts and while they aren’t the prettiest things, they sure were yummy! 🙂 Happy Sunday and Thanksgiving!

  1. Sweet couple indeed, Nicole. Your donuts slathered with caramel seems to just accent the loveliness of the holiday. So glad you are able to gather with you and yours. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. They look adorable Nicole, congrats on this big step for the whole family! And those donuts look mouthwatering. I love that they are baked. And that caramel sauce looks just perfect.

  3. Aww, such a sweet post, Nicole. I had no idea your daughter had a food blog, too – off to check it out. Happy Thanksgiving to your and your family!

  4. Ha ha! I remember my step-daughters first serious relationship. She was 16 and guess what, she’s 21 and still with the same boy!! 🙂 I am glad we like him! Your going to love the dating years! Your apple cider donuts look just amazing!!!!!!!! I would love these for breakfast any day of the week!

  5. Brielle is dating?! It’s terrifying when people you see as little kids start doing adult things. She is stunningly gorgeous and her BF is pretty cute too. Ahhh, young love! Speaking of love, I’m going gaga over your apple cider donuts! Just pour that caramel topping straight into my mouth!

  6. I’m wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving and grateful for your friendship and how glad I was when we met IRL at the conference. All the best to you and your family!

  7. They look adorable Nicole, congrats on this big step for the whole family! And those donuts look mouthwatering. I love that they are baked. And that caramel sauce looks just perfect.

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