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Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts

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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 (Brie’s Bites), Brielle has entered into her first serious relationship.

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.

I will leave you with an adorable picture of the cute couple. Happy Sunday!







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Recipe for Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts
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 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine American
Servings 12


For the Donuts:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon 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 tablespoon 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 ¾ 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. 🙂
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Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba)

Sunday 1st of December 2013

Yum a hundred times over!

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Thursday 28th of November 2013

I got to get a donut pan! I your recipes and I feel I'm missing out!


Thursday 28th of November 2013

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!

Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

Monday 25th of November 2013

Such an adorable picture! I love that you used apple cider in the donuts. I just got a donut pan, so I can't wait to try these!


Monday 25th of November 2013

Aw, how sweet! Glad you have a happy family...and wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

PS...your donuts sound amazing!!!

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