These Pumpkin Spice Donuts With Apple Cider Glaze combine two of many people's favorite fall flavors. They are perfect for an Autumn Sunday morning or as a snack for the kids after school.
Autumn always makes me nostalgic for cool weekend mornings walking around an apple festival or a pumpkin festival munching little apple cider donuts or pumpkin donuts out of a brown paper lunch bag.
Living in Florida now, I long for those cool mornings, the fall festivals, AND the donuts! The only solution, other than traveling North, is to make them myself.
Since I don’t want to consume too many donuts, why not combine the flavors. They go together beautifully and satisfies the craving for both apple cider and pumpkin spice. Also, these donuts are baked and not fried. We just won’t talk about the butter bath, the cinnamon-sugar coating, or the apple cider glaze. Those calories don’t count during a pandemic, right?
ARE THESE DONUTS HARD TO MAKE?
No! You don’t need a mixer, but you do need a donut pan. But shouldn’t everybody have a donut pan in their kitchen anyway for when a craving hits? That answer is YES.
Another timesaver is to buy the cider syrup instead of making it. I like to control the thickness, sweetness, and spice in my syrup, but you can always buy it. Plus, the syrup is ridiculous on pancakes-especially pumpkin pancakes.
Then the recipe is really to mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, then combine the two, and pour the batter into the pan. These little beauties bake up light and tender, full of warm Fall spices. Can I tell you how amazing your home is going to smell?
Next, dip the hot donuts in melted butter and then into cinnamon sugar. While the cinnamon-sugar coated donuts cool, you whip up a quick glaze and drizzle it onto the donuts.
The hardest part of the entire recipe is waiting for the glaze to set to serve them.