Pumpkin Spice Donuts With Apple Cider Glaze

12 donuts
47 min

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?


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.

These decadent pumpkin spice donuts with apple cider glaze bake up light, tender, and fragrant. You'll love how your home will smell while baking them!

Make the apple cider glaze or buy it to make the recipe easier.

Enjoy both of Autumn's best flavors - pumpkin spice and apple cider.

Pumpkin Spice Donuts With Apple Cider Glaze
Recipe details
  • 12  donuts
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 17 Minutes Total time: 47 min
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For the cider syrup
  • 2 cups apple cider (not apple juice)
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup (you can use light corn syrup)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
For the donuts
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
For the cinnamon-sugar coating
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
For the apple cider glaze
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider syrup
Make the apple cider syrup.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir together the apple cider, agave syrup, sugar, and the cinnamon sticks.
Cook the mixture, stirring often until it comes to a simmer and reduces to a thick syrup, about 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Set aside to cool.
Make the donuts.
Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Spray a standard donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the eggs, both sugars, vanilla, applesauce, and pumpkin puree until well combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking powder.
Add the dry ingredients slowly to the wet ingredients and fold in just until combined. Don’t over mix the batter.
Spoon into the prepared donut pan until each cavity is half full. Use a paper towel to wipe any batter that didn’t make it into a cavity.
Bake for 17 minutes or until firm and golden.
Meanwhile, place the stick of melted butter into a shallow bowl.
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in another shallow bowl.
When the donuts are done, remove them from the oven and invert the donuts onto a piece of parchment paper.
While still hot, dip each donut quickly into the butter, coating both sides, and then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Place pack onto the parchment paper and allow to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining donuts.
Make the glaze.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and apple cider syrup until smooth, yet still thick enough to get a thick drizzle. You may need to add more syrup or powdered sugar depending on the thickness of the glaze.
Pour the glaze into a spouted measuring cup or into a ziplock bag. If using the bag, close tightly and snip off the corner with scissors.
Glaze the donuts in a back and forth fashion. Let set before serving.
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