Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze + a Giveaway

Baked doughnuts filled with chopped apples and reduced apple cider then topped with a maple glaze. These apple cider doughnuts with maple glaze are so addictive and perfect for serving your guests this holiday season!

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

Guess what? Guess what! Guess what?!

Today is officially three years since I started this blog. Three years!

We have to celebrate! Together!

With these apple cider doughnuts covered in maple glaze. Obviously.

And coincidentally, and totally unplanned, it’s also National Doughnut Day.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

When I clicked publish on my first post all those years ago, I was just trying to find a way to stay busy, to keep my mind off of my licensing exam. Life was far from perfect. And at that moment in time (as it always seems when things are bad), it felt like I had hit the lowest point in my life. I know, I know, seriously dramatic now that I look back. But at the time, it did feel like that. That nothing I did ever worked out, that luck just seemed against me, that I was just destined to fail at everything I do. Yes, one of those moments. We’ve all had them at some point.

I was playing with the idea of starting a blog for awhile by then, and since I had to wait another year to retake my licensing exam, it was something to do to fill my time. I started with 5 posts a month, then one or two posts a week, and then jumped to posting every other day.

This blog documented my journey from those early not so great days to the day I passed my licensing exam a year later. It documented the day when I used my first dental hygiene paycheck to pay for my DSLR, a camera in which I had never held (or set eyes on except for on the internet) until I opened that box. It was a risk putting my entire first paycheck (since I started out working as a hygienist just once every 2 weeks!) into a camera I didn’t know how to use at all. And it was soo worth it.

Over the years, I learned how to use a DSLR camera, how to create my own backdrops (some of them anyway), how to run a website, how to earn a little money off of what started out as hobby. And this blog, somehow, made me more adventurous and more willing to try new things. It made me pursue some of my creative endeavors, like calligraphy and watercolor painting and wood burning. So do what you love because you never know where it’ll take you! #daretodream

And the best part! This blog connected me with you!

Without you, my blog wouldn’t be where it is now. So as a thank you, I’m hosting a little giveaway. And this giveaway will be open to international readers too!

Just scroll down pass the recipe to enter through Rafflecopter.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

But first, let’s talk about these apple cider doughnuts with maple glaze. <3

I’ve been dying to make apple cider doughnuts for forever! So I figured the perfect way to celebrate three years is with these doughnuts.

And oddly, I seem to only make doughnuts in the fall. So it might be awhile before you see another one.

These baked pumpkin doughnuts with maple glaze were from last year.

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

These apple cider doughnuts though! I love that it’s soo flavorful. You can taste the apples in each bite, the cinnamon-y goodness. Then that maple glaze. Seriously, fall in every little bite. You can skip the maple glaze if you think it’ll be too sweet. But I can’t resist it! Maple + apple + cinnamon = happiness in the form of a doughnut.

Want to impress your guests? Make these apple cider doughnuts. Then dunk them in the maple glaze. All that sugary fall goodness. Yes, please.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

Making these doughnuts is pretty simple.

You want to reduce the apple cider so that it’s concentrated in flavor. I even added a cinnamon stick and a small apple.

Then, you’re going to pour the boiled apple cider with the cooked apples into the doughnut batter. Once these doughnuts are baked, you can dip them individually into maple glaze. And since we’re celebrating, I had to add carousel sprinkles and edible gold stars. You know, to celebrate in color!

Trust me, you’ll want these apple cider doughnuts with maple glaze in your life soon.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

In a small pot, add apple cider, a cinnamon stick, and a small apple with the skin and core removed and chopped into small cubes or finely sliced. You can use store bought apple cider or make your own fresh apple cider.

Fresh Apple Cider | Cooking with a Wallflower

Cook the apple cider over medium heat for about 15 minutes until the liquid has been reduced to about a ½ cup. You may have a little bit less since the apples absorb the liquid too.

Set the cooked apple cider aside for now and allow it to cool.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

While the apple cider is cooling make the doughnut batter.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease the doughnut pan or mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil. Set aside for now.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground clove, ground nutmeg, and salt. Set aside for now.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

In a medium mixing bowl, beat a large egg. Then add melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, buttermilk, and the boiled apple cider with the cooked apples. Whisk until combined.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. You don’t want to over mix the batter. Otherwise, the doughnuts will turn out very chewy.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pour the batter into a large Ziploc bag, or a vegetable bag. Cut a hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the batter into the doughnut pan, filling up to ¾ of the way. You don’t want to fill the batter all the way to the top because as the doughnut bakes, it’ll rise and overflow. You’ll definitely want to use this piping method, so much easier than dealing with sticky batter getting everywhere. If you don’t have a doughnut pan, you can also bake these in mini muffin tins too for the same amount of time.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

Bake the doughnuts for about 9-11 minutes. Remove the doughnuts from the oven and check the readiness of these doughnuts by inserting a toothpick through the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the doughnuts are ready.

Allow the doughnuts to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the pan.

Fill the doughnut pan again, and bake a second batch.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

Once the doughnuts have cooled, mix together powdered sugar and maple syrup until smooth. Dunk the doughnuts into the maple glaze until the entire side is covered. Place the doughnuts on a wire rack to allow the glaze to harden.Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

Serve the apple cider doughnuts with maple glaze same day for the best taste.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below the recipe!

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze | Cooking with a Wallflower

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze
 
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Baked doughnuts filled with chopped apples and reduced apple cider then topped with a maple glaze. These apple cider doughnuts with maple glaze are so addictive and perfect for serving your guests this holiday season!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: a dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups apple cider
  • 1 small apple, peeled and core removed, cubed or thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
Maple Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
Directions:
  1. In a small pot, add apple cider, a cinnamon stick, and a small apple chopped into small cubes or finely sliced.
  2. Cook the apple cider over medium heat for about 15 minutes until the liquid has been reduced to about a ½ cup. You may have a little bit less since the apples absorb the liquid too.
  3. Set the cooked apple cider aside for now and allow it to cool.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease the doughnut pan or mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil. Set aside for now.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground clove, ground nutmeg, and salt. Set aside for now.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, add a beaten egg, melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, buttermilk, and the boiled apple cider and cooked apples. Whisk until combined.
  7. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. You don’t want to over mix the batter. Otherwise, the doughnuts will turn out very chewy.
  8. Pour the batter into a large Ziploc bag, or a vegetable bag. Cut a hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the batter into the doughnut pan, filling up to ¾ of the way.
  9. Bake the doughnuts for about 9-10 minutes. Remove the doughnuts from the oven and check the readiness of these doughnuts by inserting a toothpick through the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the doughnuts are ready.
  10. Allow the doughnuts to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the pan.
  11. Fill the doughnut pan again, and bake a second batch.
  12. Once the doughnuts have cooled, mix together powdered sugar and maple syrup until smooth. Dunk the doughnuts into the maple glaze until the entire side is covered. Place the doughnuts on a wire rack to allow the glaze to harden.
  13. Serve the apple cider doughnuts with maple glaze same day for the best taste.

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

 

Now for the giveaway!

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Giveaway will end in two weeks, November 19, 2016 at midnight.

One winner will be chosen randomly. US winner will be given an option of Amazon or Target gift card. An international winner will be given their prize via PayPal cash.

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108 comments

  1. pika says:

    Congrats Andrea! And keep up the good work!! ^__^
    Choosing only one fall dessert would be excruciatingly hard when there are plum and apple pies, apple and quince tarts and everything pumpkin! So, I’ll choose all of them!
    And I’ll definitely give this recipe a try (cider, apple and spices?! yes, please!!)!
    Cheers!

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