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apple cider donut bites

Apple Cider Donut Bites {Easy}

  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x


delicious and tender apple cider donut bites for a fall treat


Units Scale
  • 1 cup of apple cider
  • 1&1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1&1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1&1/2 tsp. of allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream – full fat
  • 2 Tbsp. of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter – melted and cooled slightly

cinnamon sugar coating

  • 6 Tbsp. of unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon


  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • butter (24-count) mini muffin tins – using a paper towel, dip it into softened butter and use it to coat tin cavities
  • cook down the apple cider to half of the liquid – it will get a little bit thicker and will most likely have some spices that have separated at the bottom
  • let apple cider cool down
  • in a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt
  • in a separate bowl, mix the cooled apple cider, sour cream, buttermilk, brown sugar, egg, and the butter which has been melted and slightly cooled
  • add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined
  • ladle batter into a zip-tight bag and snip one corner
  • pipe the batter into 24 mini muffin tin cavities
  • bake for 12-15 minutes
  • cool slightly
  • using a fork to turn mini muffins, dip them into a bowl of melted butter
  • use a separate bowl and fork to coat in a bowl of cinnamon sugar


How far in Advance Can I Make Apple Cider Donut Bites?

Apple Cider donut bites can be left covered at room temperature for a few days. They will stay fresh and delicious. However, the best time to eat them is the day of making them.

Storing: Store these donut bites at room temperature for up to 4 days

Are these Donut Bites completely round?

No. They are baked in a mini muffin tin, so they will be muffin shaped with a round top

Can I Change these Donut Bites into Actual Donut Shapes?

Yes! Just use a donut baking pan. You won’t get as many donuts because the donut shape will take a bit more batter. Spoon batter into the donut molds until they are about 2/3 full.

Tips and Tricks:

  • use a mini muffin tin. A mini muffin tin will provide the best shape that mostly resembles donut holes
  • fill muffin tin cavities about 2/3 full
  • while donut bites are still warm, and coat them in butter and cinnamon sugar
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes