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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Points® value
Total Time
30 min
15 min
15 min
These donuts taste like the seasonal treats you love, but they’re baked instead of fried. Made with whole-wheat pastry flour, they boast whole-grain goodness and less sugar than most recipes you’ll find. And they’re packed with apple flavour, from both fresh apple cider and unsweetened applesauce.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Whole wheat pastry flour

2 cup(s)


7 tbsp(s), divided

Ground cinnamon

1½ tsp(s), divided

Baking powder

1 tsp(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)

Unsweetened applesauce

1 cup(s)

Apple cider

½ cup(s)

Vanilla extract

1 tsp(s)

Raw egg

1 large, lightly beaten


1 tbsp(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat 2 (6-slot) silicone donut pans (¼-cup capacity each) with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, ¼ cup sugar, ¾ teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together applesauce, cider, vanilla, and egg. Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture; stir until well combined. Scrape batter into a large zip-top plastic bag. Snip a hole in 1 bottom corner of bag; pipe batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake at 350°F until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool in pans 2 minutes; remove donuts from pans.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 3 tbsp sugar and remaining ¾ tsp cinnamon. Lightly brush tops of donuts with butter; dip each donut, butter side down, into bowl of cinnamon sugar to coat.
  4. Serving size: 1 donut


The batter is thick and difficult to spoon into the donut pan; we highly recommend using a pastry bag or ziplock bag to pipe it out.