Doughnuts are my kryptonite. I can usually restrain myself around sweets- I love the salty flavors so much better! But doughnuts… there is nothing I don’t like about a good doughnut! Tay and I bought a box of the Trader Joe’s Apple Cider Doughnuts earlier this season and they were so freaking good! But, in an attempt to control myself (and create something a smidge healthier!) I found a baked doughnut recipe.
Of course, I wet to my go-to baking website, Sally’s Baking Addiction, to find a recipe… and I was not disappointed. The recipe was very straightforward and the only thing I did not have on hand was the apple pie spice (who knew that was even a thing!) Luckily, the recipe gives you a substitution for this so I used that instead.
Reducing the apple cider was the only labor intensive – if you can even call it that! – part to the recipe. I think, in the future, I will do this the day before so that the doughnuts come together a bit quicker in the morning. The upside to reducing the cider?!? My house smelled like fall!
I piped the doughnut batter into my baking pan, using a Ziploc baggie that I cut the corner off of, and baked them for about 10 minutes. Once they were cool enough, the fun part came. I brushed melted butter on each side of the doughnuts and rolled them in a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg.
These babies came out so pretty and they tasted like all things good in the world. Seriously – I think these were better than your typical fried doughnut! We had them for breakfast, and then again for dessert that night! Tay had the leftovers the next day and claimed they were just as good as the day I baked them.
Already, there has been a request for these to be made again, and I am positive they will become a fall tradition in our house.