Gluten-Free Apple Cider Doughnuts

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 15 min.


10 doughnuts

Updated: Aug. 25, 2023
I wanted to make a gluten-free apple cider doughnut that tasted so good, the fact that it’s gluten-free is beside the point! —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Gluten-Free Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups gluten-free biscuit/baking mix
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, mix the first 8 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the water, butter, applesauce and vanilla until blended. Add to the dry ingredients; stir until blended. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip. Pipe batter into a 6-cavity doughnut pan coated with cooking spray, filling cavities three-fourths full.
  3. Bake at 325° for 11-14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter.
  4. For glaze, in a small saucepan, bring apple cider to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 3 tablespoons. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in butter until melted. Stir in enough confectioners' sugar to reach glaze consistency. Dip each doughnut halfway, allowing excess to drip off. Place on wire rack; let stand until set.
Gluten-Free Apple Cider Doughnut Tips

How can you make gluten-free apple cider doughnuts dairy-free?

A lot of times, people who need to eat gluten-free also need to eat dairy-free. The only dairy in these gluten-free apple cider doughnuts is the butter, and you can easily substitute a dairy-free butter or margarine in its place. If you’re selecting a margarine, be sure to carefully check the ingredients as many margarines contain some milk.

Can you make a cinnamon sugar coating instead of a glaze?

Not into glazed doughnuts? Try tossing warm doughnuts in a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tsp. ground cinnamon. It’s important to toss them in this mixture while they’re still warm in order for the mixture to stick.

How should you store leftover gluten-free apple cider doughnuts?

When storing foods, especially baked or fried foods, air is usually the enemy. You will want to keep them in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days at most. Nothing beats a hot, fresh doughnut, but if you have some leftover after a few days, you can freshen up them up by popping them an air fryer for a minute or two. Just be careful to watch the glaze, as it will burn quickly. If you liked this recipe, be sure to try more of our gluten-free baking recipes.

James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Culinary Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 doughnut: 273 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.