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Gluten-Free Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

I wanted to make a gluten-free doughnut that tasted so good, the fact that it’s gluten-free is beside the point! —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:10 servings


  • 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 eight 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. Cut a small hole in the corner of a food-safe plastic bag; fill with batter. Pipe 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. Yield: 10 doughnuts.

Nutritional Facts

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

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baker.dan User ID: 4922360 234148
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"I agree with the Irish Vixen about the glaze, too much trouble for little taste.

It's puzzling to me that there is no cider used in the doughnut recipe?? I added cider to the dry batter so I could squeeze it out. Taste of the doughnut was good, better without the glaze. Used a wilton doughnut pan, no problem getting the doughnuts out. Cut a large end (hole) off the plastic bag to squeeze the dough out."

Irish Vixen User ID: 2596804 226138
Reviewed May. 10, 2015

"After reading the reviews for these, I had pretty high expectations. They were just okay. They still taste a bit 'grainy' like gluten-free baked goods do. They certainly don't taste like traditional donuts. They taste more like a gluten-free spice cake and don't have a true donut texture. I personally would skip the apple juice for the glaze. It was more work than the taste was worth. Just go with a plain glaze and save the effort. They were also very delicate and difficult to remove from my donut maker. They definitely have to sit before you can eat them, or they crumble all over. Again, my kids thought they were okay, but I didn't think they were particularly memorable."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 214993
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"This recipe is easy to follow, quick to make, and results in a light and softly textured doughnut."

michelle1037 User ID: 8066575 198093
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"I just recently began a gluten free diet (3 weeks) and up until yesterday (Halloween) I was not missing flour?but then my child's school party with dozens of donuts entered my life. It was hard not to stray from the diet that has made me healthy again. I googled gluten free donuts and was brought to this recipe. I have to say hands down this is the most amazing tasting donut I have had in ages. Even my kids like it (ages 15 and 11). You would never know it is a gluten free recipe. I made the recipe as listed and used my baby cakes donut maker. I feel this recipe will now be a consistent snack in our family."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 119428
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"Great GF doughnut! Love the flavor and easy to make. Made mine in a babycakes doughnut maker which worked perfectly. Rolled mine in a spiced sugar (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sugar)."

pkdonut User ID: 1021530 198633
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"I do not have a review yet as I was wondering what kind of gluten free biscuit mix was used. This recipe looks great and I am waiting to try it. Thanks for the information."

eyeball4 User ID: 2602555 119427
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013


connie burns User ID: 4996797 119423
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"I made these and they were soooooooooooo good. always a time for Cider and Doughnut. Thanks for he recipe."

fashionista_21 User ID: 1380841 198092
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

"I follow a gluten free diet and I love doughnuts. These came out very well. The texture was a little delicate but they firmed up after cooling. I plan to use this recipe as a base for different flavored doughnuts."

tcavman15 User ID: 1537577 188068
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"I won't rate this recipe because I didn't exactly follow it. I wanted to see what happened when I used low fat Bisquick instead of gluten-free biscuit mix. It was a disaster. They were so delicate that they fell apart when carefully trying to get them out of the pan. The flavor was good however, and we ate the cake scraps without the glaze anyway. I'm going to take these flavors and the glaze and merge them into another doughnut recipe."

AlyssaMP User ID: 6445136 189538
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"These go fast in our home. I am going to double this recipe next time."

gvsugrl User ID: 4301566 184164
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"A really nice cake donut, easy to make, great flavor, especially for being gluten-free! I plan on making 2 changes the next time I make these: 1) Add chunky applesauce to the mix while reducing the amount of sugar & 2) Use 1/4c apple cider for the glaze instead of 3T. If you want to dip the top of the donut, there isn't enough glaze for 10 donuts. However, I placed the glaze in a squeeze bottle and pipped it on each donut to make it last. Rave reviews from friends, looking forward to making it again this fall!"

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