Apple Cider Doughnuts with Salted Caramel

Guys, I’m not what you’d call…very coordinated. Usually this means a spilled glass of water (or wine…). Last week, it meant a sprained ankle. I landed wrong on my foot while I was working out and twisted it badly. Luckily nothing is broken, but I’m stuck on crutches for now, and I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to do in the kitchen in the next few weeks.

Lucky for you, I made these bad boys before my accident. As you know, I’ve been craving fall flavors, which until now has meant pumpkinpumpkinpumpkin. Every fall, I take a day trip to Apple Hill, where our first stop is for freshly baked apple cider doughnuts. The trip is still a few weeks away, so I decided to make some similar doughnuts myself.

These are baked, not fried, so they aren’t quite the same as the ones High Hill, but drizzling them in salted caramel sauce makes them even more tasty. I was feeling lazy, so I bought a jar of Trader Joe’s salted caramel sauce, which is similar to this salted caramel spread. It’s a little gooey, so I recommend pouring it over the doughnuts right before you eat them. You can also make your own homemade salted caramel sauce.

Anyone out there with sprained ankle tips? I’m keeping it elevated, iced, etc…but I’m dreaming about pulling up a tall chair to the counter so I can do some baking. For now though, I’m mostly stuck on the sofa and feeling very thankful for Netflix!

And don’t worry, the blog won’t go dormant. I’m working on a post for later this week rounding up the best recipes for unique and fun fall treats (if you follow me on Pinterest, that’s why I pinned so many yesterday). Next week I have some ideas in the works and hopefully I will be able to bake again soon!

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Salted Caramel

Serving Size: 12 large or 24 mini donuts

You can make these in a muffin or mini muffin tin if you don’t have a doughnut pan


  • 2 cups white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • Homemade salted caramel sauce or store-bought salted caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and coat a doughnut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, combine egg, brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, apple cider, yogurt, and oil.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fill cavities in pan each about 3/4 full (if they’re completely full, they won’t have holes).
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched lightly. Let cool slightly, then remove from pan. Drizzle with salted caramel sauce just before eating.


Adapted from Recipe Girl

13 Comments on Apple Cider Doughnuts with Salted Caramel

  1. Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human.
    October 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Sorry to hear about your sprained ankle. I love this recipe. Glad you got to make it before your injury. I would love to help you in the kitchen if you needed me to. Your recipes are awesome.
    Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. recently posted Sweet Chili Pepper Sauce

    • Stephanie
      October 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm (3 years ago)

      @Christina – thanks so much! You’re so sweet.

    • Stephanie
      October 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

      @Laura – thank you! Doughnuts are definitely helping me feel better :)

    • Stephanie
      October 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

      @Anna – The caramel drizzle was the best part. Thanks for your well wishes!

  2. Kim
    October 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm (3 years ago)

    One the ankle- I had a bad one I used comfy leaves, and green oil from Singapore eagle brand. I did massage and acupuncture too!
    Mine was a level 3 and took 6 months to heal- the message healed the tendons and leaving it unwrapped and rubbing for blood flow worked better.

    • Stephanie
      October 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm (3 years ago)

      @Kim – thanks for sharing! I haven’t tried any of those things so I’ll look into all of them.

  3. Diana
    October 7, 2012 at 12:09 am (3 years ago)

    Oct 1st post. Stephanie I’m sorry to hear you sprained your ankle, ouch!! Have you wrapped it? Also heat or ice might make it feel better. They say ice for two then heat but some people prefer ice over heat. Also soaking foot in warm epsom salt water. Feel better!!
    I have a question, what is biscoff ? Spelling. I see it in alot of recipes. Where do you find it?
    I am going to try making those apple cider donuts. I too love the ones at Apple Hill but have not made it up there the last few years. I can’t wait to try these and the carmel sauce sounds yummy too.
    Take care, hope you are up on your feet real soon.

    • Stephanie
      October 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm (3 years ago)

      @Diana – I have a brace, crutches, been icing it, elevating it, etc. Thanks for the tips!
      Biscoff is a spread (like peanut butter consistency) made out of cookies. You can get it on Amazon or at Trader Joe’s (their version is called Speculoos).

  4. Amber
    January 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Stephanie ,

    Loveeee ur blog.hope ur ankle is better now :)
    first thing .apple butter .how can we make this at home.not available in our country.second can we make biscoff at home too as this again not available.

    Thank you again for sharing such amazing recipes .


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