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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cinnamon Apple Cider Donut Holes

Easy Cinnamon Apple Cider Donuts made with Pillsbury Lil Donut Kit

I have been on an apple cider kick lately!  I was hoping since we live out 
in the country with lots of farms somebody would be selling fresh pressed apple cider... no such luck yet so I guess Kroger will have to do!  While I was picking up apple cider I made a quick stop to the baking aisle... always a very bad idea!  They have all of their fall and holiday baking supplies out - really its my favorite time of the year - I am a nerd like that!  So I picked up a few extra necessities... I promise every bag of chocolate and holiday flavored chip I bought was necessary!  

While I was perusing the baking aisle I found Pillsbury's new Funfetti Maple Lil' Donut kit.  My girlfriend loves maple and I thought they would go great with my newly acquired apple cider - and I was right!  These little donut bites are so tasty - the apple cider, cinnamon chips, and maple glaze go perfectly together!  

You will need:
1 Pillsbury Funfetti Maple Lil' Donut kit
1/3 cup apple cider, plus an additional 2 tablespoons of cider for the glaze
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup cinnamon chips (if you have never tried these you need to go get some like right now!)

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees and cover your baking sheet in parchment paper (or spray it with non-stick spray).

In a mixing bowl, stir together the donut mix, 1/3 cup apple cider, and  softened butter until fully incorporated.  Fold in the cinnamon chips.

Roll dough into tightly rolled balls, using about a teaspoon of dough for each donut and bake for 10-12 minutes.

While your donuts are baking, stir together the maple glaze powder and the additional 2 tablespoons of apple cider until smooth.

Once the donuts are done, let them cool for 2 minutes.  After they are cooled slightly, dunk them one by one into the glaze and place them onto wax paper or on a cooling rack.  Sprinkle them with the Funfetti sprinkles immediately.

Let the donuts cool another 5 minutes before serving.  They are best served warm but can be stored in an airtight container if needed.

The package says you will get about 24 donuts but  I actually got closer to 30 using a teaspoon to scoop the dough.  
Roll each ball of dough into a tight ball - if you don't you will get cracks in your donuts.  

Easy Cinnamon Apple Cider Donuts made with Pillsbury Lil Donut Kit


You tell me - 
What are your favorite things to pick up in the baking aisle??
Any fun holiday items that are a must??


  1. These look really good. I'm a big fan of sprinkles too! With all the pumpkin recipes out here, it's good to see one that involves another fall food: apples!

  2. Very creative. I have gotten really good at not buying cute stuff on the baking aisle. I'm a champ at only buying what's on the list. It's not that fun.


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