First choice is always to use real apple cider whenever you can. However, if you’re in a pinch and desperate for apple donuts (understandable), it is fine to use unsweetened apple juice as a substitution. Do note that the flavor won’t be quite the same, though.
First, in a large bowl, sift together the flour and dry ingredients to break apart any clumps. In a second bowl, whisk together the apple cider and wet ingredients.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and give the batter a whisk until the two are just combined.
Distribute the batter evenly between the wells of your greased donut pans. Once the batter is in the pans, give each pan a light tap against the counter to release any air bubbles.
Place your donut pans into the preheated oven. After about 10-15 minutes, the donuts should be puffed up and golden.
While the donuts are cooling, stir some cinnamon into the sugar for the topping. When ready, lightly brush the donuts with melted butter and dip them into the cinnamon sugar.
Get your pot of coffee or tea brewing, and serve!
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