Baked Chai Apple Cider Doughnuts

Baked Chai Apple Cider Doughnuts

Recipe by Household Mag | Photography by Amy Frances Photography


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dona spice dust, separated
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ cup Dona masala chai concentrate
  • ⅜ cup apple cider


  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Lightly grease your doughnut pans.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon spice dust and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream 10 tablespoons butter, ½  cup of brown sugar and ¼ cup granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add your eggs one at a time and mix. Add your vanilla.
  5. Add in your bowl of dry ingredients and mix on low speed until incorporated. With the mixer running, add the chai and apple cider in a slow, steady stream and mix to combine. 
  6. Spoon the batter into prepared doughnut pans, filling them about 2/3 of the way full. 
  7. Bake until evenly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the thickest portion comes out clean, about 12 minutes. 
  8. While your doughnuts are baking, whisk the remaining ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon spice dust together in a small bowl.
  9. In a separate small bowl, melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. 
  10. Let the doughnuts cool for 5 minutes after baking, remove from the pans, brush with the melted butter and cover them in the spice dust & sugar mixture while they are still warm. 
  11. Eat, eat, eat!