Apple-Cherry and Five-Spice Donuts

You won't find donuts like these at your local bakery. This homemade donut recipe is coated with five-spice powder, so it gives each donut a sweet-and-spicy flavor.

Apple-Cherry and Five-Spice Donuts
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
9 mins
Total Time:
34 mins


  • 1 5 ounce pkg. dried cherries, chopped

  • ½ cup spiced apple cider*

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar

  • ½ cup apple butter

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Five-Spice Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease three six-cavity donut pans (3-inch diameter by 3/4 inch deep).** In a small bowl microwave cherries and cider 1 to 2 minutes; cool.

  2. In a medium bowl stir together the next four ingredients (through salt). In a small bowl combine the next five ingredients (through vanilla). Stir egg mixture into cherry mixture. Add all at once to flour mixture; stir just until combined.

  3. Fill a heavy resealable plastic bag with batter; snip a hole in one corner. Pipe batter into prepared pans, filling each indentation three-fourths full. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.

  4. Transfer donuts to a wire rack. While still warm, toss with Five-Spice Sugar to coat.

Five-Spice Sugar

In a small bowl stir together 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder.


Or use regular apple cider plus 1/4 tsp. apple pie spice.


If you don't have three pans, wash and grease your pan between batches.


When filling the plastic bag, set the empty bag inside a large measuring cup or bowl to help keep it upright, then fold down the edges to help keep it open. Spoon in the batter, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
4g Fat
42g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1.7mg 9%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 113mg 2%
Folate, total 29.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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