stack of apple cider donut pancakes topped with icing and cooked apples

I know it’s a Monday, and (at least for me), these apple cider donut pancakes aren’t in the time schedule this morning, but boy do I wish they were how I was starting my morning. Perfectly spiced, light and fluffy, covered in that signature cinnamon sugar coating and finished off with a cinnamon glaze. YUM. I mean, I’m not going to be able to focus on anything all day, and you KNOW we’re having breakfast for dinner tonight 🙂

stack of apple cider donut pancakes with quarter taken out

Plus I think pancakes for dinner is a little more acceptable than donuts (not that we really care).

stack of apple pancakes covered in cinnamon sugar on a plate

What ingredients do you need to make apple cider donut pancakes?

Lucky for you, pancakes are one of the easier sweet treats to throw together on a whim. To make these Fall pancakes that taste exactly like an apple cider donut, you’ll need a few simple ingredients:

  • whole wheat or all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • eggs
  • apple cider
  • cinnamon
  •  granulated sugar
  • apples (optional for topping!)

I have almost all those things in my pantry, so the only excuse you can muster up for not making these delicious pancakes is not having apple cider. An easy fix, though, and well worth it!

apple donut pancakes drizzled with glaze and topped with cooked apples on a speckled plate

Apple Cider vs Apple Juice:

Anyone who tries to tell you that apple cider and apple juice are the same is wrong. And apple cider is far superior to apple juice. You can quote me on that. While there are a lot of rumors floating around about the difference between apple cider and apple juice, it comes down to the way they’re processed. Both are made from apples (duh), however apple cider is generally not filtered to remove sediment and it is not pasteurized. This is why you generally find your apple cider at a local apple picking farm or seasonally in the the refrigerated section of the grocery store. On the other hand, apple juice, which is filtered and pasteurized stays fresh for ages and the clear, light colored juice can be found on a shelf year round.

For these apple cider pancakes you’ll definitely want to use cider!

apple cider donut pancakes with bite taken out

I’ll see you at dinner time for these apple cider donut pancakes. I know we can all make it through this Monday knowing that’s how we’re ending our day 🙂


Apple Cider Donut Pancakes

stack of apple cider donut pancakes topped with icing and cooked apples

It’s officially apple picking season, which means it’s also apple cider donut season 🙂 We took all our fav flavors and made them into a fluffy, perfectly spiced pancake coated in cinnamon sugar. YUM.

  • Author: Sarah | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 pancakes 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american


for the apple cider donut pancakes

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

for the cinnamon sugar coating

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

for the cooked apples

  • 2 large apples (any kind!), cored and peeled and chopped up
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. In a medium bowl combine eggs, melted butter, apple cider, and sugar whisking until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Incorporate into wet ingredients, stirring only until combined. Let the batter sit for ten minutes to thicken.
  3. While the batter thickens, cook the chopped apples, cinnamon, and sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently until the apples are soft and tender. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, prep the cinnamon sugar, combining the sugar and cinnamon. Transfer to a large shallow bowl or to a plate.
  5. When you are ready to cook your pancakes, heat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat.
  6. Once griddle is hot, liberally grease with oil or butter (about 1 tablespoon per 3 pancakes). Pour ¼ cup of batter per pancake onto surface. Cook on one side until holes form around edges, about 2 minutes, then flip and cook on other side for additional 1-2 minutes. Don’t let the pan get too hot– you want a nice, even heat.
  7. Place each hot pancake in the cinnamon sugar, flipping over to coat the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  8. Serve with a simple powdered sugar glaze, cooked apples, and a healthy dose of maple syrup! The options are endless!

Keywords: easy, quick, fall, autumn, delicious, creative, kid approved

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Apples and cinnamon? Fall is here! What would you think about adding a little nutmeg to enhance that donut flavor?

I’d love to make these for a holiday breakfast. Thank you for a great recipe!


These look wonderful!


Amazing! It looks delicious and mouth-watering pancake. and surely I will try this one soon.


Combines my 2 breakfast favs- doughnuts AND pancakes – an absolute MUST make!!

Wer ruft an

Light, fast and pleasant! I love it!

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