These Apple Cider Donut Bars are soft, warmly spiced, and full of apple cider flavor! Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for extra crunch on these apple cider blondies!

apple cider unsalted butter brown sugar egg vanilla extract ground cinnamon ground nutmeg ground cloves baking powder salt rolled oats all-purpose flour granulated or turbinado sugar

1. In a small saucepan, heat the apple cider over medium heat until it comes to a low boil.  Continue to simmer until it is reduced to 1/2 cup. You can also do this in the microwave using a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup, so it's easy to see when the cider has reduced to 1/2 cup.

Reduce the  Apple Cider

2. While the cider is reducing, cut the butter into cubes. When cider has reduced, add the butter and stir until melted. If using the microwave, you may need to put it back in for 30 seconds to help the butter along. Allow the mixture to cool for a couple of minutes.

Reduce the  Apple Cider

3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 inch pan or line with parchment paper, and set aside. 4. Combine the apple cider/butter mixture and brown sugar, and whisk to combine. Add the egg and whisk until mixture thickens and becomes smooth.

Prepare the Pan

5. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, and salt, and whisk until combined. 6. Add the oats and flour. Stir gently until a batter forms and there are no pockets of flour. Do not over mix!

Make The Batter

7. Spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the edges pull away from the sides.


8. Brush the melted butter over the baked bars, and sprinkle evenly with the granulated sugar. You can mix a little more cinnamon in with the sugar if you want! I didn't think it was necessary as the bars are quite spiced already, but it's individual preference!

Brush with Butter

9. Let the bars cool completely in the pan before removing and cutting evenly into 16 bars. Enjoy!

Cut & Serve