Pumpkin donuts paired with hot coffee on a cool, Autumn morning…..Yes, please!

Nothing screams Autumn more than pumpkin recipes. So this week we decided to share an old-fashioned favorite recipe of ours, Baked Pumpkin Donuts.

baked pumpkin donuts
Homemade baked pumpkin donuts with a cinnamon sugar topping.

No need to worry about deep-frying. Just throw them in the oven and 10 minutes later, pure goodness!  

Want to make them even better? Mix up a glaze or sugar cinnamon mixture for the topping and your family and friends will be begging for more.

This recipe calls for a donut pan. But if you don’t have one, don’t fret. You can also make these pumpkin donuts in a muffin pan.

pumpkin donut batter
Once the batter is mixed together it is ready to be poured into the donut pan.

And if you still want the donut look, cut out the center with an apple corer. Then you can have both donuts and donut holes!

Homemade Baked Pumpkin Donuts

To start, preheat oven to 325° F and spray 1-2 donut pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Then in a large bowl add all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda. Whisk dry ingredients together.

Batter in pan
The thick pumpkin batter in a donut pan ready to be baked.

Add pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, and softened butter and beat mixture on low speed until well combined.

You can use either canned or homemade pumpkin puree for this pumpkin donuts recipe. Click here to learn How To Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

Pour batter into the prepared donut pan.

baked donuts
Donuts are baked and cooling in the pan before being transferred to a cooling rack.

Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until donuts spring back when touched.

Topping Instructions (optional)

For Glazed topping: Beat confectioners’ sugar, melted butter, water, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth.

Dip warm donuts into the glaze and let any excess glaze drip back into bowl before placing glazed donuts back onto the cooling rack.

cooling rack
Once the donuts come out of the pan, place them on the cooling rack.

For Cinnamon Sugar topping add the cinnamon and sugar in a brown paper bag, and shake to combine. Then place the warm donuts, 1-2 at a time, in the bag and shake until coated.

Remove the donuts from the bag and place on the cooling rack.

Pumpkin donuts are best served the day that they are made. You can serve them warm or cold.

If there are any leftovers, store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

pumpkin donut bite
Top the donuts with cinnamon sugar, glaze or both!

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter softened

Glaze Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F
  2. In a large bowl add all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda. Whisk dry ingredients together.
  3. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, and softened butter and beat mixture on low speed until well combined.
  4. Pour batter into a greased donut pan.
  5. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until donuts spring back when touched.
  6. For Glazed topping: Beat confectioners' sugar, melted butter, water, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth. Dip warm donuts into the glaze and let any excess glaze drip back into bowl before placing glazed donut on a cooling rack.

  7. For Cinnamon Sugar topping: Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a brown paper bag. Then place warm donuts in the bag and shake until coated. Place coated donuts back onto the cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

Homemade Pumpkin Donuts – Baked To Perfection
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