Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

by Shawnda on September 20, 2011

in Bread,Breakfast,Pumpkin

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

I bought a donut pan last week. And it is the funnest $10 I’ve spent in a while. Donuts are one of the most inexpensive foods you can buy so why make them at home? Because around here, they don’t sell Pumpkin Donuts :)

I took the basic cake donut recipe that came with the pan and adapted it for a pumpkin donut. It’s moist. It’s pumpkiny. It has great fall flavors from the pumpkin pie-like spices. And topped with a chocolate glaze and sprinkles, it’s borderline dessert.

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

If you have ground pumpkin pie spice, you can use 3/4 teaspoon in place of the 4 ground spices below – the ratio of spices in the recipe below is how I make homemade pumpkin pie spice.

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Baked donuts flavored with pumpkin, your favorite fall spices, and topped with a chocolate glaze.


  • For the donuts:
  • Baking spray
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter, cold
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • For the glaze
  • 2-3 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil, shortening, or coconut oil
  • Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Spray a donut pan with baking spray (or use your favorite non-stick method).
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, add the flour, sugar, and butter on low and mix until the butter is incorporated.
  4. Add baking powder, spices, and salt, mixing until combined.
  5. Add Pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.
  6. Transfer batter (it will be a little thicker than your standard cake batter) to a ziptop bag.
  7. Snip off the corner of the bag (make the opening ~ 3/4 inch) and pipe the batter into the donut wells until 1/2 - 3/4 cup full (you'll get exactly 6 donuts; the batter is thick and holds it's shape, it won't really settle or bake smoothly if you spoon it into the pan).
  8. Bake 8-12 minutes, until the top of the donut springs back when lightly tapped.
  9. Let cool in pan 3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  10. To make the glaze, melt chopped chocolate in the microwave with oil/shortening. Stir until smooth.
  11. Dip the donuts into the chocolate and add sprinkles while the chocolate is still soft.
  12. It's easier to store unglazed donuts in a ziptop bag so I only glazed the ones we were eating right then and stored the leftover chocolate in the fridge to glaze the others later. They'll keep fresh for 3 days.


Yields: 6 large donuts

Adapted from Norpro

Estimated time: 20 minutes


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Blog is the New Black September 20, 2011 at 3:22 am

Making donuts is SO FUN! I haven’t used my pan in quite a while. This looks like the perfect fall pastry for it!


2 Becki's Whole Life September 20, 2011 at 4:50 am

I love pumpkin donuts and this sounds like a great recipe. I tried to get my pumpkin yesterday at the store and they were completely sold out – so sad:-(. I really need to get a donut pan like yours – my girls would love a treat like this!


3 Katrina September 20, 2011 at 4:53 am

These sound freaking amazing! Yum!


4 Tracey September 20, 2011 at 6:44 am

I just finished eating scrambled eggs for breakfast, but I would gladly have shoved them aside for a pumpkin donut, especially with chocolate frosting and sprinkles! :)


5 The Blue-Eyed Bakers September 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

Hmm…we’ve been seriously debating a donut pan for a while now. Now that we’ve seen these pumpkin numbers, we NEED one!


6 katie September 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

I love making pumpkin doughnuts, too bad I cannot find any more pumpkin in stores and I have used the last of my freezer supply. Was the doughnut pan worth a woken up L?


7 foodiebride September 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

Last week, absolutely not. The UPS guy took 3 years off my life, I’m sure of it!


8 Erin September 20, 2011 at 8:49 am

Although I recently caved and bought pumpkin pie spice, I used to mix it up myself too. Guess I got lazy and never managed to make a stock of it from scratch. But I too have a doughnut pan, and although I’ve (somehow) only used it once it really is fun! It is like dessert but since it is in ring-form we can claim it for breakfast! Love these too!


9 Krystal R. September 20, 2011 at 9:40 am

You said pumpkin and donut in the same title. HOLY SMOKES. That’s a whole plate of yumminess! I’m such a pumpkin-whore for everything pumpkin, I’ll be making these on those gimme-gimme-pumpkin days once it cools down here in SoCal. Sooo gorgeous!


10 Joanne September 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

They also don’t sell baked donuts here. And let’s be honest…why should I waste the calories when I cake make these myself and eat five of them with no guilt?


11 Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) September 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

I’ve been wanting to make pumpkin donuts and now you’ve given me a recipe, thank you!!! I don’t have the pan, so I better get that next!


12 Nicole, RD September 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I’m so, so glad I have a doughnut pan at this very second- can’t wait to make these!


13 Happy When Not Hungry September 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Perfect example of why I need a doughnut pan! Looks amazing!


14 Christina @ This Woman Cooks! September 21, 2011 at 7:23 am

Ah this is genius! I need one stat!!


15 Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? September 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

I need a donut pan!! These look soo good. I’ve developed a new found obsession with any and everything pumpkin, so I have to try these. Thanks so much for sharing!


16 Amanda September 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Is it like a cake donut? I mean as opposed to a muffin or cookie – does it get that same texture?


17 foodiebride September 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Yep, it’s a cake donut, but a little softer than the fried cake donuts you get at a bakery.


18 Amanda September 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

Thanks! You made me buy a donut pan so I can give them a whirl. :)


19 Cara September 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm

If I didn’t know how badly I need a donut pan… I do now!


20 Marie October 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

I just made these donuts and they are delicious! I did notice that you did not state in the recipe where to add the pumpkin or what temperature the butter should be at. I added the pumpkin with the egg and melted my butter and they turned out fine.


21 foodiebride October 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm

wow, that was some omission! thanks for the heads-up.


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