Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

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These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts are so fun and easy to make! They’re packed with pumpkin and coated in a generous layer of cinnamon sugar!

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts covered in cinnamon sugar on a wire rack

Say hello to fall with these Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts! They’re soft, fluffy, full of pumpkin spice and coated in a generous layer of cinnamon sugar. Plus they’re so easy to make because they’re baked, not fried!

Ingredient Breakdown

All-purpose flour – this gives the donuts structure.

Baking powder & baking soda – unlike traditional donuts this recipe doesn’t use yeast so it relies on chemical leaveners to rise and get fluffy.

Cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger – needed to help give the cookies their pumpkin spice flavor.

Pumpkin puree – adds flavor and moisture. Make sure to use pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin puree has 100% pumpkin while pumpkin pie filling already has spices and sugar added to it.

Granulated & brown sugar – sweetens and tenderizes donuts. Either light or dark brown sugar will work.

Vegetable – adds moisture and makes the donuts soft!

Eggs – helps bind the ingredients.

Vanilla extract and salt – enhances flavor. Always use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation for best flavor.

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts covered in cinnamon sugar on a plate

How To Make Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

1. Make the pumpkin cake donut batter: In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, baking soda and ginger. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined.

3. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined. The batter will be thick and lumpy. Do not over mix!

4. Use a piping bag or a zip-top bag to pipe each donut ring 2/3 full. Do not fill to the top, the donuts will rise as they bake.

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts in a cake donut pan

5. Bake pumpkin cake donuts at 350°F for 10 minutes. Allow to cool in donut pans for 5 minutes then unmold and finish cooling on a wire rack.

6. Cover the cake donuts in cinnamon sugar: combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a bowl then brush the cake donuts with melted butter and roll them in the cinnamon sugar. These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts are best enjoyed the day that they’re made but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.

Pro Tips For Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate; baking is a science after all!
  • Do not over mix the batter after adding the dry ingredients otherwise the donuts will be tough.
  • Don’t over fill the pan! Only fill each donut ring 2/3 full.
  • If your donut holes closed up while baking you can use a small round cookie cutter to cut out the middle. The smallest ring from this set fits perfectly.

What To Do With Leftover Pumpkin Puree?

Did you know that you can freeze leftover pumpkin puree? Simply transfer it to an airtight container or a zip-top bag and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight when you’re ready to use it!

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Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Maria Azzarelli
These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts are so fun and easy to make! They're packed with pumpkin and coated in a generous layer of cinnamon sugar!
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18 donuts
Calories 220 kcal

Equipment

  • Donut pan
  • Piping bag or zip-top bag

Ingredients
  

Pumpkin Cake Donuts

  • 300 g (2 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • 240 g (1 cup) pumpkin puree
  • 200 g (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 120 g (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 100 g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 56 g (4 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted

Instructions
 

Pumpkin Cake Donut Batter

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease donut pans.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, baking soda and ginger.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined.
  • Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined. The batter will be thick and lumpy. Do not over mix!
  • Use a piping bag or a zip-top bag to pipe each donut ring 2/3 full. Do not fill to the top, the donuts will rise as they bake.
  • Bake donuts at 350°F for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the donuts to cool in the pans for 5 minutes then unmold and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Cinnamon Sugar

  • Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a bowl then brush the cake donuts with melted butter and roll them in the cinnamon sugar.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
 
  • These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts are best enjoyed the day that they’re made but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.
 
  • Nutrition: the provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.
Calories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 127mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 2181IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg
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