Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

1-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jul. 14, 2023
Share a warm batch of these cinnamon-sugar-coated pumpkin doughnuts at your next morning meeting, and you'll become the office's favorite. A simple icing made with confectioners' sugar and cream adds a punch of flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients. Whisk eggs, pumpkin, 1 cup sugar, oil and butter until blended; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Cut a small hole in the corner of a food-safe plastic bag; fill with batter. Pipe into 2 greased 6-cavity doughnut pans, filling cavities half full.
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 12-15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Cool for 5 minutes.
  3. While doughnuts are still warm, combine cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a shallow bowl. Coat doughnuts in sugar mixture on all sides. After donuts have cooled to room temperature, dip the tops in sugar mixture again.
Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts Tips

What other toppings can you put on baked pumpkin doughnuts?

These baked pumpkin doughnuts are coated with a cinnamon-sugar mixture that just screams fall, since plenty of our favorite fall baking recipes use cinnamon and sugar too. However, you could drizzle them with a simple vanilla glaze, and then add toppings like sprinkles, chopped nuts or toasted coconut. Or, since maple is a classic flavor combination with pumpkin recipes, you might prefer a maple glaze. If you want to be really creative, use toppings like some of the country's best doughnut shops. They use anything from crunchy cereal to chewy chopped candy bars!

How can you make dairy-free pumpkin doughnuts?

The only dairy in these baked pumpkin doughnuts is the 2 tablespoons of melted butter. If you typically adjust your recipes to be dairy-free, simply replace the butter with additional oil.

How should you store baked pumpkin doughnuts?

Homemade baked doughnuts, just like fried cake and yeast doughnuts, are best the same day you baked them. But, they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 1 to 2 days. Zap them in the microwave for a few seconds before eating to freshen them up.

Can you freeze baked doughnuts?

Yes, you can freeze baked doughnuts for up to 2 months in an airtight container. Though, it's best to freeze them without the cinnamon-sugar coating. To thaw, heat them in the microwave at 50% power in 10 second increments to avoid overheating. Check out our guide to freezing doughnuts for even more tricks and tips.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 doughnut: 175 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.