Butternut Squash Doughnuts

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch


2 dozen

Updated: Nov. 11, 2022
My mother and I used to make several batches of these butternut squash doughnuts at a time. They're not only different, they're delicious, too! —Elizabeth Leighton, Lincoln, Maine
Butternut Squash Doughnuts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup mashed cooked butternut or winter squash of your choice
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Optional: Confectioners' sugar or additional sugar


  1. In a bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, squash, buttermilk, butter and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to squash mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours (dough will be very soft).
  2. Turn onto a heavily floured surface; roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1 in. oil to 350°.
  3. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides, 1-2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Dust with sugar if desired.
Butternut Squash Doughnuts Tips

Can you bake butternut squash doughnuts instead of frying them?

Yes, but there are some drawbacks. While baking produces a healthier alternative to frying, you may lose some of the qualities we love in a good doughnut. Your doughnuts may not rise as much in the oven as they would in a fryer, and you won't get that nice crispy exterior. But if you're looking for a healthier take, bake them at 350°F for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

What kind of glazes can you make to top butternut squash doughnuts?

These butternut squash doughnuts pack so much flavor that the simpler the glaze, the better! Brushing some maple syrup on top as soon as they're done will highlight all the warm spices in these delicious doughnuts.

How should you store butternut squash doughnuts?

Store butternut squash doughnuts in an airtight container. They'll keep this way for at least 3 days at room temperature. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. For your next homemade doughnut adventure, try these doughnut recipes from around the world!

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 doughnut: 173 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.