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Baked Pumpkin Donuts

This week we made the perfect fall recipe: Baked Pumpkin Donuts!

baked pumpkin donuts stacked on a green platter

The temperature is slowly dropping day-by-day. It has been snowing in the local mountains with a few flakes here too. Skiing will open right after Thanksgiving. So we must eat lots of baked pumpkin donuts before winter arrives!

ingredients displayed for making baked pumpkin donuts

Ingredients needed:

  • all purpose flour
  • white sugar
  • baking powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • nutmeg
  • eggs
  • milk
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • powdered sugar
  • ground nutmeg, ginger and cloves

three photos showing pumpkin batter then batter in doughnut pan then pan ready for baking

How to make Pumpkin Spice Donuts:

First things first, you need a donut pan! Here is the donut pan that we have:  Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan (in case you need to order one). If you want to make 12 at once, order two.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray your donut pans with nonstick spray. Stir together dry ingredients in one pan and wet ingredients in another. Combine the two, and then stir in the pumpkin. Spoon the batter into your donut pans (the recipe makes 12). Bake about 15 minutes.

two photos showing baked pumpkin donuts in a pan and then cooling on a rack

Let the baked pumpkin donuts cool on a rack before adding the glaze!

two photos showing glaze in a bowl and then pumpkin donut dipped in glaze

In a bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients: powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and spices. Dunk the donuts in the glaze, and then set them back on the rack and let them sit until the glaze firms up.

baked pumpkin donuts

I love the consistency and texture of these baked glazed donuts. They are moist, but not too moist. The spiced-up glaze adds fantastic flavor that enhances the taste of the whole donut. Some things just go hand-in-hand together!

three baked pumpkin donuts stacked

This recipe is perfect for chilly mornings in the fall and winter. If you are part of the pumpkin-spice movement (like everyone else), then this recipe will be a grand slam for you. Baked donuts aren’t deep fried, so they are a bit healthier for you than classic glazed donuts. So that means you can eat them guilt free, right? Enjoy!

baked pumpkin donuts stacked on a green platter

Baked Pumpkin Donuts (adapted from Mark Bittman)
The best fall breakfast treat!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 donuts (1 per serving)
Calories 262 kcal





  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.  Spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, butter and vanilla.  Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients- just until incorporated.  Stir in the pumpkin.
  • Spoon the batter into the donut pan so that the cups are nearly full.  Bake until the donuts are golden brown, about 15 minutes.  Remove from the pan immediately and cool on racks until completely cooled before adding the glaze.  Repeat with remaining batter and pan.


  • Whisk the glaze ingredients together, heat a little bit in the microwave until warm. Dunk the tops of the donuts, return to the cooling rack and let the glaze set.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 313mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 3361IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
Keyword baked, donuts, glazed donuts, pumpkin
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Disclosure: This recipe was originally published in 2016. It was edited and re-published in 2021.

Recipe Rating


Wednesday 2nd of November 2016

Just discovered your blog and am really appreciating your easy to follow recipes. These doughnuts look great!


Sunday 6th of November 2016


theresa krier

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Oh yum, I can't wait to make these with my grandkids, they all love to help in the kitchen and love donuts of course, thanks for a yummy recipe !