Pumpkin Doughnuts
Pumpkin Doughnuts
5 from 1 vote
Pumpkin doughnuts are a delightful treat, blending the richness of pumpkin with a sweet glaze. These baked doughnuts offer a perfect balance of spices and a soft, moist texture. Ideal for autumn gatherings or as a comforting snack, they're surprisingly easy to make, even for beginners.
Pumpkin Doughnuts

Pumpkin doughnuts have a charming quality that brings warmth to any table. This recipe, with its roots in traditional autumnal flavours, offers a delightful spin on the classic doughnut.

Originating from the United States, where pumpkin is a staple in fall cuisine, these doughnuts have gained popularity for their unique flavour and texture.

Making pumpkin doughnuts isn’t as challenging as it might seem. The process is straightforward, making it a great choice for those new to baking. You’ll find the blend of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves infuses these treats with a cosy, aromatic depth, perfect for crisp autumn days.

What’s fascinating about pumpkin doughnuts is the variety of ways they can be made. Some prefer to deep-fry them for a classic, crisp exterior, while others opt for baking, which offers a softer, cake-like texture. Our recipe focuses on the baked version, which is simpler and a bit lighter, yet just as delicious.

The use of pumpkin in doughnuts isn’t just for flavour. This versatile squash adds moisture, ensuring every bite is tender and rich. The spices, integral to this recipe, complement the pumpkin’s sweetness, creating a harmonious blend of flavours that evoke the essence of autumn.

While this recipe uses all-purpose flour, for a healthier twist, whole wheat flour can be substituted for a nuttier, more robust texture. Likewise, for those avoiding dairy, almond or oat milk can replace whole milk without sacrificing flavour.

Exploring different glazes can also add a new dimension to your pumpkin doughnuts. A maple syrup glaze, for instance, can introduce a deeper sweetness, while a simple dusting of powdered sugar might appeal to those who prefer a subtler taste.

One of the joys of baking is the opportunity to put your own stamp on a recipe. Feel free to experiment with different spice levels or glaze ingredients to make these pumpkin doughnuts uniquely yours.

Each batch is an opportunity to refine and adjust, making this recipe a delightful journey in the world of baking.

Expert Tip: If you’re seeking a lighter version, substitute half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour; it gives a nuttier taste and adds some nutritional value.

What Ingredients to Use & Why

Before diving into each ingredient, let’s appreciate the role they play in creating the perfect pumpkin doughnuts. Every component contributes to the overall flavour, texture, and appearance of these delightful treats.

All-Purpose Flour: The structure of our pumpkin doughnuts starts here. All-purpose flour is ideal for its balanced gluten content, ensuring the doughnuts are soft yet sturdy. For a gluten-free version, you can use a blend of rice and almond flours.

Baking Powder & Baking Soda: These leavening agents are crucial for the rise and fluffiness of the doughnuts. Without them, the doughnuts would be dense. Lemon juice and baking soda can be a substitute if baking powder is not available.

Ground Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves: These spices are what give pumpkin doughnuts their signature autumnal flavour. They complement the pumpkin perfectly, adding depth and warmth. If you’re out of one, just increase the others slightly, but the unique blend is what really makes the flavour stand out.

Salt: A bit of salt enhances all the other flavours in the doughnuts. It’s a small but essential addition.

Granulated Sugar: This adds sweetness and helps with the texture. If you prefer a less refined option, coconut sugar is a great substitute, though it will slightly alter the flavour profile.

Egg: The egg binds the ingredients together and adds richness. For a vegan version, a flax egg (ground flaxseed mixed with water) can be used.

Pumpkin Puree: The hero of our recipe, pumpkin puree, provides moisture and a gentle sweetness. It’s also packed with nutrients. Butternut squash or sweet potato puree can be used as alternatives.

Whole Milk: This adds creaminess to the doughnut batter. Almond or soy milk can be used for a dairy-free version without compromising the taste.

Vegetable Oil: Oil keeps the doughnuts moist. You can substitute it with melted butter for a richer flavour or with applesauce for a lower-fat option.

Vanilla Extract: A dash of vanilla enhances the overall flavour profile. It’s a subtle but important ingredient.

Icing Sugar (for the glaze): This creates a smooth and sweet glaze. For a less refined option, you can use powdered coconut sugar, though it will be less smooth.

Milk (for the glaze): This thins out the icing sugar to create the perfect glaze consistency. Any milk, dairy or non-dairy, works well here.

Each ingredient in this recipe has been carefully chosen to create a harmonious blend of flavours and textures. Whether you stick to the original or make substitutions based on dietary needs or preferences, the result is sure to be a delightful batch of pumpkin doughnuts.

Expert Tip: Experiment with the spice mix to suit your taste; increasing the cinnamon or nutmeg can create a more pronounced autumnal flavour, perfect for those who love a stronger spice presence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make These Doughnuts Gluten-Free?

Absolutely! To make these pumpkin doughnuts gluten-free, substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Just make sure it’s a 1:1 baking blend to ensure the texture remains similar.

Is There a Vegan Alternative for the Egg?

Yes, for a vegan version, replace the egg with a flax egg. Mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed with three tablespoons of water, let it sit for a few minutes to thicken, and use it as you would a regular egg.

Can I Use Fresh Pumpkin Instead of Canned Puree?

You certainly can. If you have fresh pumpkin, simply roast it until tender, then blend it into a puree. Keep in mind that fresh pumpkin might be a bit more watery than canned puree, so you might need to adjust the flour slightly.

How Can I Store These Doughnuts?

Pumpkin doughnuts are best enjoyed fresh, but you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. For longer storage, keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Is It Possible to Bake These Doughnuts Without a Donut Pan?

Yes, if you don’t have a donut pan, you can use a muffin tin. The texture and shape will be different, but they’ll still be delicious. Alternatively, you can pipe the batter onto a baking sheet in a donut shape using a piping bag or a ziplock bag with a corner cut off.

Can I Freeze These Doughnuts?

Indeed, these doughnuts freeze well. Just skip the glazing part if you plan to freeze them. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe bag or container. Thaw at room temperature and add the glaze before serving.

What Other Types of Glaze Can I Use?

even a simple cinnamon sugar coating are all delicious alternatives. Each gives a different twist to the final flavour of your pumpkin doughnuts.

Expert Tip: For a richer flavour, replace vegetable oil with melted butter in the batter; it adds a nice depth and a slightly more indulgent taste.

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Pumpkin Doughnuts

Pumpkin Doughnuts

by Nabeela Kauser
Pumpkin doughnuts are a delightful treat, blending the richness of pumpkin with a sweet glaze. These baked doughnuts offer a perfect balance of spices and a soft, moist texture.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American, British, Western
Servings 12
Calories 192 kcal


  • 250 g All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 100 g Sugar Granulated
  • 1 medium Egg
  • 150 g Pumpkin Puree
  • 60 ml Milk Whole
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Glaze:

  • 150 g Icing Sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a donut pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt.
  • In another bowl, beat together the granulated sugar and egg until well combined.
  • Add the pumpkin puree, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the sugar and egg mixture. Mix until smooth.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan, filling each cavity about 2/3 full.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean.
  • Remove the donuts from the oven and let them cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together the icing sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add a little more milk.
  • Dip each cooled donut into the glaze, allowing any excess to drip off, and place them back on the wire rack to set.
  • Let the glaze set for about 15 minutes, and your delicious Pumpkin Donuts are ready to enjoy!


Nutritional Facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 140mgPotassium: 67mgFibre: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 1978IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Donuts, Doughnuts, Food, Fruit, Pumpkin, Recipe
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