Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Back in the day, which was a Wednesday by the way, I made this recipe. It was incredible.

I’m not much of a donut lover, but I do live with two. So we’ve compromised and every October I make a double batch of the most amazing pumpkin donut muffins that you will ever try. My son started calling them donut holes, and it’s just stuck… but they are more of three holes combined into one.

Before anyone says anything… you’ve probably seen these pictures around the web. They are mine. They were taken in my house, on my camera, with my hand. I just posted the original recipe on my old site, and knew that I had to share them again with all of you!


Pumpkin Donut Muffins
(recipe adapted from Group Recipes)

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 eggs
1 1/2 cup pumpkin Puree
1/4 t. vanilla
1/8 cup milk
1-1/2 cup flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, melted

- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12 count muffin tin and set aside,

-Combine the sugar, butter, vanilla and pumpkin in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir to combine. Add the egg.

- Quickly whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Slowly mix into the egg mixture, adding the milk a little at a time until combined. Divide into muffin cups, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

- While the doughnuts are baking, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a large Ziploc. Melt the butter in a shallow dish.

- Allow the doughnuts to cool for ten minutes. Working with one at a time, roll each in butter. Place into the Ziploc, and give it a good shake, making sure the sugar mix coats the entire muffin.


Now… While I know baked donuts are tempting…. Most of you are probably here for another reason!

I recently increased my following by… well… a lot!

To say thank you I wanted to offer you the chance at something in return!

ONE lucky reader will win….. (drum roll please)


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  1. says

    I think I would have to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies. There’s nothing better than eating a warm cookie that is fresh from the oven.


  2. Alyssa Clark says

    Wow- that is a hard choice. There are so many things to make! I think the first thing I would make with the kitchen aid mixer would be my husbands favorite cookie- chocolate rounds. He is in the military and has been gone since April. We are finally being reunited in November and he says that is one thing he wants me to make first.

  3. Christina Roth says

    I would make so many things with my stand mixer, but the first would have to be a cake. Hand-mixing those babies is getting tiresome!

  4. Alyssa Clark says

    I will probably make my husband’s favorite cookie- chocolate rounds. He has been away with the military since April and has been missing those cookies. We are finally going to be together again and I want to do something nice for him.

  5. Megan says

    If I were to win the new Kitchen-Aid mixer, I would make peanut butter fingers! These are the old school lunch lady ones. So yummy! Thank you for your blog, I love reading it and trying out the recipes! :)

  6. Elizabeth says

    I would make Christmas cookies!! Dozens and dozens and dozens of them. And then hopefully give some away so I don’t gain 30 pounds.

  7. Katrina says

    I’d make cookie dough to freeze and giveaway as Christmas gifts! Love that color!
    Katrinaedunn{at}hotmail dot com

  8. Trina says

    Since the giveaway does not end for a month I will say some Christmas cookies. Actually I was here for the doughnuts, saw this on Pinterest and when I got to the end of the recipe there was a giveaway, bonus for me.

  9. says

    Ohhh..those pumpkin donut holes I just saw on your blog. I can’t wait to make them. I would LOVE a Kitchenaid mixer. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Joan Richardson says

    Just finished picking all the squash in the garden, so will start with the pumpin donuts and the on to pumpkin/cranberry bread. I use the squash just like pumpkin.

  11. Patty says

    The first thing I would make would be pie crust! Always using knives to break up butter gets so old! The possibilities are endless what I would do with the crusts: quiche, pumpkin pie, apple pie, chicken pot pie. :) Love to cook/bake!

  12. Patty says

    Stinker, my post didn’t post! I would make pie crust! Cutting up butter with knives gets so old! With the pie crusts the possibilities are endless: quiche, pies, chicken pot pie! Love to cook/bake!

  13. Kathy says

    I would make my Grandmothers sugar cookie recipe! She had 11 children so it is a HUGE batch. I burn through a hand mixer everytime I make them. I have tried to cut the batch in half but it seems that it is one of those recipes that just does not turn out the same if you do.

  14. Christina says

    I would make pound cake. I would make loaves of sourdough bread everyday.I am a baker of all kinds of things. I bake every single day for my family of four sons and a sweet husband. Drop biscuits, cookies, pancakes, cornbread. I love to make yeast bread and to knead things by hand, but lately I have wished for some kitchen help. :) This mixer could be my kitchen help, for when I want to make layer cake or pound cake and don’t wish to spend fifteen minutes beating the batter with a whisk.

  15. Chris says

    What would I make? My 10-year old son would probably take dibs and make his “famous” chocolate chip cookies. As for me . . . something fall-ish with pumpkin or apples. The color of the mixer is beautiful.

  16. Michelle Messina says

    I love to bake everything! I am a mom of 4 & my family loves muffins especially blueberry! It will look absolutely perfect on my counter top. I love the color and have never owned a mixer.

  17. Mary says

    I would definitely try these pumpkin donuts first. We have a local orchard around here that sells apple cider donuts and these remind me of them. I am brand new to Pinterest and found you via the recipe. I love finding new recipes to try!

  18. Sarah Sowell says

    I would probably make my first cake. I haven’t made a homemade one since high school and I would LOVE to have a for real mixer!

  19. Janelle says

    Probably those pumpkin donuts…;) …or maybe some cupcakes because those are my favorite & then I would clean out the bowl & whip up some homemade icing to pipe on top!

  20. Tracey Kent says

    I have never owned one of these, but always wished for one. I love to bake for my husband, and all of his fellow Army soldiers, so I would be trying all the recipes that required one if these machines that I was never able to before…a certain fig nut bread is coming to mind! :)

  21. deb says

    Can’t wait to try these doughnuts and how nice that they are baked.
    **If I would win this mixer, the first thing I would make would be a trip to the UPS store to send it to my daughter. She is just starting out and loves this color and is just learning all the ins and outs of cooking/baking. A good mixer isn’t just something you can run out and buy so the real treat would be the mixer itself…and then the rest of the treats would follow!! :)

  22. Christy says

    I would have a hard time choosing between two of my favorite family recipes – my mother-in-law’s famous pumpkin bread that my husband grew up with or my mom’s chocolate chip cookies! Cookies may not seem like anything spectacular but it’s what I remember most about baking with my mom when I was little! I would love to win this mixer! My mom gave me her old one (when she inherited my brother’s KitchenAid after he passed away), but in all my 21 years of marriage I’ve never had a new mixer – except a hand mixer that was a wedding gift and is now dying!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  23. Abby says

    I would take my 10 year old mixer to school for my cooking club with 26 first through fourth graders and not have to lug it back & forth to school every Monday! Then it would be a batch of Oreo balls in the new mixer. I would then do a batch of everything cookies!

  24. deb says

    I’m going to try these little gems tomorrow…
    As for the mixer, the first thing I would make is a trip to the UPS store to send this to my daughter. I have my mixer from getting married and it is still serving me well. She is just starting out and just getting a feel for the baking/cooking side of life. What a joy to start out with this kind of mixer…it’s not something you can just run out and purchase when on a limited budget…and then once she gets it…oh the possibilities. :)

  25. Dawn says

    I have wanted a mixer my whole life. I have a son with Autism so I try to make most everything I can with fresh products. I also do a ton of canning with my grandma. With all the attachments I can put on the mixer it would open up a new world of cooking in our home and my son could help. I am always the designated cook for every family holiday and I make tons of food for fundraising. My husband is a police office and every week I send in colacky’s. A mixer would change my life.

  26. Julz says

    I would make chocolate chip cookies with extra chocolate chips! I dread stirring in the last handful when my old mixer starts to whine in protest! :)

  27. says

    All my husband ever hears is how I wish I had a kitchen aid! What an awesome color too. I am a noob baking/cooking blogger and I can think of about 1,000,000 things I would do with this. Including getting a pasta attachment….my mom makes delicious pasta and I would love to be able to replicate it! Yum!

  28. joannefoltz says

    I would make a chocolate cake recipe that I have been wanting to make. Thanks. These muffins look so good. Could I use butternut squash instead since I justed baked one?? I may try the recipe today.

  29. Alissa says

    Simply…I would bake fun! My three year old LOVES baking and there is nothing that I enjoy more than seeing her excitement when we break out the chocolate chips!

  30. Kelli Rummel says

    I would make your pumpkin donuts! They look amazing! Then I would try to impress my husband with all my improved baking skills since I’d have a Kitchen Aid. :)


  31. Heather Head says

    If I won this kitchen aid mixer I would mix up all kinds of yummy goodness! I would make a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. I love to bake cookies, cakes, breads, muffins and much much more. Chocolate cake makes everything better!! :)

  32. Francine M. says

    I would make big batches of cookie dough! I love baking and decorating cookies around the holidays, but it would be nice to prepare the dough in advance and then bake and decorate later in the season!

  33. renee S. says

    OOhhh, I’ probably whip up some kind of fall flavoured cupcakes. maybe something with pumpkin and salted carmel.

  34. says

    Oh! I was making marshmallows just yesterday and thinking out amazing is would be to have a kitchen aid! My first task would be to make some peppermint marshmallows. yum!

  35. twelve30 says

    My first recipe to try out this amazing mixer would be pumpkin sour cream coffee cake. Yum!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. says

    I would love, love, love, this for all of my holiday baking!! I BAKE ALL THE TIME! I single handedly make about 12 cakes, pies treats each Thanksgiving! I’d attempt bread making if i had this!

  37. Hallie says

    If I won the KitchenAid stand mixer, I would make this flourless chocolate cake recipe that is soooo good but involves whipping 7 eggs!

  38. Pennysue says

    I would make the muffins that I just read about on your blog. I have donut lovers also but hate giving them fried food…good option. Thanks

  39. Stacy says

    Peppermint infinity fudge! I’ve tried to make it 3 Christmases in a row, and burned out a hand mixer motor each time. My husband claims he used to successfully make it with a hand mixer all the time, but I think he just likes making a fool out of me once a year. Help me put an end to this mad, cruel ritual.

  40. Judy says

    I looovvveee to bake and this mixer would allow me to indulge more in my passion and feed and entertain my friends and coworkers! Definitely will be making these doughnuts!!!

  41. Kallie says

    My favorite color! I would make Christmas cookies to give out as gifts this year! I would also try the pumpkin donut muffins. I love fall baking!

  42. Loretta says

    I’m with everyone else… Where to start. I think I think these pumpkin donut muffins would be a great way to say thank you for choosing me. The best thing would be to be able to teach my daughter to bake better. She wants to start her own baking company (she’s 10). How wonderful it would be to get her started with a Kitchenaid!?! Thanks for considering me!

  43. says

    Oh what a nice, generous giveaway!

    If I won, the first thing I would make are peppermint mocha cookies! I’d bake up a ton of batches for my friends and family for Christmas!

    I got married a year ago and never received this off our registry. I’ve been wanting one so bad! Thanks for the opportunity!

  44. Johanna says

    I know from experience of borrowing a Kitchen Aid mixer, that it is NOT only for dessert type foods. I would love to have one to do my Polish Meatballs in. I just know the mixer will mix the ingredients so well together that I will NOT have to roll the meat mixture into balls so diligently!! Same would go for meatloaf!!!

  45. Amanda says

    If I had a kichenaid mixer I would be in pure heaven. I have Fibromialgia so it is getting harder and harder for me to bake things because I just don’t have the arm strength that I used to. Even using a hand held electric mixer has become a long and painful process. I am known for being the baker in my family, anytime anyone comes over my house I always have some kind of baked good ready to be enjoyed. My greatest fear is that I will unable to do that anymore. I am constantly finding great recipes and tweeking them to make them my own version, and it would hurt my heart if I was unable to be fall in love with a recipe ever again. But I know it’s coming soon.

  46. Tina says

    I make cookies for everyone for the holidays, having a Kitchen Aid would make the process so much faster. We also make our own pizzq every Friday, and makinf the dough with the mixer would be awesome!

  47. Melissa says

    I would definitely be making skin care products–lotion and body wash! I’ve tried before (and still have all the ingredients), but found that I needed a stand mixer to get the correct textures (guar gum is tricky!). And then I’d bust into the baking world, of course ;)

  48. lisa ashley says

    these look amazing!!!!! im going to make them in my donut pan to make them a bit smaller and freeze some… is pumpkin puree the same s the canned pumpkin???

    first thing i would make with the mixer would probably be bread

  49. Chiara says

    I love baking, esp. this time of year. Been craving pumpkin walnut bread, but these donuts look delicious! And then there’s the new pumpkin cheesecake recipe…………

  50. Jessica Kruse says

    First I would make my family some of their favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and then I would make some goat cheese and caramelized onion scones (for me, because I like savory more than sweet)!

  51. says

    I have been trying to get more into blogging — I’ve been trying to spend time putting my creative energy somewhere that can be fun and produce something wonderful and/or delicious. My boyfriends’ children get so excited when we have a special “project,” but unfortunately I don’t have a lot of materials to do all the things that I would like to do. A mixer would be phenomenal to make cookies, bread, cakes, and frosting… but the first thing I would make are these pumpkin donuts! They look delectable :)

  52. Aimee says

    I’m currently on a pumpkin kick so it would definitely be something with pumpkin. Because I’m gluten free I have to make my almost all of my baked goods myself so I do LOTS of baking. I am looking forward to attempting a gluten free version of these pumpkin donuts!

  53. says

    omg how cool. i guess I would be making cakes more often since i try to stay away from them now because they take a lot of prep time without an electric mixer.

  54. Melissa says

    The baker in me would start with Pumpkin Rolls, and Pumpkin Muffins, and Pumpkin Bread, and Pumpkin Drops… Oh, the possibilities are endless… (I’ve been on a pumpkin kick!).

  55. Debbie Terry says

    I most certainly would whip and whip and whip up a batch of homemade divinity! I remember moving into a new (to us) home. Many things were left, two that gave us the most “squeal” of delight were #1 the stand mixer because we knew mom would be able to make us divinity. #2 was the pair of adjustable rollerskate with the key ! and this house had a real sidewalk that we could skate for a couple of blocks on!

  56. Tonya says

    The first thing I would make is my dad’s favorite german chocolate cake.
    Thank you so much for the great recipe and chance to win.

  57. Leann says

    All the goodies my husband and kids want but I dread making because of the relic mixer my mom handed down to me! Time for a change..sorry mom!,

  58. Denny says

    I just received a copy of my grandmother’s custard pie recipe. It was the last thing she made for me – she has since passed away. I would use the mixer to make this pie for the holidays.

  59. Denise H says

    I have always wanted one of these!! I would make some delicious, melt in your mouth peppermint crescents…an old family recipe! Just thinking about them makes me want some…mmm

  60. says

    The first thing I would make would be tears of joy in the fact that I own a Kitchen Aid mixer (in aqua!)!! Then I would have fun coming up with new recipes and finding new recipes that my hubby would like!

  61. Cindy says

    What a great give away. I would first make the standard chocolate chip cookies, the only kind my family likes. Then i would make some fresh bread.

  62. Alisa says

    How awesome to have come across your blog!! I’m going to try your pumpkin donuts recipe today possibly!! :) I would most likely make cookies first and foremost…. probably chocolate chip cookies or pumpkin drop cookies or molasses cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies or…. :) I had a kitchen aid mixer before, but it died and have been making our cookies the ‘old-fashioned’ way lately…. which isn’t nearly as fun!

  63. Devin Leeann Hinojosa says

    Phone tweeked but the first thing I’d make would be pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese pumpkin frosting

  64. Megan Allen says

    The first thing I would make with a Kitchen-Aid mixer would be home made pumpkin pancakes. My husband and I love everything fall and pumpkin and this would be a fantastic way to celebrate fall and the new mixer! :-)

  65. Michele Paschal says

    Oh My so many things… I really want to try these thou my son loves pumpkin so I’ve been hunting for some recipes

  66. Michele Chavers says

    I love baking, cooking, creating, etc…First thing I would make would be my Aunt Elvis’ pound cake. Best I’ve ever tasted!!

  67. Brittany says

    I think the first thing I would make is my chocolate chip cookie dough pie…followed soon after by just about everything else that is a dessert

  68. Whitney says

    Wow! I actually came here for the donuts (Pinterest find) but the giveaway was a great surprise! I’d love a mixer for baking, of course, but also for mashed potatoes!

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