baked donuts piled on a plate

Pumpkin Donuts

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 donuts


Fluffy pumpkin donuts are so quick and easy to make from scratch! These flavorful homemade donuts are loaded with sweet pumpkin flavor and cozy fall spices, rolled in crunchy cinnamon sugar.


For the Donuts

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (118ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups (135g) pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup (165g) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (48g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (175g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of nutmeg

For the Coating

  • 1/4 cup (56g) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (48g) granulated sugar
  • 23 tablespoons (15-22g) ground cinnamon


  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat the wet ingredients: Beat the egg for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Next add the oil, butter, egg, milk, and vanilla extract and beat together until well combined. Then add the pumpkin puree and continue mixing until well combined.
  3. Beat in the dry ingredients: First, add the brown and granulated sugar and continue beating until well combined. Then add the remaining dry ingredients and beat just until the flour is incorporated. Use a spatula to mix the batter, ensuring all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Bake: Generously spray your donut pan with cooking spray. Fill each cavity with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the donut, if the toothpick comes out clean, the donuts are done. Cool for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack.
  5. Coat: Once cooled, brush the donuts with melted butter and then roll them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar until well coated.



  • Make ahead and storage suggestions: Keep stored in an airtight container in a cool and dry place. These will stay moist for a few days, but it’s best when served within 2 days of preparing. After 2 days, the coating gets too soft, so if you make them ahead of time, store them in an airtight container and add the cinnamon sugar coating the day you plan to serve them.
  • To freeze pumpkin donuts, cool them completely, and freeze them without the coating in an airtight container. Thaw to room temperature and then add the cinnamon and sugar coating.
Nutrition Information:
1 donut
  • Category: Donut
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American