Baked Pumpkin Donuts (with donut pan hack!)

A sure sign of Fall is pumpkin donuts and thankfully you don’t have to search bakeries when they’re so easy to make at home!  This video will not only show you how to make these moist, flavorful donuts but if you’ve been on the fence about getting a donut pan, this could help you decide showing the difference between a donut pan and a muffin pan hack.

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts (with donut pan hack!)
Baked Pumpkin Donuts (with donut pan hack!)
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
15 minutes
Total Time:
25 minutes
    For donuts
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. In a small bowl of 8 ounces of all purpose flour, add baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, whisk together until combined and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, add granulated sugar, canned pumpkin, unsweetened applesauce, vegetable oil and start mixing.
  3. Gradually add the 3 large eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
  4. Add about 1/3 of the flour mixture and stir, then keep adding the remaining thirds until all of the flour had been added and mixed thoroughly.
  5. Grab some butter cooking spray and give each donut pan a generous spritz.
  6. Scoop the pumpkin batter into a large zip top bag, remove as much air as possible and zip closed.
  7. Snip off the corner of the bag so that you can begin piping.
  8. Pipe the batter into the pan about halfway way up. Grab a knife and smooth out the tops.
  9. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Time for the coating. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of pumpkin spice. Add it to a sandwich bag and it’s ready to go.
  11. Let donuts cool about 5 minutes then place 1 or 2 donuts in the sugar baggie and shake to cover.
  12. Best served warm and eaten within an hour of coating. Otherwise warm for 10-20 seconds in the microwave before ready to serve and then coat with sugar as it melts into the donut within 30-60 minutes.

If you don’t have a donut pan, here’s how you can hack your muffin pan to make some. Grab half a sheet of foil and fold it in half over your finger. Grab the point you’ve just made and fold the rest of the foil over your fist so it makes a well for the batter to go in. Give it a quick fit and then trim off the excess and repeat with the whole muffin pan and set aside. See video for demonstration.

Nutrition information
Serving Size: 24 mini donuts

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I'm a long time cook/baker that makes food centric recipe videos to help the novice cook or welcome a seasoned cook that wants to focus on the food. I'm passionate about both Christmas and cooking. Once my baking gene gets activated in September, I want to bake all the things. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and come on into my kitchen!

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