Baked Buttermilk-Pumpkin Donuts

These pumpkin spice donuts are the perfect treat to go with a cup of coffee on a chilly fall morning.

Baked Buttermilk Pumpkin Donuts with glaze and nut topping on blue background
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
12 doughnuts


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • cup buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Maple and Brown Butter Glaze

  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans, toasted (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat 12 (3- to 31/2-inch) indentations of a donut pan or twelve 21/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray. In a medium bowl stir together next five ingredients (through salt). In a large bowl whisk together next seven ingredients (through vanilla) until smooth. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture. Stir just until combined.

  2. Spoon batter into a large resealable plastic bag. Using scissors, cut off a corner of the bag. Pipe batter into prepared pan, filling donut indentations nearly full (or muffin cups about half full). Bake 15 to 16 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on a wire rack 3 minutes. Turn donuts out onto wire racks; cool completely.

  3. Dip donut or muffin tops into Maple and Brown Butter Glaze. Immediately sprinkle with pecans (if using). Let stand 15 minutes or until glaze is set.

Maple and Brown Butter Glaze

In a small saucepan melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat about 5 minutes or just until it turns light brown. Remove from heat; whisk in 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. milk, 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, and 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Return to heat and cook on low 30 seconds or until bubbly. Remove from heat; whisk in 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla until smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

363 Calories
17g Fat
52g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 363
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 333mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 1.5mg 8%
Potassium 181mg 4%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 36.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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