Spiced Pumpkin Donuts


Spiced Pumpkin Donuts will get you into the mood for fall--no matter what season you enjoy this pumpkin dessert recipe. Who needs frosting for pumpkin donuts when you have pumpkin-spiced sugar?

Spiced Pumpkin Donuts
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
35 mins
about 12 doughnuts plus holes


  • 2 tablespoon butter, softened

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or a Dash of ground nutmeg

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin

  • cup buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying

Spiced Sugar

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high seed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in pumpkin, buttermilk, egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour until well combined. Cover and chill 3 hours.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-inch doughnut cutter, dipping cutter into flour between cuts. Reroll as necessary.

  3. Fry doughnuts, 2 or 3 at a time, in deep, hot fat (365 degrees F) about 2-1/2 minutes or until golden, turning once. Using a slotted spoon, removed doughnuts from oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and doughnut holes. Coat warm doughnuts in Spiced Sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes about 12 doughnuts plus holes.

Spiced Sugar

  1. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, ground cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg.

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