Perfectly moist pumpkin donuts with soft ‘n tender crumb and fall spice flavors, finished with sweet cinnamon sugar.
Perfectly Moist Pumpkin Donuts
Welcome to my favorite pumpkin donuts recipe! These baked pumpkin donuts are not only bursting with pumpkin spice flavor and all the fall vibes, they’re also easy to make.
Prepare yourself for moist, tender pumpkin donuts coating with sparkly cinnamon sugar coating. Let’s go!
Even Better The Next Day…
Ever get tired of how you go to all the trouble of baking something incredible, only to have it be kinda gross the next day? Well, this pumpkin donut recipe is not that recipe. Hallelujah!
This pumpkin donuts recipe tastes even better the next day. The pumpkin spices are deeper, the pure pumpkin flavor richer. Just remember that if you’re serving this recipe the next day, you’re gonna want to wait to coat it with sugar until its ready to serve!
How to Make Pumpkin Donuts
For this pumpkin donuts recipe, be sure to make the flax eggs (if using), preheat the oven to 350°F, and place your nonstick donut pans on the counter.
Then, add all the dry ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk. This includes: flour, pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
Next, take a large bowl out and add in all the wet ingredients: eggs, oil, butter, pumpkin puree, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Whisk thoroughly.
Now, transfer all the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl. Carefully whisk everything together until you get beautiful pumpkin donut batter.
Pour your pumpkin spice donut batter into a pastry bag or zip bag (then trim off the tip once the batter is in). Then, pipe the donut batter into each crevice in the donut pan.
Bake for about 14 minutes, then pop the donuts out!
Cool the donuts. Dip each pumpkin donut in melted butter. Then, dip that wet donut into the cinnamon sugar coating.
Serve and enjoy the best ever baked pumpkin donuts!
Pumpkin Donut Ingredient Notes
- Flour: I used all purpose flour to make this pumpkin donut recipe the first time, then I successfully used oat flour to make this recipe the second time.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand, substitute with the following: ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (yep, on top of the ¼ teaspoon already in the recipe), ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg.
- Eggs – I used flax eggs to make these donuts, but you can use any egg you prefer.
- Coconut Oil – it’s possible to use a flavorless oil here. Try it and let me know how it turns out!
- Vegan Butter – you can use the butter you have on hand, just make sure its unsalted.
- Pumpkin Puree – make sure to use 100% pumpkin puree and avoid using pumpkin pie filling.
- Coconut Sugar – you can easily use brown sugar instead.
Demeter’s Tips for the Best Pumpkin Donuts
Skip greasing the donut pan, as long as you’re using a nonstick pan like this one:
This donut pan allows the pumpkin donuts to quick release and come out beautifully baked, without an overly moist exterior.
Check out the difference between greasing the nonstick pan (left) versus not greasing the nonstick donut pan (right).
Make the cinnamon sugar coating the day of baking, not the day before. Yep, I mentioned that these pumpkin spice donuts taste better the next day—if you coat them right before enjoying. Otherwise, the cinnamon sugar will dissolve while storing.
Don’t over mix the batter for these pumpkin donuts. Just like you need to avoid overmixing your batter when making cake, be sure to simply whisk the wet and dry ingredients together just until no flour patches remain.
Do use a piping bag or a gallon zip bag with a tip trimmed off to pipe the donut batter into the pan. This will make batter distribution into each donut cavity so much easier!
Don’t worry if it’s tricky to pipe the donut batter at first. With practice comes pleasure, not perfect. Forget about being perfect and just enjoy the baking experience!
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