Friday, August 10, 2012

Pumpkin Donuts/Muffins

Julia and I made these today. They were very good. The key is the butter dip/cinnamon/sugar at the end. The recipe comes from this website.
I don't have mini donut pans, so we used mini muffin pans, and they were great. Don't over-bake these; they're best when they're just a tiny bit underbaked. Here's the recipe:

Pumpkin Donuts:
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk

For Coating:
1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1-2 tablespoons cinnamon (more if you're a cinnamon lover)

Preheat oven 350 F.  Butter a mini donut pan and set aside.
In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and spices together and set aside. (I put the dry ingr. straight into the moist ingr.)

In a large bowl (or the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the mixture and stir until just combined, careful not to over mix.

Using a pastry bag or a steady hand and a spoon, fill each donut cup with the batter.  The donut cups should be fairly full, but not overflowing. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until donuts spring back when gently pressed (if you're using a larger donut pan, allow them to bake for 12-15 minutes).  Turn donuts out onto a wire rack and allow to cool for a few minutes.
While the donuts are cooling, melt butter in one bowl and combine the sugar and cinnamon in another.  When donuts are still hot (but not too hot to touch), quickly dip each donut in melted butter, then coat in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Serve immediately.
*Note: If you're not going to serve the donuts immediately, you can bake them up to a day in advance and store them in an airtight container.  Do not coat them in the butter/cinnamon-sugar mixture until just before serving or they may get soggy.
You can also adapt this recipe for mini muffins.  Just bake muffins for 10-12 minutes then follow the same procedure for coating.


  1. Yummy! Can I have one? If you were my neighbor, I'd expect you to save me one. I have decided that a special time and situation must be be reserved for donut eating. Now to determine the time.

  2. Today must be a cooking day! Those look delicious!

  3. I'll never make them but they do look delicious and I love pumpkin flavor. Yay autumn...pumpkin flavored coffee creamer, coffee...yum!

  4. They were pretty good. (Note the past tense.) I'll say this: just about any bread product dipped in melted butter and then rolled in cinnamon/sugar, is fabulous - haha :)


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