Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts
My youngest son Bodee loves, and I mean LOVES pumpkin scones from a super popular coffee chain. I was almost going to make them, but decided to make my pumpkin spice baked donuts instead. They are every bit as pumpkin(y), but even more moist and fluffy than the scones are. Most people shy away from making donuts because it involves grease, frying and a neat little gadget that plops the donut batter into the oil in a perfect donut formation. These are super easy, take less than 30 minutes, and are baked!
I needed some carbs. Just yesterday, my oldest went off to college. I was really thinking about her a few days before when I wrote my weekly entry about her leaving the nest. It was really rough when I was coming up with the pictures for her senior party movie a few months ago, but I think I handled the actual move-in day pretty well. Today… we carbed out. First, we went to a local favorite, Taco Republic. AMAZE – btw. Then… we donutted. A lot.
These pumpkin spice baked donuts are so good and so simple to make. My one tip is that you don’t secure these in a plastic bag or cover them for too long. They really need to breathe and they need their own space. If you cover them for too long, they will become a little soggy. Don’t let that happen. You went to all this trouble to make these gorgeous pumpkin donuts – don’t treat them this way. Just kidding. Not about covering them though. Don’t do that. If you want to give them as a gift, put them in a cardboard box, then cover each one with wax paper or tissue paper. Deliver them before 2-4 hours for maximum flavor and texture.
Spice is so nice
They are so yummy. They are pillowy. The pumpkin is J U S T enough where you can taste the pumpkin and spice, but it’s not overpowering. You can also substitute more cinnamon in if you would like. I happen to like pumpkin pie spice, but I don’t want it to be overkill. This is why I use a little nutmeg and a little cinnamon instead of straight pumpkin spice. Play with the flavors and see which combination you prefer! You could also make a sugar cinnamon glaze to pour on top instead of the cinnamon sugar. Both would be just as good on the pumpkin spice donuts.
Pumpkin Spice Cake Donuts
- 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/4 Cups sugar
- 1 1/2 Cups pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cups + 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350.
Spray non-stick spray on donut pans. (If you only have one, it’s ok. Just cook one, then cook the 2nd when cooled)
Beat the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, salt, baking powder, and seasonings together until well combined. Mix in the flour until JUST combined.
Spoon in the batter into the donut pan until almost covering the middle section. (a little over 3/4 full if possible). Cook for 15-18 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean.
Dust with cinnamon sugar mixture. (1 tsp cinnamon to 3 Tbsp sugar) ratio. Place in bowl and cover donut completely. Set on plate. Enjoy!