Pumpkin donuts are an easy and delicious recipe, with pumpkin pie spice. Try to make it the day before, to get an accentuated flavor. Make a dozen of regular or small donuts.

How To Make Pumpkin Donuts?


Donuts Dough

  • 3 1/4 all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 11/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (see recipe)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 whole milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin filling)
  • 1/4 unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups vegetable oil, for deep frying

Vanilla Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)


  1. Making Pumpkin Donuts Dough: In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In another medium bowl, whisk together: egg, milk, pumpkin purée, butter, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the egg mixture over the dry ingredients. With a whisk or a food processor, blend well until you get a homogeneous and smooth dough.
  4. Cover the dough, and chill at least 4 hours or overnight, to have more flavored donuts.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out donuts, with a 3 1/2 inch or 21/2 inch, floured donuts cutter.
  6. Meanwhile, in a large, deep, fryer skillet, heat oil over medium heat, 370 degrees to 375 degrees.
  7. Carefully, drop donuts, one at a time, into the hot oil. Fry donuts, turning occasionally, about 2-3 minutes.
  8. Line a large plate with a paper towel, and drain donuts over paper towels.
  9. Let donuts cool completely, about 7 minutes, before dipping in vanilla glaze, and sprinkling with cinnamon sugar.

How To Make Vanilla Glaze?

For 1 cup vanilla glaze: Slowly, whisk all vanilla glaze ingredients, plus pumpkin pie spice (if you want a spicy flavor) until you get a smooth mixture. Add 1 tablespoon milk, if necessary, for desired consistency.

How To Make cinnamon Sugar?

For 1/2 cup, combine all ingredients, plus pumpkin pie spice, if you use it. Pumpkin pie spice adds a spicy flavor to cinnamon sugar. If you have kids, it’s preferably don’t use it.

La Dorure’s Tips:

  • The kids will love the recipe if you add some color to vanilla glaze and make some Halloween drawing.
  • Pumpkin pie spice makes the recipe a little spicy, if you have kids, don’t use it in vanilla glaze, and cinnamon sugar.
  • Use donuts-cutter for a quick and clean cut.

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