Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar Topping are a fall treat that the entire family will love! They are so good, you won’t be able to eat just one!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar Topping - grab one or two to start your day!

Every fall I receive numerous requests to make baked apple cider donuts. They are one of my most popular recipes because they are easy to make and full of flavor. Today, I am sharing another classic fall donut full of pumpkin flavor. You probably have everything you need for these donuts already sitting in your pantry. If you are anything like me, you probably have enough cans of pumpkin to last you a few years!

I prefer baked donuts over fried because they are light and fluffy. It is basically like a warm muffin in donut form. I’ve been traveling quite a bit over the past month, but was actually able to spend a weekend at home this past weekend. While I love trying new restaurants and eating delectable treats when traveling, there is honestly nothing better than a home cooked meal. For some reason, all I wanted this weekend was some homemade baked donuts. With a can of pumpkin puree in my pantry, I knew exactly what type of donuts I needed to make.

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar Topping - grab one or two to start your day!The cinnamon sugar topping is the highlight of these donuts. The pumpkin flavor complements the sweet topping to create the best pumpkin donuts.

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar Topping - grab one or two to start your day! Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar Topping - grab one or two to start your day! Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar Topping - grab one or two to start your day! Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar Topping - grab one or two to start your day!

Need an excuse to break out your donut pan? Make a batch of these baked pumpkin donuts and your entire family will be asking for more.

Yields about one dozen donuts

Baked Pumpkin Donuts
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  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. To make the donuts, beat together oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, baking powder and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour and stir until smooth.
  3. Fill each donut cup about 3/4 full (I use a pastry bag with the end snipped off to do it neatly.) Bake for 15 minutes, or until a cake tested inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.
  4. To make the cinnamon-sugar topping, mix together sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl until well combined. Brush each donut with melted butter then toss in cinnamon-sugar mixture until evenly coated.

Source: adapted from King Arthur Flour

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar Topping - grab one or two to start your day!


  1. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    I love dining out but after a while, I crave the home cooked food, too. These donuts would definitely hit the spot and would be perfect to pair with my cup of coffee this morning. Great recipe, Ashley!

  2. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    I’ve been dying to get a donut pan for years but just never have. These might push me over the edge and force me to buy one!

  3. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl

    I’ve been wanting to make baked donuts forever, and the only thing holding me back is that I need to buy a donut pan!! I must get on that asap. These looks so delicious. I wish I had one or 6 to dunk in my coffee this morning!

  4. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    You totally have me swooning now! I’d love a big bite of this with my morning coffee. Mmm…
    Fabulous. Pinned.
    Happy Monday Ashley!

  5. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I LOVE these donuts!!! A few weekends ago, we tried to get apple cider donuts from a near by farm (and actually went to two) and they were out so I pulled out my donut pan so I could bake my own. . now I’m adding this recipe to my must bake soon list too!!! LOVE!!! they are perfect!

  6. Sues

    These look like the most perfect baked doughnuts EVERRR.

  7. Beth @ bethcakes

    Ashley, these donuts look absolutely perfect! I love all that cinnamon sugar coating on them too. I’ve also been dying to make apple cider donuts, so I’ve got to add all these to my list! 🙂

  8. Mira

    These look perfect and also loaded with some fall flavor, Ashley! I do prefer baked donuts instead of fried and will definitely try this version. Pinned to my donut board!

  9. Justine@CookingandBeer

    I’m so with you, Ashley! I totally prefer baked to fried. They someone tend to be much fluffier and delicious! These look sooo yummy! Pinned!

  10. marcie

    I just made some pumpkin donut muffins a couple of weeks ago that I will be posting soon, and I loved the cinnamon sugar coating. These donuts look so moist and delicious, Ashley — what a wonderful breakfast to wake up to!

  11. Kelley @ Chef Savvy

    Pumpkin doughnuts are one of my favorites. I like that you baked them for a lighter option. Can’t wait to try!

  12. Meghan

    These look amazing! I’m afraid of frying donuts so definitely prefer baked ones!

  13. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Most gorgeous pumpkin donuts EVER right here. 😀 Seriously these look perfect, Ashley! Totally in love with all that sugary topping and how fluffy they look inside!

  14. amanda @ fake ginger

    Love these! I haven’t used my doughnut pan in years – I need to find it and make these this week!

  15. Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen

    That cinnamon sugar coating gets me every time! I just love that sweet crunch before you get to the soft, fluffy donut! These look pretty amazing Ashley!

  16. Kelly

    Wow, these donuts DO look like the best ever! I love that gorgeous cinnamon sugar topping! Yup, you better believe i won’t be able to have just one – I would love the entire dozen please 🙂

  17. Annie @Maebells

    Oh man these look fantastic! Such a great fall breakfast!

  18. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    These look so so perfect, Ashley! I would choose baked over fried almost always ;). If it’s Round Rock donuts then it’s a diff story ;). I’ve been seeing tons of donut recipes lately and i think it’s official – I’m going to become a proud owner of a donut pan today! Pinning and can’t wait to make this!! Love your apple cider donuts too

  19. fareseason

    Oooo fluffy, pumpkin and sugary! I need one if these now.

  20. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    These donuts look perfectly fluffy, Ashley! Plus, I LOVE that deep pumpkin color in the center! Wish you could send one of these over to me!

  21. Ashley

    Gah – and this is one of the million reasons I need to just buy a donut pan!! haha These look fantastic – they are so so pretty too!

  22. K / Pure & Complex

    All I can say is wow.. your donuts looks so scrumptious. I can’t wait to try this out myself. Great post

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  24. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules

    These look amazing! I love the coat of sugar on them. I’ve tried a couple donut recipes and still haven’t been satisfied, I’ll have to try yours next!

  25. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong

    This looks absolutely delicious and so full of flavour… love the fact that they are baked and not fried. . Yummyyy.. 🙂

  26. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    I could easily eat 4 of these…in one sitting! Love pumpkin donuts and these look delicious. 🙂

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  28. Renee @ Awesome on $20

    Wow, those doughnuts look so tender. I bet they’re full of flavor. I gotta give ’em a try.

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  30. Julie | Small Green Kitchen

    I always have cans of pumpkin purée on hand as well! These pumpkin donuts are gorgeous, Ashley. I may have to make some to enjoy this weekend and to bring to work to share with co-workers. 🙂

  31. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    I’ve been talking about making cider donuts and pumpkin donuts since I started my blog and I have yet to do it. It must happen this year!

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