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A Pumpkin Donut standing on a table top.

How to Make Pumpkin Donuts in Simple Steps

Make Pumpkin Donuts that are perfect for fall. With a homemade spice mix and pumpkin spice glaze, these donuts are a hit for any occasion.

  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 14 donuts 1x


Units Scale

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

  • 16g Cinnamon
  • 8g Ginger
  • 8g Nutmeg
  • 2g Cloves

Pumpkin Donut Dough

  • 50g Eggs
  • 105g Brown Sugar
  • 115g Pumpkin Puree
  • 30ml Heavy Cream
  • 5g Pumpkin Spice Mix
  • 30g Melted Butter
  • 240g to 270g Flour
  • 4g Baking Powder
  • 3g Salt
  • 450g Shortening

Pumpkin Spice Glaze

  • 120g Brown Sugar
  • 30ml Milk
  • 75g Pumpkin Puree
  • 15g Butter
  • 115g to 175g Icing Sugar


1️⃣ Pumpkin Spice Mix

  1. Mix these spices in a bowl: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
  2. Put it aside.

2️⃣Dough Preparation

  1. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and brown sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add pumpkin puree, cream, and the spice mix.
  3. Also, add melted butter.
  4. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add it to the egg mixture two or three times.
  6. Keep mixing until the dough comes together. It should be a little sticky but not runny.
  7. If it's too sticky, you can add more flour.
  8. Wrap the dough and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

3️⃣Shaping the Donuts

  1. Take the dough out of the fridge (it's less sticky now).
  2. Roll it out on a counter.
  3. Use a cookie cutter to make donut shapes.
  4. Use a small bottle cap or something similar to cut out the center hole of each donut.
  5. If you have leftover dough, roll it again to make more donuts.
  6. Put the cut-out donuts on a baking tray, and keep the donut holes in a separate bowl for later.

4️⃣Frying the Donuts

  1. Heat some shortening in a saucepan until it's 350°F (175°C).
  2. Carefully put a few donuts in the hot shortening to fry.
  3. After about 1 minute, they should turn golden. Flip them to fry the other side.
  4. Fry for another 30-40 seconds until both sides are golden.
  5. Take the fried donuts out and put them on a cooling rack with paper towels under to catch any extra shortening.

5️⃣Pumpkin Spice Glaze

  1. In a saucepan, mix brown sugar, milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices, and butter.
  2. Let it simmer for a minute.
  3. Take it off the heat and let it cool for a minute.
  4. Gradually add powdered sugar until it's the thickness you want.
  5. Dip each donut in the glaze.
  6. Tap them on the counter to make the glaze smooth.
  7. If the glaze gets too thick, add a little more pumpkin.
  8. Enjoy! 😊
  • Author: Sandrine Pearson
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Pumpkin Spice, Donuts, Fall Treat, Homemade Glaze, Frying, Spice Mix