Pumpkin Doughnuts

October 6, 2011

I finally bought some pumpkin puree the other day! I felt much better once I had a small can of the stuff in my midst. I had been thinking up this recipe for a while now, and thought it would be a great way to start. I also planned on using the leftovers to make some pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast the next day. That didn’t happen, as I had to get up extra early today to complete an assignment for school. But don’t worry, it’ll be happening soon.

This is only the beginning of pumpkin baking that’s going to take place this weekend. I’ve already been eyeing a few delicious recipes that I plan on trying out as soon as I can.

I was also thinking of making some pumpkin ravioli? Has anyone ever made homemade ravioli? I’m more worried about making the filling and having it stay whole while I cook it.. We’ll see how that goes.

On a funnier note, today I left Lainey at home for a few hours while I went to class. She usually stays at my moms on the days I have class, because she wasn’t quite thrilled about being alone in the apartment. There are a lot more noises in the hallways of the building than there are at a house. But, the traffic trying to pick her up after class at my moms is just ridiculous, what should be a less than 10 minute drive, turns into a 30+ minute drive in rush hour, which is when I get in. Anyways, I walked in just after 4, listening to see if she would be right behind the door or asleep somewhere. I was surprised when I opened it, that she didn’t come running. I looked around the corner of the kitchen, only to see her sitting ON TOP of the kitchen table. I was shocked! haha. Needless to say she was one happy dog I was there to get her down. I guess she hopped onto the chair and onto the table. I’ve left her alone here before, and I’ve never seen her do that. Not even jump on the kitchen chair. I really wish there was a video recording of what went on in here while I was gone..

Back to the pumpkin. These doughnuts are baked, like these ones I made before. They smell like pumpkin pie, and are quite dense. I dipped the tops in maple frosting, and sprinkled it with pumpkin seeds and cranberries.

These are best served the same day, but can be kept covered for two days.


Pumpkin Doughnuts with Maple Glaze


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
for the glaze:
  • confectioners sugar
  • maple syrup
  • water


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease baking pan.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, add the flour, sugar. Mix slightly.
  4. Add baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and mix until combined.
  5. Add Pumpkin, egg, and vanilla, and applesauce. Combine thouroughly.
  6. Transfer batter to a piping bag, or if you don’t have one a ziplock bag will do the same thing.
  7. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling about 3/4 of the way full. Use your finger, or spoon to smooth over the ends. It will be pretty thick, and won’t settle once baking so make sure it fills entirely.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  9. Let cool in pan 3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  10. To make the glaze, depending on how thick you want it, mix sugar with a small bit of water and maple syrup until you reach desired consistency.
  11. Dip the donuts into the glaze, and allow excess to drip off slightly. Place dipped side up onto a cooling rack.
  12. You can top with sprinkles, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, whatever you wish.

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  • Reply Jesica@ Pencil Kitchen October 10, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Dont know why this combination isn’t on Krispy Kreme

    • Reply Alicia October 10, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      Thanks Jesica!

  • Reply Twin Tables October 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Wow! These sound so good! My twin and I have experimented with baked doughnuts in the past and have an awesome applesauce doughnut recipe replicated the Seattle favorite Top Pot full of fat version. I will be making these soon as I have open pumpkin puree in my fridge as we speak!

  • Reply Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 13, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    these look amazing

    I am pinning them to my pinterest pumpkin board

    and now i HAVE TO GET a donut pan. too many amazing donuts that ive seen to not get one…asap!

  • Reply Alicia October 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Twin Tables: Thanks! I have just ventured into the baked-doughnut craze. Applesauce doughnut’s sound delish! Let me know if you make them =)

    Averie: Thanks!!!! I’m so glad you want to ‘pin’ them 🙂 🙂 Yes – Go buy a doughnut pan A.S.A.P! hehe

  • Reply Adam October 29, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Can we use the pumpkins we just picked to make these again?

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