Pumpkin Spice Donuts

5 from 17 votes
Pumpkin Spice Donuts are quintessentially fall. You don't need to go out and buy this treat, you can make them in minutes at home.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

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Pumpkin Spice Donuts are quintessentially fall. It reminds you of pumpkin patches, leaves changing colors and cozy warm sweaters. You do not need to go out and buy this treat, you can make them in minutes at home and enjoy this delicious fall goodness.

two white plates each with 2 spiced pumpkin donuts on them

These pumpkin spice donuts start out with a box cake mix and are baked not fried. Therefore, it is a little healthier a treat to serve to your family, and also means not too much work to prepare them. No need to go to a donut shop or pumpkin patch to make this delicious treat. This pumpkin donut and apple cider donuts are synonymous with fall.


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What We Love About This Pumpkin Donuts Recipe

The pumpkin spice donut is super moist because of the addition of the pumpkin puree and it isn’t as heavy as a traditional cake donut. Also, you get to control the amount of spice you add so it is perfect for your family.

  • 15 Minute Dessert: Whip up this dessert in just minutes, have warm donuts anytime.
  • Basic Ingredients: Only 3 ingredients for this easy recipe are found in the pantry or fridge, and this recipe makes a dozen donuts.
  • Family Friendly: These donuts make an extra special treat for your family and friends. They will love them from the first time they take a bite.
  • Adaptable: Can make this delicious recipe low-carb, gluten-free, dairy free, vegan etc.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Have for dessert and breakfast the next day.

Ingredient Notes

  • White Box Cake Mix: Any brand will work for these delicious pumpkin donuts
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: Find in the spice section in the grocery store or make your own
  • Pumpkin Puree: This is 100% pure pumpkin needed for the donut batter

Pumpkin Spice Glaze

  • Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 container of any brand
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: One teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice for more pumpkin spice flavor
a white plate with 2 spiced pumpkin donuts on it with another donut on a plate in the background

Equipment Needed

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Cake Donuts

These are the basic steps for making homemade pumpkin donuts. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and grease two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray.

a collage of 4 images showing the steps needed to make the pumpkin donuts recipe

STEP 2: MIX

In a large bowl whisk together the cake mix and pumpkin pie spice until combined. Then add the pumpkin puree and stir until the ingredients are well combined. Transfer the batter to a gallon size bag and cut the corner off one end. Pipe the mixture into your donut pans.

STEP 3: BAKE

Next, bake the donuts for 8 to 10 minutes, until the donut springs back when pressed with your finger. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for five minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool donuts completely.

a collage of 3 images showing how to frost the pumpkin baked donuts

STEP 4: ICE

When the donuts are cool, prepare the glaze by heating the icing in the microwave in 15 second intervals until melted. Then, add the pumpkin pie spice and whisk to combine. Finally, dip each donut in the glaze and return it to the wire rack to cool.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Pumpkin Donuts Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Truly, there is no need to do much prep in advance. If you are making your own pumpkin spice mix you can prepare that in advance.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the donuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator due to the cream cheese glaze. They can be left out at room temperature for about two hours.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze the donuts, without frosting, if possible, in a freezer bag or airtight container. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator than ice.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pumpkin Baked Donuts

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

There are several ways to make this recipe healthier, such as:
* Use a gluten-free cake mix.
* Try a sugar free or low sugar box cake mix.
* Omit the cream cheese glaze to save calories or for a vegan donut treat.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE MINI DONUTS PAN FOR A STANDARD DONUT?

Of course, use a mini donut pan and cook for roughly 10 minutes. Donut holes would be fun too.

CAN THIS DONUT RECIPES BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, having a fall party or birthday? Make a lot of these pumpkin baked donuts.

IS PUMPKIN PIE FILLING AND PUMPKIN PUREE THE SAME THING.

No, the pie filling is already sweetened and has the spices added. If you use this in place of the pumpkin puree, the dessert will have too much sugar and spice.

a white plate with 2 spiced pumpkin donuts on it with another donut on a plate in the background

Expert Tips for Making This Pumpkin Spice Donuts Recipe

  • Add a different glaze: Make a maple glaze out of maple syrup.
  • Powdered Sugar: Try dusting with a little powdered sugar instead of the glaze.
  • Variation tip: Dip the donuts in melted butter with a little vanilla extract and then roll in a mixture of cinnamon sugar. Cinnamon Sugar Coating is wonderful on these baked donuts.
  • Alternate ingredient: Fun sprinkles, with pumpkins and fall leaves can be added to the donut before the icing sets.
  • Different cooking method tip: These donuts can be fried, but for best results bake them in the oven.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Do not glaze for vegan pumpkin spice donuts.

What to Serve with Pumpkin Spice Donuts

  • Apple Cider
  • Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Cup of Coffee

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Pumpkin Spice Donuts

5 from 17 votes
Pumpkin Spice Donuts are quintessentially fall. You don't need to go out and buy this treat, you can make them in minutes at home.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 white cake mix box
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 15- ounce pumpkin puree
  • Ingredients for the Glaze:
  • 1 cream cheese frosting 1 container
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and grease two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Whisk together the cake mix and pumpkin pie spice until combined.
  • Add the pumpkin puree and stir until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Transfer the batter to a gallon size bag and cut the corner off one end. Pipe the mixture into your donut pans.
  • Bake the donuts for 8 to 10 minutes, until the donut springs back when pressed with your finger.
  • Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for five minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • When the donuts are cool, prepare the glaze by heating the icing in the microwave in 15 second intervals until melted. Add the pumpkin pie spice and whisk to combine.
  • Dip each donut in the glaze and return it to the wire rack to cool.

Expert Tips

  • Add a different glaze: Make a maple glaze out of maple syrup.
  • Powdered Sugar: Try dusting with a little powdered sugar instead of the glaze.
  • Variation tip: Dip the donuts in melted butter with a little vanilla extract and then roll in a mixture of cinnamon sugar. Cinnamon Sugar Coating is wonderful on these baked donuts.
  • Alternate ingredient: Fun sprinkles, with pumpkins and fall leaves can be added to the donut before the icing sets.
  • Different cooking method tip: These donuts can be fried, but for best results bake them in the oven.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Do not glaze for vegan pumpkin spice donuts.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 5884IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Donuts”

  1. 5 stars
    This is so quick and easy to make pumpkin spice donuts! Really loved how flavorful it is, highly recommended! Will have this again!

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