Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

These baked pumpkin donuts are made with a little spice, are super tender, fluffy, yet cakey and have a perfect coating of cinnamon sugar on the outside. They’re absolutely perfect for fall, but can totally be enjoyed throughout the year, too!

Side shot of baked cinnamon sugar pumpkin donuts stacked on top of each other with a bite taken out of the top donut.

Something special about fall

One of my favorite things about fall is hitting up a cider mill or orchard for some goodies. Hot apple cider, real maple syrup and honey, fresh apples, corn mazes, donuts… it’s just the charm of this time of year.  And of course I can’t forget the donuts.  I am not a huge donut fan, but there’s just something extra special about the donuts made at these kinds of places, and I really, really like them.  It might be more of the ambiance or whatever, but I’m into it.

But honestly, there are no cider mills or orchards around these parts (one thing I miss about Michigan – they’re everywhere!)… so I decided to bring the magic to my kitchen with this Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts recipe!

Yes, yes, yes!

Overhead shot of baked cinnamon sugar pumpkin donuts sitting in a dark grey donut pan.

Pumpkin spice everything

I’ve cracked some jokes here and there about all the things pumpkin spice these days, but secretly I like some things pumpkin spice (not the Twinkies…).  Like these donuts right here.  They have just the right amount of spice, are super tender, fluffy, yet cakey and have a perfect coating of cinnamon sugar on the outside.  Just like real, cider mill donuts, but baked in the oven so you can eat 4 of them instead of 1.  JUST KIDDING, you guys.  Please eat some veggies, too.

P.S. pumpkin is a fruit.

Overhead shot of baked cinnamon sugar pumpkin donuts on white parchment paper with some that have cinnamon sugar topping, while others do not.
Side view of one pumpkin donut on countertop with a bite taken out of it.

I hope you find a moment or two to make (and eat) some donuts because they’re spot. on. And if you’re in the market for more fall-inspired goodies, check out these Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal Cookies and these Pumpkin Muffins with Pistachio Crumble.

This post contains affiliate links for the amazing donut pans I used to make this recipe!
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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

These baked pumpkin donuts are made with just the right amount of spice, are super tender, fluffy, yet cakey and have a perfect coating of cinnamon sugar on the outside.

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 Donuts 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

Donuts:

  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 ⅔ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 6-cup donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Using a hand mixer, beat oil and brown sugar on low. Add one egg at a time, then pumpkin puree until incorporated. Add flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice and baking powder and beat on low until incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Transfer batter to a large Ziploc bag and seal to close. Snip one of the bottom corners of the bag with scissors to create a piping bag. Pipe batter into each well of the donut pan until almost full. Tap the pan on the counter to evenly distribute batter. Bake 15 minutes, until set. Repeat steps for another batch.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Place donuts in a large Ziploc bag with the cinnamon sugar mixture and toss to combine.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 donut
  • Calories: 217
  • Sugar: 20 g
  • Sodium: 240 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 47 mg

Keywords: easy, healthy, whole wheat, best, fall, simple, quick, homemade, from scratch

Side shot of cinnamon sugar falling onto the top of a donut.

14 thoughts on “Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts”

  1. They look amazing. Guess I need to get a donut pan now. Good thing we are going shopping today. They would be great for Sunday brunch

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