Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts


Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts -a healthy version that tastes just as delicious!

Have you jumped on the baked doughnut wagon?  I resisted for awhile, thinking I didn’t really want to buy any new kitchen equipment (doughnut pans) and also, I doubted that a baked doughnut could really live up to its sinful counterpart, the traditional deep-fried doughnut.  But then suddenly this fall I felt the NEED to make some homemade doughnuts, and these baked pumpkin cinnamon sugar doughnuts are JUST as delicious as any fried doughnut that has ever crossed my lips!

Baked pumpkin doughnuts with cinnamon sugar ...yum! #fall #dessert #recipes


I made a chocolate variety at the same time I made these pumpkin doughnuts and they were no where near as good.  Not chocolately enough, not dense enough, just all around not doughnutty enough.

Total disclosure – there is a difference between these baked pumpkin doughnuts and a traditional doughnut.  But in my opinion, it’s a very small one.  They are dense, moist, soft on the inside, and ever so slightly crisp on the outside just like a good doughnut should be.  And the spiced pumpkin flavor is so perfect this time of year.

Baked pumpkin doughnuts with cinnamon sugar ...yum! #fall #dessert #recipes

If you are at all like me, your biggest challenge will be eating only one at a time.  But I do have a little tip/trick that will keep your doughnuts at their freshest and also help you from eating three doughnuts before you realize what has happened!  These little nuggets don’t taste nearly as great on day 2 as they do fresh from the oven, so what I have learned is that if you let them cool to room temperature, and them immediately freeze what you don’t plan to eat soon, in sealed zip-top bags, you can have fresh-tasting doughnuts at your fingertips on very short notice.  Just let the frozen ones defrost on the counter for about 30 minutes and they’ll be almost as good as straight from the oven.  Almost.

Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts


  • cooking spray with flour
  • 6 tbsp. canola or grapeseed oil
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 c. buttermilk
  • 15-oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 c. dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
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  • 1/2 c. salted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a doughnut pan with flour spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. In a large bowl, whisk oil, 4 tbsp. melted butter, buttermilk, pumpkin puree and brown sugar until well combined. Beat in eggs. Add flour mixture and fold with a rubber spatula until the flour is incorporated.

3. Spoon the batter into a gallon-sized zip-top bag and use scissors to cut one of the corners open in a large hole. Squeeze the batter into the doughnut pans, filling about 3/4 full. Bake 30 minutes – a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.

4. Let cool in pans about 5 minutes, then tap out onto a cooling rack. Let cool another 10 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 c. salted butter in a shallow bowl. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in another shallow bowl. Dip both sides of a doughnut in the butter first and then the cinnamon-sugar to coat the exterior well with the sugar. Return to the cooling rack and repeat with the rest of the doughnuts.

6. Any doughnuts that won’t be eaten that day will keep best in the freezer in a sealed bag or container. Let defrost on the counter about 30 minutes before eating.

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Jennifer from The Chronicles of HomeI’m Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home, where I share DIY and home decorating projects as well as lots of yummy food.  My truest loves are my husband and two young daughters, but I’ve also fallen for salvaging, refinishing, & reupholstering old furniture and building furniture from the frame up.  I have a sweet tooth to be reckoned with and love testing new desserts, though most of the time I eat and feed my family delicious, interesting, healthy food. I’m drawn to beautiful fabric, great books, anything kelly green, pasta made from scratch, dark chocolate, and brown butter.  I’m so thrilled to be a member of the I Heart Naptime creative team!

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5 comments on “Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts”

  1. Amy @ Positively Splendid Reply

    Our family loves baked doughnuts! I sneak in good-for-you veggies to make them super healthy, too!

  2. I loved baked doughnuts, but my only problem with the pumpkin ones I have is that the cinnamon and sugar usually absorb soon after I dip them.

  3. Oh yum! Thanks for sharing!

  4. These sound amazing and just what I am looking for in terms of being able to freeze them. However; I was wondering are you freezing them after they cool and prior to dipping them in the cinnamon sugar? In other words would you cool them from the oven, freeze, let thaw and then coat with the melted butter and cinnamon sugar mixture, or do you go ahead and freeze them with the cinnamon sugar mixture already on them? I thought they might become soggy doing it this way, but just thought I would ask for some clarification. Thanks a million!

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