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Pumpkin Donut Holes

close up shot of a bowl of pumpkin donut holes coated with sugar
Pumpkin donut holes are sweet treats that are baked to pumpkin spice perfection and smothered in a sweet cinnamon mixture.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40 donut holes
Calories 90 kcal


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree canned
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats.
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients (buttermilk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, egg, and butter).
  • Stir the wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir just until well mixed. Batter will be thick.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon size amounts and shape them into balls using your hands. You’ll want to grease your hands for this step.
  • Place balls two inches apart on baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time.
  • Bake for 14 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the donut hole comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before adding the topping.


  • Place half of the donut holes in a large, resealable food storage bag. Pour half the melted butter into the bag and shake well to coat all donut holes. Remove the donut holes from the bag and set them aside. Repeat the steps with the rest of the donut holes and melted butter.
  • In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon and sugar. Pour cinnamon sugar mixture into a clean food storage bag, add half the buttered donut holes and shake well to coat. Remove from the bag and set on the baking tray to cool. Repeat with the other half of the donut holes.
  • Remove the donut holes from the bag and serve warm.


PRO TIP: Watch out when you are at the grocery store that you buy pure pumpkin puree and not canned pumpkin pie filling.
PRO TIP: A medium cookie scoop is a great tool to measure out just about the right amount of donut batter.
PRO TIP: You can also make these donut holes in a mini muffin
Adapted from https://astepinthejourney.com/2013/09/pumpkin-spice-baked-donut-hole-recipe.html


Calories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 64mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1019IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg