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Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

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I spend a lot of time feeding our baby during the day and night. To keep myself occupied during feedings, I keep my iPhone nearby. I check emails, look at Facebook, chat on Twitter, and browse Pinterest. I recently spotted a recipe for Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes on Pinterest and immediately “pinned” it to my “Fall Favorites” board. Josh absolutely loves donuts and you all know we are obsessed with pumpkin. It didn’t take me long to make these Pumpkin Donut Holes.

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Technically, the donut holes are mini muffins, but they look like and taste like donut holes. I love that the donut holes are baked and not fried. The donut holes are soft, cakey, and have a nice pumpkin spice flavor. The best part is the finish on the donut holes. When the donut holes come out of the oven, you dip them in butter and roll them in cinnamon and sugar.  Talk about yum!

Josh devoured these pumpkin donut holes. He couldn’t stop popping them in his mouth. He washed them down with a cold glass of milk…and then went back for more:) These Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes are super easy to make and are perfect for a Fall breakfast treat or snack. Get out the pumpkin and make a batch today!

Easy Baked Pumpkin Donut Hole Recipe on We make these every fall!

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

Yield: 24 donut holes (mini muffins)

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes


For the Donuts:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned plain pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup milk

For the Coating:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon


1. Preheat oven 350°F. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with baking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. In a separate, large bowl whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk until smooth. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

3. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. While the muffins bake, melt butter in one bowl and combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. Remove muffins from oven and cool for 2 minutes. Dip each muffin in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar to coat. Serve muffins warm or at room temperature.

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226 Responses to “Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes”

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  1. Kathryn — October 17, 2011 @ 4:22 am

    I love that these are baked and they look so delicious! I’m not surprised that Josh couldn’t stop eating them – I don’t think I would be able to either!

  2. Blog is the New Black — October 17, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    Love donut holes- so “poppable!”

  3. bellini — October 17, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    I just love doughnuts with a cinnamon and sugar coating si the fact that these are also pumpkin is the icing on the cake.

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 17, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    I’ll take a dozen of these!

  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 17, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    These are so fun! Love the little guys.

  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — October 17, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    Maria these look soooo good! I would love to whip up a batch right now!

  7. Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño — October 17, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    yum yum yum. The fall breakfast of champions! These look wonderful and I am sure never last long in the house.
    Love the new surprises you two bring to your blog!

  8. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — October 17, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    Oh, my! I am making these for breakfast this morning…seriously. They look delicious!

  9. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — October 17, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    I bought some pumpkin donut holes last week and I’ve been obsessed. I think they’re my favorite treat this season.

  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 17, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    so cute that you made these in a mini muffin tin! donut holes are always better anyway…you can eat more!

  11. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — October 17, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    love these Maria! Hope you’re doing well and getting some rest!!

  12. Erica — October 17, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Haha…i read blogs while i feed! These look awesome. I love how manydifferent treats you can make with pumpkin. The topping is an awesome touch

  13. Christy Denney — October 17, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    I pinned these too! Pinterest is my favorite thing to do while waiting for soccer practice or lessons. I hope everything is going well with the baby. I felt like I’m always nursing and my kids were slow nursers. In 7 weeks I start that all again so I’m glad I have an Iphone now!

  14. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — October 17, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    These would be a big hit at my house too.

  15. sweetsugarbelle — October 17, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Love the fact that they are pumpkin AND baked! I am so glad we have computers now. It makes the wee hours of the night less lonely. I had a sick one last night and pinterest kept me entertained until she drifted back off :-)

  16. Jenny Flake — October 17, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    We both posted mini goodies today! Love the looks of these perfect pumpkin donut holes, wish I had a few this morning! Have a great day :)

  17. Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 17, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I bought a donut pan specifically last year for making baked donuts. I tried a pumpkin version and an apple cider version. Both pretty good, but more like cake as you mentioned. I think to get that real “donut” feel, you simply must fry them. I’m ok with baked though. Yummy!

  18. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — October 17, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    The perfect Fall breakfast! Now we just need a cup of hot apple cider.

  19. Katrina — October 17, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    Ha, gonna have to try these next. Just made and posted something similar–Cinnamon Sugar Donut Mini Muffins! Great minds! Hope you get a little rest now and then. (Though I know the truth.) 😉 Don’t think I commented last week, but those pics of your baby were all so sweet and cute! sigh, takes me back!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks Katrina!

  20. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 17, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Using muffin tins? Brilliant! These look utterly irresistible.

  21. DessertForTwo — October 17, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Yumm!! Thanks for linking to me, you’re sweet :)

  22. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — October 17, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    This could be my solution to not having a donut pan!

  23. Fran — October 17, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    These are a lot like the “muffins that taste like donuts” recipe I use. It’s based on the French breakfast puffs from Tasty Kitchen. I just love how y’all make so much pumpkin stuff! My family thanks you too. We are pumpkin NUTS :)

  24. vanillasugarblog — October 17, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    maria! i am so making these!
    you used mini muffin tins?
    love love love.
    nice job girl!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 10:19 am

      Yes, I used a mini muffin tin. So easy!

  25. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 17, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    This is my favorite recipe of the fall! I’ve made mine as regular donuts, donut holes, and even in a regular muffin pan. Everything has worked so far! And they’re even good with whole wheat and olive oil. I LOVE this recipe.

  26. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — October 17, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Oh, wow! I just made them, and they are truly wonderful! I cannot wait for the littles to have them for an after-school snack today. They will be so excited!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 10:19 am

      So glad you liked the donut holes. I hope the kids like them too:)

  27. Maria (Crispy's Cafe) — October 17, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Ohmaigawsh!! Keep the pumpkin coming!!! 😀 I keep thinking of so many different flavors of these but nothing beats pumpkin.

  28. Melissa @ Baking For The Boys — October 17, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    Kind of a crazy question…In Texas there is a donut shop on every corner. If not donuts, then kolaches. When we moved to Idaho the only doughnuts we could find were at the grocers bakery and not so fresh (we were spoiled). Does Utah have good doughnut shops (and I’m not talking about Krispy Kreme)? If so, my husband and I would have made the 2 hour trip just to get one! :)

    I wish I had Pinterest when I was a new mom up all hours…that would have been nice. Your doughnut holes look good!

  29. Deborah — October 17, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I still keep thinking about the baked pumpkin doughnuts I made, and now I’m going to be craving these until I make them! Love that they are rolled in the cinnamon and sugar. Yum!

  30. Stephanie — October 17, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    Oh wow! Those look amazing! Especially love that you rolled them in cinnamon sugar!:)

  31. Cookbook Queen — October 17, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    Is it just me, or do donut holes taste even better than normal donuts? Love the cinnamon sugar topping, they look perfect!!

  32. TidyMom — October 17, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    you’re sending me a batch (or three) right?

    These sound FABULOUS!

  33. Melissa // thefauxmartha — October 17, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Oh, dear! I think I may have to give these a try. Love that they’re baked not fried!

  34. Mari @ Mari's Cakes — October 17, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Oh how I envy Josh! I wish I had these donut holes in front of me ….they go perfect with the mug of coffee I am drinking now.

    Have a great week :)

  35. Amilia @justeverydayme — October 17, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try them…actually I may just have to try them right now! Thanks or sharing such a great recipe :)

  36. Theresa — October 17, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    I’m so glad you guys loved these, Maria! They are super addictive, aren’t they? I think I may need to make some when I get home :)

    • Two Peas replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

      We loved the donut holes! So glad I saw them on Pinterest:) Thanks!

  37. natalie (the sweets life) — October 17, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    i know these are probably best warm but do you think they’d work if i made them one night to serve the next morning? it’s hard to make treats for work in the morning before i get there, unless i want to get up at 3 am :)

    • Two Peas replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

      They are best right out of the oven, but we had some the next day and they were still really tasty!

  38. Lauren — October 17, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    Anything dipped in butter and then cinnamon sugar has got to be good!

  39. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — October 17, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    I was just pining for some donut holes the other day. Now, I’ll for sure be making them. What a fun recipe Maria – thanks for sharing.

  40. Feast on the Cheap — October 17, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    Mmm, loving all the sugary fall donuts! Reminds me of apple picking when I was a little kid (the apple farms we went to always had cinnamon-sugar-spiced donuts and fresh hot cider). Yum!

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