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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”

  1. Kelley — October 17, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    I too am loving the baked donut craze right now. I just got a mini muffin pan and made some baked pumpkin donuts this weekend. You have to love the miniature dessert. It makes me feel less guilty about eating one. Or fifteen! :)

  2. Diane {Created by Diane} — October 17, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    These look great pumpkin donuts are one of my favorite!

  3. Courtney — October 17, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    Can’t wait to make these – thanks so much for sharing , hubby loves doughnut holes! :-)

  4. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — October 17, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    We love pumpkin, too. And these look like a delicious way to use it!

  5. Bev Weidner — October 17, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    How ’bout I just let you toss these into my mouth? Cool? Cool.

  6. foodie @ Tasting Spot — October 17, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    i love your food pictures and want to invite you to try out it’s for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos and share it will other foodies. It’s still in beta version, but would love for you to start adding some photos and help get it going.

  7. amy — October 17, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    Just made these!! They’re great! I didn’t add cloves and next time i’ll omit the nutmeg, I don’t like it….

  8. danellesdish — October 17, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

    I love everything pumpkin and these look amazing!

  9. Yum! I know what I;m making this weekend!!!

  10. Cara — October 17, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    Maria, these sound fantastic! I might just succumb to the baked donut craze :)

  11. Jana — October 17, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    I am not overly spontaneous, but I saw these and made them within the hour….DELICIOUS!

  12. Amilia @justeverydayme — October 17, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    Ok these are seriously addicting!

  13. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 17, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    Those look crazy good! I can only imagine what it smelled like in your kitchen!

  14. Anna @ hiddenponies — October 17, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    How perfect! I happen to have some pumpkin left despite making your pumpkin gingersnaps twice…I’m sure these will be just as delicious! (Also, isn’t is amazing how much of your day can be spent feeding a baby??)

  15. Vicki Bensinger — October 17, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

    These sound like pumpkin cake balls. They’re so pretty and I love that they’re covered with cinnamon. What I love best though is that you can indulge and so long as you don’t indulge in too many, just one would hopefully take the sweet edge off.

    Thank you for sharing!

  16. Sara — October 17, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to make these. By the way, I made your pumpkin gingersnaps yesterday and they are AMAZING! I might just be addicted. :)

    • Two Peas replied: — October 18th, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

      Glad you liked the pumpkin gingersnaps!

  17. Doughnut holes are the best, and these are almost guilt-free since they’re baked.

  18. Jamie — October 18, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    Pumpkin Donut Holes and Cornbread baked this morning-YUM-now can someone else do the dishes;)

  19. marla — October 18, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    I can see why these little donuts would be fall favorites and fun to munch when you are home with the baby :)

  20. jenna — October 18, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    these look amazing! i love that they are baked and not fried. mmm….perfect for fall.

  21. Shari @ The Daily Dish — October 18, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    These look awesome, as usual. :)

  22. Amy @DYKTMP? — October 18, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    Mini muffin pan?? Now you’re speaking my language! I’m making these today. Will let you know how they turn out! Ps that kid is getting cuter and cuter every day!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 18th, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

      Enjoy the donut holes!

  23. Aggie — October 18, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    I could eat 1 or 2 or 5 of these :)

  24. Deliciously Organic — October 18, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    These look fabulous! I’ve been craving doughnuts lately (especially pumpkin)!

  25. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — October 18, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    These look so addicting! I love that they are baked and you don’t need a donut pan which is still something on my “want” list.

  26. Sylvia@bascooking — October 18, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    Maria, Looks great and o love that are baked I want a batch of these right now

  27. Amanda — October 18, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    I would really like to try these… they are calling my name! I am going to have to do a julie and julia thing only with me and your blog. Cause everything you make is awesome. :)

  28. Esi — October 18, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    You’re killing me with these pumpkin recipes. I need one of these now!

  29. Urban Wife — October 18, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Oh, yum!! These look fabulous and are the perfect excuse to purchase a much needed mini muffin pan. :)

  30. Pam — October 18, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    How tasty and cute are those! Bookmarked… my kids are going to love them!

  31. susan — October 18, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    these are simply and perfectly perfect. i could devour the whole batch!

  32. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 18, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    What a great idea to bake them in muffin tins! Hope you are getting a little rest while taking care of your little pea.

  33. Lucy Lean — October 19, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    When you come to LA with little pea we will have to go to fonuts for many a doughnut treat – even gluten free…

  34. CouponClippingCook — October 19, 2011 @ 1:52 am

    ok, these sound soooo good…and when you said that Josh had milk with them it made me totally crave these. Seriously though, these would be so dangerous in my house because I would eat them for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and snack.

  35. health32 — October 19, 2011 @ 4:42 am

    these pumkin balls are really yummy and amazing!

  36. lyly — October 19, 2011 @ 4:44 am

    woa, how great your pumkins balls are!

  37. Rose — October 19, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    These look wonderful! All these recipes with pumpkin makes me want to get straight into the kitchen… if only I wasn’t allergic to pumpkin. Please let me know if you know of a good substitute 😉

  38. brandi — October 19, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    they’re so cute! nick would love these, too.

  39. Athena R — October 19, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I just made these last night, and they are so delicious. I brought them in to work today, and my colleagues agree that they are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    • Two Peas replied: — October 19th, 2011 @ 9:46 am

      Glad everyone is enjoying the donut holes!

  40. Jackie Ordway — October 19, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    I visited your blog yesterday to retrieve a totally different recipe, but as soon as I saw the donut holes, I knew I HAD to make them–immediately! They were SO simple and delicious. I made a double batch (ended up with about 5 doz.) and sent them with my husband to his men’s meeting at our church. The platter came home empty, and I’ve now been accused by one guy of trying to kill them by feeding them delicious food. Thanks for sharing a winner!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 19th, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

      You are welcome! I am so glad they were a hit!

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