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Pumpkin Donut Holes

Pumpkin Donut Holes - Irresistible pumpkin mini muffins smothered in cinnamon sugar goodness! So good, you'll want to double or triple the recipe!

Irresistible pumpkin mini muffins smothered in cinnamon sugar goodness! So good, you’ll want to double or triple the recipe!

Pumpkin Donut Holes - Irresistible pumpkin mini muffins smothered in cinnamon sugar goodness! So good, you'll want to double or triple the recipe!

I was reading over Lindsay’s post the other day when I realized that among all the crap that happens, you sometimes need to take a step back to appreciate the little things in life.

  • Like getting the corner elliptical machine at the gym so you don’t have smelly people side by side.
  • Or hearing gangnam style on the radio during your drive to work and dancing like a crazy person while all the other cars stare in horror.
  • Or when I get fun stuff in the mail.
  • Or hearing Perez Hilton on the radio with major celebrity gossip. (Apparently Justin Timberlake hates Lance Bass as he was specifically not invited to his wedding. Shocker, I know.)
  • Or finally getting Facebook and learning how to use it. (I’m really shocked as to how much FB has changed the last 4 years!)

Pumpkin Donut Holes - Irresistible pumpkin mini muffins smothered in cinnamon sugar goodness! So good, you'll want to double or triple the recipe!

Or having these donuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I didn’t even realize that I actually made these last year right around the same time. I decided to post them again though because the photos from last year do not do any justice to these donuts.

These bad boys are wonderfully moist and fluffy with just enough sweetness to balance out with the cinnamon sugar outer layer. This here is amazingness just waiting to happen in your kitchen. But be careful, the bite-sizedness make these donuts VERY dangerous!

Pumpkin Donut Holes

Irresistible pumpkin mini muffins smothered in cinnamon sugar goodness! So good, you’ll want to double or triple the recipe!

20 minutes15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cinnamon sugar topping

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a mini muffin pan or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, milk, brown sugar, canola oil, egg and vanilla.
  4. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
  5. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray.
  6. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. To make the cinnamon sugar, combine cinnamon and sugar.
  8. When the muffins are done, cool for 2 minutes and dip each muffin into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  9. Let cool on a wire rack.

Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod.

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42 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made these every Thanksgiving for the last 5+ years. They are always a hit and I’m constantly being asked for the recipe. SO delicious, and SO easy to make!

  2. I would like to try these but live in Australia. I would like to cook a butternut pumpkin and puree it. What is the consistency of the puree?
    many thanks
    Lynda

  3. Are these donut holes (rounded by hand) or mini muffins (made in a mini muffin pan)? The photos look like donut holes but the directions to make sound like they are simply mini muffins and therefore, not a round globe. ?????

  4. I teach a cooking class to developmentally handicapped adults. I thought this would be a fun and festive dessert to make today. These little donut holes were delicious. They were fun and easy to make. I will definitely be making these again in the very near future.

  5. These were amazing. They are so tender and practically melt in your mouth. Thanks for sharing!

  6. These were delicious!

  7. These are absolutely amazing!!! I tried to follow the recipe exactly, despite doubling the recipe, but I think I ended up with a little extra pumpkin, so that went in as well. Can’t get over how good they are!! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Delish!  Made for freezer breakfasts but not sure they’ll last longer than an hour with 5 kids 😉
    I did have to add another T of butter but everything else was spot on!!  I used Spelt flour b/c that’s my go to for baking except bread. 
    Thanks for the recipe!!

  9. I’ve made these for my toddler before and they were fantastic. The last two times I’ve made them they’ve come out super weird and gross. I can’t figure why – has the recipie changed?

  10. Have you ever baked these the night before, and then coated them in the evening??

  11. what if you do have a donut hole baking pan, would you bake the recipe for the same amount of time?

    • I had no idea donut hole baking pans existed! I would assume the baking time would be the same but without having tried it myself, I can’t really say with certainty. Please use your best judgment.

  12. Tanks a lot for recpi , dear chunga ♥

  13. How do you suggest storing these. When I put these in a tin with wax paper moisture built up and caused the coating to get wet & sticky.

  14. This looks like a fantastic recipe! Last year for Christmas, I got a donut hole maker. Do you think I could use that instead?

  15. Ground allspice, or whole?

  16. anyone try these with whole wheat flour? That’s all I have right now and soooo want to make them!!

  17. I am going to try these today….they look amazing!! Stupid question though…..how do yours look like donut holes? Don’t they come out of the mini muffin pan looking like muffins, or does the dipping in butter round them out?

    • Sharon, these do come out of the muffin pan so they are not technically “donut holes” but the butter-cinnamon-sugar mixture rounds them out a little bit!

  18. Make today…they got better as the day went on. One of those unusual things that taste better when sit a while! Coated a few with powdered sugar too.

  19. Can this be baked any other way than with a mini muffin pan? I don’t have one and really want to make these!!!

  20. Do you think I could substitute coconut oil for the canola oil and coconut milk for the milk? Trying to figure out how to make them a little healthier.

    • You can certainly substitute coconut oil and coconut milk but I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the donut holes as further recipe testing is needed.

  21. They look amazing! I love the fact that they are baked instead of fried.. Nothing like the smell of nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  23. So funny that you were reading my old post from way back in the Philippines! I went back and read it again myself… it’s always kind of like reading your own (public) journal or something.

    These pumpkin donut holes look like my life. LOVE.

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