As the first leaves began to drift to the ground, ovens roared to life. I have selected the plumpest, ripest pumpkins and transformed them into a heavenly One Baked Pumpkin Donuts recipe.
Can you imagine creating an irresistible dessert with just one bowl? Yes, you heard that right. All you need to do is toss all the ingredients into one bowl, and here you have it! A baked pumpkin donut comes to life!
You will feel the magic of fall in every bite, and all your loved ones will savor the warm, cinnamon-dusted donut; they won’t help but smile. The donuts are more than just a treat; they are a symbol of the changing leaves, the crisp air, and the sense of togetherness that fall brings.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
These donuts capture the essence of fall in every bite, making them the perfect seasonal treat.
The recipe requires only one bowl, making it incredibly easy and minimizing clean-up.
The whole family will adore these donuts, making them a hit for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.
These donuts are exceptionally soft and moist, thanks to the addition of pumpkin purée.
Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice infuse the donuts with warm, comforting flavors.
The cinnamon sugar glaze adds the ideal touch of sweetness and a delightful crunch.
Baking these donuts at home means you can enjoy the fresh, homemade taste.
Feel free to get creative with toppings or fillings to make them uniquely your own.
Baking can be a relaxing and rewarding activity, and these donuts are a great way to unwind.
Whip up a batch to share with friends, co-workers, or neighbors, they would for sure appreciate the gesture.
Discovering the Perks of Pumpkins
The versatility of pumpkin shines through in its culinary applications. You can easily roast, purée, or bake it into a variety of dishes; including pies. Additionally, pumpkin seeds are not only edible but also highly nutritious, rounding out the many benefits of this remarkable fruit.
Pumpkin, rich in vitamins and minerals, is a nutritional powerhouse. With its high levels of vitamins A and C, pumpkin can help fortify your immune system, while vitamin E, iron, and folate further contribute to immunity support.
It has been shown that pumpkins contain carotenoids, which act as antioxidants, and reduce the risk of several types of cancer, including those affecting the stomach, throat, and pancreas.
Pumpkin is also a solid source of potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, all of which contribute to heart health. Moreover, pumpkins contribute to maintaining strong, healthy skin.
How to Store Baked Pumping Donuts
Allow the baked pumpkin donuts to cool completely at room temperature before attempting to store them. This prevents excess moisture from forming inside the storage container.
Transfer the donuts into an airtight container or a sealable plastic bag. Make sure the container is clean and dry. If you’re stacking the donuts, place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.
You can store the donuts at room temperature for up to two days, but for longer storage, it’s recommended to refrigerate them. Refrigeration helps maintain freshness and prevents spoilage. Seal the container tightly before placing it in the fridge.
If you want to store the donuts for an extended period, consider freezing them. Wrap each donut individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in an airtight container or a resealable freezer bag. Label with the date for reference. Frozen pumpkin donuts can stay fresh for up to 2-3 months.
Moisture can make the donuts soggy. To prevent moisture build-up inside the storage container, you can include a small piece of parchment paper or a silica gel packet (found in many packaged foods) to absorb excess moisture.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts Hacks
Ensure you’re using pure pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling), as it provides the best pumpkin flavor.
Have your eggs and dairy ingredients at room temperature for better incorporation and a smoother batter.
Mix the batter just until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can result in dense donuts.
Use a non-stick donut pan and grease it well with cooking spray or butter to prevent sticking.
For neat and even donuts, use a piping bag or a large Ziplock bag with a corner snipped off to fill the donut cavities.
To ensure even baking, rotate the pan halfway through the baking time if your oven has hot spots.
Baked donuts are best enjoyed when they’re still warm from the oven. Reheat briefly in the oven or microwave if needed.
Enjoy donuts with coffee, tea, milk, or a pumpkin spice latte for a delightful combination.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Reheat in a preheated oven at a low temperature (about 300°F or 150°C) for a few minutes or briefly in the microwave.
Yes, you can use a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves as a substitute for pumpkin pie spice.
Yes, you can use a mini donut pan and adjust the baking time accordingly.
Repurpose them into bread pudding, trifle, or use them as a base for an ice cream sundae.
Pumpkin purée is just pure, cooked pumpkin, while pumpkin pie filling has added sweeteners and spices.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts Ingredients
For the Pumpkin Dough
Pumpkin pie spice
Light brown sugar
For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
For the Pumpkin Donut Dough
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease your donut pans with cooking spray.
In a bowl, combine the salt, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
Now, directly on top, add the pumpkin purée, eggs, oil, sugar, melted butter, and vanilla.
Whisk together well until completely incorporated.
Transfer the batter into a Ziplock bag or piping bag and cut the tip off.
Completely distribute the batter evenly into 14-16 donut cavities.
Bake at 350°F for 10-14 minutes, until the edges are slightly browned. You can press your finger into it slightly, and the donuts should bounce back, or a test skewer comes out clean.
Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack.
For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating
To make the topping, whisk the sugar and cinnamon together.
While the donuts are still slightly warm, brush them with melted butter and coat them in cinnamon sugar.
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One Bowl Baked Pumpkin Donuts
For the Pumpkin Donut Dough
- 1¾ cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1¼ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ cup neutral oil
- ⅓ cup melted unsalted butter slightly cooked
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 stick unsalted butter melted
For the Pumpkin Donut Dough
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and ensure your donut pans are greased with cooking spray.
- In a bowl, combine the salt, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Layer the pumpkin purée, eggs, oil, sugar, melted butter, and vanilla directly on top. Whisk everything together thoroughly until completely incorporated.
- Transfer the batter into a Ziplock bag or piping bag, cutting off the tip, and evenly distribute it into 14-16 donut cavities.
- Bake the donuts at 350°F for 10-14 minutes, watching for slightly browned edges. To check for doneness, you can gently press your finger into one; it should bounce back, or insert a test skewer – it should come out clean
- Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack.
For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- Whisk the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon together.
- While the donuts are still slightly warm, brush them with melted butter and coat them generously in the cinnamon sugar mixture for a delectable finish.
- Ensure you’re using pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling), as it provides the best pumpkin flavor.
- Have your eggs and dairy ingredients at room temperature for better incorporation and a smoother batter.
- Mix the batter just until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can result in dense donuts.
- Use a non-stick donut pan and grease it well with cooking spray or butter to prevent sticking.
- For neat and even donuts, use a piping bag or a large Zip lock bag with a corner snipped off to fill the donut cavities.