Cinnamon-Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Pie Donuts

These soft, fluffy cinnamon-sugar pumpkin donuts are baked not fried, but still taste totally indulgent! They’re the perfect breakfast treat with a cup of coffee. Bake a batch this weekend!

 Cinnamon-Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Pie Donuts – These soft, fluffy cinnamon-sugar pumpkin donuts are baked not fried, but still taste totally indulgent! |

When I was growing up, we had a Sunday donut tradition. The friends I had staying for a sleepover would come thundering downstairs with the anticipation of fresh, warm donuts. It was an unspoken rule who got the glazed, who got sprinkles, and so on. Our greedy fingers tore into the box, and my parents (oblivious to our crazed sugar highs) snapped open their Sunday paper and brewed rich coffee. I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker, but man, do I love that smell. It takes me back to our donut Sundays!

For this reason, donuts are one of my favorite comfort foods. (And my husband’s absolute do-anything-for-’em weakness). They’re not one we indulge in often, but I think that makes donuts all the more special to us. As does sharing a batch hot out of the oven with your friends and neighbors!

… And I did just that to avoid devouring them ALL.

 Cinnamon-Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Pie Donuts – These soft, fluffy cinnamon-sugar pumpkin donuts are baked not fried, but still taste totally indulgent! |

These soft, richly spiced pumpkin donuts totally hit the spot for our recent Sunday donut cravings. Since they’re baked and not fried, we have a bit less guilt about indulging, too! Every donut bakes up fluffy and soft, super moist and full of cakey goodness. Hot out of the oven, dip them in melted butter and into a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Then proceed melting on the floor into a puddle of heavenly pumpkin bliss. You think they make your home smell amazing? They taste even better!

Bake a batch of these delicious, cinnamon-spiced donuts for an extra special weekend treat. They’re irresistibly good, and I know everyone who enjoys them with you will agree!

Cinnamon-Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Pie Donuts – These soft, fluffy cinnamon-sugar pumpkin donuts are baked not fried, but still taste totally indulgent! |

Cinnamon-Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Pie Donuts

Cinnamon-Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Pie Donuts

Yield: 10 donuts


For Spiced Pumpkin Pie Donuts:

  • 1 cup pumpkin pie filling, not pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

For Topping:

  • 1/4 cup 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, oil, eggs and sugar. Mix well with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low until well combined. Fill each donut cavity to the top with batter.
  3. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until donuts spring back lightly when touched.
  4. Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Melt butter in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  5. Remove donuts from oven and let cool 5 minutes in pan. Place donuts on a cooling rack. Dip warm donuts in melted butter then into cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  6. Enjoy!

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  1. These look absolutely amazing. I’ll take 6!

    (Read about you in the BlogHer newsletter. So happy I stumbled upon your blog! ;) )

  2. These look so dang delicious! I want three and a big mug of coffee STAT!

  3. These look out of this world! Much better than the ones you get in the shop, and I love your easy peasy yet O so delicious topping as well, yum! :D I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead :) x

  4. I love how fluffy these little babies look and also that you baked and not fried them. Plus, I totally agree with you: I’m not much of a coffee lover, but its smell is just amazing!

  5. 5 stars
    We had a Sunday donut tradition too! Every week after mass, my dad would take us to the local shop across the street. Glazed French twist was my pick, but these days, I’d totally go for pumpkin instead!

  6. I make baked pumpkin donut holes that I can’t stay out when I make them. Georgia your donuts look awesomely delicious! Congrats on the Blogher feature too!

  7. I don’t have a donut tin, can I put these in muffin tins?

  8. You can certainly try a muffin tin instead! Baking time may need to be slightly increased, though.

  9. I was surprised to find out that these weren’t fried – because they look like it! :) These look so delicious – I want one now!!

  10. 5 stars
    Oh wow a Sunday tradition of doughnuts! You had a wonderful childhood.
    Well these doughnuts look so good that I am sure I can smell on the fragrant spices. Of course it’s lunch time and I am starving. It’s probably what is making hallucinate. Ha!

  11. Cinnamon sugar makes anything special! These look delicious.

  12. Did you see me at the store earlier??

    I came home with a DONUT PAN!!!

    How did you know? I’m off to make these now to give my pan a test run. :)

  13. 5 stars
    Baked donuts are my favorite! So easy and they make everyone happy! Loving the warm fall flavors of these!

  14. Is there a better oil than vegetable oil to use in a recipe like this? Most Veg oils have GMOs/pesticides in it (soy and corn)…

  15. Sharing is a must! These look so good I think it would be very easy to eat the whole batch!

  16. Maybe canola oil. If you try one successfully, please let me know!

  17. 5 stars
    Just made these….absolutely delicious! They are so fluffy and the spice ratio is perfect.

  18. I see this is an old post but I’ll comment anyway. This came out delicious! Used avocado oil in place of veg. Made it in a spring form pan and took about 35 minutes. Drizzled butter over a slice and sprinkled the cinnamon sugar. Yum :)

  19. these were delicious. I made 6 big donuts and 22 mini donuts. I did not put any topping on them. They were sweet enough without the extra cinnamon/sugar on top.

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