Small Batch Recipes For Baked Goods And Desserts

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts are perfectly moist and full of fall spices!  Even better – this small batch of donuts are easy to make with only one bowl needed for 6 perfect baked donuts.  And the donuts sturdy texture can hold any topping, sprinkle or glaze you like!

Baked pumpkin donuts stacked

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Fall is here and I am excited for my first official pumpkin recipe of the season!  What better way to welcome fall than with warm and moist donuts.  And when I say moist, I mean it.  For this recipe of pumpkin donuts, the extra pumpkin and milk help to keep these super moist.

Baking donuts rather than frying the also has it’s advantages.

  1.  These baked donuts are a bit healthier.  I’m not going to go overboard and say they are full-on ‘healthy’, but baking them in the oven rather than the fry oil will keep some calories and fat at bay.
  2. Baked donuts are easy to make.  I love a good fried donut, however when you are whipping up a batch in your own kitchen, it can be a lot to take on with heating up a big pot of oil.  Then what do you do with the oil?!  Actually, you can re-use it once, but how often are you going to want to boil oil?  For me, not that often!
Tray of baked pumpkin donuts

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One-Bowl Baked Donut Recipe

I mentioned above that these baked donuts are easy, and I mean it!  Who isn’t a fan of having to use one less bowl?  The fewer pieces of equipment I can use for a bake, the better in my opinion!  That said, I do like to try to mix the wet ingredients together before incorporating the dry.  To accomplish this in one bowl, I create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  Then I add the wet ingredients into that well and whisk those together first, then start to incorporate the dry.

Why not mix the wet ingredients first, then add in the dry?

Great question!  The reason is – I like to make sure all of the flour and leaveners are fully combined.  And for this recipe of Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts, I want the spices to be fully mixed in as well.  This gives me piece of mind that I’m not going to have a clump of baking powder (yuck!) or ground cloves (yikes!).  

Single pumpkin donut with cream glaze

Pumpkin Spice Donut Glaze Flavors

There are many flavors that pair well with a pumpkin donut as a topping and glaze.  Though my favorite are the ones below.   

  • Cinnamon and Sugar –  The great thing about this topping is that you can flavor it to your liking – either more sugar or more spice.  The key is the cinnamon sugar needs to go on while the donuts are still warm to help the sprinkle stick.  
  • Maple Cream Cheese Glaze – I made a similar glaze for my Maple Glazed Cinnamon Rolls The tang in the cream cheese really elevates the flavor of this glaze and the maple syrup is a perfect flavor for fall.
  • Nutella Glaze – Does this one really need explanation?! 🙂 Chocolate plus the warmth of hazelnuts is just screaming to go top of a pumpkin treat!

More Baked Treats For Fall

Happy Fall Y’all – now I’m off to bake some more yummy fall treats!  

Chocolate glazed pumpkin donuts

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts are perfectly moist and full of fall spices!  Even better – this small batch of donuts are easy to make with only one bowl needed for 6 perfect baked donuts.  And the donuts sturdy texture can hold any topping, sprinkle or glaze you like!
Prep20 mins
Cook12 mins
Total32 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Donuts
Author: Erin | Butter and Bliss

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree, canned
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup milk (non-dairy or any milk fat will work)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

NUTELLA GLAZE – Makes enough for 6 Donuts

  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup (this makes the glaze shiny)

MAPLE CREAM CHEESE GLAZE – Makes enough for 6 Donuts

  • 1 ounce cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (sweeten to taste)

CINNAMON SUGAR TOPPING – Makes enough for 6 Donuts

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • OPTIONAL SPRINKLES – Cacao Nibs, Cocoa Rice Crispy Cereal

Instructions

Donuts

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Spray each donut cup with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Make a well in the center of the bowl to add the wet ingredients.
  • In the same bowl in the well, add the pumpkin, both sugars, milk, egg, vanilla extract, and melted butter. Start whisking the wet ingredients first, then whisk together the wet and dry ingredients together until no dry streaks remain.
  • Spoon equal amounts of the batter into the donut wells, and smooth the batter with the back of the spoon. You can also transfer the batter to a piping bag and pipe into the donut wells.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops of the donuts spring back when lightly poked with your finger. Let the donuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. NOTE: If you choose to use the cinnamon sugar topping, you want to top when the donuts are still warm so the sugar sticks to the donut. See Below for cinnamon sugar topping.

Nutella Glaze

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add the Nutella and cream. Heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds until the mix is warm. Be careful not to boil over. Add the corn syrup to the warm glaze and stir until smooth. Set aside at room temperature to allow the glaze to cool and thicken. Once the donuts and glaze are cool, you can either dip the donut into the glaze or spread on with an offset spatula.

Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

  • In a microwave-safe bowl add the cream cheese, cream, and maple syrup. Heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds until the mix is warm. Do not boil over. Stir the mix until smooth and set aside at room temperature to allow the glaze to cool and thicken. Once the donuts and glaze are cool, you can either dip the donut into the glaze or spread on with an offset spatula.

Cinnamon Sugar

  • Add the sugar and cinnamon to a Ziploc bag and shake to mix. Add one warm donut at a time to the baggy. Shake the baggy/mix to fully coat the donut. Set on a wire rack to continue to cool. Or enjoy warm!

Notes

  1. The glazes and cinnamon sugar are enough for 6 donuts.  You can either cut the recipe to have a variety of donut topping/glaze flavors.  Or keep the extras for other recipes.
  2. Optional sprinkles can include Cacao Nibs or Cocoa Rice Crispy cereal!
 
Keywords Baked, Donuts, Glazed, Pumpkin Spice
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Two pumpkin donuts with cinnamon sugar


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