Breakfast Homemade Glazed Pumpkin Donuts 5 from 12 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe You haven't had a donut until you've had my Glazed Pumpkin Donut recipe — it's perfectly fall, perfectly spiced, and perfectly sweet. By Gemma Stafford | November 1, 2020 | 27 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Fall has been taken over by pumpkin-spiced everything! Pumpkin-spiced coffee (and pumpkin-spiced creamer), pumpkin-spiced beer, pumpkin-spiced cheesecake! I think we’re forgetting one of the simplest joys of the fall season: glazed pumpkin donuts. My homemade pumpkin donut recipe is perfect for those crisp fall mornings when you want something warm, spicy, sweet, and (best of all) fried. While I love a good baked donut, sometimes, when the nights get longer, you need a good fried treat to look forward to in the morning! I love this pumpkin donut recipe. It has the perfect amount of warm spices, cinnamon, and pumpkin flavoring, and it’s all enveloped in a glaze that hardens just the right amount, that makes the donuts glossy and sweet on the outside. This recipe makes it pretty clear why pumpkins make fall the perfect season for baking! Store-Bought Vs. Homemade Pumpkin Puree This recipe does call for pumpkin puree. When making my homemade puree, I use a “sugar pumpkin,” also known as a “pie pumpkin.” They’re the smaller, orange pumpkins you can find at your grocery or farmers market. Other pumpkins can be used, but the flavor and texture may vary. That’s it! To make your own puree, you just need pumpkin! If you’re not feeling like taking on the gourds, however, store-bought canned pumpkin puree will do! They both work. What Is Pumpkin Pie Spice? The phrase “pumpkin pie spice” is thrown around a lot, but what does it even mean?! Typically, the combination of spices, which can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, are a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, closed, ginger, and allspice. You can get this pre-mixed in your grocery’s spice aisle, or you can make your own using my homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe! What You Need To Make Pumpkin Donuts Measuring cups and spoons Mixing bowls Heavy-bottomed pot Thermometer (optional) Baking sheet lined with paper towels or a wire rack. 3-inch (7.5cm) round cutter 1-inch (2.5cm) round cutter How To Make Pumpkin Donuts Is there anything more satisfying than pulling a delicious smelling pumpkin donut out of hot oil and glazing it with a delightful vanilla glaze? Yes — eating them! Here’s how you can make pumpkin donuts (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below): Combine your dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: pumpkin puree, sour cream, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry thoroughly to make a dough. Cover the dough and let it chill for 15 minutes in the refrigerator. In the meantime, prepare your frying space! Into a heavy-bottomed pot, pour 3-inches of oil and set it over medium-high heat. Insert your thermometer if you are using one. Next to the stove, place your baking sheet lined with paper towels or a wire rack. Near the rack, place the bowl with the vanilla glaze. Once the dough has chilled enough to firm up, roll it out onto a floured surface to ½ inch (1.5cm) thick and cut using a 3-inch (7.5cm) round cutter. Reroll the scraps to make more circles. Use a 1-inch (2.5cm) cutter to cut the centers of your dough to make the donut shape. The oil should be roughly 350°F (180°C). Drop 2 or 3 donuts, or 5-6 donut holes, into the oil at a time. Fry for about 2 to 3 minutes until it is lightly browned on one side, then flip and fry until the other side is browned. Remove the donuts or holes to a wire rack to drain of oil just a little. Immediately, dip both sides of the hot donuts into the vanilla glaze and then set on the rack to finish drying. Repeat the process with the remaining donuts and holes. Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Pumpkin Donuts You want to be sure that your oil stays around 350°F (180°C) to ensure the donuts cook properly. Keep in mind that when you add the fresh dough, it will change the temperature. Don’t crowd your pot. Glaze your donuts while they’re hot, so the glaze sets well. Donuts puff up in oil a lot! Make sure you roll them out no thicker than 1/2 inch. Use my Vanilla Donut Glaze. Don’t have Pumpkin pie spice? Make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice. Make your own Pumpkin Puree. Oil is HOT when frying! Make sure you stay safe: place donuts carefully in the oil to avoid splash burns, watch carefully to make sure that the oil doesn’t start to smoke, and never walk away from oil heating on the stove! If you are a child making this recipe, make sure to get an adult’s help! How Do I Store Homemade Pumpkin Donuts? You should enjoy these donuts as soon as they’re cool enough to eat! Donuts are always best when they’re eaten the day they are made, but if you have any leftovers, keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Make More Fall Recipes! Best-Ever Pumpkin Bread Apple Fritters Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Full (and printable) recipe below! Try These Recipes! 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Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 14 Donuts Ingredients 3 ½ cups (17 ½ oz/497g) all-purpose flour1 cup (8oz/225g) granulated sugar4 teaspoons baking powder2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice1 teaspoon salt1 cup (8oz/225g) pumpkin puree½ cup (4oz/115g) sour cream2 large eggs2 tablespoons (1oz/28g) butter melted2 teaspoons vanilla extractVegetable oil for frying (canola, safflower, etc.)1 recipe Vanilla Donut glaze Instructions In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, pie spice, and salt.In another bowl, whisk your wet ingredients: pumpkin puree, sour cream, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract. Combine the wet and dry ingredients thoroughly to make a dough. Cover the dough and let it chill for 15 minutes in the refrigerator to firm up.Set up your frying space: pour oil to a 3-inch depth in a heavy-bottomed pot and set over medium-high heat and insert a thermometer, if using. Place a baking sheet next to the stove, either lined with paper towels or a wire rack. Place the bowl with the glaze near the rack.On a floured surface, roll out the donut dough to ½ inch (1.5cm) thick and cut using a 3-inch (7.5cm) round cutter, cut circles of dough. You can reroll the scraps to make more circles.Using a 1-inch (2.5cm) cutter, cut holes in the center of your dough circles.When your oil is hot, roughly 350°F (180°C), drop 2 or 3 donuts (or 5-6 holes) at a time in the oil. Fry for about 2 to 3 minutes, until lightly browned on one side, then flip and fry until the other side is browned.Remove to the wire rack and immediately dip both sides of the hot donuts in the vanilla glaze and set on the rack to dry before proceeding with the remaining donuts and holes.Enjoy when just cool enough to devour! Donuts are best eaten the day they are made, but you can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.