Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

I love doughnuts and pumpkin flavor so these pumpkin doughnut holes are a match made in heaven.  I’ve made Mini Powdered Sugar Doughnut Muffins and German Chocolate Cake Doughnuts.  Both were based on recipes from Sally at Sally’s Baking Addiction.  (She has a bazillion awesome recipes so you have to go check her out if you haven’t already.)  These pumpkin doughnut holes are also a variation from Sally.  She’s officially my “doughnut baking guru.”     🙂  Thank you so much, Sally!

These doughnut holes are full of great pumpkin spice flavor and covered with cinnamon powdered sugar.

07Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

Pumpkin Doughnut Holes Recipe
(Makes 34 doughnut holes)

Ingredients For the Doughnut Holes:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour Measure your flour correctly!
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (equivalent to 1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk

Ingredients for the Cinnamon Powdered Sugar Coating:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Directions for the Doughnut Holes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease the doughnut hole pan and set it aside. *
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg. Set the dry ingredients aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, melt the butter and whisk together with brown sugar.
  5. Stir in the egg, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree, and milk.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined.
  7. Spoon the batter into the doughnut hole pan, filling it to the top (or about 3/4 full if you’re using a mini muffin pan).
  8. Bake them for 12 – 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Directions for the Cinnamon Powdered Sugar Coating:

  1. In a bowl, pour the powdered sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Once the doughnut holes have cooled, dip them into the cinnamon powdered sugar.

* If you don’t have a doughnut hole pan then you can follow the same directions using a miniature muffin pan.

Store in an air tight container at room temperature or in a freezer friendly bag in the freezer.


I’ve seen bloggers post about recipes for “doughnut holes” using a mini muffin tin.  I must be doing something wrong because mine never look round like theirs.  Mine look like…wait for it, mini muffins.  The perfectionist in me wants round ones, so I treated myself to King Arthur Flour’s Doughnut Hole Pan.   You definitely don’t need a doughnut hole pan to make these fun pumpkin doughnut holes, but it sure makes them a nice and round.

01Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

It’s official.  I am prejudice to butter based doughnuts.  All three of my doughnut recipes get most of their fat from butter.  I tried one random chocolate doughnut recipe that used oil instead of butter and it ended up not being good enough to bother posting about.  I did not like them because they were greasy and weird.  To make matters worse, the type of glaze that was paired with the recipe made them soggy and gross.  In the end they went right to the garbage can.

05Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

These doughnut holes are the perfect flavored doughnut for this time of year.  They have a hint of pumpkin flavor, but it’s their Fall-ish spices that give these bite size doughnuts their big flavor.

03Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

They’re a tad more dense than a vanilla or chocolate doughnut, but I find that’s pretty typical for a pumpkin-y treat.  These are baked and not fried.  That’s a good thing because it does save you a bit of calories.     😉  However, because they are baked that means that their texture will resemble a cake instead of a doughnut you would get at a shop.  That doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but I thought I’d put it out there.

02Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

If you guys know me at all, you know my obsession for powdered sugar.  Seriously, any excuse to use it and I’m there.  My two young nephews take after me and love powdered sugar doughnuts.  I added cinnamon to the powdered sugar to enhance the spice flavors of them.  They were hit with the whole family and my nephews especially loved them.  You could tell by all of the cinnamon powdered sugar that they left behind on the floor.     🙂

09Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

I’ll happily eat doughnuts anytime of the year, but for some reason they’re a comfort food that I crave during the colder months.  Does anyone else feel the same way?  Daylight savings time was put into law to make people fatter I think.


4 Hats

Adapted from: Sally’s Baking Addiction


A fan of doughnuts?  You must try these awesome ones.

German Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

07German Chocolate Cake Doughnuts


Mini Powdered Sugar Doughnut Muffins

06Mini Powdered Sugar Doughnut Muffins


  1. The pumpkin is a great surprise when you bite into these. thx for sharing.

    1. Tina says:

      I totally agree! Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

  2. I LOVE donut holes and made a pumpkin version earlier this year that were delish but if it’s Sally’s Baking Addiction then it’s probably better…and with your touch I KNOW it is!

    1. Tina says:

      You’re too kind! Thanks Davida. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend.

  3. I am SO excited you made my pumpkin doughnut hole/mini muffins!! I simply love these and actually plan to make them next week to bring over to Kevin’s parents. They love them too. I am so happy that you love my doughnut recipes! Thank you for all the kind words. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Your future in-laws will love them. I know because I ate way more than I should have and they were a hit with my family. Plus, you’re an amazing baker. 🙂 I thank you so much for continuing to be my inspiration! 🙂

  4. I made doughnut holes at home last month but they didn’t turn out nearly as good as yours!!! Yours look amazing!

    1. Tina says:

      You’re so sweet! Thanks so much Ashley. 🙂

  5. All of Sally’s recipes are flawless, so I know these will be awesome as well! Don’t these babies look super delish?? I’d pop like 46 of them into my mouth right now! 😉

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, yea I kept popping them in my mouth especially when I was photographing them…”I don’t need this many donut holes in this shot.” Pop, ate one. Repeat. 🙂

  6. Joanne says:

    Obviously I need to get me a donut hole pan because I pretty much can’t go through fall without these in it!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, that’s awesome!

  7. These look so dangerous. Powdered sugar is my downfall, too (puppy chow, anyone?!:) Anything pumpkin, anything donut, and I’m happy. Pinning these!

    1. Tina says:

      You know, I’ve never made puppy chow. With my love of powdered sugar, I should reconsider that. 😉 I hope you’re having a lovely weekend, Mary Frances!

  8. Kelly says:

    Oh my goodness Tina, I love the sound of these pumpkin donut holes and would surely eat a dozen at a time! They look incredible especially topped with the powdered sugar, yum – wish I had a batch of these for our breakfast this morning 🙂 Thanks for sharing, pinning! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Kelly! I wish had some left over for breakfast this morning too. 🙂

  9. I love Sally too! This donut version sounds delicious!

    1. Tina says:

      Nice to meet a fellow Sally fan! Glad you like these donut holes. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

  10. Donut holes are the best and these look so delicious. Sally does have some great recipes. I love your adaptation here 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  11. Donut holes with pumpkin flavor – I love it!! How cool, I had no idea there are donut hole pans! 😀 These are beautiful donut holes!

    1. Tina says:

      I accidentally stumbled onto the donut hole pan and I’m so glad I did because now I’m addicted to making them! Pumpkin + donut hole = marvelous. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

  12. Love Sally! You are just a sweet person, Tina! You bring so much happy energy …even just while I pop open your amazing recipes. I love how you did these…and I LOVE pumpkin! (=

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you so much Gloria! That really means a lot to me. 🙂 You’re the best!

  13. I love these donut holes as I have been craving powdered donuts, but with that extra pumpkin – super delicious!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m always craving powdered donuts. Hehe.

  14. I’d want round doughnut holes too! Gotta get that pan. 😉 These look wonderful. And you can never use too much powdered sugar for me! Good stuff – thanks.

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, my thought exactly! Powdered sugar = awesome. 🙂
      A dounut hole pan is definitely limited in its purpose, but I’m willing to accept that. It just means that I get to make more doughnut holes. 😉

  15. Well now I must get a doughnut hole pan! These pumpkin ones look too good, I’ll easily eat all of them. I also love that you use “doughnut” instead of donut. So much fancier : )

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, the spelling was a requirement from my editor and husband extraordinaire. Truth be told I’m not one for “uni-tasker” gadgets in the kitchen. However, I could make countless donut hole recipes. So I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this pan and that’s what counts in the end for me. 🙂

  16. These look oh so perfect Tina. Little bite sized fall treat – yum!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, thank you. 🙂

  17. I love pumpkin anything, but donut holes look especially enticing!

    1. Tina says:

      Oh they are definitely addicting!

  18. I don’t suppose you live near San Francisco and could deliver a dozen of these to me? If not, then I’ll have to make them myself because I need them in my life ASAP! Thanks for sharing these tasty donut holes with us at Saturday Night Fever! (P.S. Gorgeous photos!)

    1. Tina says:

      I live on the other side of the country (CT)…next time I make them I’ll stop by. 😉

  19. Wow! These look to die for! I can’t wait to try them out! I LOVE pumpkin doughnuts (haha well, pumpkin anything really!)

    1. Tina says:

      These pumpkin donut holes are addicting! Let me know if you end up making them. 🙂

  20. Oh I love these! I love anything bite-sized. Theyre so great for parties. I cant believe I only discovered cinnamon sugar awhile back. What have I been doing with my life lol! So delicious, thanks for sharing x

    1. Tina says:

      You’re so right, I brought these to a family brunch and they were perfect to pop in your mouth. The only bad thing is that you’ve eaten like 10 of them before you realize you’ve eaten 10 of them. Whomp, whomp.
      I’m obsessed with cinnamon powdered sugar (or really anything involving powdered sugar). 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Oooooooo, I love this idea! So pop-able! Right into my mouth! YUM!

    1. Tina says:

      Totally! I wish I had some handy right now. I miss those balls o powdery sugary goodness. 😉

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *