Spiced Pumpkin Donuts

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There are so many things to be excited about this weekend and these Spiced Pumpkin Donuts are at the top of my list!

Spiced Pumpkin Donuts from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


I’m also pumped about the fact that it’s finally chilly here in LA! I get to wear cozy clothes all day long. Laying around on the couch and watching TV all weekend is 100% acceptable. I’m hosting my annual Friendsgiving this weekend. AND last but certainly not least Jim Henson’s #TurkeyHollow premieres this weekend on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime!!

Spiced Pumpkin Donuts from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Basically that’s a recipe for the most successful weekend ever and then it’s followed by Thanksgiving a few days later. I’d say things are looking pretty good at the moment! So whip up a batch of these mini Pumpkin Donuts, kick up your feet and chill with your fam. And don’t be afraid to have 2 or 3 of these little treats – they are the healthiest donuts I’ve ever made, and that means the guilt goes right out the window!

Spiced Pumpkin Donuts

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
These are the healthiest donuts I've ever made so no guilt necessary!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ c buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 ounces butter softened
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • water to thin out if needed


  • Preheat the oven to 375?F.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a mixer with a paddle attachment, mix all of the wet ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients and mix together until just combined.
  • Lightly coat a mini donut pan with baking spray. Then put the batter into a pastry bag and snip a small opening on the bottom. Pipe the batter into the donut pan till they are a little over half full.
  • Bake the donuts for 15-20 minutes until they spring back when touched. Let them cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before glazing.

To make the frosting

  • Mix all ingredients together until smooth and the icing has a dip-able consistency
  • Dip each donut into some of the icing and top with festive sprinkles.


Don't skimp on the sprinkles. You could even search out Halloween, fall, or Thanksgiving ones to really go all-in.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 2112IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Confession. I have never tried my hand at doughnuts before, but these are so cute and the perfect thing for the holiday weekend!! I will be looking for a mini doughnut pan today!!

  2. I'm not a fan of all things pumpkin laced this time of year, but I could get behind these. They look amazing and sound delicious. I think these will make the Turkey Day lineup. Thanks!

  3. Yay for fall and cozy clothes, and these pumpkin doughnuts! They're adorable and I LOVE how you did the sprinkles! So festive and fun. 🙂 I hope you have a blast with your Friendsgiving, that's such a fun and special tradition! 🙂

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