I’ve heard lots of rumblings this season about people making donuts. Mostly they seemed to be doing baked versions which are maybe suppose to be healthier. But really, when it comes to donuts why try to make them healthier? I mean they’re donuts afterall. You know what you’re getting yourself into. If you want to eat one, you don’t want a healthier version right? Lots of questions but really the only answer is – keep is traditional and do a fried version.

I had actually been protesting and avoiding making donuts. Recipes kept popping up, ideas kept taunting me but I still wanted nothing to do with them. I used the excuse of not having a donut cutter, but that wasn’t good enough. Finally I caved. It was bound to happen eventually right? Last weekend I was just looking for something new, fun and easy to make so I turned to donut holes. Pumpkin donut holes to be exact. It’s a seasonal thing so why not.

The process couldn’t have been easier. If I had known just how easy making and frying them would be, I might not have protested the idea so much. I no longer fear the donut and you shouldn’t either. Really, they’re SO easy and are an asbolute treat for a lazy weekend or perfect for a brunch.These turned out to be just right, not greasy at all and had the perfect hint of pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Donut Holes

Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
Yield: 50
Easy homemade spiced pumpkin donut holes. A fun addition to any Fall breakfast or brunch!


  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 C buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • oil for frying


  • In a large bowl, cream butter. Add sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and remaining spices. Mix well. Scrape bowl as needed.
  • In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Whip until combined well. Pour liquid mixture in with butter, sugar and spices. Stir together. Add in pumpkin, followed by flour. Be sure to scrape your bowl well at this stage and mix until all flour and pumpkin has been encorporated into the batter. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Flour a work station or silicone counter mat and roll dough out to roughly 1/4" thick.
  • If you do not have a donut cutter, use other household items such as a small glass for the outer portion and a shot glass for the inner portion. I only made donut holes, so I only used a shot glass and it worked perfect. Use a cutter or other item that is roughly 1-inch across for donut holes.
  • After cutting your donut or holes, transfer cut pieces to a sheet of waxed paper or a large platter until ready to fry. Repeat rolling and cutting process until you have used up all of your dough.
  • Heat oil to 365F°. Do not overcrowd the pan or fryer. Fry 5 or 6 holes at a time. Fry donut holes for 1 minute and 30 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes, flipping halfway through cook time.
  • Using a slotted spoon or similar item, transfer cooked donuts to a paper towel lined baking sheet to cool. Continue fying process until all donuts are cooked.
  • Let sit for several minutes or longer before eating.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel


Calories: 35kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 49mg, Potassium: 15mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 408IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 0.3mg
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Donut, Pumpkin