Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Hey Recipe Critic Readers, it’s Jenn, from Eat Cake For Dinner. Happy October 🙂  Are you obsessed with all things pumpkin right now like me? I think I have already gone through 4 or 5 cans and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

These donuts were one of the BEST.DECISIONS.EVER. My family loved these donuts and went nuts over them. They disappeared so fast and I was already getting asked to make another batch the same day. The donut is so tender and moist and the brown butter glaze is rich and nutty and a perfect topping to this incredible donut. I tried some donuts with a thick glaze and some with a thin glaze and both were good, but I preferred the thinner glaze.

If you want to make them extra cute and festive, top with some Fall sprinkles before the glaze hardens. I made half with sprinkles and half without.

The donut is even more moist the 2nd day, but the glaze does get a little soft on day two, after being stored in an air-tight container.

These are a must make this Holiday season.

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Jenn H
Servings 17 Donuts

The best baked pumpkin donuts with a rich and nutty brown butter glaze. These will disappear in no time.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbl. all-purpose flour

Brown Butter Glaze

  • 4 Tbl. unsalted butter
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbl. milk or more if needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a standard donut pan; set aside. Beat the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt and baking powder until smooth and well combined. Add the flour and stir until just combined. Fill the wells of the donut pan 3/4 full, about 1/4 cup batter per donut. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven, wait a few minutes and then use a toothpick to loosen and remove the donuts from the pan and place on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter. When donuts are cool, dip in the glaze. Makes around 17 donuts.

Brown Butter Glaze:

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and heat until golden brown specks appear in the bottom of the pan, swirling the pan occasionally. The butter will get foamy and if you swirl the pan around, you will see brown bits at the bottom and it will have a nutty smell. Remove from heat and pour into a medium bowl, using a rubber scraper to get all the brown bits at the bottom. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and stir until smooth and well combined. Add enough milk, as needed, to reach desired glaze consistency. Dip tops of cooled donuts in glaze and set on a wire rack and allow glaze to harden.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 182mg8%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3412IU68%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Jenn H

Hi, I’m Jenn and I blog over at Eat Cake For Dinner. I love being in the kitchen and spending my spare time cooking, baking and blogging. I like all types of food, but cake and frosting are my favorites. If you ask me, the more frosting the better!

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