Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

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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.

Donut recipe adapted from: King Arthur Flour

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

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The best baked pumpkin donuts with a rich and nutty brown butter glaze. These will disappear in no time.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Jenn H
Servings: 17 Donuts


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a standard donut pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, 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 ¾ full, about ¼ 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

  • 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. Sprinkle with sprinkles, if desired, before the glaze crusts over.


Serves: 17

Calories248kcal (12%)Carbohydrates44g (15%)Protein3g (6%)Fat8g (12%)Saturated Fat6g (30%)Cholesterol29mg (10%)Sodium182mg (8%)Potassium113mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar32g (36%)Vitamin A3412IU (68%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium34mg (3%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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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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