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Pumpkin Donuts with Buttermilk Glaze

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When the fall baking bug hits, make these wonderful Pumpkin Donuts. Homemade donuts are a great activity and eating one is just heavenly. Real pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, buttermilk, and other ingredients come together to make the ultimate comfort food in these soft, country-style donuts.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts

Pumpkin Donuts

I’m a big fan of donuts, so of course they’re a food I like to make from scratch on occasion. Pumpkin donuts in the fall are a big treat and you’ll absolutely love these Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts!

While you’re here, be sure to check out these other amazing pumpkin recipes: Pumpkin Spice Snowball Cookies | The Best Pumpkin Bars | Air Fryer Pumpkin Cheesecake Egg Rolls | Pumpkin Monkey Bread

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts recipe (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

Donuts:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying

Glaze:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Buttermilk
  • Vanilla extract

ingredients to make Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.

In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree.

mixing together wet ingredients with the dry into a teal bowl

Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix until the dough is combined. (The dough will still be quite sticky.)

donut dough in a teal bowl

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness. (The donuts will puff up while frying.) Use a donut cutter to cut out donuts and donut holes.

cutting donuts from dough

Heat 3-inches of oil in a large skillet or pot over medium high heat. When the oil reaches 350F, carefully slide a few donuts into the oil, frying each side until lightly browned. Fry the donuts in small batches until they’re all cooked.

deep frying donuts

In a medium bowl, mix together the ingredients for the glaze until smooth. Dip each warm donut into the glaze and place back on the wire cooling rack for excess glaze to drip off.

dipping donuts in buttermilk glaze

Cool the donuts slightly on a wire rack.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts on a wire cooling rack

Do I need a Deep Fryer to Make Donuts?

A deep fryer is not essential for making donuts. I used a heavy pot on the stove and watched the temperature with a frying thermometer.

The benefit of using a deep fryer is that it is easier to control the temperature, so if you do have a fryer it would be a helpful appliance to use when making these donuts.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts on a wire cooling rack

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

You can make your own pumpkin pie spice to use in this recipe and have on hand for other uses. Just combine the following in a small bowl:3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Store the pumpkin pie spice in a zip top bag or a small jar with a lid.

How to Store the Leftover Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts

Keep the leftover pumpkin donuts in an airtight food storage container or a zip top bag. They will stay fresh at room temperature for up to three days.

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts

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Pumpkin Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts

Published By Jill
When the fall baking bug hits, make these wonderful Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts. Homemade donuts are a great activity and eating one is just heavenly. Real pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, buttermilk, and other ingredients come together to make the ultimate comfort food in these soft, country-style donuts. 
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Donuts

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying

Buttermilk Glaze

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree. 
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix until the dough is combined. (The dough will still be quite sticky.)
  • Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness. (The donuts will puff up while frying.) Use a donut cutter to cut out donuts and donut holes.
  • Heat 3-inches of oil in a large skillet or pot over medium high heat. When the oil reaches 350F, carefully slide a few donuts into the oil, frying each side until lightly browned. Fry the donuts in small batches until they’re all cooked.
  • Cool the donuts slightly on a wire rack.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the ingredients for the glaze until smooth. Dip each warm donut into the glaze and place back on the wire cooling rack for excess glaze to drip off.
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Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts

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