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Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Donuts

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. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Jill



  • 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


  • 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.