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Petite Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Muffins, please accept our apologies in advance.

We did something bad.

You're going to hate us.  You're going to rue the day you stumbled upon this little corner of the blogging universe.  Rue the day cupcakes!

So we're going to try to make this a little easier on you.  Because we love and adore you little darlings and don't want you to hate us forever and ever.

First, go put on your comfy pants.  Yes those ones. 

The ones that your boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/wife/sister/brother/mailman hate, but you love because they allow you to eat cookies/cupcakes/scones/muffins/DONUTS without that terrible tightening waist band feeling.

You've got them on?  K good.

Second, make these pumpkin spice donuts.  We made them extra teeny tiny so you wouldn't feel bad when you have more than one.  Or like...eight.

We know, we're sorry.  Bad.  Bad bakers.

And by bad we of course mean shut the front door good.

Glad you have those pants on now huh?

Petite Pumpkin Spice Donuts
Makes 24 mini donuts

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For Donuts:
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk

For Coating:
1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1-2 tablespoons cinnamon (more if you're a cinnamon lover)

Preheat oven 350 F.  Butter a mini donut pan and set aside.

In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and spices together and set aside.

In a large bowl (or the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the mixture and stir until just combined, careful not to over mix.

Using a pastry bag or a steady hand and a spoon, fill each donut cup with the batter.  The donut cups should be fairly full, but not overflowing. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until donuts spring back when gently pressed (if you're using a larger donut pan, allow them to bake for 12-15 minutes).  Turn donuts out onto a wire rack and allow to cool for a few minutes.

While the donuts are cooling, melt butter in one bowl and combine the sugar and cinnamon in another.  When donuts are still hot (but not too hot to touch), quickly dip each donut in melted butter, then coat in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Serve immediately.

*Note: If you're not going to serve the donuts immediately, you can bake them up to a day in advance and store them in an airtight container.  Do not coat them in the butter/cinnamon-sugar mixture until just before serving or they may get soggy.

You can also adapt this recipe for mini muffins.  Just bake muffins for 10-12 minutes then follow the same procedure for coating.

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Reader Comments (92)

Even though I've yet to catch on to this pumpkin craze that falls upon us every September... I'll admit, these donuts might do it for me!!!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

Oh a dozen of those please! They look amazing.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

mm they look so moist!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwhat katie's baking

I have that exact mini donut pan and I will make these tomorrow. So YUM Sounding!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

i'm a sucker for cinnamon-sugar coated donuts :)

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

These look so fun. My neighbor used to give something like these out on Halloween many years back--brings back memories.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChefDad

bad. bad bakers. you people are evil. i think i gained weight just reading this.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersharideth @ guide to women

Going to go out and buy a mini donut pan just for this recipe!!:-)

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Yuuuuuuum. I just made pumpkin donuts a couple of weeks ago and they were delish. Now I want more.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarly

Yum!! You're so right. I could eat 8 of these...maybe 9.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@littleyellowkitchen

yummmmmmmEEE!! Goodness these look good. I am definitely making these for sunday brunch! Whaddaya think about addin a little chai? I might just experiment :]

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdora

These pix are serious donut porn!

...must by mini donut pan...must buy mini donut pan...must buy mini donut pan...

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

I love everything pumpkin and thankfully my kids do two. Donuts are always tops on their list for breakfasts too so I'll definitely be trying these out soon! Yum!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda @ MealPlanningMagic

Shut the front door, indeed! Thanks for sharing, I'm off to bake up a few of these batches...cheers!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa (Miss Charlotte)

This recipe has been featured on my blog!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

oh my gosh.....i've been looking for something like this. can't tell you how happy i am right now

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

YUM! can't wait to make these!!

i'm sharing your link with my facebook fans!

thanks so much!! xo ~ kristi

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkristi quill

just tried these out (gluten free style) and they are lovely!!!
However - here are my two cents -
i tried them as mini-muffins - super cute - but they don't "melt" in the oven - so they lookd like little pumpkin poops - as i used a piping bag.. haha.. oh well -
also - for the coating -might i suggest 3 tsps rather than 3 tablespoons!!! that is a LOT of cinnamon and i just tried it and it has pretty much ruined this batch of "poops!" oh well - i will definitely give this recipe a go again...
thanks so much for posting!!!!!!!!!!

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Love pumpkin and who doesn't love doughnuts? Wow.....I'm craving these right now!!

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise @ Creative Kitchen

Found the recipe via Pinterest and LOVE them! I've made quite a few baked doughnut recipes and this one has been the best by far! I also tossed some of them in powdered sugar and cinnamon, skipping the butter (even though the butter dipped ones are AMAZING!) The pumpkin flavor also really comes through in these, it's a good amount! Made 6 regular size donuts and 12 mini's

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

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