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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)

Wow, can't wait to make these!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin Motz

Think these would freeze o.k. without the coating?

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I needed to buy a donut pan! Finally got around to making them and - WOW! They are delicious and super easy to make! Thanks for sharing this recipe - I'll be sharing it (w/ credit to you of course) on my baking blog as well.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPriya

Such cute and beautiful donuts... i love the spicy ingredients.... not just sweet, normal stuff!

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRonja

I just made these for my husband and he was in HEAVEN! I dipped just the top in the butter and sugar, I found it a little too sugary with the whole thing- but my my my these are DELISH!! Thank you!

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAli Lind

Are you using ground cinnamon or cinnamon sugar for this recipe?

August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

Hi Patty - We use ground cinnamon for this recipe.

August 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterBlue Eyed Bakers

I hate Pintrest. It makes me want to work out like crazy, have a beautiful wedding, have a baby, sew awesome clothes, and eat a million delicious delectable desserts like these!!! Well, this is one more pin i must add to add to the "when I get fit, these will be my cheats" board!

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKayla

So no one else has a problem with these rising too much and looking like muffins with an accidental hole in them? Also I ended up with enough batter for 48+ mini donuts. Perhaps my baking powder is just a little too happy. They are super delicious though. I made a vegan variation also. Yum!

August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianne

Has anyone tried this recipe with a donut maker?

August 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Is there a way to make this as monkey bread? I bet that would be amazing also!

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

This commentary before the recipe is so funny. Thanks for making me laugh! I can hardly wait to try these. School starts tomorrow and these will be a fun after school treat!

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Can you substitute a gluten free flour for the wheat flour? Is there a specific kind of gluten free flour that would be best?? I want to make your doughnuts but I can no longer eat gluten :(

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRandi

I know this negates the donut idea, but can I bake these in a muffin pan? I don't have a donut pan and want to bake these as soon as I get home.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

OMG! These look amazing! A must try! I also loved your entire introduction to the recipe! It was so funny & creative!

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

OMG this is a must! I cannot wait to have a go at these! Thanks for posting.xo

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterG Wiseman

I don't bake and don't own a mini donut pan but I decided I had to have these. I made them as mini muffins and I have tasted nothing better in so very long!! If I can bake these anyone can--- and should! Thanks for posting.

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Gasp! I am in love. I must make these donuts. I must buy a donut pan, so I can make these donuts. I have to convince my husband that I really REALLY need a donut pan and that he will be glad I bought one... That shouldn't be too hard. :) You have a new fan!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril

I just made these at midnight because that's how yummy they looked! I didn't have ground cloves so I substituted pumpkin pie spice (Trader Joe's brand) and used a regular 12 ct muffin pan for 15 min @ 350. OMG! So good! My husband loved them! And so did my doberman ;)

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

These look incredible. I will definitely make these. Thanks for the amazing recipe.

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHealthy Glow Nutrition

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