Kennedy Family Recipes

Pumpkin Donuts


These baked donuts with canned pumpkin are such a treat! Even if it's not around Thanksgiving, these pumpkins are a great treat. They taste like a light cake donut with a delicous pumpkin and cinnamon flavor.

After having a lot of leftover canned pumpkins one Thanksgiving, we decided to try different pumpkin recipes and these pumpkin donuts are such a hit!

It is surprisingly easy to make baked donuts, but it does require a special donut tray to bake in the oven.

Pumpkin Donuts


Use a gallon ziploc bag to hold the donut mixture. Cut a small hole (1/2 inch) in the bottom edge of the ziploc bag and use that hole to pipe out the mixture into the donut tray.

If the donuts are slightly dry on the top and the cinnamon sugar mixture isn't sticking to the top, add a splash of water to the top of the donuts to make them grab the cinnamon sugar.

This recipe is inspired by the Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts Recipe from King Arthur Flour website

List of Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup of Canola Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1.5 Cups of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Can (15 oz) of Canned Pumpkin
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1.75 Cups plus 2 Tablespoons of All-Purpose Flour

  • Cinnamon Sugar (3 parts Sugar to 1 part Cinnamon)

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees (F)
  2. In a stand mixer, all the wet ingredients in the following order while mixing on low: Canola Oil, Eggs, Sugar, Pumpkin
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (Flour, Cinnamon, Salt, and Baking Powder) and mix to combine
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the stand mixer and mix until well combined
  5. Turn off the stand mixer and using a spatula, pour all of the mixture into a ziploc bag
  6. Cut a small hole (1/2 inch) in the bottom edge of the ziploc bag for piping the mixture into the donut tray
  7. Fill each donut mold in the donut tray about 3/4 full (they rise in the oven)
  8. Bake in the oven for 17 minutes
  9. After baking, leave the donuts in the donut tray for about 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool
  10. The donuts are best while still a bit warm, so serve shortly after taking out of the oven
  11. Dunk the donuts into a plate with the cinnamon sugar to add the topping (if desired)