These Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes are a delicious way to get your pumpkin spice fix in dessert form or breakfast form! Easy homemade pumpkin muffins are tossed in a cinnamon sugar mixture that makes these taste like your favorite coffee shop pumpkin donut holes. You will love the delicious fall flavors in this easy pumpkin recipe!

Pumpkin Donut Holes  

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes 

These easy baked pumpkin donut holes are my absolute new favorite fall snack. They are the perfect mix of a dense, pumpkin muffin, with a light and airy donut! Better yet, this a yeast free donut recipe, so there’s really no baking skills required! I don’t know about you, but I always tend to kill my yeast, so I am always looking for easy baking recipes that don’t require any rising! If a donut hole and a mini muffin had a baby, it would be these delicious little morsels!

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes


I know many of you will have sweltering heat for many more weeks, but here in Pennsylvania, it is really starting to cool down. Bring on comfort foods, slow cooker meals, and warm drinks! If Starbucks can start serving PSL in August, then I can make pumpkin donut muffins in September! Do you love pumpkin recipes or are you more of an apple fan? I do love apple recipes, but easy pumpkin treats are great to have, too!
Mini Pumpkin Donut Holes
I always thought making homemade donuts would be hard so I never attempted them before, but I was wrong, they are so easy! These homemade Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes are a cross between a mini muffin and a donut. If you eat them the day they are made, they are more donut like, while if you eat them the next day, they are more of a dense muffin. Either way, you can’t go wrong, although I prefer them the same day they are made. If you are eating them the next day, you could microwave for 15 seconds to freshen them up some.
Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins

What do you need to make homemade donut holes?

Since there is no yeast involved, anyone can make these donuts and in a short period of time! I whipped these out quickly today! Better yet, these don’t require a donut pan or frying, they just bake up deliciously in a mini muffin pan ( I LOVE this silicone one, so easy to clean!!! I love when things don’t require fancy equipment that you can only use for one or two things! 
Easy Air Fryer Donuts is also another fun way to make homemade donuts! 
Easy Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins
Try these for your next Saturday breakfast or if you want to take a special treat in for your co-workers…they surely won’t be disappointed! They would be a great after school surprise snack for your kiddos too! They are small, so they can just be popped into their little mouths! These are perfect for portion control…although I bet you can’t eat just one!
If you love this recipe for Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes,  then you need to try my Easy Pumpkin Pie Crescent Roll Ups. 
Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins

Looking for more easy pumpkin recipes?

Pumpkin Pie Pull Apart Bread

Pumpkin French Toast with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter

Cinnamon Rolls with Pumpkin Pie Spice Cream Cheese Frosting

How to make pumpkin spice muffins

Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins
4.86 from 7 votes

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 30 donuts


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2   tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg
  • 6 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • For the topping:
  • 1/2 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and then grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, pumpkin, and milk until well combined. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until no lumps remain.
  4. Fill mini muffin cups to the top and then bake 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. You will have remaining batter for the next batch.
  5. While they cook, melt butter in a microwave safe bowl and then in a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice.
  6. Remove donuts from oven and then remove from muffin tin. Let cool for a few minutes until they are warm, but not hot, to the touch and then roll the muffin in the butter. While holding the muffin over the cinnamon sugar bowl, spoon sugar mixture over the muffin until coated on all sides. Repeat with remaining muffins.
  7. These are so good you are going to want to eat them all straight from the oven, but if you are making them for a future date, I recommend waiting to cinnamon and sugar them until right before you serve them. The cinnamon and sugar ¨melts" over time into more of a glaze and the donuts lose their crispness. They still taste delicious, but the texture will be different.
  8. Enjoy!

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53 thoughts on “Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

  1. Um… yes please!!! These look absolutely incredible! I feel a sudden urge to host a brunch gathering now. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    1. Marie…don’t even wait for brunch! Make them for yourself!! They are so good!!

  2. I am not usually the most excited about the pumpkin spice season but I need these in my life, err, stomach now! lol Pinning to make soon.

  3. Oh man! I need these right now and I happen to have some pumpkin puree in my fridge right now left over from another recipe. Yum! Pinned.

  4. I made these today and they taste as good as they look in the pictures!! Easy to make and they are full of flavor and very moist!

    1. I’m so glad you liked them Betsy! Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know!!

  5. I made these tonight for hubbys unit event tomorrow. Unfort, I misread to dip them in butter and then the sugar and spices. I made a glaze. I used a syringe to insert it into the muffin and then topped the top of it. The glaze was amazing, too.
    Hoping these are a hit!

    1. Thats a great idea to insert these with glaze!! I hope your husband’s friends love them!

  6. 5 stars
    Just finished making these and wow are they good!! I ended up using half all purpose flour and half cake flour. Pumpkin doughnuts fresh out of my oven… are you kidding me?! 🙂 YUM.

    1. I’m so glad you liked them Sara! They are seriously so good and there is nothing better than a fresh, warm donut!!

    1. I would try the fridge in an air tight container. I think you will still have some meltage though!

  7. 5 stars
    These are so yummy. We add a bit of molasses to the batter, but otherwise as shown. We actually made a double batch this time to keep on hand in the freezer. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    I just took these out of the oven, but I’m confused as when to roll in butter if I’m trying to have these for the morning. Will the sugar stick if I wait till morning.. sorry I’m not a baker. Lol

    1. You need to roll in butter right after baking so that they are still warm and it soaks in!

  9. This recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice in the batter and pumpkin spice for rolling in afterwards. Is there a difference in the two spices or are they one in the same?

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