Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

I’ve finally broken down.  I’ve wanted to make these, these and these – but haven’t been able to, since I lack a donut pan.  (Perhaps I should put one on my Christmas list?!)
But I spied this recipe awhile back and have been thinking about making them.  I woke up on Saturday morning with them on my mind.  My husband had already left to go bike riding.  When I went into the kitchen and discovered that he didn’t leave any coffee for me, I decided that these pumpkin donut holes were going to be needed to get that day started off on the right foot.
The beautiful part about these…you use a mini muffin pan and they taste just like donuts!  I made my own coffee and enjoyed these with the kids.  They were fabulous, even better with a little dab of Nutella on top.
1 3/4 cup FLOUR
2 teaspoons BAKING POWDER
1/2 teaspoon SALT
1/2 teaspoon SAIGON CINNAMON*
1/2 teaspoon NUTMEG
1/2 teaspoon ALLSPICE
1/8 teaspoon GROUND CLOVES
1/2 cup BROWN SUGAR, packed
1 teaspoon VANILLA
1/2 cup MILK
1/4 cup BUTTER, melted
2/3 cup SUGAR
1 1/2 Tablespoons SAIGON CINNAMON*
Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and spices.
In a separate bowl, combine oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk.  Mix well.
Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stir until just combined.
Fill muffin cups about 2/3 of the way full (I used my cookie scoop).  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they test done with a toothpick.
Melt butter in a small bowl.  In a different small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.  After donuts are done and have cooled enough to handle, dip them in the butter and then roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  (I just dipped the tops and sides into the butter.)
*These are best enjoyed immediately.
 Saigon cinnamon is a different, more flavorful variety than ordinary ground cinnamon.  For this recipe, I used Penzey’s Vietnamese Cinnamon.  It’s incredible, I love it because it has the red-hot-cinnamon taste to it.  If you don’t have this, regular cinnamon would work just fine.
Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from Polish the Stars
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  1. how fabulous is this one!!! whohoooo!!! LOVE IT and my daughter will love it even more — so i am going to make these for her…a pumpkin fanatic : ) LOL!!! hugs…

  2. I am not a huge doughnut fan, but THESE are the kind I love! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week.

    Everyday Mom’s Meals

  3. These look delicious! I want some for breakfast this morning! And you should totally invest in a donut pan. It’s been one of my favorite purchases, and they are pretty inexpensive!

  4. I have spare kids at my house in the am and I make everyone breakfast… these are so on the menu this week!

  5. These look delish! And it’s awesome that they’re made using a mini muffin pan!

    I’d love it if you added these (and any other Fall/Thanksgiving themed projects) to our Harvest Party going on through Thanksgiving.


  6. Oooh, these sound divine! Yumm. And I now have 12 cups of pumpkin in my freezer that I need recipes! This is so one of them! Thanks!

  7. I love that these can be baked in a mini muffin tin! Mine is sitting around collecting dust, but I think it’s time to end all that and make some donuts!

  8. Um, he didn’t make you coffee? You didn’t leave him any donuts, right? I love this recipe, pinning for future use. I have a donut pan…but have yet to use it.

  9. These look wonderful and your tip about the cinnamon was really appreciated. This was my first visit to your blog, so I took some extra time to browse through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. You’ve created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  10. You have such an adorable blog! Love! The donut holes look so yummy! I’m happy to be your newest follower :D Visit my site if you get a chance!

  11. love your blog and this looks delish!! I’m your newest follower :)!!!

  12. I made my own version this morning based on your recipe. I blogged about it but made sure to give you credit! I’m following you now.

  13. awesome! loved that they are baked and not fried! what a nice surprise this will be for my little one :)
    found you on 33 shades of green’s hop. now following.
    carla :)
    Mrs. No-No Knows

  14. Amazing! I’ve got to try making donuts.

  15. These look amazing… and I have pumpkin in the cupboard! New follower from A SEason for All Things. I look forward to reading more of your posts/recipes! ~ Ellen

  16. Yea!!! You made donuts!!! I am so glad that you didn’t let the lack of a pan stop you!!! These look perfect for a quiet morning with coffee…hhhhmmm…now I am wanting donuts like nothing else:-)

  17. I need more donuts in my life!

  18. I want to eat my screen which means you have done your job right! Great looking recipe!

  19. These look fantastic! I have to cook dairy/egg-free and this recipe would adapt beautifully. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  20. THanks for linking to Must Try Mondays. I am going to make these Sunday morning for breakfast. Can I use regular cinnamon instead of Saigon?

  21. I am definitely making these for breakfast tomorrow! My family will love them!

    P.S. I’m giving away 25 free shutterfly holiday cards… come on by! http://acraftyescape.blogspot.com/2011/11/giveaway-shutterflys-2011-holiday-cards.html

  22. These just look awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and please come back soon.
    Miz Helen

  23. Oh man. Yes please!!! I’ll take 2 dozen. I mean… 2. Yeah, that’s what I meant. =o) They look heavenly!

  24. I’m a little bit obsessed with the pumpkin donuts from Dunkin Donuts, and I’ve converted my son too. These will be awesome in a few weeks when the pumpkin donuts are no longer available. Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

  25. What an adorable blog you have, great recipe…delish!

  26. I made these too, after seeing them on Pinterest. AMAZING!!! They definitely went into my “keep” recipe file!

  27. These would be perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast!

  28. Love pumpkin, love donuts! This recipe was made for me! BTW, I found you via the Monday Funday link party. ~Ali from Pies & Puggles
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  29. i love pumpkin doughnuts! cannot wait to try this recipe
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  30. Holy pumpkin donut yumminess! These sound great. I’d love for you to link up with my new link party Life Created Tuesdays! We’ll be pinning all links and featuring a handful every week :)

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  31. This recipe looks fantastic. I cannot wait to bake up a batch. Thank you for sharing.

  32. I am addicted to donuts…not sure I could have these in the house! I wanted to let you know I featured your them in this weeks Whimsy Wednesday roundup – DIY Pumpkin Crafts & Recipes! http://bit.ly/1ei4ISl

    Hope to see you again for tonights link party!

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  33. These look so yummy! I’m including them in next Monday Funday Roundup! ox
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  34. These look delicious and I am sad that I do not have a plateful of these in front of me right now with my morning coffee, lol! ;)
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