Bake up the taste of fall with these light and tasty pumpkin sugar doughnuts. Baked until soft and then tossed warm in cinnamon sugar!

fresh baked pumpkin sugar doughnuts on a baking tray

Baked doughnuts and fried doughnuts is always a debate worth having. They both have as many pro’s and cons as each other. But these baked pumpkin sugar doughnuts might help make up your mind. Usually in the past I’ve used a batter that produced a good doughnut like my maple pecan doughnuts, but a little more dense. This version is much lighter, like a sponge cake and tossing them warm, in sugar with cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom just makes fall seem like it’s definitely here. Remember to check out my home page for lots more pumpkin recipes, like this chocolate pumpkin loaf and my amazing pumpkin tiramisu!

why I love these baked sugar doughnuts

Fried doughnuts are good but as long as someone else is making them! By making these baked pumpkin sugar doughnuts, you can skip the hot oil process and having your house smell bad for days, and go straight to having it smell like a spiced fall candle that’s been burning for hours.

How easy are these baked doughnuts to make?

They’re really easy! The recipe is a classic two-step process of mixing dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Once this part is done, you’ll be left with a thick orange batter due to the real pumpkin used. You’ll need a doughnut pan sprayed generously with non-stick spray ready to be filled. You can spoon the batter into the pan but I recommend using a piping bag, it’ll be much less messy and the doughnuts will be more evenly sized!

sugar doughnuts on a tray


  • Spray the doughnut pan well or the batter will stick. If it does stick, run a knife carefully around the edges and try and coax the doughnut upwards.
  • Use a piping bag to fill the pan.
  • Toss the doughnuts in the sugar while still warm. This will help the sugar stick to the doughnut, and who doesn’t love warm doughnuts?
  • Keep the doughnuts covered on a sheet pan for best results.
  • Don’t worry if you only have cinnamon for the sugar, they’ll still taste amazing!

pumpkin sugar doughnuts stacked on a tray

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Baked Pumpkin Sugar Doughnuts

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: foodnessgracious
Bake up the taste of fall with these light and tasty pumpkin sugar doughnuts. Baked until soft and then tossed warm in cinnamon sugar!
Print Recipe


  • 8 ounces canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup plus two tbsp of buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup plus two tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cardamom


  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Spray a doughnut pan with non stick spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the pumpkin, buttermilk, eggs, sugar, vegetable oil and vanilla until smooth.
  • In another bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the larger bowl with wet ingredients and stir well until smooth and lump free.
  • Spoon the batter into each doughnut space or use a piping bag to make sure there is enough batter almost to the top.
  • Bake in the oven for 12 minutes.
  • Let sit for 2-3 minutes before turning the pan upside down to extract each doughnut. Transfer to a wire rack.
  • Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon.
  • Toss each doughnut in the cinnamon sugar and serve.