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Pumpkin Donut Mini Muffins

Pumpkin Donut Mini Muffins

I have barely begun to scratch the surface of the complete awesomeness this season has to offer.

You are probably about to be inundated with fall things here over the next few weeks, so if you aren’t into it, look away (but please don’t, though, okay? because I would miss you. and you would miss out on donuts).

So let me tell you what keeps happening to me every single time I wander over towards Pinterest.

I go there for a specific reason, like to find a stowed away recipe or to pin one of my recent posts, and I should only be there for like ONE MINUTE. Or less. Except I get sucked into the Pinterest vortex which starts me on a recipe for sweet potato pasta with crispy kale topping (by the way, completely amazing), and before I’m done I’ve decided to make some crazy craft thing, have followed like 10 more boards or people, or both, and have wandered onto some blog somewhere and am reading through 42 recipe posts mentally tabulating when I could possibly have time to make all of these things?

And then I decide for the 43,000th time that I’m going to learn how to sew.

Easy Pumpkin Donut Recipe

And then I remember that sewing is a terrible idea because I am pretty much no good at it.

To be fair, I’m pretty sure that this is completely the point of Pinterest. I know it’s why I pin my stuff. I have lofty high hopes that someone will wander here all zombie-like from too much Pinterest and get stuck reading for an hour. If you did that then leave a note, please. I’ll be able to mark that off of my list of accomplishments. Thanks.

Pumpkin Donut Hole Muffin Recipe

This morning I laid off of Pinterest completely. I didn’t even go near it.

The result was ohhhhh so lovely. And tasty. And doughnutty.

Pumpkin Donut Mini Muffins with a Cream Cheese Drizzle and Crushed Pecans to go with my coffee.

I told you: fall things.

Donut holes- make them happen! And you know what? You don’t actually have to abstain from Pinterest. Because from start to finish– clean up and everything– this recipe took me all of 45 minutes. That leaves you the whole rest of the day to wander aimlessly around the internet.

Pumpkin Donut Mini Muffins
Yield: 24

Pumpkin Donut Mini Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Pumpkin Donut Mini Muffins are super simple little doughnut mini muffins loaded with pumpkin spice flavor. You can top them with either the cream cheese drizzle plus chopped pecans OR with melted butter and cinnamon sugar. They are awesome little fall treats either way!


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (or milk; milk works)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, very finely crushed (optional)

For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425. Spray a mini-muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, pumpkin, brown sugar, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, and stir until just combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, filling each cup just 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 7-9 minutes. The donut muffins will spring back to the touch; insert a pick into the center to check for doneness.
  6. Let them cool for 1-2 minutes in the muffin pan and then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. If you are using the cream cheese glaze, beat together the cream cheese and butter. Sift in the powdered sugar, and then beat it in until smooth. Add vanilla and then heavy cream, starting with just 1 tablespoon until you reach your desired consistency. Using a small ziploc bag (or pastry bag) with the corner snipped off, squeeze the glaze across the tops of the doughnut mini muffins. Sprinkle with the pecans.
  8. If you decide to go the cinnamon-sugar route, dip the top of each doughnut mini muffin in the melted butter. Mix up the cinnamon sugar and then dip the buttered dount muffin in the cinnamon sugar.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

(donut holes adapted from THIS recipe at Rachel Cooks, glaze adapted from Bon Appetit, March ’08)

Pumpkin Donut Hole Muffin Recipe

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These Pumpkin Mini Donut Muffins are like baked donut holes that are brushed with butter and dipped in cinnamon sugar!

Peggy howe

Monday 4th of November 2019

Will try these ASAP. Recovering from some kinda gut problem. So while eating soda crackers your muffins look so good I swear I could smell them.


Sunday 10th of November 2013

I made these this morning. While they baked up perfectly, they just didn't have a very "pumpkiny" flavor. The only real flavor was to the cream cheese frosting. If you happen to make these again, would you please up date your recipe? Perhaps I should have added more pumpkin pie spice than was noted. This did not stop the kids from eating them though ;). Just didn't have the flavor I was expecting. I also sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar. I do love your recipes and site and will be back to try more!


Sunday 10th of November 2013

Hi Kathy! You know -- I made this recipe in an actual donut pan over the weekend and I kinda agree with you! So I did a second batch with extra spice. More cinnamon, a little ground cloves, some nutmeg-- I was really happy with my result and will update the recipe when I have a free minute. Thanks so much for the feedback!!! I appreciate you!

Rachel Cooks

Tuesday 8th of October 2013

These look amazing!!!


Tuesday 8th of October 2013

Thanks so much Rachel! It's been forever since I made these. I think they need a new taste-test.

brandy wilson

Tuesday 25th of June 2013

I love your recipes, they are so amazing! I really enjoy reading your page, its very interesting and usually makes me smile at some point as I relate in some small way! Keep up the good work, love trying each recipe.


Tuesday 25th of June 2013

Thanks so much, Brandy!! I really appreciate it!

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