It’s Fall Ya’ll! Homemade Pumpkin Donut Recipe

My least favorite thing is when I’m looking for a recipe in a blog post and I have to scroll down and down and down until I can finally get the recipe at the bottom of a very lengthy blog post. So this will be short and sweet so you can get what you came for – DONUTS (well, the recipe)!

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I discovered this recipe on Pinterest nearly five autumns ago and it’s been my go to pumpkin donut recipe ever since. I love how it has become somewhat of a fall tradition in our home to make a dozen or so of these every autumn and to share with our neighbors, friends, or family members that are living close to us at that time.

I love that small traditions like baking pumpkin donuts on a lazy fall Sunday morning can bring so much warmth, happiness, and excitement (mostly from my salivating husband and pup) into your home. Happy baking, and happy fall!

The only thing I ask of you now that I’ve shared this homemade pumpkin donut recipe with you is to keep sharing it, and to share a donut or two of your batch with a stranger, or acquaintance. This recipe is a great excuse to make a best friend in an instant (yes, they’re that good people!), and to share a little bit of happiness to someone outside of your normal social circle.

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For the donuts:

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup pumpkin puree
Canola or vegetable oil for frying

For the buttermilk glaze:

3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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In a large bowl or Kitchen Aid mixer, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spice and sugar. Then, whisk together all of the wet ingredients (butter, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, pumpkin puree) in a second, medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir them around the bowl until the mixture is well combined. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, rolling the donut dough to approximately 1/4-1/2″ thick. Cut with a donut cutter.

Meanwhile, whisk the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, gently slide the donuts into the oil, frying on the first side until the edges of the donut are lightly browned, flip carefully and allow to cook on the other side until lightly browned. Remove and dunk immediately into buttermilk glaze. Allow to air dry on a cooling rack before serving.

Have you ever made donuts at home? If so, do you prefer to fry, or bake them in the oven? Feel free to share your favorite festive fall treats below in the comments!

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