Baked Pumpkin Spice Glazed Donut Holes

I love to throw a little something sweet into my kids lunches. My kids love to see the other kids reactions when they bring a fun lunch to school. It’s like those old Snack Pack commercials where all the kids get jealous and excited because they see their classmate with a Snack Pack.

baked pumpkin recipe

But we’re not talking Snack Packs today. We’re talking donut holes. They are perfect to make up and then stick in the freezer. Pull out a few and stick them in a lunch for an easy and simple little lunch treat. I guarantee it will be original!

I love baking with pumpkin, and you will love this mini donut recipe that combines canned pumpkin (or fresh pureed too–yum!) with a sweet glaze. My favorite part is the delicious ribbon of spice filling each donut. I promise these donuts are easy to make and even better to eat! Which I can personally verify because I’ve had like six of them while writing this recipe out. The great thing about these donuts is they’re baked, so they are better for you. If you want, you can make them even healthier by not doing the glaze. But that would be like taking out the filling of an Oreo. So my suggestion, enjoy a bunch of these with a nice big glass of milk!

Baked Pumpkin Spice Glazed Donut Holes

Yield: 36 donuts

Baked Pumpkin Spice Glazed Donut Holes

Rich pumpkin, a ribbon of spice, and a sweet glaze make for one delicious donut!


  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat, whole wheat, or unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice or ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned plain pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk, soy, or other milk alternative


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 24 cup mini muffin pan. Set aside for later use.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place your dry ingredients and mix them together until well blended.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the applesauce, egg, vanilla, and pumpkin. Whisk until mixture is well incorporated and smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient mixture. Stir until just combined. Do not over stir!
  4. Place approximately 1 tbsp of batter into each muffin cup. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, then wait 5 minutes for muffins to cool slightly. Remove muffins to cooling rack to finish cooling. Glaze once muffins have cooled.
  6. 2 cups powdered sugar
  7. 1/4 cup milk
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  9. *Tip: Place parchment paper or aluminum foil under your cooling rack for quick and easy cleanup!
  10. In a saucepan, mix together the milk and powdered sugar over low-medium heat until mixture becomes warm. Slowly dip each donut hole into the glaze, turning until donut hole is completely covered in glaze. Remove donut hole with a slotted spoon, allowing excess glaze to drip back into the saucepan. Place glazed donut back on cooling rack to allow glaze to harden and excess to drip off. Continue glazing donuts until completed.


TO FREEZE: Place donuts in single layer on cookie sheet in freezer for approximately 1/2-1 hour. Transfer donuts to a freezer safe bag for storage and label. Pull out desired amount of donuts and place in lunchbox frozen. Donuts will thaw by lunchtime!


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  1. These look amazing!!! I love how you baked them in mini muffin pans and not fried….super smart!!

  2. These look so great! And I love that they are baked, not fried like my daughter’s favorite donut holes.

  3. No yeast + no frying = bookmarking!

  4. yum donuts and pumpkin, yes please!

  5. Swedish Chef says:

    These donut holes sound great. However, there is no mention of when to add the buttermilk within the recipe. I would assume you add the buttermilk with the other wet ingredients just before folding in the dry ingredients. Please leave a follow up as I am usually wrong with my assumptions.


  6. This is a great recipe!


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