Pumpkin-Maple Glazed Pumpkin Doughnuts


In my last post I mentioned I wanted to own a deep fryer. And I do...

Except I kinda don't want one because I won't be able to stop deep frying everything. I would make fried chicken, doughnuts (duh), corn fritters, hushpuppies, onion rings and potato chips. Oh, I forgot funnel cakes.

Once I get that deep fryer, there must be some restrictions, otherwise Eric and I will become very unhealthy... and our house will smell like Steak 'N Shake.
Like, I can only use it once a month. Once a month to make doughnuts.


I think every month I could have a doughnut theme.

This month's theme is Pumpkin Doughnuts; for the return of the fiery redhead - Mr. Conan O'Brien. Welcome back, Conan! We missed you.



I have no doubt in my mind that Conan would love these doughnuts. I think everyone would like these, I really do.

I actually worked on this recipe a couple of times before I got it right. Let's just say a lot of pumpkin doughnuts got tossed into the trash. But I have the recipe now and it's GOOD.


If I can make pumpkin doughnuts, you can too. I think this recipe is probably easier to follow than most doughnut recipes out there. Let me walk you through it.
First you mix up a yeast dough made out of flour, sugar, pumpkin, yeast, salt, eggs and butter. Then you knead it for a while using your hands - not the mixer! Just like the good old days.

Then you let the dough rise until double in bulk before dividing it into small rounds. This is what I did anyway since I don't own a doughnut cutter. After allowing the dough rise a second time, you fry those babies up in a pot of hot oil.

The glaze for these is absolutely perfect... it even has pumpkin in it! You whisk up a bowl full of pumpkin, powdered sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and butter, until smooth, before spreading it onto the warm doughnuts. For some spice, I sprinkled cinnamon-sugar on top of the doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme has some pretty amazing doughnuts, but these are just as good. They have more character than Krispy Kremes, I think.

Pumpkin-Maple Glazed Pumpkin Doughnuts

1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3 tablespoons warm water (not hot)
1 large egg, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

Oil, for frying

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon canned pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Cinnamon-sugar, for dusting

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together yeast and warm water until combined; allow to sit for 10 minutes or until bubbles form. Whisk in egg until combined. Whisk in butter, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin until combined. Stir in flour until combined. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm area for 3 hours or until doubled in bulk. (I actually allowed mine to rise 6 hours.)

Divide dough into 8 slightly flattened rounds, and place on a greased baking sheet. Lightly cover and allow to rise in a warm area for 1 hour.

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat until hot. Fry 2-3 doughnuts at a time for 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

To make the glaze, in a medium bowl, whisk together butter, pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla and confectioners' sugar until well combined and smooth. Spoon glaze over doughnuts. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve.

Makes 8 doughnuts


  1. gahh pumpkin doughnuts!! these look incredible! your treats always look SO awesome.

  2. That was looking Delicious, Definitely it would be my to do list this week

  3. Lady - you're genius. These donuts look amazing!! Pumpkin maple?! Um YUM.

  4. WOW. These are like little pillows of pumpkin heaven! Phenomenal job, Emily :)

  5. I love my mini deep fryer - though it is dangerous. Donuts, mozzerella sticks, onion rings. All the delicious things that I shouldn't eat, fresh out of the fryer. Those donuts look fabulous!

  6. wow, this certainly sounds incredible! i'm a little afraid of the deep fryer... wonder if i could come up with a baked version ;)

  7. I'm VERY thankful that you own a deep fryer, since it's enabled you to make those scrumptious doughnuts. HOLY YUM!! ;)

  8. Could these look more delicious? I don't think so!!!

  9. Pumpkin doughnuts would be the way to go this holiday season.

  10. Yummm(: These look delicious! I've never used a deep fryer before.. but it doesn't seem too hard!

  11. Earlier this year I made fried chicken and said in my blog that my birthday was coming up and that someone could buy me a Fry Daddy if they didn't like the way I fried and then baked my chicken.

    I learned that just because I don't get many comments doesn't mean people aren't reading my blog. One of Kevin's friends gave me a Fry Daddy for my birthday!

    I haven't actually used it yet. I haven't decided exactly what I want to make with it. Maybe it's time to figure something out.

  12. I too would love a deep fryer, but it would land my waistline in deep trouble. And I don't know that I could abide by rules and boundries. These do look amazing, but I'll have to stick with the mental snapshot of it! Great post, thanks for sharing it!

  13. These look so good! I've never had a pumpkin doughnut but can almost taste it! I toyed with the idea of getting a fryer too - but feared the house smelling like a chip shop. Might be worth it to make these though :)

  14. They are far better than any store-bought! I wonder how many I could eat...

  15. Ok, I just wish I lived next to you now. You are making everything I've been wanting to make!!

  16. Oh yeah - and I'd share my deep fryer with you! :)

  17. I made some pumpkin doughnuts recently and definitely agree about needing/wanting a deep fryer. These look amazing! I love that they are yeast pumpkin doughnuts as opposed to cake. Great job!

  18. These look delish! I keep seeing pumpkin donuts popping up all over the web, I need to make some soon!

  19. Delicious! Fried beautiful Fallish deliciousness :)

  20. This sounds like a delicious treat--I never fry anything because my apartment is so small, it would probably smell like fried food for ages even after I left the windows open for a full day. I'll live vicariously through your pictures!

  21. Oooooh I am going to see if we can borrow my mother-in-laws deep fryer this weekend so I can make those!!!

  22. Your recipes never cease to amaze me--and make me drool! :-) haha

  23. Pumpkin-Maple Glazed Donuts?? Be still my beating heart! They sound and look fab. krispy Kremes don't even compete. What is a hushpuppy? (In Australia, it's a brand of shoes!)

  24. Cute new header! I'm a huge donut fan so you had me at the title - they look fabulous! I've also been enjoying Conan - so glad he's back!



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