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Frosted Pumpkin Donuts

I bought a number of pumpkins from a farm last week. I baked and pureed them...there is nothing like fresh pureed pumpkin! I baked pumpkin pies for our Thanksgiving dinner and I still had puree left over and decided to make donuts. These donuts taste amazing and I will make them again.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • I cup cooked and pureed pumpkin (fresh or from a can)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup evaporated milk (I used skim milk)
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. In a mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, and butter.
  2. Add pumpkin and lemon juice, mix well.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and add to pumpkin mixture alternately with milk.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead 5 or 6 times. I needed extra flour to roll out the dough. Roll to 3/8" thickness and cut with a donut cutter.
  5. In deep fryer or skillet ( I used my wok) heat oil to 375ยบ. I test to see if it's hot enough by putting a 'donut hole' in the oil and if that rises to the top immediately you know the oil is hot enough. Fry donuts, a few at a time until golden, about 3 minutes, turn once and remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels to soak up excess oil.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting:

*I looked for a frosting with pumpkin puree and found one at I only made half of the recipe as I wasn't planning on frosting all of the donuts.
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup cooked pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups icing sugar
  1. Beat cream cheese, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange zest, and vanilla together with a hand mixer at medium speed. 
  2. Add icing sugar and beat until frosting is fluffy.
  3. Once donuts are cooled spread with frosting. 
  4. I frosted some with the pumpkin cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with crisp gingersnap cookie crumbs, some I coated with a sugar/cinnamon mixture and some I left plain.
  5. Crushed peanuts or toffee bits sprinkled on the frosted donuts would be very good as well.


  1. I am going for dessert to Betty's! Wow. Those look fantastic...who needs a Timmie's?!!!

  2. Woah .. .good find Betty .. these look wonderful . .I so enjoy those recipe sites. . .and your find will now make it into my kitchen too.

  3. Ohhh!! I want one right now with coffee! Do they ever look good!

  4. All I can say is a big YUMMMMM!!!! Kathy

  5. I've got the dough resting in the fridge. . and now I wonder. . .did I put the baking powder in. . .I'll let you know later. . even the dough looks yummy.

  6. Oh I don't like it when I have those questions when I'm baking..'did I miss something?' and it does happen to me. The questioning and actually forgetting an ingredient!! hehe
    I'm waiting to hear your results Lovella..

  7. I'd love to come sample...and maybe a mug of Tim Horton's coffee would be a good match!

  8. oh-my-goodness!!!
    you didn't call me to come and get it. are you coming into costco soon and perhaps leave a little something in the mail box? =}
    those look amazing!

  9. Oh the donuts were a big success Betty. . .only a few left and there weren't that many of us eating them to begin with. . the frosting really is the frosting on the cake. . delicous.

  10. Thanks for letting me know Lovella..they were a success here too but it's good to know that someone else also found them successful. So you must have remembered the baking powder!
    Here too they disappeared fast..


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