Pumpkin Donut Holes

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes can be made in a donut hole pan or a mini muffin tin. They are cute, delicious, and absolutely addicting – plus they are simple to make!

Pumpkin Donut Holes | ChezCateyLou.com

Pumpkin in February? You must think I’m crazy.  But why must pumpkin recipes only be posted in October and November?  Pumpkin is so delicious!!  I bake with it year round and I loved these pumpkin donut holes so much that I just had to share them with you!  So yes, pumpkin in February is happening and I couldn’t be happier!

By the way, have you heard of Yummly?  I just recently started becoming a publisher on Yummly and it is my new favorite social media site!  It is all about food, and is a great way to save recipes that interest you.  You can use the “Yum” icon in my social share buttons to save recipes to your own personal recipe box.  Here are all of my recipes on Yummly! You can also Yum recipes right from my page!  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Pumpkin Donut Holes | ChezCateyLou.com

Pumpkin Donut Holes | ChezCateyLou.com

I’m currently sitting at Le Pain Quotidien writing this post.  It is cold and snowy in NYC, but I’m all warm and cozy inside enjoying my cappuccino! Funny story about Le Pain…

TheBetterHalf and I studied abroad in Athens (we have been together since we were freshman at Notre Dame!) and for our spring break we went to Rome.  We needed a break one day and so we found the cutest little coffee shop to have a drink and a snack.  We thought it was so quaint and local, and liked it so much that we returned the next day.  Fast forward to the following summer when I lived in NYC for an internship.  I was walking around one day when I spotted a “quaint and local” coffee shop with the same name as the one in Rome…I had no idea that Le Pain Quotidien was actually a worldwide chain!  So much for our unique find in Rome!!  I guess the French name should have tipped me off.   We actually tried to find the same Le Pain when we went back to Rome 6 years later, but it closed.

Pumpkin Donut Holes | ChezCateyLou.com

Pumpkin Donut Holes | ChezCateyLou.com

Anyway, back to pumpkin donut holes.  These little guys are seriously addicting.  Consider this your warning.  I’m not kidding – I actually couldn’t stop eating them.  I had to make a second batch the same day as the first because I loved these so much!!  I made these in my Donut Hole pan but if you don’t have one, you can also use a mini muffin tin.  It works really well!

The warm pumpkin donut holes are tossed in cinnamon sugar which creates a delicious coating and makes these really look like donut holes!  They are super easy to whip up, and you can easily double the recipe to feed a crowd.  These are one of my favorite pumpkin recipes yet!

Pumpkin Donut Holes

Yield: about 24 donut holes

Pumpkin Donut Holes

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes can be made in a donut hole pan or a mini muffin tin! They are cute, delicious, and absolutely addicting - plus they are simple to make!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Cinnamon Sugar (about 1/2 cup sugar mixed with a tablespoon cinnamon), for finishing donut holes


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a donut hole pan or a mini muffin tin.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, egg, brown sugar, white sugar, and pumpkin until very well combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and still until just combined.
  5. Fill the each cavity in the donut pan or muffin tin about 2/3 full. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, until donut holes are cooked through.
  6. Let the donut holes cool for a few minutes in the pan, then toss the warm donut holes in the cinnamon sugar mixture, shaking off excess.

If you just can’t do pumpkin in February, that’s ok – I still have some great mini muffin tin recipes for you!

Cara Cara Orange Mini Muffins
Cara Cara Orange Mini Muffins | ChezCateyLou.com

Cookie Butter Mini Muffins
Cinnamon Cookie Butter Mini Muffins | ChezCateyLou.com

Meyer Lemon Mini Muffins
Meyer Lemon Mini Muffins | ChezCateyLou.com

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  1. says

    These look delicious, and I’m certainly not complaining about pumpkin in February! That’s pretty funny about the “local” shop in Rome :) I’m pretty sure I’ve had a similar experience with certain products as well (if not whole restaurants), from when I studied abroad.

  2. says

    I actually completely support the use of pumpkin all winter long! It is a winter squash after all. I have no more room for baking pans but now I want to get a doughnut hole pan. Sounds like a handy thing to have around!!

  3. says

    Pumpkin in February sounds perfect! I had a similar experience with Le Pain. We were in London and found Le Pain and also thought it was local. We loved it and were so surprised to see it in NYC when we visited. We also had no idea they were all over. The one in NYC we visited recently was near Rockefeller Plaza. Such a charming restaurant.

  4. says

    I don’t think you’re crazy at all- these pumpkin donut holes look like little bites of heaven to me and I would happily pop them all year round! That is so funny about le Pain. The first time I went to one I thought it was so special too- here it’s an international chain! They do a good job of fooling ya 😉


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