Pumpkin pie and any variation of basically owns my heart! The smell is enough to stop me in my tracks and the taste makes me weak in the knees. Safe to say, I kind of love it! Ava thoroughly shares this love, Zoe not so much! I figured this Thanksgiving I’d keep the love of pumpkin alive with a Pumpkin Spice Donut.
Pumpkin Spice Donuts
Bringing the toddlers into the kitchen to help even if it’s just to mix or shake the sugar bag is enough to grow a deep love of food which will foster wonderful relationships with food. The more fun they have getting involved the more chances are they will be willing to try new foods and experiment on their own. My love of cooking started from wanting to learn how to make “magic” (aka food) happen to like my mom.

Now my recipe below has been adapted to make in the oven. I use my donut maker to make them but you can make these Pumpkin Spice Donuts in your oven like donut holes! Hopefully, these donuts will be the catalyst to turn the page and make her join the family love of all things pumpkin!

Pumpkin Spice Donuts
  Ingredients for the donuts:
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup milk
for the topping:
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
 Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a mini muffin tin by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each well of the prepared muffin tin. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the sugar and cinnamon to a large ziplock bag. Dip the donut holes into the melted butter, then toss with the sugar in the ziplock bag, one dozen at a time. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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