Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts

Pumpkin donut recipe;  You’ll love this buttermilk pumpkin donut recipe, with chocolate milk glaze!

Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.comDonuts mean Halloween to me.  I think it’s because my grandparents always served donuts and cider when we went trick-or-treating at their house.

Of course, that doesn’t stop me from eating them every chance I get.  My favorite are the cake donuts.  Chocolate cake donuts.  Obviously.

This is the year I decided to buy a donut pan and try my hand at my own cake donuts.

But before I tackle my favorite chocolate donuts, I thought I would try the pumpkin version.  After all, pumpkin, donuts, Halloween, chocolate milk, they all go together, right?

Oh yeah, chocolate milk.  Did I mention that?  It’s perfect with pumpkin donuts.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I told you it’s my first time making donuts, right?  Technically, it’s my second time.  The first time I made the pumpkin donuts I made a total rookie mistake.  I filled the donut pan too full, and even after 30 minutes in the oven, the donuts were still gooey and weird looking.

{Note to self: don’t overfill the donut pan.}

Also, they were not that tasty.  Which is why I decided to add some buttermilk.  It’s my secret ingredient for making all baked goods tasty.

Don’t believe me?  Try one of these buttermilk recipes.  I have a whole list of them.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.comPumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I was pretty excited to use TruMoo Chocolate Milk to glaze these donuts with.  TruMoo is a brand we’ve been using for years at our house.  The swim coach told our son that chocolate milk was an excellent after-practice treat, and our son told us it was an absolute necessity.  (He loves chocolate milk!)

I like giving it to him, because I know TruMoo won’t have any high fructose corn syrup or artificial growth hormones in it.  In fact, an 8-oz glass has as much potassium as a small banana and as much calcium as 5 cups of broccoli!  And he would much rather have chocolate milk than broccoli.

So what was once an occasional treat is now more or less a daily one.  Which is fine with everyone.  We love having TruMoo around.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.com

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And if all else fails, you still have some very nice donuts for Halloween.  Or whenever.

Want more? Try these dessert-like breakfast treats!

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Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts
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A baked pumpkin cake donut with chocolate milk glaze.
Recipe type: Donuts
Serves: 11 donuts
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup chocolate milk
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  1. For donuts, combine melted butter, oil, and brown sugar. Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, and spice and mix well.
  3. Add flour and buttermilk alternately, mixing just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into a plastic zipper bag with a corner cut off. Pipe batter into a greased donut pan, taking care not to over fill.
  5. Bake donuts at 350F for 9-11 minutes. Turn donuts out, and let cool.
  6. For glaze, combine milk and sugar. Spoon over cooled donuts. Wait a few minutes, and glaze a second time.
The glaze is quite thin. I had the best luck by glazing once, then freezing for a few minutes, and glazing a second time.
These donuts also taste great frozen!


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5 thoughts on “Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts

  1. Carla

    I love my doughnut pan! And I have done the rookie mistake myself by overfilling the pan. Oops. Can’t wait to give these pumpkin doughnuts a try.

  2. Pingback: 14 Deliciously Pumpkin Recipes - Sarah's Bake Studio

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