Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts glazed in Salted Caramel and spiced with the flavors of fall. You’ll love these easy Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts alongside your morning cup of joe!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts glazed with salted caramel in a doughnut pan

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Donuts

Hey, hey! Are you guys as thrilled as I am that fall is finally here? Join me as I entertain my forever-obsession: PUMPKIN. 

Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Pie. You name it, I have a roster of recipes on rotation that star my most favorite of all savory veggies. Like, I really can’t get enough. Any season, all the time, pumpkin-everything lives rent-free in my kitchen.

I’ve also been feeling a weee bit indulgent recently. We have to embrace it when we can, amiright? Which is why today calls for DONUTS. Pumpkin Donuts of the Salted Caramel Glazed sort, to be exact. I repeat: Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts. The stuff of dreams!

Baked salted caramel-glazed donuts in a pan

Why You’ll Love these Baked Donuts

It’s been a hot second since I’ve made homemade donuts. Though, to be honest, homemade is really the only way I like them! A few years ago, I made these Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze, and my infatuation with baked donuts was ignited. 

Which brings me to these Glazed Pumpkin Donuts. Fellow Pumpkin fans, this one’s for you. You’ll love these because they are: 

  • Baked, not fried
  • Bringing the perfect touch of Pumpkin to the mix
  • Spiced with the flavors of Fall
  • Able to be kept longer than your average deep-fried donuts
  • Drizzled with salted caramel for good measure – but also great plain!

Seriously, these Pumpkin Donuts are wildly delicious. Just try to stop yourself from having two, or three, or four, but good luck to ya’. I wasn’t so lucky, I had ‘em all. Good thing I only made six.

Glazed donuts cooling on a rack

What You’ll Need

To make these Glazed Pumpkin Donuts, you really only need a short list of basic ingredients for the donuts themselves and the salted caramel glaze.

For the Pumpkin Donuts

  • All-Purpose Flour: A classic. Meanwhile, for gluten-free donuts I’d recommend a finely ground oat or almond flour since these are some of the least coarse options.
  • Salt: Balances the sugar a bit.
  • Baking Powder: To give your donut dough that tangy flavor and some bounce.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: The best spice of all time, IMO. Find it in the spice aisle of your supermarket.
  • Vegetable Oil: Canola oil will also work, without changing the flavor.
  • Eggs: For that doughy texture.
  • Sugar: For the sugar rush, obvs! You can use granulated sugar, or a sugar alternative like coconut sugar should do the trick without needing to adjust the ratio.
  • Pumpkin Puree: Please, whatever you do, make sure you get the real deal and not Pumpkin Pie filling! 100% pure pumpkin puree, canned or mashed from scratch. You can even make your own using my crazy easy recipe for Slow Cooker Pumpkin Puree.

For the Glaze

  • Powdered Sugar: Helps the glaze to “set” and gives it a smooth, semi-opaque colour.
  • Caramel Sauce: No shame in store bought to keep things simple!
  • Sea Salt: Slightly coarser than regular salt and less intense in flavor. In a pinch you can use regular salt, but I’d advise adding a little less at first and then to taste, so the caramel doesn’t become overly salty!
  • Milk: A splash for some extra creamy richness, and to help thin the caramel sauce a bit for dipping. Dairy or non-dairy, including Oat or Almond Milk, all work just fine.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts in a pan, glazed with Salted Caramel

How to Make Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts. Yeah, there’s a lot going on. However, that’s what is absolutely b-e-a-u-tiful about these babies: so much going on, yet so simple to make at home! If you don’t have a doughnut pan, dough-not worry 😉 (I crack myself up sometimes) – you can easily make these using a standard muffin tin.

Here’s how you make the Pumpkin Donuts:

  • Mix the Dry & Wet Ingredients Separately: Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice in one bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together vegetable oil, eggs, sugar and pumpkin puree.
  • Make the Batter: Combine your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients until everything is smooth.
  • Prep the Pans: Lightly grease 2 doughnut pans (or a 12-muffin tray) with cooking spray.
  • Fill the Pans & Bake: Since these aren’t going to “puff up” like deep fried donuts would, I’ve found filling the doughnut or muffin tray to about 2/3 full is the sweet spot. Also, if you’re using a muffin tray, keep in mind that you’ll need to bake the donuts in the oven slightly longer!

See, did I not promise these would be, like, the easiest baked donuts EVER? I’m a woman of my word!

Making and Adding the Glaze

While your donuts are baking, you can whip up the Salted Caramel Glaze. To do this, just add all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until the glaze is smooth. 

Finally, when your donuts have baked until they pass the toothpick test (if it comes out clean, they’re ready!) and they’ve cooled a bit, dip them into the caramel glaze and serve! Quick, where’s my coffee?

Close up of the Salted Caramel glaze

Tips for Success

  • Fill Your Doughnut Pan Easily: Fill a piping bag or, even easier, a Ziploc bag with your doughnut batter. Snip the corner off, then just pipe it into the pan, no mess involved!
  • Dress It Up: Before the glaze completely sets, you can garnish your donuts with different toppings of your choice. Crushed nuts, sprinkles, cinnamon sugar, even an extra dusting of sea salt; the sky’s the limit.
  • Spice It Up: You can find prepared Pumpkin Pie Spice at your local supermarket, or you can make it yourself! To do so, combine 1/4 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and allspice and there you have it.

How to Store Glazed Donuts

You can store your cooled donuts either glazed or plain, in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature. Otherwise, they’ll keep for up to a week if stored in the fridge.

Can I Freeze These?

You can! With these, I find it best to use the pre-freeze method, and lay the donuts out (plain or glazed) on a lined cookie sheet before putting them in the freezer. This way, once frozen, you can store them all together in a freezer bag afterwards and grab-and-go! They can be kept in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months.

To reheat, all you need to do is thaw them in the refrigerator overnight, or pop them in the microwave for a couple seconds at a time. Bam! Instant Pumpkin Donut. Even though they were pre-frozen, some of the glaze may come off, so once they’re thawed you can re-glaze them or give them a dusting of powdered sugar as needed.

More Pumpkin Recipes to Try

Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

15 15 15
WW Freestyle: 17
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time30 mins
Baked Pumpkin Donuts dipped in Salted Caramel Sauce.
Servings: 12
Calories: 322

Ingredients

DONUTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

SALTED CARAMEL GLAZE

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4- cup caramel sauce (you can use store bought or you can use my recipe for Homemade Caramel Sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Lightly grease two doughnut pans with cooking spray. If you don’t have a doughnut pan, you can use a standard muffin pan, instead. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, salt, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl; whisk until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  • In your mixer’s bowl beat together vegetable oil, eggs, sugar and pumpkin puree.
  • Add flour mixture and continue to beat until well combined.
  • Fill the cavities of the doughnut pans 3/4 full.
  • Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

If you are using a muffin pan, bake for 25 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

In the meantime, prepare the Salted Caramel Glaze

  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until completely combined and smooth.
  • Dip the cooled donuts in the glaze and serve.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD Pumpkin Donuts Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour
 
Nutrition Facts
Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 552mg23%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1665IU33%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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35 Responses
  1. Patricia Ohlhoff

    I can’t find your recipe for homemade caramel sauce on your website. Boo! Would you please send it to me?
    Thanks so much!!

  2. Robin

    Happy Monday. I made these yummy doughnuts yesterday (Sunday) morning. My first baked doughnut. Yummers!! I scrolled through my pins for pumpkin doughnuts and your recipe looked the most tempting lol. The mix was so delish that I def did a big no no and ate some batter. No. Lots of batter! (Still here…) They were not disappointing! My hubby and I devoured with a tall glass of milk. I also coated some with cinnamon sugar. Mmmmm…..my only regret is that I didn’t make your caramel sauce. Used jarred and I won’t do that again. I know better too lol. Question: is there a glaze I could make that would sort of harden (like commercial doughnuts) instead of melting into the doughnut after a bit of time? Love that harder glaze. This is only my first attempt at doughnuts so I have no idea really…Much thanks for the scrumptious recipe. I even gad a neighbor run over for one after I posted on Instagram. All three raved!

  3. Debra Harvey

    OMG this looks & sounds Delish!! Yummmmmmmmmmmy I can hardly wait! Thanks again for sharing these Amazing Recipes Ever with us! I Love All Sweets, Donuts, Pumpkin & ESPECIALLY CARAMEL!!! OMG I have died & gone to Heaven!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      YES! I’m totally with you on sweets, donuts, pumpkin and caramel!!! Also, thank you for your kind words! I truly appreciate all of it!! xo

  4. Danie

    Has anyone tried (or know if you can) sub another oil for the vegetable oil? Where I live vegetable oil is super expensive, but I have/can get most other oils like: Coconut Oil and Olive Oil at decent prices. Thx!

  5. shawn

    my hubby just bought me four ginormous cans of pumpkin puree and we have a little donut maker sooooooo… yeah. happy girl here. and get the perm if you want one! my hair is really thin and has a natural wave. i get two perms a year and i have curls and body. life is too short to have flat hair!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Roanne!!

      The pie filling has spices in it, whereas the puree is just plain pumpkin so you can add spices to your taste. I hope this helps!

  6. Cyndi

    Personally I’m not a cake donut fan…except for any kind of pumpkin donuts! I love, love , love Krispy Kreme donuts, we’re getting one in town and I can’t wait for the hot donuts sign to light up! *LOL* I am going to make these and I’ll be lucky if I get one with my daughter here. But that’s ok, I can always make more!! Seriously these look insanely delicious!

  7. Martha Barreto

    Hi! This bake pumpkin donuts have 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Can I use 1/2 of the 1 1/2?
    I love donuts but not when is to much sugar in them.
    Please let me know if it will make a difference in the recipe.
    Thank you
    Martha

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Martha!

      In general, the rule of thumb for cake-donuts is that the sugar should be equal to, or slightly greater than the flour. This also applies to making cakes. So a recipe should have about 1 cup, plus a bit more, to 2 cups of flour. If you want to reduce the sugar, I’d only reduce it down to 1 cup. I hope all this makes sense. Let me know if you need any more help. I am happy to assist! Have a great weekend!!

  8. Beth R.

    I dont have a doughnut pan but I really want to make your recipe. Can the doughnuts be fried instead of baked?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Beth! Unfortunately, the rule of thumb is avoid frying a baked doughnut recipe and avoid baking a fried doughnut recipe. BUT, do you have a mini muffin pan? If you do, you can just spoon out the dough into the muffin pan cavities, filling them about 3/4 full, and bake for about 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Instead of doughnuts, now you will have doughnut-holes! 😀

      For reference, here’s my latest recipe for Baked Donut Holes: https://diethood.com/baked-vanilla-glazed-donut-holes/

      I hope this helps!

  9. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    WHOA! These look totally amazing, Katerina! I should be stuffing my face with these right now instead of chicken salad. 🙂

  10. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I seriously need to go out and get myself a donut pan asap so I can make these delicious donuts. I have never tried a pumpkin donut before so this is definitely a recipe that I must try. Thanks for sharing it!

  11. Laura Dembowski

    I am drooling over here! These look like they are straight from the fryer of a fancy doughnut shop. But they’re baked and homemade – even better!

  12. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    These look insane! Love me some salted caramel! I can’t believe you WANT a perm! I begged and begged my mom to let me get one and she never did. And I think she probably secretly saved me from years of horrible throw-back-Thursday photographs!! Happy Friday. XO.

  13. Adriana

    Bookmarked! So many favorite flavors in one bite…

    I got a do(ugh)nut pan a while back and I still have to use it. This looks like the perfect recipe for its deflowering.

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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