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old fashioned pumpkin donuts
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Old Fashioned Pumpkin Donuts

Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time3 hrs 3 mins
Servings: 12


  • To make the donuts:
  • 2 tablespoon butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup full fat sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 cup hot water


  • To make the donuts, in a large mixing bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice. Beaut until combined, scraping down the the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in canned pumpkin, sour cream, egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined. Stir in flour with rubber or wooden spatula until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 3 hours.
  • Once chilled, on a well-floured surface, roll the dough to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with floured 2 1/2 inch dough cutter, dipping the cutter into flour between cuts. Re-roll as necessary.
  • Once the dough is cut and ready, prepare the glaze. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the powdered sugar, corn syrup, salt, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree and vanilla on medium speed until combined. Gradually add the hot water, scraping down the sides as necessary. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 inches of the oil to 325°F in a large and deep pot/pan. Place 2 or 3 donuts in the oil and allow to float to the top. Let cook for 20-30 seconds, then using the slotted spoon, flip over and allow to cook on the other side for another minute. Remove from oil and place on paper towel lined cooling rack to drain.
  • While the donuts are still hot, give the glaze a whisk and dip the cracked side of the donuts into the glaze. Let dry on cooking racks until set, about 10-15 minutes. Serve slightly warm. Donuts should be served the same day.