Mini Pumpkin Donuts

by Heather on November 23, 2010

If you haven’t noticed, I’m trying to get my pumpkin posts in before Thanksgiving arrives. Awhile back, Macy’s had this cute little donut maker on sale and I just had to have one. Actually, when Alex asked me what I wanted for my birthday, the donut maker was the only thing that crossed my mind. Talk about an easy birthday prep for the husband! Since then (my birthday is in June), I had only used my wonderful gift one time, which was the day I had received it.

Thankfully, I’ve been using the extra-large cans of pumpkin, so there was some lingering in the fridge that I wanted to use before it molded up on me. I used the little recipe guide that came with the maker as a starting point for this recipe, but made quite a few tweaks to make it pumpkin-ish.

The glaze tastes like what you’d find on a maple bar. Because the donut maker is similar in design to a waffler, I’d think this batter would work well for pumpkin waffles, too. These would be the perfect way to start off your Thanksgiving morning!

Mini Pumpkin Donuts

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened

Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 to 4 tsp milk
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

Makes about 22 Mini Donuts

Heat your mini donut maker. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda. Add pumpkin, eggs, milk, and butter; beat with an electric mixer on low speed until mixed. Spray donut maker with cooking spray. Pour batter into each donut circle in the donut maker. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove donuts from maker and cool on a rack over waxed paper.

Prepare glaze: In a small mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar, maple flavoring and vanilla. Stir in enough milk to make a smooth icing of glazing consistency. Spoon glaze over donuts.

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