mini pumpkin birthday donuts (glitterized, obvs)

Since we’re going away with friends for the weekend and it will also be my birthday I decided to make mini donuts with a traditionally fall ingredient: pumpkin (my mom also just replenished my supplies of American/Mexican ingredients that are not available here). More important than the pumpkins, I used GLITTER SPRINKLES.

The Brits we know and love have a hard time grasping pumpkin as an ingredient in a SWEET, but we’re always working hard to widen their cultural horizons. P is not exactly into baking, and my mom always said when a grown ass woman wants glitter donuts for her birthday, a grown ass woman has to make them herself. Just kidding, obviously Neels never said that, but after 5 years together it’s pretty clear that P shall never bake me a glitter cake.

Recipe from Blue Eyed Bakers: (I am decidedly NOT a part of this increasingly rare genetic variation and have very dark brown, almost black eyes. Despite this fact I enjoyed the donuts immensely).

For Donuts:
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk

For Coating:
1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1-2 tablespoons cinnamon (more if you’re a cinnamon lover)

Preheat oven 350 F.  Butter a mini donut pan and set aside.

In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and spices together and set aside.

In a large bowl (or the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the mixture and stir until just combined, careful not to over mix.

Using a pastry bag or a steady hand and a spoon, fill each donut cup with the batter.  The donut cups should be fairly full, but not overflowing. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until donuts spring back when gently pressed (if you’re using a larger donut pan, allow them to bake for 12-15 minutes).  Turn donuts out onto a wire rack and allow to cool for a few minutes.

While the donuts are cooling, melt butter in one bowl and combine the sugar and cinnamon in another.  When donuts are still hot (but not too hot to touch), quickly dip each donut in melted butter, then coat in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Serve immediately.

*Note: If you’re not going to serve the donuts immediately, you can bake them up to a day in advance and store them in an airtight container.  Do not coat them in the butter/cinnamon-sugar mixture until just before serving or they may get soggy.

And then I doused the donuts with a healthy serving of my glitter sprinkles left over from P’s cake and called it a day. Ta-da!

One thought on “mini pumpkin birthday donuts (glitterized, obvs)

  1. these look delicious. but i gave up gluten for 3 weeks. AH! glitter sprinkles are always the cure to my inability to bake anything that looks pretty/is not lopsided.

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