Browned Butter Pumpkin Donuts


I have a deep and abiding love for baked donuts and I think you will too after trying these pumkin donuts!

Baked pumpkin donuts with browned butter glaze! These easy donuts are full of pumpkin and topped with an amazing glaze!

Imagine for a moment that I’m singing…It’s the moooooost wonderful time of the yeeeeeeaaaaaaar!

Don’t worry. I wouldn’t actually sing that out loud to you. I’m a terrible singer. Also, I’m totally not singing about Christmas.

It’s pumpkin everything season and I, for one, am happy about that.

I know it’s pretty popular to hate on pumpkin lately and that’s cool. You be you. I’m gonna be me – wearing pumpkin orange clothing, drinking pumpkin spice lattes, eating pumpkin coffee cake, enjoying pumpkin pie muffins, and devouring these baked pumpkin donuts.

Baked pumpkin donuts with browned butter glaze! These easy donuts are full of pumpkin and topped with an amazing glaze!

Because, pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin.

Oh, and did I mention the browned butter glaze? I know. I’m so basic. It’s just that pumpkin and browned butter belong together. They’re soul mates. They were married back in 1942 and they’ve been going strong ever since.

So, let’s get off the pumpkin train for 3 seconds while I tell you about my dishwasher. <— I’m the master of jumping from one topic to the next, right? Heh.

If you’ll recall, I’ve recently-ish moved into a new home with a dream kitchen. The dream kitchen was full of outdated appliances. That made me sad, so I shopped and shopped and fell in love with the GE Profile appliance line. They’re sleek and sexy and they get great reviews. What’s not to love?

Baked pumpkin donuts with browned butter glaze! These easy donuts are full of pumpkin and topped with an amazing glaze!

So, I asked GE if they’d like to work together and they shipped me a truck full of shiny kitchen appliances and I created some new recipes to share with you and here we are. A match made in heaven, if you ask me.

Read my review of the GE Profile fridge here and the slide-in range here.

So, lemme tell you about my dishwasher. It gets things clean. That’s the most important part, because I’m sure most of us have had bad luck with dishwashers before. It is also unbelievably quiet. The first few times we used it, I would press my head up against it to be sure it was running. <— Not weird at all.

Review of the GE Profile dishwasher

I love that the buttons are on the top of the door, so they’re all hidden away from view. It gives the dishwasher a nice modern, streamlined look.

Aaaaand did I mention the third rack? Because there is a third rack. And it’s glorious. I toss my tongs and big spoons and spatulas up there and they get nice and clean without getting in the way of everything else. Brilliant.

Anyway, after you whip up these little donuts, toss your donut pan right in the dishwasher and be done with it all. Easy breezy chicken squeezy.

Baked pumpkin donuts with browned butter glaze! These easy donuts are full of pumpkin and topped with an amazing glaze!

Browned Butter Pumpkin Donuts

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 20 mins
Serves 6 donuts     adjust servings


For the donuts

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the glaze

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk. Mix to combine.
  3. Add the pumpkin, egg, milk, and oil to the bowl and beat until well combined.
  4. Spoon mixture into the donut pan and bake for 8-10 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  5. While the donuts are cooling in the pan, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk constantly and continue cooking until golden, about 8 minutes.
  6. Pour the butter into a small bowl and whisk in the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth.
  7. Dip the donut tops (slightly warm or cool) in the glaze and enjoy.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 306kcal Calories from fat 122
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Carbohydrate 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 26g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g