Dana Sue Hinkle's Delicious Pumpkin Donut Holes

This post is written by Dana Sue Hinkle, co-owner and founder of Creative QT and mom to five kiddos! Learn more about the Hinkle family and the heart behind Creative QT here.



We are definitely clinging on to all things pumpkin here in the Hinkle household. I love the fall and all of the wonderful flavors associated with it. I also love donuts. I mean like really love donuts!! Thankfully the rest of my family share this same undying commitment to sweet treats. Even Adam, who is not a pumpkin fan, raves about these donut holes. They are rolled in butter, and then cinnamon and sugar- I mean seriously, how could you go wrong?!

I would definitely double this recipe (plus, it uses up the whole can of pumpkin).  For ease you can make them in a mini muffin pan (about a cookie scoop worth in each slot). They are 100 times better when eaten hot and fresh.  I have been known to keep them warm in a Crockpot with a lid on it on the "warm" setting.


I use a recipe from www.damndelicious.net. This recipe makes 24 donut holes.



  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cinnamon sugar topping:

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a mini muffin pan or coat with nonstick spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, baking powder and salt.
3. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, milk, brown sugar, canola oil, egg and vanilla.
4. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
5. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. 


6. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.


7. To make the cinnamon sugar, combine cinnamon and sugar.
8. When the muffins are done, cool for 2 minutes and dip each muffin into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
9. Let cool on a wire rack.



Don't they just look like heaven on a plate! Perfect for a sweet snack over the holidays. 



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