You know how every year around this time you treat yourself to some pumpkin pie? And then you think, ‘It doesn’t get much better than this.’ Well, it actually does. Case in point: pumpkin donut holes!

These warm and cinnamon-y, pumpkin-y pillows of goodness are about to become your favorite new dessert. When prepping to fry the donuts, oil should be two to three inches deep and between 350 to 360 degrees.

Donuts will grow a bit as they cook, too, so drop small amounts of dough in carefully, leaving enough room for them to expand. A small ice cream scoop is an easy way to make donut holes that are uniform in size.

Once they’re done, use a slotted spoon or spider strainer to remove the donuts from the oil. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to dry.

A batch of delicious, deep-fried pumpkin donut holes.

Pumpkin Donut Holes Recipe

Use this recipe to make homemade, deep-fried pumpkin donut holes.


Yield: 36 donuts
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  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Cream sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add egg and beat until well incorporated. Stir in buttermilk, pumpkin purée and vanilla.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients together until smooth batter forms—do not over-mix. Cover batter with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  • Add oil to large saucepan or Dutch oven to a depth of 2"−3" and attach a thermometer. Heat oil on medium to 350−360 degrees.
  • Carefully drop batter by heaping teaspoons into oil—do not overcrowd oil. Allow donuts to fry for 2−3 minutes, turning once.
  • Remove from oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Restore oil temperature to 350−360 degrees; repeat with remaining batter.


  • Place cinnamon and sugar in a resealable plastic bag and shake to combine.
  • Add warm (not hot) donut holes, seal and shake to coat.
  • Enjoy with coffee or tea!


These are delicious with a side of caramel sauce or cream cheese for dipping!
Calories: 52kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 77mg, Potassium: 19mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 7g
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