These baked buttermilk pumpkin doughnuts take under an hour to make from start to finish! Sweetened with a little brown sugar and honey and then dipped in a maple buttermilk glaze, these are sure to be a hit!

Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

It’s that time of year again – A PUMPKIN PARTY!! Here’s a pumpkin doughnut for you and you and YOU!

Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

Today, along with a whole crew of my blogging buddies, we are celebrating all things pumpkin (again)! I am so excited to be taking part in the #virtualpumpkinparty for the second year in a row. There are sweet AND savoury options being brought to the table and they all look stupendous.

Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

Last year I made a dulce de leche pumpkin ice cream (and affogato), but this year I wanted something warm and cozy to pair with my coffee.

These baked pumpkin doughnuts are made with a buttermilk base along with some cinnamon, brown sugar, and honey. They are dipped in a maple-buttermilk glaze for some added fun as well. I am IN LOVE!

Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

Thank you so much to Sara and Aimee, who put this whole thing together! You girls are amazing!! And now I have a million pumpkin recipes to try.


Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 31 minutes

Yield: 6 doughnuts


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter, cooled
  • 1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • For the maple buttermilk glaze:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 6-mold donut pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, brown sugar, honey, cooled melted butter, pumpkin puree, buttermilk and vanilla until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until the batter is smooth.
  4. Spoon the batter into the doughnut molds, filling to just below the top of each mold. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes until lightly golden brown around the edges. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slide a knife around the edges of the doughnuts to help loosen them out and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before glazing.
  5. For the glaze, in a large bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, spices, and buttermilk.
  6. Dip the doughnuts into the glaze, and put them on a rack lined with parchment to catch any drips. Let the glaze set completely before serving.

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18 Responses to Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

  1. My tummy is growling now – these pumpkin donuts look fantastic!

  2. Love these! They look so delicious and how perfect for enjoying this time of year with a warm cup of tea 🙂

  3. Medha says:

    These donuts look so so good! Loving the buttermilk 🙂

  4. Sues says:

    I’ve been loving putting buttermilk in doughnuts lately, but I’m extra obsessed with that buttermilk glaze!!

  5. Lately I like everything with pumpkin 🙂 This recipe rocks!

  6. I love how buttermilk gives baked goods such a fluffy and inviting texture. So genius to use it in donut form! 😀

  7. I’m loving the pumpkin buttermilk theme you have going on! These remind me of Fall so much. I need!

  8. Can’t believe these are baked, the way they are dimpled and the icing gets in all the nooks and crannies makes them look like they are the *real thing*. A+ on that batter recipe 🙂

  9. I keep saying I want to make doughnuts and I never do, ahhh!

  10. Mmmm, I’d love to dunk one or two of these in some pumpkin spice coffee!! Happy belated Pumpkin Day 🙂

  11. These look fantastic Katrina 😀 And that is so neat with the virtual blog parties, just imagine it all on a non-virtual spread, it would be heaven! 😀 x

  12. Kate says:

    Oh me, oh my!! Those look so cake-y and delicious and that glaze!!!

  13. Joanne Bruno says:

    I am sipping coffee RIGHT NOW and majorly wishing that I had one of these for dipping!!

  14. thefolia says:

    Now I know what to do with the rest of my pumpkins…happy feasting!

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  17. Maria says:

    Oh my gosh. I am not much of a donut fan, but buttermilk donuts are my weakness!!!! And PUMPKIN!! My oh my! These look fabulous!

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