Halloween Pumpkin Donuts | The Squeaky Mixer

Halloween Pumpkin Donuts

There is something so special about Pumpkin season. We act like we’ve never had pumpkin before and that we’ll never have it again once the season ends so we soak it all in and get as much of it as we can. I’m not complaining and I am absolutely one of these people. Seasonal flavors are so special and deserve the hype. Even if that means waiting 15 minutes in the drive through at Starbucks for a pumpkin spice late…maybe.

Halloween Pumpkin Donuts | The Squeaky Mixer

If you want to skip out on decorating these donuts and instead just coat them in the uncolored vanilla glaze you can absolutely do that. Decorating them can add such a fun twist and turn these delicious Pumpkin Donuts into a fun, spooky, and festive Halloween treat.

Halloween Pumpkin Donuts Baked | The Squeaky Mixer

The texture of these donuts are fluffy and cakey. The flavor of the donut pairs so wonderfully with the vanilla glaze. The donut itself is perfectly spiced, has just the right amount of earthy pumpkin flavor balanced out with the rich and deep flavor of the brown sugar. And because these donuts are baked, not fried, they make for a bit of a healthier option.

Halloween Pumpkin Donuts Batter | The Squeaky Mixer

Decorating Halloween Pumpkin Donuts

As I mentioned before, you can skip out on the decorating portion of this recipe and instead just dip the donuts in the glaze BUT…let’s be real, they look so cute and festive decorated. For piping, I use these tipless piping bags that I purchase from Amazon. You can find them here. They make decorating super easy, and there’s no metal piping tip required.

I also use Americolor Food Gel. This is my absolute favorite brand of food dye and only requires a small amount to achieve beautiful, vivid colors. With a little bit of this dye going a long way, it also does not effect the flavor of the icing. WIN, WIN.

Halloween Pumpkin Donuts | The Squeaky Mixer
Halloween Pumpkin Donuts | The Squeaky Mixer
Halloween Pumpkin Donuts | The Squeaky Mixer
Halloween Pumpkin Donuts | The Squeaky Mixer
Halloween Pumpkin Donuts | The Squeaky Mixer

I hope that you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do. As always, if you recreate any of my recipes, please tag me on social media. Nothing makes me happier than to see you all enjoying my recipes and sharing them with loved ones.


Halloween Pumpkin Donuts

Recipe by Maddison Koutrouba – thesqueakymixer.com
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  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 3/4 cups light brown sugar

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup whole milk

  • 2 eggs, room temperature

  • Vanilla Icing
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar

  • 3-4 Tbsp. whole milk (more if needed)

  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

  • food dye, (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a donut pan. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until well combined then set aside.
  • In a separate, larger bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and milk. Whisk until everything is nice and evenly combined. Add in the eggs one at a time mixing between each addition.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and whisk until the batter is nice and smooth and there are no lumps. You can use a silicone spatula to help scrape down the bottom and sides of your bowl to ensure that everything is combining evenly.
  • To distribute the batter into the pans evenly, you can either transfer the batter to a piping bag and carefully fill each mold, or you can use a scooper and scoop in a circular motion to fill each mold perfectly.
  • Bake for 9-12 minutes. When they are done they should be slightly firm on the top and should not cave in. You can also pull them out of the oven just when you think they’re done and let them sit in the pan for a minute or two before removing them from the pan.
  • Allow the donuts to cool on a wire rack completely before decorating.
  • To make the icing, mix together the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and milk (1 tablespoon at a time). The icing should not be too runny otherwise it will seep into the donut and become hard to pipe designs. If you want to skip out on decorating and instead just dip your donuts in the dye free icing you can do so. If you do want to decorate, divide your icing into small bowls and dye them various colors like green for frankensteins, purple for vampires, black and white for spider webs, etc.
  • Transfer the icing into piping bags and dip and decorate each donut to your liking – use the images above as inspiration šŸ™‚
  • Allow the icing to set at room temperature, and enjoy!

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