Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts stacked on a red striped napkin

Doughnut vs. Donut. Which side are you on? I’m not really on any side. I like donut because it is short and sweet, but then the OCD Spelling Nazi in me says it should be doughnut. Seriously, whatever you want to call it, these pumpkin doughnuts are so good!

Star Fine Foods Butter Olive Oil

I feel like I have been baking non-stop lately. Having so many baked goods in the house is not good, people. Luckily I have co-workers who are more than happy to eat up any goodies I bring to the lab. Even though I have been doing too much baking, I could absolutely not say no when the folks over at STAR asked me if I wanted to try their newest olive oil, Butter-Flavored Olive Oil! I mean, buttery olive oil?! Yes, please! And even better, by swapping out regular butter for this great olive oil, you will also save yourself some calories and saturated fats! When I got the olive oil, I started thinking about what I could do with it. My first thought was to go for some type of potatoes or meat, but I wanted to try it with baking instead as olive oil is not a common ingredient in baking. Though there is not any butter in this recipe, the butter flavor still shines through thanks to the olive oil! I covered my doughnuts in a light cinnamon sugar coating, but if you want to cut the sugar so they are healthier, the doughnuts will still be delish without the coating!

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts stacked on a red striped napkin

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts stacked on a red striped napkin

I know some of you are still not ready for pumpkin season, but it’s certainly started for me! These baked pumpkin doughnuts are so simple, but still oh so perfect! Soft and full of fall flavors, you won’t miss the fried version!

Yield: 12 doughnuts

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts stacked on a red striped napkin

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts - the ultimate fall breakfast! Moist and soft baked pumpkin doughnuts rolled in cinnamon and sugar!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


For the doughnuts:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup STAR Fine Foods Butter-Flavored Olive Oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Optional cinnamon sugar coating:

  • 6 tbs. of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs. ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a doughnut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
  3. In a separate, larger bowl, stir together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk until smooth. Add dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  4. Spoon the batter into each cavity of the pan. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. If you want to do a cinnamon sugar coating, melt about 6-7 tablespoons of butter (or use more of the butter-flavored olive oil!). In a separate bowl, stir together about 2/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Dip each doughnut into the butter until completely coated and then dip into the cinnamon and sugar. Repeat with each doughnut.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 doughnut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 318mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts stacked on a red striped napkin

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

If you want to pick up a bottle of STAR’s Butter-Flavored Olive Oil, they have made this handy conversion chart!

Disclosure: STAR contacted me to ask if I would try their new butter-flavored olive oil and use it in a recipe. All photos and comments in this post are my own opinion.



  1. Oh wow!!
    This looks so good!!!
    I can’t imagine what butter flavoured olive oil would be like! I guess I will just have to try it, I know I would love the pumpkin donuts :)

  2. I love making baked pumpkin doughnuts. Probably one of the tastiest because the pumpkin keeps them moist in the oven. The oil is intriguing.

  3. Oh, looked at those gorgeous donuts. Thank you so much for introducing me to butter flavored olive oil, sounds good. Have to go shopping for that. pinning.

  4. I always go with donut but that’s because it’s shorter : ) Laziness! These pumpkin ones sound great! I really like that they’re baked … and with butter olive oil? And of course I would use that cinnamon sugar coating. Yum!

  5. Oh pumpkin doughnut time! Hello Fall! I am a doughnut gal just because it seems so much more grown up. Donuts remind me of Dunkin Donuts. These are much more special.

  6. I love the idea of butter flavored olive oil… very cool. I’m totally ready for pumpkin season… I can’t wait to get into it myself. I could see myself eating way too many of these lovely baked doughnuts. :)

  7. Don’t these have my name written all over them! They most of the ingredients of my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! These are definitely being made :)

  8. Donuts are my kryptonite! I love them so! These pumpkin ones look to-die for. And that oil! Duuuuude.

  9. How would you make these with out the olive oil? I can’t find it anywhere local :(

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  11. I’m excited to try this recipe because pumpkin doughnuts are one of my fave pumpkin treats, but I don’t have a doughnut pan. Could the batter be piped in circles & baked? Obviously they’d be flat on the bottoms, but I didn’t know what the consistency of the batter is, if it would hold shape enough to pipe it & bake it or not. Or would it be better to just put it in mini muffin pans to make more like a doughnut hole?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Jessica,

      You could pipe the batter, but it may end up spreading in the middle and you will lose the doughnut hole. You could certainly make these into doughnut holes or even doughnut muffins!

  12. Any idea of the nutritional information per donut?

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