Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

I’ve told you before that sometimes…Pinterest just makes me do it.  In fact, like my friend Sheaffer’s awesome blog…sometimes, Pinterest just flat out tells me to.  And this time, I just couldn’t say no.  A baked pumpkin donut hole?!  I totally had to try the recipe I found from Pennies on a Platter.  Totally easy, totally yummy and totally perfect with my morning cup(s) of coffee.  I heart Pinterest and I now heart these little donut holes.
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1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup veggie oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup canned pumpkin (I use Libby’s)
1/2 cup milk
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray with Pam a 24 count mini-muffin tin.
In a medium size bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice with a whisk.  In a second larger bowl, combine veggie oil, sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk with an electric mixer.  Slowly stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture and combine (but don’t over-combine!).
Spoon about one tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup.  Bake about 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let muffins cool in pan about 2 minutes.  While they’re cooling, combine sugar and cinnamon in one bowl and have melted butter in a second bowl.  Remove each mini-muffin and first dip it in the butter, then dip it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Continue until all of the little muffins are coated in cinnamon-sugar.
That’s it!  Ok…I will say that when I made these, they looked really pretty and perfect the first day…however, by the second day, the cinnamon and sugar mixture had made the donut holes a little soggy and they weren’t nearly as pretty (still delicious, just not as pretty).  I would recommend serving them the day you make them.
Thank you dear Pinterest.  I just love you!
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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} November 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Hi friend! I tell you…Pinterest RULES our lives doesn't it?!? And I LOVE it! Thanks for the shout out!

  • Marie Matter November 1, 2012 at 11:36 am

    YUM! I'm a teacher and was looking for a treat to make my students for a school party tomorrow. Do you think this recipe makes enough for 12 5th graders?

    Thanks for your always awesome ideas!

  • Mix and Match Mama November 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Hi Marie! This recipe will make about 2 dozen…and if I know 5th graders, I bet you'll need more then that. It's easy to double…that's what I would do! Let me know how it turns out!

  • Ashley November 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I made these before. Soooo good! Have you seen the recipe for baked apple cider donut holes?

  • Tiffany November 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Isn't Pinterest the best??? These sounds DELICIOUS! Very Fall, and very yum.

  • Kim Kauffman November 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Those look SO delicious. And that was me yesterday – I saw saltine toffee on Pinterest and had to make it. I ate way too much but it was soooo good.

  • Marie Matter November 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Shay – I made these for my class and oh my goodness they were a HIT!! I was glad to have all those little ones to eat them up so that I wouldn't eat more than my share! šŸ™‚ Did you know that today is national donut day?? Maybe a reason to make them all over again! šŸ™‚

  • Laura November 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I am currently living in Uganda, so creating some of your recipes is not the easiest, BUT my friend and I are planning to make these on Thanksgiving morning! We are taking the day off from our jobs (since there is no Thanksgiving here šŸ™ ) and planning to make everything pumpkin that we can! We will have to modify this recipe a little more though by mixing our own pumpkin spice and roasting our own pumpkin. Thanks for sharing your recipes! They all look delicious!

  • Anonymous November 14, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I can't wait to make these! You mentioned 3/4 canned pumpkin. What size jar are you referring to? I bought 21oz and 29oz.

  • Lauren McClain August 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    These look so yummy! I loved that they are baked instead of fried as well. I saw a recipe on Pinterest for apple cider donut holes. I wonder if they could be baked instead of fried.

  • sheri banwart October 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Can you subsitute apple sauce for the oil?

  • Mix and Match Mama October 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I never substitute apple sauce for oil but you can totally try! I just can't guarantee the results!

  • Lori October 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I made these this morning & they are amazing!!! I could seriously eat them all (I mean, I won't…but I could!) šŸ™‚

  • JP November 1, 2013 at 5:03 am

    These little bites of pumpkin heaven are delicious! Super easy to make and so yummy! They make your house smell just like Fall!