Glazed Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins


Pumpkin muffins are baked and then coated in a pumpkin glaze to taste just like a doughnut!

Glazed Pumpkin Doughnut Muffin recipe at

Allison informed me the other day that when she spends the night with friends, their mom’s make breakfast.  Then I got the stink eye with “why don’t YOU make breakfast for US?”

I didn’t really have an answer for her, other than 16 year olds are rarely up for breakfast on the weekends.  By the time they come strolling into the kitchen I’m ready for lunch, while they’re pulling out cereal bowls and milk.

Growing up we did a lot of doughnut eating for a special breakfast treat.  Sitting on my dads lap dunking my doughnuts in his coffee, he never cared if I held it in there a bit to long and a big piece of doughnut was left swimming around in his mug.  My favorite was usually  cinnamon, chocolate long johns or just a plain old glazed doughnut.  As I got older and Krispy Kreme came around, I discovered their pumpkin spice cake doughnuts, and I suddenly had a new favorite.  The only downfall (or maybe it’s a good thing?), Krispy Kreme only sells their pumpkin doughnuts a few short months out of the year.

A few years ago I shared a recipe for Sugar and Cinnamon Donut Muffins.  So this year I thought why not a pumpkin doughnut muffin? and lets make it glazed!

Glazed Pumpkin Doughnut Muffin Recipe at

I love how much the pumpkin flavor shines through these Glazed Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins.  With their dense ‘cake doughnut’ texture, that’s not overly sweet,  it’s perfect with a double dip of pumpkin glaze on top.  They have the advantage of being baked, and not fried. Not as much fat, not as much effort, not as time consuming, and no trip to Krispy Kreme needed. That translates to a perfect sleepover morning treat! any time of year I want! Next time, I think I’ll make mini’s and cover the entire muffin in glaze, just like a doughnut hole!

So enough now, I bet you want the recipe?

Glazed Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 large muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Glazed Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Pumpkin muffins are baked and then coated in a pumpkin glaze to taste just like a doughnut!


    For the Muffins
  • 3/4 cup butter (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin puree (from a 15-ounce can - save extra for glaze)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • For the Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon half & half (or milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 standard muffin cups with cupcake papers (or butter and flour if not using liners).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, vanilla and pumpkin puree.
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add pumpkin mixture, then flour mixture and beat to combine.
  5. Spoon 1/3 cup batter into the prepared pan, filling the cups nearly full, and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove pan to a cooling rack and allow muffins to cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by placing powdered sugar in a medium bowl, slowly whisk in milk and vanilla until there are no lumps. Continue to whisk while adding pumpkin puree, spice and melted butter until smooth.
  7. Place a layer of wax or parchment paper under the cooling rack. Dip the muffin crowns into the glaze, place the muffins back onto the cooling rack and allow the glaze to harden. Dip a second time, if desired.


Muffin recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

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 Pumpkin Doughnut Muffin Recipe at

So tell me, what’s your favorite kind of doughnut?

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56 Responses to “Glazed Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins”

  1. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:20 am (#)


  2. Carolyn posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:50 am (#)

    Love! The thing about donut muffins is that they take so much of the work out of donuts, but allow the same taste and texture!

  3. nest of posies posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:21 am (#)

    oh my, cheryl! these look so good!

  4. Maria posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:23 am (#)

    I love pumpkin doughnut muffins! Perfect finish with the glaze!

  5. marla posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:25 am (#)

    Such beautiful muffins Cheryl ~ need one now!

  6. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:32 am (#)

    Oh, yum! I’m definitely giving these a try. Maybe they’ll keep me away from Krispy Kreme a little bit. When I see that flashing “hot” sign, it’s like a moth to a flame for me :-)

  7. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:50 am (#)

    Doughnuts? And muffins? Together? YES!

  8. Trish posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:58 am (#)

    These sound yummy….I must try them!!

  9. Michele N posted on October 29, 2012 at 9:13 am (#)

    These sound yummy but I might have to add chocolate chips to them. I love pumpkin chocolate chip anything.

  10. bridget {bake at 350} posted on October 29, 2012 at 9:59 am (#)

    These look TOTALLY dreamy!!!

  11. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on October 29, 2012 at 10:11 am (#)

    Oooh these look delicious Cheryl!!!

  12. Cindy {crazloucreations} posted on October 29, 2012 at 10:12 am (#)

    Drooling…these look very yummy! Thanks for sharing! My favorite donut this time of year is our Orchard’s Apple Cider donuts…but any other time of year, I have to go with the Persian–its like a flattened cinnamon roll! YUM!

  13. Back for Seconds posted on October 29, 2012 at 10:26 am (#)

    Cheryl, these look like breakfast perfection! Donut meets muffin? Count me in!
    I love visiting your blog. Always so inspiring to see such beautiful pictures and creative recipes. Thank you!!

  14. Shaina posted on October 29, 2012 at 11:37 am (#)

    Share, please? ::bats eyes::

  15. susan posted on October 29, 2012 at 11:48 am (#)

    you are a very good mommy!

  16. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on October 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm (#)

    sounds too good Cheryl!!

  17. Diane posted on October 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm (#)

    Sounds awesome Love Pumpkin=)

  18. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on October 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm (#)

    Dreamy! Glaze is my weakness. :)

  19. Brian @ A Thought For Food posted on October 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm (#)

    These look like some fantastic muffins! I’m sure the kids just loved them!

  20. Laura Dembowski posted on October 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm (#)

    I’ve seen so many doughnut muffin recipes, but pumpkin doughnut muffins sound so much better. I could definitely go for these in the morning.

  21. Kristen posted on October 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm (#)

    Sounds delicious! I love that they are glazed.

  22. Lisa | With Style and Grace posted on October 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm (#)

    I bet your place smelled absolutely divine with these in the oven!

  23. Joanne posted on October 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm (#)

    Oh my, these look so delicious! I really wish I had one right now! Yum.

  24. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on October 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm (#)

    I think I need one of these for an afternoon snack!

  25. HeatherChristo posted on October 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm (#)

    I used to dunk donuts in my grandpas coffee when I was little! I haven’t thought about that in years and years :) These donut muffins look so good Cheryl- just what the Dr ordered!

  26. Rachel Cooks posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm (#)

    Love, love, love these photos!!! Beautiful!

  27. Ruth Chidley posted on October 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm (#)

    I am anxious to make these Pumpkin glazed muffins…love pumpkin with all the spices.
    Thank you, Cheryl for setting up the Ziplist sight on your blog site. It makes it so easy for me to download all of your wonderful recipes! Absolutely love it!

  28. Loretta E. posted on October 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm (#)

    These look divine! They would be so perfect for a fall shower. Too bad I don’t know anyone getting married or having a baby anytime soon. Guess I’ll have to make them all for myself.

  29. Lisa Frank posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:39 am (#)

    I pinned your recipe this morning and they were in the oven by the afternoon! They are delicious!! The glaze is wonderful, but mine never “hardened” as you mentioned in the recipe…it stayed soft and tacky, even after I left them out to dry for multiple hours. It was raining here today,but I had my exhaust fans going to try to combat that a bit…do you think that was the problem?

    I made a double batch and decorated each one with Halloween sprinkles and printable tags taped onto striped paper straws, then put each one inside a small cello bag. I’ll be delivering them to the pediatric nurses at our local children’s hospital tomorrow as a surprise treat. I’m sure everyone will love them!

  30. Diane (createdbydiane) posted on October 30, 2012 at 11:35 am (#)

    These look so DELICIOUS! I just love pumpkin :) great photos too.

  31. Erica @ Abbie and Erica's Adventures posted on October 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm (#)

    Those look amazing! I just broke down and brought a doughnut pan, but it is super fun now that I have one. Beautiful photos!

  32. Colette @ JFF! posted on October 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm (#)

    That glaze looks WICKED perfect!

  33. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on October 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm (#)

    I’m pretty much obsessed with all doughnut muffin recipes and this one is no different – these are pumpkin perfection, Cheryl!

  34. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on October 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm (#)

    Now that’s something I’d drag myself out of bed early for! And that’s saying a lot since I am NOT a morning person.

  35. LB posted on October 31, 2012 at 6:48 am (#)

    My glaze did not harden, either? They were super yummy, but would like the glaze to harden like a doughnut.

    • TidyMom replied on October 31st, 2012 at 8:34 am

      The glaze doesn’t get super hard and crack – it’s like a glaze you would put on a cake.

  36. Tina @ MorePleaseRecipes posted on October 31, 2012 at 8:51 am (#)

    Yum, these doughnut muffins look delicious. And definitely seem less daunting than a from-scratch doughnut recipe. Thanks for the inspiration!

  37. Megan posted on October 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm (#)

    These look delicious! I think my favorite thing about doughnut muffins is I can pretend I’m eating a sensible “muffin” for breakfast, but in my head, I totally know it’s a doughnut. Yummmmm.

  38. MichelleH posted on November 2, 2012 at 9:40 am (#)

    My kids LOVE you! Thanks for another great recipe, Cheryl.

  39. Margaret posted on November 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm (#)

    I am a glutton for anything pumpkin. These look fabulous! Can’t wait to make them. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Stephenie posted on November 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm (#)

    Omg. My 11 year old daughter and I made these tonight and they are absolutely amazing. Everyone loves them!!! Do you know how many calories they have? I probably don’t want to know!!! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe!

  41. judy posted on November 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm (#)

    Threr are indeed AMAZING!!!

  42. judy posted on November 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm (#)

    They are INDEED amazing!!!!

  43. Coco in the Kitchen posted on August 18, 2015 at 6:06 pm (#)

    Well, you just put the other moms to shame.
    These look crazy yummy. I’m not waiting til the Fall to make them!


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