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

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