Monday Menu ~ Cider Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

I’ve mentioned it about a half dozen or more times but I love fall & pumpkin treats! One of my favorite treats lately has been pumpkin donuts… crisp on the outside, soft and warm on the inside, a little spicy, and a sweet from the cream cheese frosting that is spread over the top… the downside is that those delicious deep friend treats are pretty high in calories and it can get expensive to buy them every day.

cider glazed pumpkin donuts

So what did I do? I baked some up cider glazed pumpkin donuts this weekend to have for breakfast with some fresh cider that we picked up at the the local farmers market. Baked donuts can be just as delicious as their deep fried siblings but are a little healthier and a lot easier since you don’t have to deal with a vat of super hot grease.

cider glazed pumpkin donuts batter    cider glazed pumpkin donuts in pan
To try and keep the calories down a little more I substituted fresh applesauce for the oil and egg substitute for the regular eggs. The only downside is that the donuts tend to be a little more dense but the flavor is exactly the same and they are very moist, full of pumpkin & spice flavor.

cider glazed pumpkin donuts cooling   cider glazed pumpkin donuts cooling
As these baked the house filled with the smell of spices and pumpkin. It was such a warm, inviting smell that I couldn’t wait to eat one… or two.

cider glazed pumpkin donuts glazed

I think that the cider glaze gives them a little extra flavor… and it’s better than just a regular glaze made with water. The flavor is delicious but subtle enough that it doesn’t overpower the pumpkin, which is the star of these tasty donuts. You also leave them plain for dipping in coffee, rolled in powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or topped with a bit of cream cheese frosting.

These might just become a weekend staple around here this fall and winter.

Adapted from Can You Stay for Dinner’s recipe.

30 Responses to Monday Menu ~ Cider Glazed Pumpkin Donuts
  1. MIZFIT
    September 30, 2013 | 7:25 am

    seriously DROOL.
    My husband would love me forever :-)

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:08 pm

      Then you should make some for sure!

  2. Whitney @ It's Gravy, Baby!
    September 30, 2013 | 10:27 am

    Oh, I’ve never attempted homemade donuts, but these look delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:07 pm

      These are so incredibly easy! They’re no more difficult than cupcakes.

  3. Sharon Garofalow
    September 30, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Yum! I am going to go find my donut pan and make these this weekend! It might still be 85 degrees here in California but at least my meals can taste like fall!

  4. Kerri O
    September 30, 2013 | 11:01 am

    DANG those looks amazing!

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:07 pm

      Why thank you. They were pretty delicious with a glass of fresh cider!

  5. Emmy
    September 30, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    Thanks I am drooling all over my computer now! I need to buy a donut pan now :)

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:06 pm

      You’re welcome! You’ll need two pans since one only makes 6 donuts…

  6. Crystal
    September 30, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    these look amazing!! pinning for later!

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:04 pm

      Thanks for the pin!

  7. Megan @mnmspecial
    September 30, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    My kids would love me for this. Thanks!

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:04 pm

      My kids loved them… I’ve made plain ones before with different frosting and those went over really well.

  8. Aleta
    September 30, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    *mouth watering* Those look so delicious!

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:03 pm

      They were pretty good! I’ll be making them again for sure.

  9. Shop with Me Mama
    September 30, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    YUM!!! I must make those!

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:02 pm

      You’ll love them for sure!

  10. Mrs. Weber
    September 30, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    YES! I need these!!!! I’ve been dying to make my own, too! I just need a donut pan now ;) Yours is spiffy!

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:00 pm

      I sent you a message on Twitter with a link to the pan that I got. I’m sure that you can find them at just about any store.

  11. gigi
    September 30, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    I bought a donut pan last year and love using it!!!

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:00 pm

      What kind have you made so far?

  12. daisy
    September 30, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    Just pinned because these look so good!

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 7:59 pm

      Thank you!!

  13. Betsy
    September 30, 2013 | 8:13 pm

    I was in rainy and chilly Seattle all weekend and really felt the fall spirit. Now I’m back in 90 degree San Diego and wishing I didn’t have to turn the oven on for dinner. I’ll pin this for whenever fall finally decides to grace us with her presence

    • Jackie
      September 30, 2013 | 8:30 pm

      Ugg… 90 degrees is much to warm for this time of year! Of course it’s going to start getting a lot colder and I won’t like that either.

  14. Brittany
    September 30, 2013 | 9:11 pm

    Now just one more reason to need a doughnut pan. These look delish!

  15. Galit Breen
    September 30, 2013 | 10:50 pm

    Yum, just yum!

  16. Shana Norris
    September 30, 2013 | 10:54 pm

    I’m putting a donut baking pan on my Christmas wish list. These look delicious. I love pumpkin donuts.

  17. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    September 30, 2013 | 11:35 pm

    I am a fan of those! I like the idea of baking rather than frying too, and pumpkin is a win, win, win!

  18. Jennifer
    October 2, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    OMG – these look amazing! I don’t even have a donut pan at my house, but I think I’m going to run and pick one up. I MUST try these!

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