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Easy Pumpkin Glazed Doughnuts

Often on Saturday mornings, if my husband has some errands to run, he will pick up doughnuts for the family, and of course we love them!
However, I’ve found if you start with canned biscuits, doughnuts are a complete snap to make at home, and cost less than $2 a dozen!

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pumpkin doughnuts

These pumpkin doughnuts are THE BOMB, and not only that, they are so easy!

pumpkin-doughnutsINGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons plain canned pumpkin
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 to 6 Tablespoons of half-and-half (depending how thick or thin you want the glaze)
  • Two 7.5 ounce cans of buttermilk biscuits (10 biscuits each can)
  • (2 cups vegetable oil to fry the doughnuts in)

pumpkin-doughnuts

So that you will be all ready when the doughnuts are done cooking, it’s a good idea to make up the glaze first. Mix together the powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin and half-and-half.

Then spread out some wax paper, with cooling racks on top, for the doughnuts to rest on while the glaze sets.

Easy Pumpkin Glazed Doughnuts, Joyful Homemaking

Break apart the biscuits, and poke a hole in the center and pull slightly wider.

pumpkin-doughnuts

I heat my oil in the smallest saucepan I have, so that I can use the least amount of oil. I also didn’t use a thermometer to test the temperature, but if you want to be sure of the temperature, use an oil thermometer, and wait till it’s right around 360 degrees. I just set my stove to between 4 and 5 (medium heat), and then I did a test doughnut to make sure it sizzles.

pumpkin-doughnuts

Doing two at a time, helps prevent burning them, because these cook in just a few seconds,
and you have to flip them quickly. As soon as they start to get light brown on the bottom, flip them. When they first come out of the oil, let them drain on paper towels.

pumpkin-doughuts

To make the glazing process easier, set the doughnuts on a cooling racks, so the extra frosting has a place to go.  For easy cleanup set the cooking racks over a sheet pan.

Now the first time I made these, and I drizzled the glaze on, and spread it around a bit with a knife, almost like a frosting, and it was pretty messy, delicious and thick, but messy.

pumpkin-doughuts

The next time, I added a little more half and half and I dipped them on both sides. Actually this method is a little messy too, but it gives a lighter glaze all over.

pumpkin-doughnuts

Easy Pumpkin Glazed Doughnuts, Joyful Homemaking

Pumpkin Doughnuts

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Prep Time:10 mins
Total Time:10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons plain canned pumpkin
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 to 6 Tablespoons of half-and-half can use fat free
  • Two 7.5 ounce cans of buttermilk biscuits 10 biscuits each can

Instructions

  • So that you will be all ready when the doughnuts are done cooking, it’s a good idea to make up the glaze first.
  • Mix together the powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin and half-and-half.
  • Then spread out some wax paper, with cooling racks on top,
  • for the doughnuts to rest on while the glaze sets.
  • Break apart the biscuits, and poke a hole in the center and pull slightly wider.
  • I heat my oil in the smallest saucepan I have, so that I can use the least amount of oil. I also didn’t use a thermometer to test the temperature, I just set my stove to between 4 and 5 (medium heat), and then I did a test doughnut to make sure it sizzles.
  • Doing two at a time, helps prevent burning them, because these cook in just a few seconds, and you have to flip them quickly.
  • As soon as they start to get light brown on the bottom, flip them.
  • When they first come out of the oil, let them drain on paper towels.
  • Now the first time I made these, I drizzled the glaze on, and spread it around a bit with a knife, almost like a frosting, and it was pretty messy, delicious and thick, but messy.
  • The next time, I added more half and half and dipped them on both sides.
  • Actually this method is a little messy too, but it gives a lighter glaze all over.
  • I liked both ways, so if you like a a thick frosting, don’t use as much half-and-half and spread the mixture on, but if you like a light glaze, use the full amount of half-and-half, and dip the doughnuts, and then let them set for a few minutes.
Servings: 20

super easy pumpkin doughnuts

I liked both ways, so if you like a a thick frosting, don’t use as much half-and-half and spread the mixture on, but if you like a light glaze, use the full amount of half-and-half, and dip the doughnuts, and then let them set for a few minutes.

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We all enjoyed these so much, and if you do too,

pumpkin glazed doughnutsI also have a couple of other easy doughnut recipes:

cinnamon-biscuitsCinnamon Sugar Biscuits

biscuit doughnuts

Super easy Cinnamon Sugar biscuit doughnuts.

cake mix doughnuts

Easy baked funfetti doughnuts made with a cake mix.

Hope you enjoy!

slightly modified  from the Pillsbury website

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8 Comments

  1. November 22, 2013 / 9:07 am

    These look fantastic. My husband would love them and ME if I made a batch. Thanks for sharing.

  2. November 22, 2013 / 11:01 am

    Oh yummy! Now I want donuts! πŸ™‚

  3. November 27, 2013 / 11:11 am

    Those are so cool! I bet my kids would love making them. They sound delicious, too!

  4. Chrissy
    November 30, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    My kids love doughnuts and this pumpkin version sounds amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at our Mommy Club Resources and Solutions Linky Party! πŸ™‚

  5. Laura
    October 3, 2014 / 9:57 am

    I used 3 cups of powdered sugar and still have left over glaze.

    These are amazing! Everyone loves them.

    • Margo
      Author
      October 3, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      I’m thrilled you enjoyed them! πŸ™‚

  6. September 25, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    These look crazy good!! I can’t wait to try them!

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