Do these not look delicious? I "forced" James to try one first because my expectations were far too high but he said they were so good so I dived in and gave one a shot and let's just say one turned into two that may have turned into three within 6 hours of baking them. Ingredients and directions are below. I have to warn you: Do not make these if you have no willpower when it comes to donuts. Okay, I've issued a warning, now let's bake.
CINNAMON AND SUGAR PUMPKIN CAKE DONUTS
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
15oz. can pumpkin
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Coating ingredients are 1 stick melted, 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl add the first 7 ingredients, beat with mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the flour stirring until smooth, Fill the wells of the donut pans about 3/4 full. Bake donuts 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. I cooked mine for 16 minutes and that was perfect. Remove donuts from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Next loosen their edges and transfer donuts to a cooling rack. While donuts are still warm, quickly dip them on each side in the melted butter, then gently shake them in a bag with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. To store your donuts, line a plastic container with a paper towel. Donuts will stay fresh for 5-7 days.
For those of you who aren't big on the taste of pumpkin or pumpkin spice, these are perfect for you. While both ingredients are used, it's a subtle taste. I decided to #treatyoself yesterday afternoon and enjoyed one with a cup of a coffee and my newest book. And before someone says anything, I prefer my creamer with a touch of coffee. What can I say? I'm a sweets kind of girl!
Now it's your turn. You can link up your All Things Pumpkin post to both our ATP party and to our weekly Tuesday Talk. I can't wait to see what you come up with. 'Tis the season for all things pumpkin!