We’ve found 6 delicious fall donut recipes that capture all the apple-cinnamon and pumpkin-spice you are craving, all in easy, you-can-do-it-we-promise recipes. Because what’s even better than a cup of coffee in the morning? A warm, homemade donut to go with it.
If you’re a newbie, homemade donuts don’t have to be an all-day process that turn your kitchen into a war zone. In fact, baked donuts are as easy to make as muffins, and so much more fun!
Even those donut recipes that take a little more time are totally worth the effort. Looking at you, pumpkin spice old fashioned donuts. Mmmmm.
At top: Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned Donuts | Good Things Baking
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Let’s start with the original classic fall donut flavor (before PSL took over the world), apples and cinnamon. These Apple-Cinnamon Powdered Donuts at My Modern Cookery aren’t too overpowering in the cinnamon department, thanks to that powdered sugar dusting on top. And they’re baked, which means all you need is a donut pan and you’re set.
I love a warm mug of chai tea on a cool fall morning, and these Chai Baked Donuts at The Live-In Kitchen would go with it nicely. That sweet-and-spicy glaze on top of this donut recipe is perfection, but note that the recipe only makes 6 donuts. If you’re like me, you’re going to want to double (or triple) that.
Pumpkin spice gets an upgrade in this recipe for Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Ganache at Fig and Fork. This is another baked donut recipe — yay! — and that dark chocolate glaze is everything. Make these for yourselves, for your new neighbor, for your kid’s teacher at conference time (ha!), and for anyone else you love or want to butter up. These are decadent and heavenly.
Hands down, the apple fritter is my favorite donut. Especially in fall. (Have I eaten one this week already? Yes.) But I’ve never tried making them at home before. This glazed apple fritter recipe at Simply Home Cooked has step-by-step photo instructions that give me the confidence to try them. Good thing I have a bowl full of apples in my kitchen, ready to go.
Did I mention apple fritters are my favorite? (Well, tied with Old Fashioneds.) I love that this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned Donuts at Good Things Baking makes them particularly special for fall by adding in some pumpkin puree. Because, if I’m going to go to the trouble of frying donuts, I want them to be special.
There’s something so warm and comforting about banana bread any time of year, and these Banana Bread donuts at Unusually Lovely look delicious! That cinnamon buttercream on top takes it to dessert level, but if you’re wanting a quick breakfast or snack option you could simply dust them with powdered sugar on top. So good.