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Baked Spice Doughnuts

It’s all happening.

Right now…with these baked spice doughnuts. You need to get in the ball game, like, stat. I’m currently eating one as I type this and every few words, am letting out a little tiny doughnut moan.

Don’t tell me you’ve never let out a doughnut moan!

The babies are soft and cake-like with a hint of spice. I think they would be perfect to serve while pumpkin carving, or as an afternoon snack with a tall, cold glass of apple cider or milk.

They’re pretty much perfect to serve anytime! I was going to experiment and add canned pumpkin to the batter for pumpkin spice doughnuts, but then decided that would be another recipe for another time.

They’re pretty simple to make, too. You do need a doughnut pan, but those aren’t hard to find. Here’s the one I have, and you could also check William-Sonoma, Sur la Table or even Target.  Trust me—it’s a good investment.

Just mix together a cup of flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, a fourth of a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon and a half of pumpkin pie spice, a half teaspoon of salt and a third of a cup of sugar to start.

And seriously….pumpkin pie spice, for the win! I love this stuff.

Now, cut in two tablespoons of cold, unsalted butter and work the mixture with your hands until the mixture feels almost like sand.

It should look something like this:

See? No big chunks of butter. Everything is worked in all nice and easy.

In a little bowl, mix together a fourth of a cup of scalded milk (bring to a simmer then take off stove fast), a fourth of a cup of yogurt (not non-fat…I used 2% greek yogurt) and a beaten egg. When it’s combined, stuff the batter into a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the tip cut off and pipe into your doughnut molds!

Bake at 350 for fifteen minutes and when they’re done, pop ’em out and sift powered sugar over the tops!

(it’s all happening)

Baked Spice Doughnuts

adapted from Joy the Baker (thanks, Joy!)

makes six doughnuts

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 T cold butter

1/4 cup scalded milk

1/4 cup plain yogurt (2% or full-fat)

1 beaten egg

1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Preheat the oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and pumpkin pie spice). Now, cut in the cold butter, working with your hands to incorporate everything until the mixture feels like sand. Pour in the egg, yogurt and milk and stir to combine. Be careful not to over-mix! Pipe into a doughnut pan and bake for fifteen minutes, or until springy.

Once out of the oven, sift powdered sugar over the tops and enjoy.

**you could also bake these in a mini (or regular sized) muffin pan. If you’re doing mini-muffins, bake for about ten minutes. If you’re doing regular sized muffins, bake for about twenty five minutes.

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  • Natalia - a side of simple
    October 18, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Gaah hahaha I totally did a doughnut moan before you even brought it up! And for some reason these remind me of the movie Little Women? I think I need to watch that now.. or listen to the soundtrack on repeat. Oh wait, I already do that..

    • jenna
      October 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

      oh gosh….Little Women!!!! I’m going to go rent it today from Blockbuster. It’s been too long.

  • Crystal
    October 18, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Not fair! Am so hungry right now…

  • Amy
    October 18, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Ok, so I have to try these! My family loves us some doughnuts! My daughters saw a commercial for a bunt (sp?) cake pan and said, “Look Mommy! A giant pink doughnut! We have to make that!” Maybe we will have to add a little pink icing on the top =)

  • Becky
    October 18, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Oh sweet heaven alive. Those look amazing.

  • Beth
    October 18, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Those look mouth-watering! Donuts are one of the best food inventions ever.
    Unrelated, are you still doing the ELR book club? I need a good book reco 🙂

    • jenna
      October 18, 2010 at 7:48 am

      yes m’aam! Have you read American Wife? I’m going to open discussion on that in a few days…

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 18, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I’ve been dying to make some doughnuts! I love Joy’s recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    October 18, 2010 at 7:51 am

    sooo many donuts on the blogs these days, i think you are right about investing in a donut pan…

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married)
    October 18, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Oh man, I had to read this right as my stomach started growling! 🙂

  • Sally Kate
    October 18, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Do you think you could pipe them out on a baking sheet and make some sort of bear claw type thing? ive been making muffins out the wazoo and i dont have a donut pan…

    • jenna
      October 18, 2010 at 8:02 am

      I do…the batter is super thick so you shouldn’t have a problem! Let me know if you try!

  • Ashley
    October 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Oh my my my….these look outstanding!!! I’m not a huge doughnut person but do love the cakey kind….these are perfect!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    October 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    These look amazing!!!! I am getting ridiculously hungry right now. Love the pumpkin pie spice – I’ve been putting it on everything lately!!

  • stacey-healthylife
    October 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Baking some donuts has been on my to-do list. I really want to try them.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 18, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I must get a donut pan. My life will not be complete until I have one.

    • jenna
      October 18, 2010 at 8:07 am

      It really won’t. I can vouch for that.

  • Tina
    October 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I have been craving a good fall type donut. I almost got one yesterday but was sick and knew I wouldn’t enjoy it fully so I waited. Now, I may just have to invest in a donut pan.

  • Molly
    October 18, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I love this more than you could know. NOTHING is better than a warm doughnut…and its been far too long since I have had one.
    I WILL be making these. Monday night Football will never be the same.

  • ann steinbach
    October 18, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I always let out a doughnut moan. They are my favorite guilty pleasure.

  • Cynthia
    October 18, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Those doughnuts look amazing! I have got to get a doughnut pan ASAP! 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    October 18, 2010 at 8:22 am

    What a wonderful, simple recipe! I think I need to get a donut pan. I’m still lusting after the pans from Williams and Sonoma, though, that have the little petifore molds in them. Do you know what I’m talking about or do I sound completely insane?? lol Anyhoo, they are fabulous and I always stare at them for like eighty hours when i am in the store…..after I stare at the Vitamixes, of course 😀

  • jenna
    October 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

    the dough for these looks so thick! what a great recipe!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    October 18, 2010 at 8:26 am

    My friend was just talking about making doughnuts so I sent her this post. Perfect!

  • Ella
    October 18, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Currently adding a donut pan to my shopping list.

  • Dorry
    October 18, 2010 at 8:31 am

    delicious! you make things look so easy…and that’s a great thing b/c it gives me the courage to try new recipes in the kitchen. 🙂

  • denise
    October 18, 2010 at 8:31 am

    You seriously make me want to bake everyday. The cinnamon quick bread turned out awesome on Saturday and now I want to go buy a doughnut pan to make these!

    You’re good.

    • denise
      October 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      I bought the pan.

  • Hands in Namaste
    October 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

    holy YUM

  • Amber K
    October 18, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Yum, looks soo tasty!

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy
    October 18, 2010 at 8:44 am


  • Candice @ChiaSeedMe
    October 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

    These looks sooo good – and easy too. Thanks for the recipe!

    I made the Bohemian Wedding Cake for my mom’s birthday this weekend, and everybody loved it! Thanks for the recipe:)

  • Sarah
    October 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Baked doughnuts are the best! I found one online (wish I could remember where) for apple cider doughnuts a while back and they are downright addictive!

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    October 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

    These doughnuts do look amazing..thanks for sharing!

  • meagan
    October 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

    The phrase ‘it’s all happening’ reminds me of the movie Almost Famous. I now have Fairuza Balk’s voice in my head: “It’s all happening!!”

    And, these are going to make an appearance at a costume party I’m having next weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    October 18, 2010 at 9:05 am

    i’m making these…done and done!

  • Amanda (Eating Up)
    October 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Those look delicious! And not too sweet, which is what I like in doughnut. Or pastry. Or dessert.

  • eatmovelove
    October 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I seen a recipe for Baked Doughnuts this weekend and it seemed simple enough. I might try these in a muffin pan.

    Do you like Banana Bread or have a “classic” recipe?! I just posted about one that turned out to be more like “Banana Oatmeal in a Bread Bowl”…not sure if that’s a good thing or not….;)

  • Camille
    October 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

    These are adorable!

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit
    October 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Doughnut moan = similar to an every-food-I-put-in-my-mouth moan!

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    October 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

    These seriously look SO delicious. Am now on the hunt for a doughnut pan of my very own…

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    October 18, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I never knew that donuts could look that good (or that healthy for that matter). I want one, NOW!!!

  • Kt.
    October 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

    was just at target, they had a pioneer woman cookbook, thought of you.. I thought I would remember the name, but didn’t….I’m sure you have it though….it looked like something you would enjoy.

  • Jenny
    October 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I love the doughnut pan! GENUIS! Those look tasty : )

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I’m the only known person in the Western Hemisphere that doesn’t eat donuts–for good reason.

    Dad bribed us as kids for good church behavior by taking us to ‘The Bakery’ after for donuts. And on Saturdays my brother’s & I wd arise a dawn to watch cartoons & place the bakery truck sign in the window to stop ‘Chuck the Driver’. Chuck was forever quoting Bible passages to bolster his thesis that the planet was exploding the following week–therefore we might as well indulge with extra donuts. ‘Thanks, Chuck’ we’d say as he handed over a pink box laden with 12-15 jelly, glazed, & chocolate frosted donuts we’d charge to our parent’s account & gobble pre-breakfast. By the tim Mom arose ‘Donut Fest’ evidence was long gone & we’d turn queasy trying to finish our juice, milk, fruit & oatmeal. But you guys go ahead. LOL. 😉

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    October 18, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I love donuts and these remind me of the fried kind I used to get in the fall. They were tiny and sugar coated and so good.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    October 18, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Ohh my word these look incredible!! I have a doughnut pan that hasnt been used in a year or so..time to end that streak 🙂

  • Kara
    October 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Jenna! There’s a Miraval package on sale at Rue La La right now. Made me think of you, cause otherwise I’d have no idea what it is, and also tempted me to actually look into the package and start to seriously consider going. If only I had enough vacation days left in the year..

  • Ellen
    October 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

    these look way delicious. to me, nothing says fall like an apple cider donut!

    also, i have a recipe request: homemade stove top mac n cheese. please?

  • Rachel
    October 18, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Just had to comment on the donut moan-went to Dynamo Donuts here in SF and got a bacon donut… Definite donut moan. I highly recommend them! Yours also look delicious 🙂

  • Maren
    October 18, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I must find me a doughnut pan, stat!

  • Helen
    October 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Must get a donut pan right away! I have been trying to add to my kitchen selection and I have a list I’m working with. Think I will put this at the top!

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    October 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I’ve been dying for a donut lately, specifically apple cider.

  • Hope
    October 18, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Oh yum! These totally just made my morning complete! They look soooooo good I think I just tried to eat my iPhone! Haha

  • Toronto Girl West
    October 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    You’re on a roll Jenna!!!!! I love what your blog has become! 🙂

    These donuts look amazing. My tummy loves you!

  • Exercise and Eat
    October 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I want some!! Can you sell these on Etsy so I can have a taste?

  • Pure2raw twins
    October 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    We have been making pumpkin baked donuts a lot. Love pumpkin pie spice too! I just love how quick and easy baked donuts are…and they still taste amazing!!

  • Suzanne
    October 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    They look so good. How do you think they would be using whole wheat pastry flour?

    • Megan
      October 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      I just tried this! I used half the regular flour and half whole wheat pastry flour- it was amazing! Very good, I highly recommend it!

  • bergamot
    October 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    These look lovely… I spotted some doughnuts pans in a speciality shop, so I am gonna get them to try this out

  • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs
    October 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Could you please tell me what pumpkin pie spice is? I live in a land a few food options and we don’t have that. If I know the basic concept I can make it up as I go along though…

    • jenna
      October 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      it’s just a mix of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves!

  • Moni'sMeals
    October 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Good Golly! I want one now….please?!

  • maya @ finding balance in tokyo
    October 18, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Wow.. those look amazing. I’ve been going though a bit of a doughnut obsession the last few weeks after first trying out Doughnut Plant NYC here in Tokyo. Someday I will have to get a doughtnut pan and try baking my own as well!

  • notyet100
    October 19, 2010 at 5:32 am

    i got to try this,..;-) thnks,..

  • Kristen
    October 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Yummy. I think I might have to make those sometime very very soon.

  • MMiller
    October 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Just bought the pan you have! I will be making these tomorrow! Thank you, Jenna!!!

  • Gree
    October 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Those are totally adorable and look incredibly delicious. Is there anyone who doesn’t moan when they eat doughnuts? I don’t think so..

  • MMiller
    October 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Wow, Jenna, these are great! Fresh out of the oven! Took no time at all! You never let me down!

  • SS
    October 24, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Jenna, is the batter thick enough to use a donut cutter? I’m not so great with the pastry bags and piping..

  • Zuzia
    December 30, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I need to get some donut pans so I can make this!

  • Carly
    January 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I just made these and they are delicious! I used my mini muffin tin and they came out perfect. Thank you!

  • Kristin
    March 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Question! I want to make these for work, but I have to get to work at 6:30 AM (yay nursing) – if I make the donuts the night before but sift the powdered sugar in the morning, will they still be good? I know baked donuts are best served immediately, but I thought maybe the cakes themselves will keep, and it’s just the topping that needs to be at the last minute. What do you think?

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    March 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I know this is an old post, so I hope you read this. First off these look & sound yummy! Do you know if they can be Vegan, using vegan butter & soy yogurt?
    Puppy Hugs,

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      March 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      I haven’t tried that so I can’t tell you for sure if it would work or not…but you are welcome to try!

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  • Hawley
    March 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Jenna, these looks SO delicious. I would totally make them if I had a doughnut pan, but I don’t – and if I bought a doughnut pan, I’d need to be making doughnuts more often which I really ought not to do. hahaha But I also noticed the question about veganizing it – I’m sure you can. I pretty much veganize anything, and have never had a problem. I so love that you have some vegan recipes, too, though! xoxo