These Pumpkin Crumb Doughnuts are the perfect fall treat! With just 3 ingredients, these doughnuts come together in minutes. After baking, they are coated in a thick copycat krispy kreme glaze and tossed in a cinnamon crumb coating.
Hello! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend! I know we did! We celebrated Nick’s 24th birthday on Saturday and enjoyed every second of it!
Embarrassing confession time; Nick is YOUNGER than me. First and only guy that I ever dated that was younger than me and I end up marrying him! Go figure! He teases me relentlessly about it. So for a whopping 32 days I am a year older and he gets to call me a cougar (rawr). Next year I am voting that we start counting backwards in age. 25 will be plenty old enough for me.
The funny thing is, Nick and I worked together for 3 years before we ever had a real conversation. I thought he was a couple years younger than me and didn’t even give him a second thought. Obviously age was a big deal to me. Well as fate would have it, we happened to walk out from work together one night a month before my 21st birthday and he told me his 21st birthday was coming up too. Suddenly, he was 10 times cuter…and then he had to go and tell me his birthday wasn’t until September. I played hard to get for awhile after that but eventually he convinced me to go out on a date with him and we have been inseparable ever since….32 days younger and all. 😉
Which brings me to today’s recipe. Nick loves pumpkin almost as much as I do so I decided to whip him up something fun in celebration of his birthday. I knew I wanted it to be pumpkin because we are obsessed with pumpkin EVERYTHING this time of year. The fact that it was a doughnut was really for me since you know I am obsessed with those! And what is a doughnut without a crumb topping?! But like I said, I made these for Nick. 😉
These are the easiest doughnuts in the whole world. They start with a very simple base; pumpkin puree, yellow cake mix, and pumpkin pie spice! Super simple! I have seen some variations of crumb doughnuts floating around Pinterest and tried out a few different ones but I really loved this one best because it had the most authentic flavor. So I put my own spin on it and went with that.
After the doughnuts baked, I dunked them in a sweet glaze that I swear tastes just like krispy kreme! The glaze helps the crumb coating to adhere to the doughnuts. The whole house smells like fall when these are baking and it’s absolutely heavenly.
I insist you start your fall off right with these baked beauties! They are life changing.
- Pumpkin Doughnuts:
- 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix (Or spice mix)
- 1 (15 oz.) Can Pumpkin Puree
- 1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Krispy Kreme Copycat Glaze:
- ⅓ Cup Butter
- 2 Cups powdered sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ⅛ Teaspoon Nutmeg
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 4-6 Tablespoons Whole Milk
- Crumb Coating:
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Pinch of Salt
- ¾ Cup All Purpose Flour
- Pumpkin Doughnuts: Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a standard doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray or if using a nonstick pan you can omit this step. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Mixture will be very thick and will appear that there isn't enough liquid to mix. Keep folding with a rubber spatula and slowly the batter will come together. Spoon the batter into a large plastic ziplock bag, cutting off the tip so that you can pipe the batter into the pan. Fill each doughnut cavity two-thirds of the way full. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool the doughnuts completely. Dunk each doughnut in the prepared glaze and then roll in the crumb mixture.
- Krispy Kreme Copycat Glaze: In a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium low heat. Add in the remaining ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Off the heat and set aside until ready to use. If the glaze becomes too thick before you can glaze your donuts, add a splash of milk and whisk it in.
- Crumb Coating: In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add in the remaining ingredients, minus the flour. Stir in the flour slowly and cook on low heat for 3-5 minutes. The mixture will be very crumbly. Cool before using.
Crumb Topping Adapted by Homemade Crumb Donuts