I’ve had the idea for these donuts rolling around in my brain for days, ya’ll. And I JUST got to making them yesterday and jeeeeez…what took me so long?! These donuts are the baked variety making them a touch less indulgent than their fried brothers, but also a little easier to execute. BONUS. They are soft and spiced and laced with delicious brown butter and the subtle-sweet maltiness of malted milk powder.
I’ve smashed pumpkin with brown butter and malt before (with these amazeballs cookies) and let me tell you, it’s a winning combination. Brown butter goes into the batter AND gets brushed onto theses babies…which makes the perfect glue for a glittering of spiced sugar. And, not to get all braggy on you, but that picture of those butter drenched donuts above makes my heart melt…donut swoon! So, basically, I urge you to make these and honor pumpkin season with donuts. It’s only the logical thing to do.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons malted milk powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned
- For the Spiced Sugar + Brown Butter Coating:
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned
- Preheat the oven to 325˚F and spray a mini donut pan lightly with cooking spray.
- Brown the butter for the donuts in a skillet over medium heat until the butter separates and the solids become a deep, toffee brown and smell nutty and fragrant. Pour the browned butter into a ramekin and set aside to cool.
- In a mixing bowl combine the flour, malt powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and sugar. Whisk to blend. In another bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture, followed by the brown butter, fold until just combined. Either spoon or pipe the batter about halfway up the donut pan molds and bake in the center of the oven for 6-7 minutes. Donuts are done when the tops are dry and spring back to the touch. Remove from oven and cool on a rack slightly before turning out. Repeat the process with the remaining batter. Brown the butter for coating while the donuts bake.
- In a wide dish whisk together the sugar and spices for the coating, brush the baked donuts with browned butter and roll in the spiced sugar to coat completely.
These donuts can be baked in a standard size donut pan as well, or even a mini muffin tin. When shopping for the malt powder, I usually find it near the hot cocoa mixes or near the powdered and evaporated milk. I find it easier to brown the butter for the donuts seperately from the butter for the coating. Don’t bother to use a different skillet, just brown the butter for coating in the same skillet while the donuts bake.
These are incredible! I so wish I had one right now! The photo of the dipping the donuts in cinnamon sugar is just mean. I need these!
sorry, not sorry!
Girl, these freckled hotties need to be put on an ice cream sundae or in a malt immediately. Look so good!
they really need ice cream friends!
Hell to the yes!! Thanks for giving me doughnuts I can eat all day errday and not feel bad about myself in the morning..
I do what I can, ha!
Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
These photos are making my heart swoon too. And I love love LOVE that they’re baked, ’cause I ain’t got no willpower when it comes to fresh donuts. I have a special place in my heart for donuts coated in cinnamon sugar.
everyone should hold a special place in their hearts for cinnamon-sugar donuts!
Ooh, yes! They look so tender and pillowy and just completely luxurious. Why fry something when you could coat it in brown butter?
Also, I have a bunch of malted milk powder from a failed “waffles that taste just like corn flakes” experiment. These might make up for that corn+malt mess.
AWW YEAAHH!!!I found the malt powder next to the can of pumpkin in my cupboard so it was a sign!
DESTINY’S CHILD DONUTS.
For some crazy reason I have been craving malt like a mad woman for some time now. Unfortunately for me I have not had much luck finding it in my markets. Now, I must jump on the quest once again, as these doughnuts sound amazing! Love the thought of creamy pumpkin mixed with an old familiar flavor such as malt. Kind of like pure comfort food.
totally pure comfort! good luck with your hunt!
Amy | Club Narwhal
Cindy, everything about this is right. So, so right! I need to bust out my little donut baking pan 🙂
yes! give that donut pan some affection!
Averie @ Averie Cooks
I made a baked pumpkin cinn-sugar donut for another project I was working on (not on my blog) and they were one of the best things I’ve EVER ate. I wish I could blog about them. I loooove the looks of yours. They are seriously perfect! Pinned!
YUM! pumpkin and spices are the best!
Rachel @ Bakerita
Mmm, I can practically taste the fall in these! They look so festive, and rolled in all that cinnamon sugar, beyond delicious.
fall to the max! thanks, Rachel!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
I definitely need these in my life. Love the malt!
I need to get my pumpkin brown butter malt game on like WHOA. That combination sounds so crazy good!!
yeah you do! thanks girl!
These look incredibly delicious! I love that you rolled them in cinnamon and sugar!
Thanks Mercedes! Cinnamon sugar makes most things better 🙂
Ummm … these look simply amazing! I’m rather speechless. I really just want to eat them 🙂
thanks, Laura!! They were hard to resist!
Sarah | The Sugar Hit
These donuts are something else. Pumpkin malt and brown butter. My mouth is watering – gross, huh? But I can’t help it! SOO dELICIOUS.
haha! thanks, Sarah!!
Just gorgeous! I love the sprinkling of sugar too. Adds such a lovely sparkle! Thank you for sharing. I’m all about pumpkin and brown butter!
sugar sparkles forever!
Shikha @ Shikha la mode
I never thought about malted milk + pumpkin as a combo – great idea!
Marcella @ broadappetite.com
These look amazing. Brown butter and pumpkin go so well together. I just made some brown butter pumpkin steamed buns for my blog. I’m going to give this recipe a try. Thanks!
This recipe sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to make them!! I was wondering if you thought I could make these but regular sized donuts?
Thanks, Mara! You could definitely make these in a regular-sized donut pan, just bake a few extra minutes.
I don’t have a donut pan or anything..I can’t even find one in a store near me. Is there another way for me to make these?
You can make them as mini or regular sized muffins.
Tried this out just now–this recipe is really awesome!!
YES! I am so glad! Thanks for the feedback, Isabel!