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Baked Pumpkin Nutella Donuts

Perfectly baked pumpkin donuts coated with cinnamon sugar and topped with Nutella.

Perfectly baked pumpkin donuts coated with cinnamon sugar and topped with Nutella.

My daughter knows no seasonal boundaries when it comes to her love of pumpkin.

Regardless of the time of year, when we let her choose the dessert for family night– it’s always pumpkin pie. Always. Which is so funny to me, because she is an incredibly picky eater especially in regards to texture. And it took me until adulthood (and years of acquiring more adventurous palate)  to appreciate a good pumpkin pie, because I always felt like it was kind of slimy.

It is, after all, a cold pie made of squash. I feel like kids have a right to be a little leery when it comes to pumpkin pie. But not my girl!

Perfectly baked pumpkin donuts coated with cinnamon sugar and topped with Nutella.

As much as I love a good pumpkin pie (now), I just feel like there is so much more fun to be had when it comes to pumpkin season.

Pumpkin Monkey Bread. Enough said.

Pumpkin Cornnread with Maple Cinnamon Butter. ohemgee.

Pumpkin S’mores Cupcakes. Just yes.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Swoon.

Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake Bars. Need I continue??

Perfectly baked pumpkin donuts coated with cinnamon sugar and topped with Nutella.

I’d have to say, at the top of my pumpkin favorite recipes list is most definitely this one for pumpkin donuts with Nutella on top.

Pumpkin + Nutella is the kind of flavor combination that dreams are made of. Initially, I thought I might make some sort of Nutella “glaze” or Nutella “frosting.” But then I realized… why mess with perfection? So I warmed up a bowl of straight-up Nutella and dunked my cinnamon sugar coated pumpkin donuts right in.

And I didn’t regret it. No siree.

Perfectly baked pumpkin donuts coated with cinnamon sugar and topped with Nutella.

If you’re ready to begin your fall baking (and really, who’s not??), may I suggest that you start right here. Dig out that pumpkin, ya’ll! It’s Fall!

Almost 😋.

Baked Pumpkin Nutella Donuts

Perfectly baked pumpkin donuts coated with cinnamon sugar and topped with Nutella.


For the Donuts

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 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

For the Coating

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup Nutella for topping
  • Optional: sprinkles


    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Generously grease a donut baking tin.
    2. Beat together the oil, sugar, pumpkin, spice, and salt until smooth and combined.
    3. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition.
    4. Mix in the flour and baking powder until batter forms (lumps are okay).
    5. Fill a gallon sized zip bag with half of the batter. Snip the corner so you can pipe out the batter into the prepared donut tin. Repeat with remaining batter.
    6. Bake for 12-13 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
For coating:
    1. Meanwhile, place the sugar and cinnamon in a large ziptop bag. Seal and shake until the cinnamon and sugar are completely mixed together.
    2. When donuts have cooled enough to handle, place each a few at a time in the bag, and shake until donuts are coated in the cinnamon sugar.
    3. Place the Nutella in a small microwave safe bowl and heat for about 30 seconds, or until melted enough to dip donuts into. Dip the tops of each donut in the Nutella and add sprinkles.

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Perfectly baked pumpkin donuts coated with cinnamon sugar and topped with Nutella.

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

22 comments on “Baked Pumpkin Nutella Donuts”

  1. I love it soooooo…..much!

  2. These look perfect and sound delicious :)

  3. You had me at pumpkin and nutella! Delicious!!

  4. Ive never made yeast donuts – and need to! I’ve made pumpkin donuts before, but not the yeast kind. Yours are just beautiful! Wow , so impressive Ashton Pinned!

  5. Never in my life have I made donuts like this . . . I need to make this happen. ASAP

    Ashton, just wow girl . . . wow!

  6. I love that you added Nutella on top. What a great combination. Too bad frying always gets so messy. But maybe that is a good thing. otherwise I would probably make a lot more donuts!

  7. These look yummy. I am looking for a great recipe for plain yeast doughnuts. Can you recommend one?

  8. These look absolutely perfect! Gorgeous.

  9. I love that huge smear of Nutella on top! Thanks so much for sharing my doughnuts! :)

  10. I could have these donuts ALL YEAR LONG!

  11. Love the combination of nutella and pumpkin. I could eat it all the time :)

  12. There’s nothing like a yeast donut. I like the baked kind, but I CRAVE the yeast kind. So light and fluffy, I can almost imagine these melting in my mouth. Can’t wait to give these a try!

  13. Holy smokes, I want to jump into this picture and devour these!! Yum-o!

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  15. These look incredible! I need to get over my frying phobia and try these!!

  16. Pumpkin donuts are actually my favorite! I have never tried to make any though. I might just have to whip these out soon!

  17. I made these and they got horrible! Idk what I did wrong, They got tough and chewy instead of light and fluffy. My dough never raised but idk why..I’d like to try again but Idk what I should do differently

    • Did your yeast fully bloom when you put it in the milk mixture? It sounds like you might have been using instant yeast rather than rapid rise yeast and never got the extra gas release when they cooked.

  18. Saturday I made the strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Today I made these. Omg! They are amazing. I didn’t pit Nutella on the and I used the copy cat recipe for the glaze. They tastes just like Krispy Kreme. I am searching now for something else to make. This blog is amazing.

  19. Made these on Thanksgiving morning for my 5 kids, mother-in-law, and hubby. Everyone loved them, and the memories that were made were worth the work! Thanks for this recipe.

  20. I was just talking to Holli about putting Nutella on s’mores instead of using chunky chocolate bars that make your graham crumble to pieces. Then again Nutella goes with anything, and as you have proven…doughnuts are no exception.    

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