These Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Donuts have a nice dense cakey texture, and have an incredibly heavenly aroma from adding the brown butter. It just takes this old-fashioned flavor to the next level!
These beautiful donuts are baked rather than fried, making them a lot easier to make and much less mess. I believe in settling for a fryer only when you have to, and just you're luck, you don't have to with this recipe!
The delicious and non-fried success in these donuts definitely come form the browned, almost nutty butter. Both the brown butter in the donut batter and the butter in the glaze make this an irresistible melt-in-your-mouth dessert! Don't you just love autumn??!
These donuts are cakey and nice, with a dense crumb finish. They also contain both the pumpkin puree and the aromatic pumpkin pie spices in the batter, giving this treat a fall and holiday flavor.
Brown butter will become your new best friend anytime a recipe calls for butter! It literally adds a whole new flavor into your treats! It just adds this deep, nutty, toffee-like flavor and aroma, and it goes beautifully with the pumpkin spice flavor!
Start with a stick of butter and melt it in a small pot over medium heat. Keep cooking it for a few minutes until the butter begins to foam up and you start seeing brown specks at the bottom of the pot. (And the butter begins to smell nutty!)
Once they appear, pour the brown butter into a mixing bowl to cool down.
Made with basic, simple ingredients, these pumpkin spiced donuts come together in a matter of minutes.
I have a handy trick for filling in your donut pans without causing an extra mess - and I promise that it's an easy short cut. I like to use piping bag, but if you don't have one, a ziplock bag works just as well! Add the batter into your bag, cut off the corner, then carefully pipe the batter into your prepared donut pan. Filling only about halfway or 2/3 of the way up. The bag makes transferring the batter easy, neat, and quick!
I used a very nice a subtle icing to top the donuts, but you can also melt chocolate to create a ganache or opt out of using butter and just mix the confectioners sugar with a little bit of water.
I know like to add toppings on top of their donuts. Before the icing sets, you garnish them with just about anything that comes to to mind. Here are some of my favorites toppings for donuts.
This also creates a fun activity for your little ones during a chilly fall morning. You can pre-bake the donuts and allow you kids to decorate them.
For the Doughnuts:
For the Glaze:
To make the Batter:
To make the Glaze: