Recipe for chai-spiced baked pumpkin doughnuts with chai glaze. The perfect breakfast, dessert or snack treat to get you in fall mode.

Hello to all my falling-leaves loving, pumpkin-spice craving, football-watching and all-around Fall Fanatic friends out there. I don’t love one season over another, but every 3 months or so, I’m ready for the current one to leave and the new one to come on in. It’s in my current ‘ready for fall’ mode that I made these delicious Chai-Spiced Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts.

While fall is still officially a couple of weeks away, today it’s a rainy, stormy and relatively cool-ish day on the east coast of the US.  As I drove home from dropping my baby boy (my 17-year old baby boy!) off at school this morning, my mind grabbed the image of spending the day indoors, baking something that would fill the house with spice on this dark and dreary day.  

I went home and started doing laundry and work stuff, but I just couldn’t shake the idea that ‘I should be baking today!’

So, it’s thanks to my relentless, nagging brain that today I bring to you these Chai-Spiced Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts that are taken one step further with the addition of the Chai glaze to cover them.

Not only are they pretty darned yummy, but your house will smell like fall…which is worth something this time of the year. And just to get you ready, I’ve prepared a little scratch & sniff full of Chai-Spiced Pumpkin aromatic deliciousness. Make sure you have your ‘smell-o-vision’ enabled to enjoy this fragrance.chai-spiced-pumpkin-scratch-and-sniff

I used the King Arthur Flour Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts as the base for my baked pumpkin doughnuts, swapping out their pumpkin pie spice for my chai spice. 

These baked pumpkin doughnuts are really easy to make. Just remember to smooth over the seam that will form (see the photo below) from where you start pouring the dough into your pan and where you end. A small spatula, spoon or knife will accomplish this. While you’re at it, smooth the top of the dough down before it goes in the oven.Recipe for chai-spiced baked pumpkin doughnuts with chai glaze. The perfect breakfast, dessert or snack treat to get you in fall mode.

So, I have not had good experience with sifters. Finally, I decided it was more efficient to just push what you need  through a find mesh sieve to get a sifted product.  WAY EASIER!

My secret to 'sifting' flour and powdered sugar for making the glaze for chai-spiced baked pumpkin doughnuts with chai glaze. The perfect breakfast, dessert or snack treat to get you in fall mode.

Recipe for chai-spiced baked pumpkin doughnuts with chai glaze. The perfect breakfast, dessert or snack treat to get you in fall mode.
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Chai-Spiced Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Chai Glaze

Recipe for Pumpkin Chai baked doughnuts and the chai glaze to cover them.


For the Doughnuts

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons Chai spice see below
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour

For the Chai Glaze

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups sifted powder sugar
  • 3 TB cream
  • 1 tsp Chai spice

For the Chai Spice

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly grease standard doughnut pans. If you don't have doughnut pans, you can bake these in a standard muffin tin; they just won't be doughnuts.
  3. Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, stirring just until smooth.
  5. Fill the wells of the doughnut pans about 3/4 full; use a scant 1/4 cup of batter in each well. Use a small spatula, spoon or knife to smooth over the doughnut, sealing the 'seam' where the dough may have overlapped when you were putting it in the pan.
  6. If you're making muffins, fill each well about 3/4 full; the recipe makes about 15, so you'll need to bake in two batches (unless you have two muffin pans).
  7. Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  8. If you're making muffins, they'll need to bake for 23 to 25 minutes.
  9. Remove the doughnuts from the oven, and after about 5 minutes, loosen their edges, and transfer them to a rack to cool.

While the doughnuts are baking, prepare your glaze

  1. Whisk chai spice, cream and powdered sugar together in a small bowl
  2. When doughnuts are cool, dip them in the glaze or drizzle the glaze over them...or a combination of both!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

 Recipe for chai-spiced baked pumpkin doughnuts with chai glaze. The perfect breakfast, dessert or snack treat to get you in fall mode.

So, this is what Fall tastes like, in case you were wondering. These Chai-Spiced Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts are perfect with your cup of coffee or tea to get your day off to a good fall-flavored start.

Recipe for chai-spiced baked pumpkin doughnuts with chai glaze. The perfect breakfast, dessert or snack treat to get you in fall mode.

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  1. Regina

    September 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

    ???Wish that I had Smell avision ???they Look So Good ???xox ??

    • lynn

      September 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Happy Fall Regina! And Happy Anniversary too. I would imagine that the leaves are starting to fall in your neck of the woods!
      Thanks for coming by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. Nicki

    September 12, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Oh my Gosh, why do you have to live so far away from me!?! I need one of those pronto!

    • lynn

      September 12, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      I know! Wouldn’t we have a good time if we all lived closer…our little tribe. Sadly, these pumpkin doughnuts are long gone, but…when I make them again I’ll try to send you one.

      Happy Week!

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. Liz

    September 12, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Yummy! Love chai! Will try these soon- thanks for sharing!❤️

    • lynn

      September 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Liz! I knew we were destined to be long-time besties…even if we weren’t SILs! We both love Chai! I hope you do enjoy them. They were easy to make and your brother scarfed them down.
      Hugs to your clan!


  4. Pam

    September 13, 2016 at 7:02 am

    The doughnuts are Evie safe! I’d have to adjust the glaze.

    • lynn

      September 14, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      yippee! Guess you could just sub water or almond milk?

  5. Sherry

    September 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    We love anything with pumpkin at our house and these sound wonderful. I purchased a doughnut pan recently and haven’t used it yet. My family will be so happy if I made these. Thanks for the recipe.

    • lynn

      September 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Sherry, I actually picked up my doughnut pan at the W-S Outlet outside of Atlanta when we were down there and have been looking for a reason to use it. Now I’m looking for more recipes!
      have a great day.
      When is the SL shoot?

      Hugs, LYnn

  6. Katrin

    September 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I’ve probably said it many times, but I really wish we were neighbours and I could just pop in and enjoy some of these with you, or have you come over and we’d hang out on my front porch while chatting about WD and enjoying these amazing looking doughnuts! I’m going to pinn this recipe, because I want them and my house needs a scent of fall!

    • lynn

      September 16, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Wouldn’t that be lovely! And I could snuggle those sweet little bunnies while we sipped coffee or tea…but I’d have to keep Puddles, the evil cat locked up! Really anxious for WD…counting the days. You checking any rumors? Heard one about who Negin (sp?) might have killed. Won’t tell you though.
      Enjoy the doughnuts and hope they bring a hint of fall’

      Hugs, Lynn

  7. Maria

    September 14, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I am in love with Chai tea and this is a recipe that I have to try. Thanks my friend for taking the precious time to visit my party!

    • lynn

      September 15, 2016 at 6:15 am

      So glad to have made it! And I’ll come again today!

  8. FABBY

    September 24, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I love Chai, so these look and sound great ! Thanks for sharing.
    I am pinning.

    • lynn

      September 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Fabby…thanks for coming by. I love chai too and I hope you enjoy these delicious treats. Hope you have a great weekend.

      Hugs, LYnn

  9. FABBY

    September 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    You are featured at Morning Cup of Joe and it’s where I just came from.

    • lynn

      September 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks Fabby…I was quite thrilled to be featured. That’s a wonderful link party filled with other great bloggers.


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