Cheater’s pumpkin spice glazed doughnuts


This might come as a surprise to my readers, but I have some friends in high places*. They have come in really handy lately.

Incident #1: I saw on pinterest that there are candy corn M&Ms in the world. I searched for them mercilessly. Then, I made a call (ok, actually a text) to my friend at Wrigley, and bam. Candy corn M&Ms. Best day ever.

Incident #2: Get this: there is a Wilton tent sale. I got the heads up on this from my friend who works there (hi, Denise!). This tent sale is complete madness. People (read: me) fighting old ladies in puffy paint sweatshirts for $3 doughnut pans. Luckily, I emerged with said doughnut pan underarm.

The doughnut pan has been waiting months for its debut on the blog. I searched for a lot of doughnut recipes and they all seemed so… complex. I knew I needed to break into doughnut-ing with a simple recipe, or else this baby would end up collecting dust in the microwave cabinet. So I made cheater’s doughnuts. They are easy and delicious!

Cheater’s pumpkin spice glazed doughnuts, makes about 16 doughnuts depending on your doughnut pan
-One box Trader Joe’s pumpkin bread mix
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup water
-2 eggs
-cooking spray


For the glaze:
-1/4 cup powdered sugar
-1 T milk (I used almond milk)
-1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the oil, water and eggs with a whisk. Add the bread mix.

Spray your doughnut pan. Pour some of the pumpkin mix into a plastic bag and cut off one of the edges to make a piping bag.

Fill up your doughnut pan about half way with mix.


Bake for about 14 minutes (this varies based on your pan – mine holds 6 doughnuts but if yours is bigger or smaller, cook times should be adjusted).

While doughnuts are cooking, mix the glaze ingredients together in a shallow bowl with a whisk. Once the doughnuts are done, allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


Allow to cool another 5 minutes. Dip the doughnuts one at a time into the glaze and then return to the wire rack.



Wrap these up and bring them to your hungriest friends in high places.


*by high places, I mean food-related places. They get me food and food accoutrements. I love them.

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7 thoughts on “Cheater’s pumpkin spice glazed doughnuts

  1. Erica a. says:

    Best cheaters ever! And I am not just saying that to get me some of those M & Ms 😉

  2. Brian says:

    I enjoyed eating a few of these.

  3. CCC says:

    Wow, I thought pumpkin muffine gave me a special place with the grandkids … wait until I show up with pumpkin glazed donuts!

  4. Johanna says:

    I have totally heard of that tent sale, but never been! I love that you bought the doughnuts and made them with that yummy trader joe’s mix. I’ve totally made that mix into muffins, but would have never thought to make doughnuts. You are ingenious! 🙂 xoxox

    ps- Hi brooke (assume she’s your friend at wrigley)
    pss- wonder why you were searching for m&m’s? 🙂

    • Brooke says:

      I just had the Trader Joe’s mix for the first time two weekends ago – delicious – and I bet even better made into doughnuts with glaze.

      And hi, Johanna! Though I was the supplier, I didn’t know about them ’til Mols told me about them! 🙂

  5. Christine says:

    Hey Foodies, Molly’s Doughnut recipe has been selected by Knapkins to be featured in a Recipe Guessing Game. Invite fans to play:

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