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Pumpkin Poppers

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Pumpkin Poppers are one of my kids favorite fall treats!  As soon as school starts they start begging for me to make a batch.  When I think of fall food, pumpkin is DEFINITELY at the top of my list.  These bite sized treats are packed with all the flavors of fall.  Pumpkin Spice Bread is also one of my family’s favorites.  In fact we’re about to finish off our second loaf today.

Pumpkin Poppers | Fall Dessert | Mini Donut fall of fall flavors

What You Need

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  • mini muffin pan
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • allspice
  • cloves
  • oil
  • brown sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • pumpkin puree
  • milk
  • sugar
  • butter

These are made in mini muffin tins, but you could definitely use a regular size muffin tin, just add to your cooking time.  I usually will double the batch and use my giant mini muffin pan with 48 mini muffin holes.

Mini Pumpkin Donut Bites

How To Make Pumpkin Poppers

In a large bowl combine your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice, and ground cloves. Whisk until it’s combined.

In a separate bowl combine your wet ingredients: pumpkin puree (I use canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling), oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and milk.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.

Spray mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. You want to spray them well so those delicious pumpkin poppers pop out easily!

Scoop the batter into each of the muffin tins using a cookie scoop or a ladle.

While the pumpkin donut bites are cooking, you melt the butter and in a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon.

After the pumpkin poppers are done cooking let them sit in the pan for a couple minutes before popping them out. Then dunk them in the melted butter and then roll them around in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

If you love pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves then you need to make these bite sized treats stat!  Once you taste them you’ll understand why I make a double batch – they don’t last long!

Pumpkin Poppers

A lovely fall treat, these pumpkin poppers are like bite sized mini pumpkin donuts with a cinnamon sugar coating.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes



  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin fresh or canned, just not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk

For Coating

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter melted
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 350 and spray your muffin pans.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk till combined.
  • In another bowl, mix together the oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix till it’s just combined (you don’t want to over mix).
  • Fill your mini tins till almost full.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. When I make a double batch in my 48 mini muffin pan it takes about 15 minutes.
  • While they’re baking, melt your butter and in a small bowl combine your sugar and cinnamon.
  • Let the poppers cool for a few minutes before rolling them around in the melted butter and then plunging them into their cinnamon sugar bath.
  • If you want less sugary sweetness you could just dip the top of the muffin into the butter & cinnamon sugar.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin
Servings: 24 pumpkin poppers

They look and taste like a pumpkin donut hole… delish!

Fall Pumpkin Poppers

Ok – now go forth and bake all things pumpkin!

Other Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Pumpkin Poppers | Fall Dessert | Mini Donut fall of fall flavors

Inspired by this yummy recipe over here.



    1. I’ve never tried freezing them… they get gobbled up too quickly, so I’m not sure. I think you’re suggested method would be a great option to try though. I’d definitely roll in butter and sugar after they thawed.

  1. I've bookmarked your recipe. Love making pumpkin bread but these will be next up. Thanks for the fall themed link party also.

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