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Pumpkin Doughnuts

Good morning darlings!
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When I was a kid, I was totally daddy’s little girl.
Of course I loved my Momma and to this day she’s someone I feel like I can talk to about anything. 
But growing up, I spent most of my time following my dad around the house. And while that might be strange for me to do now as a 31 (32 tomorrow!) year old woman, I still heart my daddy.
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His nickname for me growing up? Punkin. Like pumpkin, but lazy. I think. It’s how I remember it anyhow and memories are really all that matter. It’s how we experience things that makes history. There are no “facts” – there are things that happened, and then an interpretation of how they happened. To use a bit of a cliche example, just ask anyone in a group of people who have witnessed a car accident. Based on their point of view, what they were doing at the time, and what was going through their minds at the time of the incident, you’re gonna hear a variation of how shit went down.
And how shit went down when I was little, was that I was “punkin”.
How shit went down the other day? Punkin Pumpkin Doughnuts…. see the connection?
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I’ve read about making my own doughnuts before. I’ve dreamt about it. Fantasized even. But I never thought I’d bite the doughnut hole and actually do it. Until I found myself elbow deep in pumpkin puree. And thought to myself…where do go from here? What to do with pureed pumpkin? I already had a pie recipe – what next? Alright, alright – fine. I’ll make doughnuts.
I tried two separate recipes that I found on the internet. Because let’s face it – I’m not really one for cooking up my own baking recipes. As we all know, I’m no master-baker. 
The first, ended up soggy and sad and kind of not great. Omit recipe and link, obviously.
The second, eons better. Crispy on the outside, cakey and fluffy on the inside, sweet and truthfully one of the best desserts I’ve ever made. Ever. They were also so simple and easy to do, I’m likely to make a bunch this week for the office. Of course, this recipe isn’t going to win you many low cal-low fat awards, but who the crap cares? They’re punkin fuckin doughnuts.

Pumpkin Doughnuts

Yield 30 doughnuts


  • 1/2 C Fresh Pumpkin Puree.
  • 1 3/4 C Flour.
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder.
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt.
  • 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice + 1/2 Tsp more for coating.
  • 1/3 Cup granulated sugar + 1/2 Cup more for coating.
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon.
  • 1 Pastured Egg, room temperature.
  • 1/2 Cup half and half cream.
  • 1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
  • Vegetable oil, enough to fill a large wok 1/3 full + 2 Tbsp.


  1. Place the coating spice and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Fill your deep heavy based saucepan (or a wok) 1/3 full of oil and heat over medium-high heat until a cube of bread dropped into the oil browns in 30-40 seconds. If it browns faster than this, your oil is too hot and you risk fire. Turn it down! If it takes longer to than 30-40 seconds to brown, wait until the oil heats up properly or you will end up with heavy, soggy lumps of ick. It's best to use a thermometer to gauge the heat but if you don't have one, this bread method works pretty well. For more information on frying safely, see here.
  3. As that heats, mix together the wet ingredients in one bowl (including the extra 2 Tbsp of oil); the dry in another.
  4. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until just fully combined.
  5. By now your oil should be almost at temperature. When it is, carefully(!) scoop dollops of dough into the oil, taking care not to crowd the pan. Fry for about 1-2 minutes on one side, gently turn over, and fry a further minute. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon being careful not to splash (hot oil burns suck) and place on paper towels to drain. Scoop the next batch of dough into the oil and then as they cook, toss the cooked doughnuts into the sugar/pie spice mixture to coat. Repeat this process until all doughnuts are completed.
  6. Eat gloriously, my little punkins.


Adapted from Not Your Mama's Cookie viaΒ


  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    October 5, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Those pumpkin doughnuts look wonderful. I love anything pumpkin and spicy this time of year. I really enjoyed seeing your family photos too; they always make a post come to life!

    Believe it or not, my Mom called me “Pumpkin”. My Dad used to call me “Charlie” (which was a reference to Charlie Brown).

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      awww i love the name “Charlie”!….especially if you bite people’s fingers.

  • Stacy
    October 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Yes, please!!!

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      i’m not sure these would travel across the continent very well πŸ™

  • FrugalFoodieMama
    October 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Pinning this one! These looks great! πŸ™‚

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      thank you darling!

  • Winnie
    October 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    These pumpkin doughnuts look WONDERFUL !!

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 8, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      YOU look wonderful Winnie.

  • Miz Helen
    October 7, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Your Punpkin Doughnuts look like a great fall treat, can’t wait to try them. Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 8, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      thanks Miz Helen!

  • Heather @ InHerChucks
    October 7, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    First of all…*drooling* all over my keyboard…I need these in my life NOW!!!!

    Secondly, my mom calls me punkin πŸ™‚ Guess we have more in common than being Libras, being awesome and being addicted to veggies…and doughnuts.

    Thanks for linking up and sharing your story…

    Happy Birthday!

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 8, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      bahahahaha! we’re so awesome. πŸ˜‰ happy birthday back!

  • Diane Balch
    October 8, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    I love the story about your dad and how you connected it with your baking success. These are little nuggets of gold… I would guard this receipt… those Dunkin people may try to steal it.

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      they’d better now Diane or I may have to shank a bitch. Dunkin people – not you, of course.

  • Melissa
    October 9, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Yum yums! I’m totally making this with my pumpkin! And love your story, great post! πŸ™‚

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      let me know how it works out Melissa!

  • France@beyondthepeel
    October 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    That’s sweet…the story and the donuts both. It’s so nice to here about the connection between daughter and father. I’ve adopted a few dads in my day that made me feel this way πŸ™‚

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      aw adopted dads. it’s the families we adopt that make life really special.

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    October 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Happy belated birthday, fellow October baby! Mine is on the 11th!
    My nickname growing up was Mina…my little cousin couldn’t say Amanda, and Mina was his best attempt, and it just stuck. And it’s still stuck. Total laziness!
    PS. These doughnuts look awesome!

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      thank you love! haha – Mina. that’s cute!

  • Alea Milham
    October 12, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    Your doughnuts look delicious! My nickname growing up was sunshine. I call my kids sweet pea, pumpkin, and sweet potato. April and I will be highlighting your post tomorrow on the Gallery.

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      adorable. i wonder why we always nickname people after food? lol. even sunshine is related to food.

  • Anonymous
    September 4, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    You swear AND bake with half-n-half! FYI, we may have been separated at birth. Thanks for the recipe – I’m ready for fall and in the mood to make some yummy goodies for the kids after school. Fuck, yeah.

    • Kristy Gardner
      September 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      hhaahahahaha… excellent πŸ˜‰

  • Sara
    September 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    SO amazing!!!! Im hungry! πŸ˜‰

    • Kristy Gardner
      September 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Thanks Sara!! Me too πŸ˜‰