Have you made donuts before? This was my first time making them. These Pumpkin Chocolate Donut Bites are a delicious flavor combination and while the recipe seemed pretty easy, there were two obstacles that I ran into.

Pumpkin Doughnut Bites with Chocolate DrizzleOil Temperature

The temperature of the oil needs to be just right. I found this to be a challenge, because it was either too hot or not hot enough. The ideal temperature should be 375 degrees F. so you can cook the inside without completely over-frying the outside. It would have helped if I had a deep fry thermometer.

Forming the Donuts

Forming the donuts to a consistent size was tricky for me. Mine turned out to be a variety of odd shapes and sizes and some were more chocolatey than others. While I’m always drawn to the imperfections of food, I think the forming just takes practice.

Pumpkin Doughnut Bites with Chocolate DrizzleMy favorite part about the recipe was the combination of the pumpkin flavor and the chocolate drizzle. It was delicious. My mom suggested that I make a maple syrup frosting, but I stuck to the recipe since it was my first try. Next time, I will definitely experiment a little more… and I’ll have a deep fry thermometer to ensure that all the doughnuts are perfectly cooked through. Lesson learned!



  • 1-1/2 cup cooked pumpkin mash (I used 1 can of organic pumpkin pie mix)
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs whisked
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4-5 cups of vegetable oil to deep fry
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 100 grams dark chocolate bar


  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, eggs, salt and cinnamon with the mashed pumpkin.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and using a spoon, scoop the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. The oil should be around 375 degrees Fahrenheit for the best results.
  3. Drain on kitchen paper and transfer to a bowl with the sugar.
  4. Coat the fritters with the sugar and set aside. You can also just sprinkle with the sugar if you don’t want as much sugar coating the doughnut bites.
  5. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate.
  6. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the pumpkin doughnuts and serve.

All images © Regan Baroni 2016.

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