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Fall Favorites + Pumpkin Donut Recipe

This is a roundup of my favorite things about Fall, which is finally upon us. These are things I like to see, make, and do each year to get fully into the season. The last (but definitely not least) item on this list is my recipe for pumpkin donuts, which are easy to make and nothing short of amazing. Do not let the season go by without trying them out!

Candles: Well, I burn candles all year long and have quite the stash from my extreme couponing days. Fall and Winter are times when you can burn candles nonstop without getting a side-eye. They also make great gifts. My favorite fall scents are Leaves and Sweater Weather from Bath and Body Works and Ambre by Diptyque.

fall favorites candles

Acorns: Or, rather, the sound of them crunching under my shoes. This is my first indication of Fall’s arrival and, if you’re ever out with me during this season, I may dip off on you mid conversation in order to step on one real quick.

booties and acorns

Fall Produce: Strolling through the grocery store or farmers’ market is always a beautiful thing to me but seeing all the autumn gourds and root veggies roll in is inspiring and makes me want to create alllll the soups. Figs, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, and kale are some of my favorites to work with and [of course] eat.

fall favorites pear fall favorites kale fall favorites fig

Thanksgiving Menu Planning: I’ve made Thanksgiving dinner for my family for the past four years. It’s certainly a labor of love. I get inspiration from classics like my granny’s dressing (some might know that as stuffing) and Pinterest. I use Excel [it gets real] to plan out all the ingredients I will need and determine when to do things like shopping and prep work. If y’all want more insight into my methods, let me know in the comments below!

Pumpkin Donuts: These. Donuts. Y’all! They are so good and just scream “Fall is here!” All of my Houston folks should take full advantage of these since we don’t really get to do typical Fall things like jump in a pile of leaves. These donuts more than make up for that. I mean, they are lip-smacking good. I used this cute, nonstick donut tin to create them. The recipe is super simple and just below.

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1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1.5 cups flour

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted (you can also use oil)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Generous dashes of sea salt, ginger, clove, and nutmeg

Topping Ideas

Chai spice

Sliced almonds

Cinnamon sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup sifted powdered sugar,

1/8 cup butter, melted

Dash vanilla extract

Makes 9-12 donuts, depending on size.

pumpkin donuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk flour, baking powder, sea salt, and spices in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Combine wet to dry and mix well.

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Convey into donut tins. The easiest way to do so is by spooning batter into a zip-top bag, snipping off one corner, and piping batter into tins like frosting.

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pumpkin donuts

Bake for about 12 minutes. Allow to cool then add whatever toppings (to make the cream cheese frosting, just mix or beat listed ingredients together) you like or just eat them plain. They are perfectly delicious on their own but I love to frost with the cream cheese frosting then sprinkle some chai spice on top.

It’s life-changing.

pumpkin donuts cream cheese frosting

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bitten pumpkin donut

pumpkin donuts and milk

What are your favorite things about Fall? Let me know below. Thanks for reading!

Signature Dash of Jazz


  1. Always enjoy a great donut, toppings are always fun.

    1. Jazz

      Me too. Thanks for reading!

  2. Those donuts look like the type to get me in trouble – I can never say no to donuts! The chai spice completely says “fall” – good call putting it on top!

    1. Jazz

      Yes! The chai and cream cheese frosting make these perfect. Thanks for reading!

  3. I just bought a pan to make mini donuts!!! This recipe would be perfect for my first mini donut attempt!

    1. Jazz

      Yes! Do it lol. These would be so cute in mini form.

  4. These look so good and perfect for Fall!

    1. Jazz

      Thank you!

  5. This just went on my Saturday morning breakfast list of “things to make”. My kids and husband would love this!

    1. Jazz

      I hope y’all enjoy them!

  6. These are absolutely going on my Saturday morning “things to make” list. My kids and husband will love these!

  7. ohmygoodness those look absolutely delicious! And what an easy recipe. I’m a sucker for cream cheese and pumpkin so that combination sounds divine!

    1. Jazz

      It’s such a great combo 🙂

  8. Oh OMG I want all of these donuts! And your shoes..I want those too 🙂

    1. Jazz

      Thanks Heather! The donuts are so easy to make and those are some of my favorite booties. I should have included them now that I think about it lol.

  9. These look sooo yummy! And I absolutely love the measuring cups and spoons in the pic. So adorable!!

    1. Jazz

      Thanks! The measuring cups and spoons are from Sur La Table!

  10. Oh my gosh! These donuts so delicious! I always enjoy a good donut and this makes me crave one now.

  11. Leaves is one of my favorite fall candles too! These donuts look amazing!!!

    1. Jazz

      Thank you! Leaves is really one of my overall favorites but definitely for Fall, in particular. 🙂

  12. I have got to try those donuts!! And how funny are you, smashing acorns with those cute shoes, hahahaha!!

    1. Jazz

      Lol! The crunch is so satisfying, I can’t even tell you.

  13. Candles are my favorite in the fall! They always put me in the mood for the season 🙂 & those donuts seriously look amazing! I’m already drolling, hahha!

    1. Jazz

      Thanks for reading, Rachel! I’m a huge candle fan year round but there’s just something special about them when the weather gets cooler.

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