Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Baked Doughnuts

These Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Baked Doughnuts are filled and drizzled with dulce de leche for a sweet treat that’s sure to satisfy!

Pumpkin Dulce de Leche Doughnuts | these pumpkin spice doughnuts are filled with dulce de leche! Recipe from Bakerita.comI think I’m onto something. You see that doughnut up there?

It’s filled with dulce de leche. A thick caramel ribbon baked right into the middle of a doughnut. A tunnel of melty, gooey, dulce de leche, if you will. I’m thinking it’s the best kind of tunnel ever.

But…then I think of all the other options that this doughnut-making methods allows for. Nutella in a chocolate doughnut? Cookie butter in a vanilla doughnut? So many options. I’m thinking this doughnut pan is going to be a getting a lot of use.

These Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Baked Doughnuts are filled and drizzled with dulce de leche for a sweet treat that's sure to satisfy!The process is of filling a doughnut with gooey goodness is pretty simple: 1) make your doughnut batter, 2) pipe a layer of batter onto the bottom of each doughnut pan, 3) pipe a thinner layer of your filling over that, 4) cover with your batter, 5) bake, 6) devour.

Everyone will be impressed and wonder how the heck you did it…and it’s really deceptively easy. Ziploc bags are your best friend! I used two small ones and it worked perfectly to dispense the batter and filling.

Now, I know not everyone has a doughnut pan. I didn’t either, but I wanted to experiment with some baked doughnuts, so I ordered one for pretty cheap. This pan is only $6-7 dollars and does the job perfectly.

These Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Baked Doughnuts are filled and drizzled with dulce de leche for a sweet treat that's sure to satisfy!The important part: how they taste. These doughnuts are different from traditional fried doughnuts, and they have a cakier texture. They taste pumpkin-y, and lightly spiced, while still being super soft and not at all dry. The sweet creaminess of the dulce de leche in the middle of the doughnut is the perfect complement to the light spices, and the drizzle on top ties it all together.

These really are simple to throw together quickly and are sure to impress anyone who has the chance to eat them. They’re the perfect fall sweet fix, and I do hope you love them!

These Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Baked Doughnuts are filled and drizzled with dulce de leche for a sweet treat that's sure to satisfy!

Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Baked Doughnuts
Serves: 6 doughnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  1. Preheat oven to 325 ºF. Spray a doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, stir together all purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, spices, salt, and baking soda. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, and butter. Stir mixture together until combined into a thick batter. Place batter into a Ziploc bag.
  3. Place dulce de leche into a Ziploc bag as well. Make a small snip at the corner of the bag containing the batter and fill each doughnut mold about ⅓ full with batter. Pipe a thin circle of dulce de leche over the batter, keeping it away from the sides of the pan. Pipe more of the batter on top of the dulce de leche, covering it completely and filling the doughnut pan most of the way full.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until donuts spring back when touched, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then remove to let cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool, drizzle with remaining dulce de leche.



  1. Oh my word!! Pumpkin and dulce de leche? Perfection.

  2. I LOVE that ribbon of dulce de leche! Filling totally makes everything better. These look amazing!

  3. HOLD UP. These are AMAZING. I first tried dulce de leche when my Hubs and I went to Miami, and we had it stuffed in a churro.
    I thought that was good. Until these. Bring me some! Pinned!

    • I had a dulce de leche stuffed churro in London and it was a magical experience. My mom raised me on the stuff, so I’ve been addicted since birth :) you NEED to try it stuffed in a doughnut! Wish I still had some left to share. Thanks for the pin!

  4. You are definitely, onto something DELICIOUS — these doughnuts sound like perfection!!

  5. These doughnuts sound amazing! I am loving that melty center of dulce de leche. Perfection!

  6. Omg a tunnel of dulce de leche in a pumpkin donut?? You are a genius!

  7. Ah-mazing! That dulce de leche is killing me!

  8. Love the dulce de leche filling – what a great surprise when you bite into the doughnut! Thanks, Rachel!

  9. A donut pan is definitely on my list to get. These donuts look great and I love the topping.

  10. What an awesome idea! I love it – I just about ran to the kitchen to try making filled doughnuts, but I should probably make the family supper first! :) Definitely trying that technique soon though!

  11. Oh my gosh. These look…incredible!! Can’t wait to try!

  12. I had to come get a better glimpse at these bad boys. I have filled cupcakes with dulce de leche, but these…THESE!! YUMMMMM!

  13. So glad I own a donut pan because these look incredible! Pumpkin and dulce de leche sound like a killer combination.

  14. They look absolutely delicious! I love dulce de leche. I use it a lot too!

  15. I neeeed to get me one of those doughnut pans so I can make these! They sound totally amazing! :)

  16. I love baked donuts and these look scrumptious! What an amazing combination of flavors! Pinned of course!

  17. Wow, these donuts look incredible, Rachel! I’m loving the pumpkin and dulce-de-leche flavors. What a perfect donut!

  18. These look totally amazing, Rachel! Wow, that gorgeous drizzle of dulce de leche is enough to make me drool! Since they’re baked, I think I’ll just eat the entire batch myself. ;)

  19. Ooohhhhh yea you are def on to something huge here Rachel! Love the idea of filling baked doughnuts! These look amazing!

  20. Oh, girl, I LOVE how you roll! Anything dulce de leche makes me weak in the knees and the fact that you stuffed a doughnut with DDL is, like, the best!! Happy Halloween :)

  21. this is seriously genius! make me want to go bake a batch of doughnuts right now… that cookie butter suggestion you mentioned sounds heavenly! :)

  22. I love love dulce de leche! This looks SOOO AMAZING Rachel! Pinning!

  23. I would love to dive into these donuts…. and then eat one.. and then 2.. and then 5. :) Major yum!

  24. YUM!!! These look AMAZING! Seriously, so totes perf for this time of year! Gotta love pumpkin in the fall… and what a great way to make healthier donuts! :)

  25. I love making baked donuts, but never thought to fill them. Such a brilliant idea! The dulce le leche looks so perfect in these donuts too.

  26. Oh my, pumpkin donuts! These look SO awesome. What a delicious combination Rachel! I’m def sharing this on my pinterest (;

  27. Filling the doughnuts with caramel is genius!! I need some of these like right now! I have a doughnut pan and I’ve only ever made pumpkin doughnuts out of them :) Time to make some more!

  28. These look too divine with that tunnel of dulce de leche! What a fantastic combination. Pinning! :)

  29. Dying here right now, these look amazing! Love that you added the dulce de leche to these guys, and what a simple technique! Thank goodness for ziplocks :)

  30. Whoa girl! You are killing me with these donuts! They look beyond amazing! That ribbon of dulce de leche is genius! I wish this was my breakfast today – pinning!

  31. Oh what a perfect fall recipe! :)

  32. Bakign with pumpkin is SO fun! And these sound especially good, with dulce de leche…I’ve never made anything with the delce de leche flavour, but I’d dearly love it sometime soon!
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