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Pumpkin Zeppoles

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Pumpkin Zeppoles are a family favorite this time of year as it takes the classic Italian Zeppole and adds a fall flair to it and then is deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. 

Pumpkin Zeppoles

In our house, we love fall, especially when it comes to baking. Our kitchen starts to smell of fresh apple creations like our apple pie bread and pumpkin with our Instant pot pumpkin pie bites this time of year. But of all our fall treats the ones my kids continue to beg for are pumpkin zeppoles. 

There is something about the soft fluffy inside and then fried outside sprinkled with powdered sugar that says hello fall! 

Pumpkin Zeppoles

These Italian donuts appear to be complex and difficult, but they are actually super simple to make. There is no waiting for the dough to rise. It is a matter of making the dough and cooking these Zeppoles. I guarantee that you will be making them almost every Saturday this fall. 


What are Zeppoles made of?

Zeppoles are better known as Italian doughnuts. Zeppoles are made with flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and in this case pumpkin. The dough has the same consistency of cream puff dough. This dough is then deep-fried. They are light airy and delicious. 

pumpkin zeppoles

How to Make Pumpkin Zeppoles


Tips Tricks and FAQ

  • In order to make your Zeppoles all about the same size use a cookie scoop. This not only helps measure the dough, but it works great to drop them into the oil. 

Pumpkin Zeppoles

  • Get creative! These are sprinkled with powdered sugar, but you sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar or even brush them with a cream cheese frosting. 

Pumpkin Zeppoles

  • For this recipe, you will want to use peanut or vegetable oil for frying. 
  • Be sure to use a thermometer to track the oil temperature to maintain the right temperature for cooking.
  • Once Zeppoles have cooked place them on a paper towel to help soak up some of the oil.  


Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this dough ahead of time. It will keep for 3 days in the fridge. 


These are the best pipping hot right after you make them. If you have leftovers and want to save them, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. These will last 2-3 days. 

Pumpkin Zeppoles



You can reheat these in the microwave for about 20 seconds, but it will make it with a rubbery texture. 

The best way to reheat them is in the oven. Line a pan with foil, place them on it. Cook at 350 degrees for about 3-5 minutes. Respinkle them with powdered sugar for a fresh look. 

pumpkin zeppoles

Check out these other great Pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Zeppoles
Yield: 8

Pumpkin Zeppole ~ Fritters

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Pumpkin Zeppoles are a family favorite this time of year as it takes the classic Italian Zeppole and adds a fall flair to it and then is deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. 


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Can Solid-Pack Pumpkin, 15 oz
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Powdered Sugar


  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, milk, and melted butter until blended.
  3. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are blended. Do not over mix.
  4. In a deep skillet or deep fryer, heat your oil until water sizzles when splashed into the oil.
  5. Drop the batter by using an ice cream scoop, a few at a time.
  6. Fry 1 1/2-2 minutes per side until golden brown.
  7. Drain on paper towels, dust with powdered sugar.
  8. Serve warm & Enjoy!.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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