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A stack of pumpkin fritters on a white plate with glaze drizzled on top
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Pumpkin Fritters

These Pumpkin Fritters with Bourbon Cream Cheese Glaze are the perfect treat to enjoy the seasonal pumpkin flavors. Great for a fall breakfast, brunch, or a simple dessert.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 fritters
Calories: 134kcal


For the Fritters

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Bourbon Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tbsp bourbon more or less to taste
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp milt optional, if you want to thin the glaze more


For the Fritters

  • Add about 2 inches of vegetable oil to a sauce pan and heat-up over medium heat. Place a few sheets of paper towels on a large plate or baking sheet to drain excess oil from fritters.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Using a larger bowl, add the pumpkin puree, milk, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla. Using a whisk or an electric hand mixer, whisk the mixture until it is thoroughly combined.
  • Begin adding the flour mixture, half at a time, into the pumpkin mixture. Stir it together until it is fully combined. Batter should be on the thick side.
  • Use a tablespoon, or a small cookie scoop to add the fritter mixture to the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan, depending on the size, add 3-4 fritters at a time.
  • Cook fritter for 2-3 minutes and use a slatted spoon to gently turn it over. Cook an additional 3 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oil and place them on the paper towels to drain excess oil.

For the Glaze

  • While fritters are frying, use a medium size bowl and add all ingredients, excluding the milk.
  • Using a hand mixer or whisk, mix the glaze until it is thoroughly combined.
  • If the glaze is too thick, slowly whisk in a teaspoon of milk at a time- until desired consistency is achieved.


If you have any leftover (because they are that good), you can easily reheat them in the oven. Simply place them on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven on low-broil mode for 3-5 minutes.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2515IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg