Luscious Pumpkin Desserts

Pumpkin isn't just for pie. Get creative and dazzle your holiday guests with these irresistible pumpkin dessert recipes.

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Maple-Pumpkin Creme Brulee

    Enjoy pumpkin in a whole new way. Canned pumpkin, maple syrup, and whipping cream serve as the base of this creamy, dreamy fall creme brulee.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   40 mins  to  45 mins  350°F 
Chill  4 hrs  to 8 hrs 
Pumpkin Spice Macaroons

    The flavors you love in pumpkin pie -- ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves -- combine in the pumpkin spice at the heart of this cookie recipe. Stack two cookies and fill with pumpkin butter for a dreamy macaroon.

Serving size: About 30 sandwich cookies
Prep   35 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   9 mins  325°F per batch
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Mascarpone Cream Filling

    Delightful fall flavors -- brown sugar, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg -- meet canned pumpkin in these so-soft sandwiched cupcakes.

Serving size: 12 cupcakes
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
Autumn Pumpkin Bars

    With 25 minutes prep time you can enjoy these fall classics. Our pumpkin bars have just 11 basic ingredients, most of which you have in your cupboard right now.

Makes: 36 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  to  30 mins  350°F 
Chill  overnight
Spiced Pumpkin Doughnuts

    Bring your favorite fall flavor into your breakfast routine with delicious pumpkin doughnuts. Canned pumpkin does the legwork in these morning treats.

Serving size: about 12 doughnuts plus holes
Prep   35 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
Cook  2-1/2 minutes per batch
Ginger Pumpkin Meringue Pie

    Light-as-air meringue tops this luscious pie. The filling has canned pumpkin and ginger; the crust is made with gingersnaps and crushed graham crackers.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   54 mins  to  59 mins  375°F 
Chill  2 hrs 
Pumpkin Bread Pudding Souffle

    The savor-it flavors of pumpkin and ginger help kick up everyday bread pudding. A drizzle of fresh-made Bourbon Molasses Sauce provides the finish.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  375°F 
Pumpkin Spice Creme Brulee

    Need a great entertaining idea? Bake (and serve) this rich and creamy dessert in miniature pumpkins for a festive touch.

Serving size: 10 filled pumpkins or 6 custard cups
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Chill  1 hr  to 8 hrs 
Chocolate-Drizzled Pumpkin Profiteroles

    These impressive cream puffs are filled with pumpkin custard and drizzled with decadent chocolate sauce.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 profiteroles
Prep   50 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   30 mins  400°F 
Pumpkin-Praline Souffle

    Vanilla créme anglaise sauce makes a divine topping for this comforting dessert.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   28 mins  350°F 
Creamy Pumpkin Strudels

    For a delightful treat, fill phyllo dough with a mouthwatering mixture of cream cheese, pumpkin, and toasted pecans; top with pumpkin seeds before serving.

Makes: 14 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   15 mins  400°F 
Deluxe Nutmeg-Pumpkin Cookies

    With white chocolate, pecans, and freshly grated nutmeg, these chewy cookies are hard to resist.

Makes: 60 servings
Serving size: about 60 cookies
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   11 mins  350°F per batch
Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

    Layer spiced pumpkin, luscious chocolate, and rich cream cheese over a graham cracker crust for a scrumptious treat you can make ahead.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 to 36 bars
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   55 mins  325°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Sour Cream Pumpkin Bars

    Browned-butter frosting and chopped walnuts top these moist pumpkin bars.

Makes: 48 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
Pumpkin-Filled Cream Puffs with Maple-Caramel Sauce

    A luscious pumpkin mousse fills tender pastry topped with buttery caramel sauce and toasted pecans.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Bake   30 mins  400°F 
Cool   10 mins 
Pumpkin Sandwich Cake

    A cream cheese layer and rich chocolate frosting make this moist pumpkin cake a crowd pleaser.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   16 mins  375°F 
Spiced Pumpkin Dunking Sticks

    A creamy cheese glaze adds a touch of sweetness to these spiced cookie sticks, perfect for dipping in a glass of tawny port or a cup of espresso.

Makes: 30 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   5 mins  to  7 mins  400°F 
Cool   1 min 
Pumpkin-Cherry Upside-Down Cake

    A sweet-tart cherry and cranberry sauce makes this moist cake sing. Serve it at your next dinner party -- or as an alternative to traditional pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
Pumpkin Fudge

    For a fresh twist on traditional chocolate fudge, try this irresistible pumpkin variation, which makes a delightful party favor or hostess gift.

Makes: 96 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook   20 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Pumpkin Pie Drops

    All the goodness of the traditional Thanksgiving dessert is tucked into cakelike cookies featuring a drizzling of buttery icing and toasted pecans.

Serving size: about 4 dozen
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   10 mins  375°F 
Pumpkin Tiramisu

    Maple syrup and a nutmeg-spiced creamy mascarpone cheese topping give ladyfingers dipped in espresso an alluring holiday spin.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  8 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Harvest Pumpkin Trifle

    Layers of spiced pumpkin, cranberry sauce, and pound cake create an easy make-ahead dessert.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Pumpkin Creme Caramel

    Another scrumptious alternative to Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, this creamy dessert is sure to delight your guests. Pomegranate seeds make a beautiful topping.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   40 mins 
Cinnamon-Pumpkin Custard

    This creamy custard is the ultimate fall dessert. Serve it at your next dinner party or as a sweet ending for a romantic dinner for two.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Bake   40 mins  300°F 
No-Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

    Make this luscious dessert -- featuring a graham cracker crust and a pumpkin-cream-cheese filling -- ahead and chill it up to 24 hours.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  overnight
Gingersnap Crumble Pumpkin Parfaits

    Combine a can of pumpkin with vanilla ice cream, a dash of spice, and a little brown sugar for a rich and creamy dessert.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Freeze  4 hrs 20 mins 
Pumpkin Bourbon Pudding

    This creamy, bourbon-laced dessert features all the flavors of your favorite pumpkin pie, plus chewy raisins and toasted oats.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   30 mins  375°F 
Pumpkin Pound Cake

    More rich and colorful than a typical pumpkin cake and more flavorful than a pound cake, this recipe is perfect for your next holiday get-together.

Makes: 14 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake  1 hr  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Toffee Sauce

    This classic comfort dessert gets a fresh holiday spin with luscious pumpkin and sticky-sweet toffee sauce.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  1 hr  to 4 hrs 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
Pumpkin Spice Whoopies

    A simple-to-make marshmallow-spice filling makes these cakelike pumpkin cookies even more delicious.

Makes: 15 servings
Serving size: 15 whoopies
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   15 mins  375°F per batch
Ginger Pumpkin Mousse

    This light mousse makes sweet ending to a heavy holiday meal. Serve it with gingersnap cookies.

Makes: 6 servings
Harvest-Time Pumpkin Bars

    Decadent cream cheese frosting and toasted almonds top these moist cinnamon-spiced bars.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   20 mins  to  25 mins  350°F 
Pumpkin-Praline Cheesecake

    A classic holiday favorite -- cheesecake -- gets a Thanksgiving spin when the cream cheese-based filling is combined with pumpkin. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger taste delicious sprinkled on top.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Cool  1 hr 45 mins 
Bake   45 mins  375°F 
Pumpkin-Spiced Star Cookies

    Buttery icing adds a festive touch to these simple cutout cookies. Serve them with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

Serving size: 36 large stars or 72 small stars
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   8 mins  375°F 
Cool   1 min 
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