41 Yummy Pumpkin Recipes

Get creative and dazzle your holiday guests (or family) with these irresistible pumpkin recipes, ranging from starters to entrees to desserts.

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Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies

    Add a literal layer to your brownie baking with a cream cheese and pumpkin batter. On top? A crunchy sprinkle of walnuts.

Makes: 36 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake  1 hr  325°F 
Baked Pumpkin Pudding

    These ready-for-one desserts taste just like pumpkin pie... but include a crunchy toasted pumpkin seed topping.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cool   15 mins 
Bake   40 mins  to  45 mins  350°F 
Pumpkin-Praline Muffins

    A grab-on-the-go fall snack, these simple muffins add a praline crunch to a traditional soft, rich pumpkin batter.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12-14 muffins
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   20 mins  375°F 
Pumpkin Crescent Rolls with Honey Butter

    A savory take on oft-sweet pumpkin, these light rolls call for canned pumpkin and can be made ahead to feed a crowd later.

Makes: 36 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Rise  1 hr 40 mins 
Bake  About   15 mins  375°F 
Spiced Pumpkin Butter

    Savor pumpkin even after the season -- this canning recipe combines sweet pumpkin puree and maple syrup with tangy lemon juice and ground ginger.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: Makes 4-1/2 cups
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   25 mins 
Cranberry-Pumpkin Scones with Sugared Pepitas

    Cranberries and pumpkins combine for a zippy scone infusion. Sugared pepitas and a powdered-sugar glaze top the treat.

Serving size: 8 large scones
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  20 mins  400°F 
Cool   5 mins 
Pumpkin Latte Coffee Cake

    As morning breakfast or afternoon snack, this crumbly pumpkin-flavor take on coffee cake makes a great espresso companion.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   45 mins  to  50 mins  350°F 
Cool   45 mins 
Pumpkin Custards with Peppery Pecans

    Sprinkled with cayenne-glazed pecans and drizzled with maple syrup, these individual custards are a tasty alternative to traditional pumpkin pie.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Bake   45 mins  350°F 
Pumpkin-Shrimp Bruschetta

    Goat cheese and pumpkin make a tangy-sweet accompaniment to shrimp. A sprinkling of arugula adds a bit of seasonal flair.

Makes: 20 servings
Serving size: 20 appetizers
Start to Finish   35 mins 
Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

    Two classic desserts -- pumpkin pie and cheesecake -- combine to create a special holiday treat. A crisp graham cracker crust and heavenly chocolate layer take these decadent bars to the next level.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 to 36 bars
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   55 mins  325°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Coconut-Pumpkin Soup

    Fresh ingredients such as jalapeño chili pepper and cilantro brighten this Thai-inspired soup. Serve it as a cozy starter, or add shredded chicken or steamed shrimp to make it a meal.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 (1/2-cup) servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   10 mins 
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

    These cake-like cookies taste a lot like pumpkin pie. Buttery brown sugar frosting adds delightful sweetness.

Makes: 60 servings
Serving size: about 60 cookies
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   10 mins  350°F per batch
Pumpkin Bread Pudding

    Pour pumpkin and currant custard over torn croissants and roasted chestnuts, then bake for a comforting holiday dessert. Warm molasses cream adds a decadent touch.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   50 mins  350°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Pumpkin-Bean Soup

    This rich and creamy six-ingredient soup makes a simple (and scrumptious) starter.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
Spiced Pumpkin Doughnuts

    Coated in sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon, these old-fashioned pumpkin doughnuts are sure to become a holiday brunch favorite.

Serving size: about 12 doughnuts plus holes
Prep   35 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
Cook  2-1/2 minutes per batch
Double Decker Pumpkin Bread

    Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and filled with plenty of pumpkin goodness, this beautiful brunch bread also makes a lovely holiday gift.

Makes: 32 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake  1 hr  to 1 hr 10 mins  350°F 
Autumn Pear and Pumpkin Soup

    Pumpkin makes this creamy soup festive enough for a holiday dinner, but you can also make it ahead and serve it on a weeknight. Fresh pear slices make a beautiful (and tasty) garnish.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Pumpkin Marmalade

    This blend of pumpkin puree, ginger, and orange marmalade whips together in 15 minutes, creating a delicious spread that's sure to delight your holiday guests. Serve it with a wedge of brie and crackers.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 3 cups
Prep   15 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Gingered Pumpkin Soup

    Perfect as a Thanksgiving side dish or autumn starter, this creamy soup is topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and sweetened with maple syrup.

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 8 appetizer servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

    This five-ingredient spread is ready in just 10 minutes, making it an ideal potluck dish if you're pressed for time. Pumpkin pie spice adds a slight kick.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 1-1/2 cups
Prep   10 mins 
Chill  1 hr  to 24 hrs 
Pumpkin-Cider Stew

    This hearty stew, featuring mini pumpkins, beef roast, carrots, and apples, makes an ideal supper for a crisp fall night. Serve it with multigrain bread and a crisp green salad.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  1 hr 45 mins 
New World Chili

    Pumpkin, dried cranberries, jalapeno peppers, and turkey add a pleasing twist to slow-simmering chili.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  10 hrs on low; 5 hours on high
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-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 
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-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 Creme Caramel

    Another irresistible 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 
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 Tiramisu

    Maple syrup and a nutmeg-spiced, creamy mascarpone cheese topping give ladyfingers dipped in espresso -- a classic Italian dessert -- an irresistible holiday spin.