Fall means the return of pumpkin spice everything, of course, but there’s so much more to the season than just delicious flavors. Take it as an opportunity to have a little extra fun with your food, and dress up desserts and savory snacks to look just like fall pumpkins! Choose from a gorgeous pumpkin cake, adorable pumpkin pie pops, and other yummy fall dessert recipes (plus a few savory treats, too).
If you get jack-o’-lantern fever as soon as the weather turns chilly, you’re definitely not alone. Show off your love for autumn by making these adorable pumpkin-shape treats. We’ll show you how to carve your own stuffed pepper jack-o’-lanterns, turn plain strawberries into a spooky pumpkin patch, sneak a pumpkin-shape surprise inside a loaf of fall bread, and more! Each one of these seven pumpkin recipes is even more fun to make and eat than an entire evening of trick-or-treating.
1. Halloween Pumpkin Bundt Cake
You won’t have to spend all night in a pumpkin patch to catch a glimpse of a great pumpkin on Halloween. Make a pumpkin-shape cake instead! Just use a few drops of orange food coloring to turn to your cakes pumpkin-orange, and layer two bundt cakes together to give it a distinct pumpkin shape. Use a green frosting-covered ice cream cone for a stem, and this pumpkin dessert will be ready for carving into slices before you know it.
2. Pumpkin Pie Pops
It’s about time pumpkin pie got a makeover, don’t you think? These adorable treats have all the flavors of traditional pumpkin pie served up in a much cuter way. Use a cookie cutter to cut refrigerated piecrusts into pumpkin shapes, then fill with a mix of canned pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Serve on a stick for a festive fall dessert recipe (no fork necessary).
3. Pumpkin-Shape Meatball Biscuits
Meatballs are way too tasty to limit to just spaghetti. Luckily, with just a package of refrigerated biscuits, mozzarella cheese, pesto, and a few sprigs of rosemary, you can turn them into a delicious pumpkin-shape appetizer. The trick to making this yummy fall recipe look exactly like mini pumpkins is a few strands of kitchen string. First, wrap each meatball in biscuit dough. Then, before baking, tie each one with kitchen string to create the ridges of a pumpkin as it bakes. Add a sprig of rosemary for a stem, and you’ll have your own tiny pumpkin patch in no time.
4. Spooky Strawberry Pumpkin Patch
A trip to the pumpkin patch is as easy as a trip to your kitchen! You can easily re-create all the fun of picking your own pumpkin—and make them edible, too. Dip strawberries in orange candy coating, then pipe on a few lines to make them look just like pumpkins. For the patch itself, add a layer of crushed chocolate cookies to a serving dish (or a pan of chocolate brownies), then place your pumpkins on top. Connect them with green frosting vines and stems, then serve them to your crowd! This fall dessert recipe is great for a spooky Halloween treat, but you can make and serve it all season long.
5. Surprise-Inside Chocolate Bread
This loaf of chocolate bread looks ordinary from the outside, but when you cut the first slice you’ll find a pumpkin-shape surprise inside. A little bit trick, a little bit treat, this pumpkin bread is easier to make than you think by baking a sheet of pumpkin-cream cheese bread, then using a cookie cutter to make plenty of pumpkin shapes. Stand them up in your loaf pan, cover with chocolate bread dough, and bake! This ultracute treat will definitely have everyone asking for the recipe—but it’s up to you whether you reveal the trick.
6. Jack-O'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers
Before heading out for a night of trick-or-treating, fill everyone up with cute pumpkin-inspired stuffed peppers. By using orange sweet peppers, you’ll start off with a pumpkin shape to begin with—then, it’s up to you to create your jack-o'-lantern's facial features. Filled with black beans, corn, and brown rice, this fun autumn recipe is a great way to make sure trick-or-treaters fill up on healthy food before they start collecting candy.
7. Pumpkin Bread Truffles
If your favorite pumpkin bread recipe is already sweet enough for dessert, seal the deal by turning it into a batch of cute pumpkin truffles. Just like cake balls, each truffle is filled with a mix of crumbled pumpkin bread and cream cheese frosting. The real fun comes in decorating them—dip each one in orange candy coating, then pipe on a few lines to make pumpkin ridges and leaves. Good luck stopping at one after tasting this pumpkin dessert!