13 Perfectly-Spiced Pumpkin Bread Recipes to Make This Fall

Bourbon Pumpkin Bread with Spice Swirl
Photo: Andy Lyons

Your favorite autumn flavor is here to add to your brunch or dessert table (or just to snack on). We've gathered our best pumpkin bread recipes so you can find the perfect addition to the season. There's a pumpkin bread for the traditionalist who wants nothing but the classic, or frosted and slow cooker pumpkin breads for the more adventurous eater. Time to pull out the loaf pan!

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Surprise-Inside Chocolate Bread

Surprise-Inside Chocolate Bread
Hannah Bigot

Pumpkin bread inside chocolate bread? Yes, please! To make one of our favorite fancy pumpkin recipes, bake a batch of pumpkin bread on a sheet pan, then use pumpkin-shape cookie cutters to cut out slices. Bake the pumpkin bread slices in the batter for our chocolate bread, and voilà! You have homemade pumpkin bread hidden inside a decadent chocolate loaf.

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Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf
Jacob Fox

You won't need a knife to divvy up this homemade pumpkin bread. Just use your hands! For a fun fall brunch, serve this pumpkin pull-apart loaf with an addicting cinnamon glaze on top. Just make sure everyone's at the table before you bring out this pumpkin bread because they'll all be clamoring to try a slice (or two).

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread
Andy Lyons

If you've found yourself wondering what to make with pumpkin (whether it's canned or fresh), give one of our best fall bread recipes a try. After all, pumpkin and cranberry always rise to the occasion. This moist pumpkin bread bakes in the slow cooker for a no-fuss treat.

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Learn how to make pumpkin bread if it's your first time, or get back to basics if you're a seasoned pumpkin bread baker with our tried-and-true classic pumpkin bread recipe. Either way, make extra to share because it disappears quickly. For a boost of sweetness and crunch, try adding a handful of raisins using the raisin-nut variation.

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Bourbon Pumpkin Bread with Spice Swirl

Bourbon Pumpkin Bread with Spice Swirl
Andy Lyons

When it comes to giving your pumpkin bread even more fall flavor, bourbon is the answer. This recipe has a double dose: We added a splash to both the batter and the icing on top. Of course, that's not the only secret hidden in one of our best pumpkin treats. When you cut into it, you'll see it also has a swirl of sugar, pecans, and pumpkin pie spice in the center.

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread
Andy Lyons

For a healthier pumpkin bread, we used whole wheat flour and plain yogurt in this easy recipe. Try increasing your ratio of whole wheat flour to all-purpose flour from what's called for in the recipe to make it even more wholesome. With just the right balance of sweetness, this is sure to become a family favorite.

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Double Decker Pumpkin Bread

Double-Decker Pumpkin Bread
Blaine Moats

A cream cheese, sour cream, and crystallized ginger filling sets apart this fan-favorite pumpkin bread recipe from the others. Prepare to wow the entire family when you cut into this cream cheese pumpkin bread to reveal that beautiful filling. And as tempting as it will be to dive into right out of the oven, be sure to cool them on wire racks completely.

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Pumpkin Bread Trifle

Pumpkin Bread Trifle
Carson Downing

If you went a little pumpkin bread crazy and end up with a couple of extra loaves, you should definitely turn it into a showstopping trifle dessert. Layered with a bourbon-spiked sweet cream, this pumpkin bread makeover is an easy dessert perfect for the holiday table.

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Spiced Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Spiced Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
Jason Donnelly

If you can't figure out how to incorporate squash into your dinner plans for tonight, this is the answer. Used canned pumpkin puree, along with a few pinches of cinnamon, to give these fluffy dinner rolls their fall flavor. The best part about this homemade pumpkin bread is that you can serve it with almost any fall meal.

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin-Blueberry Bread

Slow Cooker Pumpkin-Blueberry Bread
Karla Conrad

Yes, you can make delicious pumpkin bread in your slow cooker. We've added some fresh blueberries for a little sweet-tart flavor added. If you don't have access to fresh blueberries, stir frozen berries into the batter without thawing them.

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Pumpkin Spice Loaves

Pumpkin Spice Loaves
Bill Stites

This recipe makes two pumpkin bread loaves. Keep one and share the other with a friend. Or keep both (we won't tell). After all, it's hard to resist this sweet and perfectly spiced treat. To make this bread more like dessert, serve with maple and nutmeg whipped cream.

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Pumpkin Corn Bread

Pumpkin Corn Bread
Reed Davis

What's better than a warm, buttery side of skillet corn bread? The added sweetness and spice of pumpkin! Serve it hot (with some butter!) for maximum enjoyment, but you can also make it ahead of time, refrigerate for two days, then pop it back in the oven so it tastes fresh-baked.

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Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread

Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread
Waterbury Publications

Dress up classic pumpkin bread with chopped apples, sunflower seeds, and apple cider. To making slicing the finished bread easier, wrap in foil and store overnight before cutting. Serve the sliced fall bread with whipped butter.

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