11 Creative Pumpkin Recipes Perfect for Fall

We love a pumpkin pie recipe just as much as anyone, but sometimes you need to get creative to add more pumpkin to your plate. If you can't get enough of pumpkin, be sure to try these 11 pumpkin recipes before the season passes you by!

You need more pumpkin in your life. Get 11 of our favorite pumpkin recipes that aren't pies or lattes.

Pumpkin Chocolate Bars

Whenever autumn rolls around, we immediately start craving pumpkin bars. But rather than plain pumpkin cake and cream cheese frosting, these pumpkin bars have kicked it up a few notches to be even more indulgent. The secret to these sweet and chocolaty bars? An oatmeal cookie crust and a creamy cheesecake filling. The decadent layer of chocolate doesn't hurt!

Pumpkin Nog

Now you can have your pumpkin and drink it, too! This four-ingredient drink is perfect for a party and tastes just like pumpkin pie in a glass—no fork needed. It has all the creaminess of eggnog, but the secret to this drink is much sweeter: ice cream! We used vanilla ice cream to make this drink smooth and creamy, but serious pumpkin lovers can sub in pumpkin ice cream instead for a bigger dose of fall flavors.

Pumpkin Curry Soup

When fall nights turn chilly, there's nothing better than warming up with a steaming bowl of pumpkin soup. Curry powder gives this seasonal dish deep flavor while creamy pumpkin offsets the spice. Don't forget our tangy cranberry-orange topper—it pairs perfectly with the comforting, creamy soup.

Pumpkin Donuts

If you've been trying to figure out how to bake pumpkin for breakfast, pumpkin donuts are the answer! Rolling these sweet pumpkin donuts in a mixture of sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon ensures they have plenty of spice. They're the ideal way to start a brisk fall morning (especially paired with a pumpkin spice latte).

Pumpkin Corn Bread

Once you master this easy recipe, you can add squash to almost any meal. A trio of pumpkin, buttermilk, and sour cream means this corn bread is extra moist and delicious. We like to serve it warm with whipped butter, but you can also turn this recipe into single-serving pumpkin corn muffins (no slicing required).

Pumpkin Butter

Move over, apple butter! This pumpkin butter is filled with our favorite fall flavors, like maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon. Spread it on toast, stir a spoonful into a bowl of oatmeal, or use it as a dunker for apple slices. You can also wrap up a jar to give as a yummy autumn-theme gift!

Pumpkin Macarons

One of our favorite pumpkin desserts, these pumpkin pie-spice cookies are the cutest way to celebrate the season. Use pumpkin butter for the filling, or try apple butter to combine a few different fall essentials into one bite-size package. Don't be intimidated if you've never made macarons before—the recipe walks you through the simple techniques to ace the airy cookies.

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Skip the pumpkin pie this year! Learn how to bake pumpkin into something completely different by making this rich, decadent creme brulee. It's elegant and easy, so you can impress dinner guests without putting in hours of effort. Finish each dish with a drizzle of caramelized sugar.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

When you make your own whoopie pies instead of buying them at the store, you can dress them up with pumpkin flavors! All you need for these adorable whoopie pies is five ingredients (including boxed cake mix!) and our creamy marshmallow filling. One of our favorite pumpkin desserts, this recipe delivers a double dose of fall spices in the cakelike cookies and luscious filling.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

When a pumpkin pie recipe isn't enough on its own, top off your slice with a generous scoop of pumpkin ice cream! It's a much better topping than plain whipped cream because it's loaded with fall spices and canned pumpkin. We like to keep a batch of this spiced ice cream in our freezer at all times. It's wonderful with cake and pie, but we could eat it on its own all day long.

Pumpkin Waffles

When you're running out of pumpkin recipe ideas, mix pumpkin into your staple recipes! There's a good chance we're making waffles for breakfast on the weekends anyway, so adding a can of pumpkin to the batter gives them a yummy twist for fall. Of course, these waffles are great on their own, but it's the maple-walnut cream drizzle that takes them over the top.


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