53 Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make for Every Day of Fall
Glazed Pumpkin-Pecan Cakes
Pumpkin Bread with Eggnog Glaze
While this pumpkin bread recipe starts out classic, the finish puts it firmly in dessert territory. A delicious eggnog glaze drizzled on top of your finished loaf makes this pumpkin bread recipe extra sweet and dresses it up for the holidays. Just pour a glass of eggnog to go along with it!
Whip up a batch of this tasty pumpkin spread whenever you feel the need to add more pumpkin to your meal. Almost like pumpkin hummus, this white bean dip has canned pumpkin and a few other spices mixed in to make a delicious fall dip. Grab the pita chips and dig in!
Toffee Pumpkin Snack Cake
This easy pumpkin cake recipe makes a great dessert, but you can also carve off a slice for a snack. Topped with toffee pieces and cream cheese icing drizzle, you'll have no problem making sure every last crumb gets eaten. If you do have leftovers of this pumpkin dessert, you can store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cake
You're probably used to sipping your pumpkin spice lattes from a mug anyway, but you can also make a delicious pumpkin cake in the same mug! This single-serving pumpkin dessert recipe is great for a chilly fall afternoon. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and this quick pumpkin dessert will become your new go-to.
Pumpkin Pie Shake
Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Parmesan Risotto
Did you know that both pumpkin and rice are naturally gluten-free? Enjoy them both in this lush side dish featuring Arborio rice, fresh sage, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Celebrate fall any night of the week with this easy pumpkin recipe. This easy risotto and other savory pumpkin recipes like it are a great way to add pumpkin to any autumn dinner.
Fried Mini Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin pie, fried. You probably don’t need much more convincing. But just in case, this pumpkin dessert recipe is ready in just 30 minutes. The little pockets are great for sharing (and no one gets stuck with the small slice of the pie!).
Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin-Swirl Cake
Is it a cake or a bread? We debated, but the sweetness of pumpkin, the indulgence of dark chocolate, and the orange juice glaze—the piece de resistance—pushed this pumpkin dessert recipe into the cake category. If you're getting bored with pumpkin pie, this pumpkin cake recipe will definitely hit the spot.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Pie
You know that coffee flavor that lulls you into a long drive-through line every October? We've captured its essence in pie form. Incredibly creamy, this rich spiced pumpkin pie features 3 ounces of brewed espresso for a pick-me-up that comes courtesy of a fork instead of a cup. Like any good latte, this pumpkin pie recipe is best when topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
Pumpkin desserts always benefit from a bit of spice. In this fall recipe, gingersnaps add bite to pumpkin's laid-back flavor. Roll them together into truffle form and take two of the season's best flavors on the go. Make sure to set one (or two) aside for yourself—this pumpkin dessert will disappear fast!
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin pie is going to have to take a backseat, because there are other pumpkin desserts that are just as tasty. Classic flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg enhance these soft pumpkin cookies. Topped with homemade frosting and a sprinkling of cinnamon, the pumpkin desserts become even more indulgent.
Quinoa-Pumpkin Seed Granola
When it’s pumpkin season, every meal is fair game. Bring breakfast in on the fun with this pumpkin granola recipe that features cinnamon and dried cherries. Pumpkin seeds are just as tasty as fresh pumpkin recipes, as this creation proves!
Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew
Savory pumpkin recipes (like this tasty stew!) are a great way to warm up on a chilly fall night. Filling yet low-cal (less than 300 per serving!), this dream dinner cooks up in your slow cooker. Each spoonful of the pumpkin soup recipe is stuffed with beans, pumpkin, kale, and stewed tomatoes.
Pumpkin-Apple Quick Oatmeal
Pumpkin latte fanatics can now add pumpkin oatmeal to their morning routine. Stirring canned pumpkin into your morning oatmeal makes it tastier and heartier, so you won't be digging in your snack drawer an hour after breakfast. Brimming with apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this warming pumpkin recipe kick-starts a fall day.
Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie
Whipped cream is a thing of the past—we're topping our pumpkin desserts with sky-high meringue now! Yep, there's a creamy, caramely pumpkin pie recipe underneath those dollops of whipped-high meringue, too. Though you can always substitute a purchased piecrust, our light and crumbly homemade crust complements the fall dessert flawlessly.
Pumpkin, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Stew
If you're looking for pumpkin dinner recipes, your search ends here! This is another savory pumpkin recipe that's sure to impress. This pumpkin soup features tomato paste, lime juice, and spices in a bowl of hearty chickpeas and lentils.
Pumpkin-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
This is your basic chewy chocolate chip cookie—enhanced with canned pumpkin. Every bite of the fall cookie is as lush as you're imagining. Once you taste this delicious pumpkin dessert, pumpkin cookies might replace pumpkin pie in your heart forever.
Cream of Pumpkin Soup
Push pumpkin to the savory side with the addition of garlic, chicken broth, and half-and-half. Simmer together with spices for a warming mug of pumpkin soup. All you're missing is a piece of crusty bread to soak up the last few drops!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Topping
Prepare to watch these chocolate-cheesecake bars disappear! Pumpkin bars are almost as classic as pumpkin pie, and they're even better with chocolate on top. Made with soft cream cheese, oatmeal cookie mix, and buttery canned pumpkin, these flavorful pumpkin cheesecake bars will become a seasonal favorite.
Test Kitchen Tip: Make dessert ahead of time. These bars can be stored in the fridge for up to three days.
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
This recipe is proof that pumpkin dinner recipes should be a year-round staple. Comfort-food staple macaroni and cheese has never had it this good. Canned pumpkin, Fontina cheese, and chopped walnuts enhance the gooey dinnertime favorite. Once you taste this savory pumpkin recipe, you'll be wondering why you never added pumpkin to mac and cheese before!
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Pumpkin Soup with Lentils
In just 45 minutes, you’ll have a warm, savory pumpkin recipe ready to spoon up. This pumpkin soup is hearty, healthy, and vegetarian. What more could you ask for from a delicious pumpkin dinner?
Super-moist, super-shareable pumpkin bars are a classic. After all, when it comes to pumpkin desserts, they're almost as possible as traditional pumpkin pie! Bookmark this recipe to come back to each year—trust us, you'll want to keep it handy.
Spiced Pumpkin Donuts
Pumpkin breakfast, or pumpkin dessert? We'll let you decide! Old-fashioned pumpkin donuts coated in sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon are sure to become a holiday brunch favorite. At just 35 minutes of prep time, these pumpkin desserts are worth the cool-time wait.
BONUS: Spiced Pumpkin Snaps Dog Treats
Pumpkin recipes don't have to be reserved for humans only. If Fido wants in on the pumpkin-palooza, make him these simple, natural dog treats from canned pumpkin, apple juice, oats, and honey. Woof!
Pumpkin Crescent Rolls with Honey Butter
We think savory pumpkin recipes deserve to be on the table regularly in fall! These light rolls call for canned pumpkin and can be made ahead to feed a crowd. Plus, you can serve them with pretty much any entree, so you can easily have pumpkin for dinner.
Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies
Pumpkin desserts go great with chocolate (but you probably already knew that). Add a layer to your brownie baking with a cream cheese-pumpkin batter. A crunchy sprinkling of walnuts tops this rich pumpkin dessert.
Sopa de Pepitas (Pumpkin Seed Soup)
This pumpkin soup, while vegetarian, will impress even the most loyal meat-lovers. Toasted pumpkin seeds add extra flavor, plus they make a nice topper. Though this recipe doesn't have any canned or fresh pumpkin, it can still stand hold its own against other pumpkin dinner ideas.
Pumpkin Sandwich Cake
Two layers of soft pumpkin cake, a hidden center of powdered sugar-spiked cream cheese, and an outer spread of bittersweet chocolate icing. All that, plus this pumpkin dessert recipe only requires 30 minutes of hands-on time. When we think of our favorite pumpkin desserts, this cake is always on the list!
Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Pie with Hazelnut Crust
With two layers of sweet pie perfection, this pumpkin pie recipe is made extra special from an infusion of dulce de leche and rich hazelnuts. The layer of dulce de leche is almost like cheesecake, making this pumpkin pie super rich and delicious. Fall has arrived, and we couldn't be happier!
Frosted Pumpkin Bread
This delicious bread might as well be labeled a pumpkin dessert. Slather this moist pumpkin bread recipe with cocoa-spice frosting, and slice it up for breakfast, a snack, or a simple dessert. If you're a beginner, this simple recipe will also help teach you how to bake with pumpkin.
Tip: For the most moist bread, don't overmix. Stir the batter until just combined.
Cranberry-Pumpkin Scones with Sugared Pepitas
Cranberries and pumpkin team up for a zippy scone infusion. Sugared pepitas and a powdered sugar glaze top the treats. One of our favorite pumpkin recipe ideas, these tasty scones can serve as breakfast or dessert.
Test Kitchen Tip: Leftover sugared pepitas are delicious as a snack or on salads, muffins, and cheesecake.
Macaroni Alfredo with Pumpkin and Kale
Canned pumpkin gives our homemade white wine Alfredo a fabulous fall twist. Best of all, the loads of vitamins and protein in this savory pumpkin recipe let you nosh on pasta guilt-free. Proving pumpkin is just as good any other pasta sauce, you'll definitely want to add this dish to your list of must-try pumpkin dinner recipes.
Gooey Pumpkin Cake
The best pumpkin flavors (pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice) are here in the most delicious way to enjoy them—baked warm and sprinkled with powdered sugar. When it comes to fall, this pumpkin cake should be a rite of passage. No other pumpkin desserts are quite as gooey or delicious!
Macarons are getting a pumpkin makeover! Surprise guests with these impressive pumpkin cookies. The French-style macarons have pumpkin in the cookies and in the filling, offering a double dose of deliciousness.
Double-Decker Pumpkin Bread
Scented with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and filled with plenty of pumpkin goodness, this pumpkin bread makes a lovely gift. Adding a cream cheese swirl to the center of the loaf may seem complicated, but this pumpkin bread recipe is easier than you think. Even if you're just learning how to bake with pumpkin, this recipe is still simple enough for you!
Easy Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Get twice the frosting in our festive pumpkin pie cupcakes. A layer of fluffy orange-color frosting followed by a swirl of our special sweetened whipped cream heightens every luscious bite of this easy pumpkin recipe. After all, pumpkin desserts are always better with frosting!
Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula, and Dried Cherry Salad
If you want to learn how to cook with pumpkin, start here. Golden maple-glazed pumpkin creates a sensational side for any holiday spread, it's easily one of our favorite fresh pumpkin recipes. Toasted pumpkin seeds and dried cherries are sweet and savory add-ins.
Harvest Spice Smoothies
This is one pumpkin recipe you can drink instead of eat! Pumpkin makes perfect sense in a smoothie, thanks to its creamy texture. The combo of pumpkin, apricots, honey, and spice is so delicious that standard fruit smoothies will be yesterday’s news. This slightly sweet, slightly savory pumpkin recipe is sure to surprise.
Pumpkin Waffles with Maple-Walnut Cream
What beats warm, freshly baked waffles in the morning? Pumpkin waffles! Made with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and—of course—canned pumpkin, this impressive pumpkin recipe is a fall must-try. It's almost like having pumpkin pie for breakfast (but a little healthier, naturally).
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Pumpkin pie, meet cheesecake. Our simple cranberry topper lends sweet, fruity flavor to this divine pumpkin cheesecake, while the buttery gingersnap crust gives it crunchy texture. You'll never get tired of serving up this pumpkin dessert in the fall.
Flapjacks and fall were made for each other, and having pumpkin for breakfast makes this recipe completely irresistible. Start the day with the sweet aroma of pumpkin batter sizzling on the skillet. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds for extra fall flair.
Chocolate-Glazed Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Crushed chocolate wafer cookies make the crust; cream cheese, canned pumpkin, and spices form the filling; and dark chocolate and whipping cream coat the top of this divinely decadent pumpkin cheesecake. This pumpkin dessert is a great way to indulge, so you might want to consider it in place of pumpkin pie for your spread of Thanksgiving desserts.
Yep, savory pumpkin recipes can get spicy, too! Fresh ingredients like jalapeno chile pepper and cilantro brighten this Thai-inspired pumpkin soup. Serve it as a cozy starter, or add shredded chicken or steamed shrimp to make it a meal.
Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
Two classic desserts—pumpkin pie and cheesecake—join forces in this luscious treat. A crisp graham cracker crust and decadent chocolate layer take this soft pumpkin recipe to top-of-the-list dessert status. Of course, it's no surprise that pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake are better together!
Pumpkin Praline Muffins
Humble pumpkin muffins combine soft, rich pumpkin batter with an easy praline crunch for a grab-on-the-go fall snack. The delicious pumpkin recipe is also perfect for an indulgent breakfast or an after-dinner treat. This super-easy pumpkin recipe will also fill your home with the smells of fall baking!
Curry Pumpkin Soup
If you’ve never tried a pumpkin curry recipe, now’s the time. This savory pumpkin dish takes just 20 minutes of prep time. Even if you're in a rush, you can still find the time to make this pumpkin dinner recipe.
We've already sung the praises of pumpkin cookies, but of course they're even better when you mix in crunchy pecans. Make these soft, melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin cookies for a tailgate or family potluck. The pumpkin dessert recipe makes 40 cookies, so it's perfect for sharing (or not!).
Pumpkin Angel Food Cake
From-a-box angel food cake gets all dressed up just in time for the holidays. Turn the classic cake into a yummy pumpkin dessert with canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and orange juice. Once you're through, no one will ever guess this pumpkin dessert started with a boxed cake mix!
Pumpkin fudge may not be as popular as pumpkin pie, but you may want to make this recipe another one of your holiday staples. Marshmallow creme makes this pumpkin recipe super sweet. Cinnamon chips also give this pumpkin dessert recipe a taste of fall flavor.