25 Pumpkin Recipes That'll Spice Up Your Fall

When you think about fall desserts, one flavor always comes to mind: pumpkin. And with so many ways to indulge, there's no better time to try out a new recipe. Add these to your holiday menu or make 'em on a random weekend — either way, you'll be set to enjoy the season's best offerings.

1. Pumpkin Spice Milkshake

Let's be real: it's never too chilly for a milkshake. Blend fall spices, pumpkin purée and vanilla ice cream together and top it with your favorite flavors — caramel, chocolate, whipped cream ... or all three!

2. Pumpkin Spice Roll

A pumpkin spice cake rolled with honey cream cheese filling — sold! This recipe serves a whole crowd, so it's perfect as a holiday dessert and easily customizable for the whole gang.

3. Pumpkin Spice Loaves

These loaves are delicious on their own, but when topped with a bourbon cream cheese glaze they're totally irresistible. You can make a traditional 9" x 5" version, or make 'em mini so there's no reason to share.

4. Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip

If you like cheesecake, you might as well enjoy it in dip form. This one-bowl recipe is easy to mix together, and after it's chilled you can serve it with apple slices, graham crackers or any other dippable treat.

5. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Combining pumpkin with chocolate is a match made in dessert heaven, especially when you have picture-perfect swirls to photograph before digging in. Send it over the top with a chocolate glaze drizzle that'll make each bite achingly sweet.

6. Pumpkin Spice S'mores

Camping season might be over, but that doesn't mean you have to forego your favorite fireside treat. Give it a seasonal twist on the stove top and the payoff will be worth it.

7. Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

This dessert can only be described as a pumpkin bread-donut hybrid. Make 'em in a mini muffin tin, then roll 'em in melted butter and cinnamon sugar. That's it! (And yes, you should totally dig in for breakfast.)

8. Sweet Pumpkin Ganache Tart

You know all about chocolate ganache , but why not try one with pumpkin? The caramel is made exactly the same way, but instead of butter you'll add pumpkin purée. Then you'll mix white chocolate with more pumpkin purée and — bam! — your ganache is ready for piping.

9. Pumpkin-Maple Swirl Cheesecake

Modernize a classic pumpkin pie by capturing all those flavors in a cheesecake. When combined with a hazelnut crust and hints of maple syrup, you may just have a new go-to fall recipe.

10. Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

Two words: Pumpkin. Pasta. This recipe shows off the gourd's savory side with a delicious alfredo-esque sauce made from pumpkin purée and heavy cream that, trust us, is not something you ever want to resist.

Much as we might like to, one cannot live on PSL alone. Luckily, we've got the perfect concoction to feed your pumpkin craving with actual food: homemade pumpkin alfredo pasta.

11. Pumpkin Spice Buttercream

Give any cake (or cupcake!) some seasonal flair with a simple pumpkin spice buttercream. Major props if you have enough restraint to not eat it by the spoonful.

The perfect dessert to pair with your pumpkin spice latte (or to enjoy even after PSL season)? Anything frosted with pumpkin buttercream, via Man About Cake' s very own Joshua John Russell. Let's get baking.

12. Pumpkin Pie

Ah, a classic. No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without this on the dessert table , and luckily you have two recipes to choose from.

Real talk: it's not really fall until you bake a pumpkin pie. The earthy, spice-infused dessert is a universal comfort food, perfect for chilly autumn nights or family get-togethers. But did you know that one ingredient can totally change the flavor and texture of your pie?

13. Low-Fat Pumpkin Bread

Ditch the added oil and butter and make a healthy(ish) pumpkin bread. Whether you're enjoying it for breakfast or dessert, this tasty recipe is easy to whip up any night of the week.

We don't care what anyone says: Pumpkin spice brings the hype because it deserves the hype. But we all go a little overboard this time of year, so this low-fat pumpkin bread is right on cue. It's just as delicious as you want it to be, but won't leave you feeling guilty about indulging in the next pumpkin goodie that crosses your path. 

14. Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Hey chocoholics, this one's for you. Between the semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder and chocolate wafer crust, your sweet tooth is guaranteed to feel seasonally satisfied.

Pumpkin pie is a staple autumn dessert, but let's be honest: it could be better with chocolate. So why not satisfy your sweet tooth and keep it seasonal by combining the two?

15. Lighter Pumpkin Pie

You know that after-feast bellyache that's all too common post-Thanksgiving? Avoid making it worse — yet still enjoy a delicious dessert — with these lighter versions of a classic pumpkin pie.

Holiday desserts are known for being heavy, heavy, heavy — so much so that you might feel like you're about to pop after a single helping. But guess what? You don't have to deal with that discomfort. Take a stab at two lighter pumpkin pie recipes that let you have your cake pie and eat it, too.

16. Pumpkin Popcorn

Say hello to the perfect snack for cozy movie nights. Simply mix melted white chocolate with pumpkin purée, drizzle it over freshly popped popcorn and sprinkle with a pumpkin spice blend. Y-U-M.

Amp your popcorn up for autumn by drizzling it with pumpkin purée and white chocolate. Yeah, you read that right. Next time you turn on your favorite holiday special or spooky classic, make sure you have a bowl of this on hand.

17. No-Crust Pumpkin Pie

Crust-lovers, keep scrolling — this pie is all about that filling. The recipe contains more flour and baking powder than traditional pumpkin pie, which forms a natural crusted edge around the dessert.

Some pie eaters are all about the crust, while others live for the flavorful fillings. If you're in the latter camp — or you just want to lighten up dessert after a heavy Thanksgiving meal — this no-crust pumpkin pie is for you.

18. Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

Meet the recipe that takes pumpkin pie and turns it fancy. This autumnal twist on the French favorite is so smooth and silky, it's worth the extra equipment you'll need to make it.

If you love pumpkin pie (uhh, who doesn't?!), it's time to get a little fancy and turn the classic flavor profile into an elegant French dessert. That's right, we're talking pumpkin crème brûlée.

19. Cranberry Pumpkin Rolls

These rolls have everything — they're bringing the fall pumpkin flavor, they've got sweet bites of cranberry and they look gorgeous on your plate.

Your Thanksgiving dinner plate is about to be perfectly well-rounded, thanks to these delicious (and gorgeous!) cranberry pumpkin rolls. They're sweet, flavorful and, oh yeah, you're going to want them long after Thanksgiving is over.

20. Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Just when you thought bread pudding couldn't get any better, you add a seasonal twist. Between the pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice and crunchy chopped pecans, this recipe is nothing but a *chef's kiss*.

You've probably made pumpkin pie and pecan pie for your holiday dessert table. This recipe takes all the flavor of those two seasonal favorites and puts it in a bread pudding. (Yeah, our mouths are watering, too.) Add some extra pecans on top for a little crunch, and you're looking at a new go-to dessert.

21. Pumpkin Pie Bars

With all the flavor of a pumpkin pie and none of the mess, these bars are a win-win. They're so shareable they'll disappear from your serving platter, so be sure to grab one (or three) ASAP.

If you need a dessert that has all the flavor of a classic pumpkin pie without any of the hassle, look no further than pumpkin pie bars. The seasonal dish only requires a few minutes of prep time, and it's way less messy to serve and share. Just don't be surprised when this become your new favorite fall treat.

22. Pumpkin Pie Croissants

These might look like ordinary croissants, but they're filled with a surprise pumpkin filling. Bonus: they're crazy easy to make and pair wonderfully with your morning cup of coffee .

Croissants are delicious on any table, but this recipe calls for a sweet surprise — there's pumpkin pie hiding inside! So not only do these deliver on the light-and-flaky texture you love in a croissant, but they also have a heartier punch to kick-start your seasonal celebrations. Pair them with a cup of coffee on a chilly autumn morning, or serve them as part of a tasty Thanksgiving dinner — either way, your taste buds are in for a treat.

23. Pumpkin Curd

This sweet-and-spicy treat is smoother and lighter than pumpkin purée, but doesn't skimp on any flavor. Plus, you can enjoy it with any of your favorite sweets — ice cream, biscuits, scones, you name it!

You know and love lemon curd, so why not make it seasonal? Pumpkin curd combines pumpkin puree with sugar, spices and eggs, serving up a sweet-and-spicy treat that's both smoother and lighter than pumpkin pie filling without missing out on that fall-favorite flavor. Enjoy it any way your heart desires — spooned onto ice cream, served with scones and biscuits, or eaten straight from the bowl.

24. Pumpkin Spice Cookie Cake

Is it a cookie or a cake? Answer: both! These oversized pumpkin spice cookies are stacked on top of each other and filled with layers of cream cheese frosting to create a mouthwatering dessert.

Cookie or cake? Why decide when you can have both? These giant pumpkin spice cookies are stacked high with a cream cheese filling that's sure to satisfy all your holiday dessert cravings.

25. Pumpkin Spice Latte

Skip the long lines and save money by DIYing a beloved PSL in your own kitchen. Bonus: you don't need any fancy coffee equipment to keep your mug filled!

Skip the long coffee lines and save some cash by whipping up a pumpkin spice latte at home. It's just what you need to start your autumn mornings off right — not to mention it pairs amazingly well with a pumpkin croissant .

November 05, 2019
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