Pumpkin Recipes

There’s an infinite amount of Pumpkin Recipes to be enjoyed during the fall season, but we have compiled a collection of the BEST! Cakes, cookies, breads, muffins, breakfast, and more! There’s something for everyone.

Collage of most popular pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin Season is Here!

I don’t know what other one item screams AUTUMN than pumpkins. You find them decorating sweaters, scattered across porches, and most importantly, adorning the table in the form of delicious foods.

Over the years, we’ve made such a wide variety of Pumpkin Recipes, from cakes to cookies, and breads to chilis. If you’re a pumpkin fan, I highly recommend you scroll through this collection. There’s something for everyone to enjoy during the fall season!

But before you do, here are a few tips to keep in mind with pumpkin recipes:

  • Pretty much all pumpkin recipes require either pumpkin spice (AKA pumpkin pie spice), or pumpkin puree. We have a great recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice, and if you want to make your own pumpkin puree, the instructions are listed below!
  • Be sure that when a recipe calls for pumpkin puree you do not accidentally use a can of pumpkin pie filling.

Making Pumpkin Puree

Making your own Pumpkin Puree:

I like to use canned pumpkin puree from the grocery store. It’s inexpensive and as easy as opening a can. However, if you’re feeling adventurous you can make your own puree. Some recipe pages include directions, but I thought I’d include it here for anyone who wishes to know.

  1. Pick the right kind of pumpkin: use pie pumpkin or sugar pumpkins not the kind that you would carve a Jack O’ Lantern out of.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  3. Wash and dry the outside. Slice it in half from top to bottom and scoop out the seeds and strings
  4. Place the halves, with the insides facing down, on the baking pan.
  5. Bake for minutes 35-45 minutes until soft
  6. Allow the pumpkin to cool a bit. Scoop out the pumpkin meat and place in a blender. Puree until smooth.
  7. Drain excess liquid by placing puree in a strainer or cheesecloth.
  8. One 6-8 inch pumpkin should yield about 3 cups of puree. Store puree in a freezer safe container for 4-5 months.
What to do with leftover Pumpkin Puree:

Some recipes may not use an entire can of puree, but that doesn’t mean the rest needs to be tossed. Here are a few suggestions for you:

  • Store it: Place leftover puree in a airtight container. Store in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for 4-5 months.
  • Stir it into Oatmeal, Yogurt, Shakes
  • Spread over waffles, bagels or ice cream
  • Add it to soups and casseroles

Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes - Pumpkin Pancakes

Breakfast recipes with pumpkin

We love to enjoy delicious, warm breakfast recipes in the fall and winter and especially when they involve pumpkin. From pancakes to coffee cake, the following pumpkin breakfast recipes are sure to be a hit in your family.

Bread, Dessert Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Soft and Gooey Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls topped with a delicious pumpkin spice glaze. Between the pumpkin flavored bread dough, the pumpkin spice filling, and the pumpkin spice glaze on top, this dessert has all the goods!
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Breakfast Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe
These pumpkin pancakes are the ultimate autumn breakfast!! They're soft, full of fall flavor, and completely irresistible when topped with homemade cinnamon buttermilk syrup. 
Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Breakfast Pumpkin Waffle Recipe
With pumpkin puree, seasonal spices, and brown sugar for a hint of caramel, these are the most flavorful and fluffy waffles! Serve your pumpkin waffles with syrup or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delicious treat.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Breakfast Pumpkin French Toast Sticks Recipe
These Pumpkin French Toast Sticks are so quick and easy to make, there's no reason not to try them! Each bite is filled with cinnamon, sugar, & just the right amount of pumpkin!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Breakfast Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe
Delicious Pumpkin Coffee Cake with a brown sugar filling and topped with butter, pecans, cinnamon and sugar making it the perfect fall treat!
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Breakfast Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Bites Recipe
Bite-sized pumpkin flavored cinnamon rolls, covered in a pumpkin spice and sugar mixture, baked to perfection, and topped with a dreamy cinnamon glaze! These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll bites have become our new favorite quick and easy pumpkin dessert!
Total Time: 27 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Breakfast Pumpkin French Toast Bake Recipe
Pumpkin French Toast Bake with a homemade Cinnamon Buttermilk Syrup - seriously the best breakfast recipe EVER!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 15 votes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Bites

Total Time: 27 minutes
5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Waffles

Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 3 votes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes
5 from 2 votes

Pumpkin French Toast Sticks

Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies on a cooling rack

pumpkin Cookies

No one can deny a homemade cookie! Fill it with all the fall flavors that everyone loves (like pumpkin), and they definitely can’t resist them. Here are some of our favorite pumpkin cookies you can find here on the site.

Dessert Iced Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
Iced Pumpkin Cookies - these soft and spicy cookies are a fall favorite! An easy cinnamon glaze makes them simply irresistible.
4.89 from 9 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are SO soft and fluffy, they're almost like a cake. Filled with pumpkin flavor, and chocolate chips, these cookies have just the right amount of seasonal spices.
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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A stack of 3 soft and chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies
Dessert Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
These pumpkin oatmeal cookies are extra soft and chewy, filled with cinnamon and just the right amount of pumpkin flavor.
Total Time: 48 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
These are the easiest, softest, chewiest Pumpkin Cookies!! All it takes is a box of pumpkin cake mix, cream cheese, butter, eggs & powdered sugar. 
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Snickerdoodles Recipe
The flavor combination of pumpkin and cinnamon, and the addition of white chocolate chips makes these Pumpkin Snickerdoodles utterly irresistible!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Try these pumpkin cookies from Life Made Simple Pumpkin Lofthouse Cookies – Soft and chewy pumpkin sugar cookies topped with a cream cheese frosting.

Holiday Punch

4 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Brownies on a white plate

Pumpkin Bars and Brownies

When you’re feeding quite a few people, our go to is always brownies or bars. We added pumpkin to these favorites and couldn’t believe how delicious they were. Pumpkin bars and brownies are definitely a MUST-MAKE each fall.

Pumpkin Bars Recipe
Fluffy and moist pumpkin bars that are oozing with autumn charm. They're topped with the most delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting, making them sweet and irresistible!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Brownie Recipe
The yummiest Pumpkin Brownies you will ever taste! Pumpkin, chocolate, and spices unite to make one pan of deliciousness that will sure to satisfy anyone's pumpkin addiction.
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
4.85 from 13 votes
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Dessert Gooey Butter Pumpkin Bars Recipe
Delicious Frosted Gooey Butter Pumpkin Bars - a simple but great fall treat! Recipe includes a pumpkin cake box mix, cream cheese, powdered sugar and topped with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon and sugar!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars
These Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars have so many delicious layers, including a graham cracker crust, cheesecake layer and pumpkin layer. They're full of fall spices and are sure to impress at any holiday gathering.
Total Time: 1 hour
4.09 from 12 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bars Recipe
Soft and cake-y pumpkin bars with swirls of cream cheese throughout.
Total Time: 33 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Pumpkin Bars

Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 7 votes

Pumpkin Brownies

Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
4.85 from 13 votes

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Total Time: 1 hour
4.09 from 12 votes

Gooey Butter Pumpkin Bars

Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

Total Time: 33 minutes
5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Crunch Cake on a white plate

Pumpkin Cakes

Another great recipe to make for family or a crowd at gatherings is a cake. The following recipes are some of our favorite pumpkin cakes that are great for holidays or any fall functions.

Dessert Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe
Pumpkin crunch cake is a must-make during the fall season. It entails all of the smooth pumpkin flavors, topped with crunchy pecans and a dollop of whipped cream.
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
4.9 from 19 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Roll Recipe
Libby's Pumpkin Roll is a classic fall favorite! Nothing beats a pumpkin cake full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger all rolled up with a delicious cream cheese filling.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Magic Cake Recipe
3 layer cake made up of creamy pumpkin puree layer, a layer of yellow cake, and lastly a white chocolate pumpkin spice frosting topped with white chocolate shavings!!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
4.91 from 20 votes
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Breakfast, Dessert Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe
A buttery, cinnamon cake with cinnamon, brown sugar and pumpkin puree swirls, topped with a sweet pumpkin spice glaze. This Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake is what pumpkin spice dreams are made of!
Total Time: 47 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Dessert Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe
Try this fall dump cake variation - Pumpkin Dump Cake! This delicious pumpkin dump cake recipe is complete with all the fall flavors, pumpkin, pecan, and cinnamon spice.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.89 from 44 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Recipe
This two layer Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is moist, DELICIOUS, and perfect for any fall festivity! The dessert consists of a buttery cake-like bottom layer, plus a creamy layer of pumpkin puree, cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, and powdered sugar.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Cake Recipe
This moist pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting is filled with brown sugar, spices & all your favorite fall flavors. Then topped with cream cheese frosting - it is by far the BEST pumpkin cake recipe! Best of all, it's so easy and comes together in about 45 minutes.
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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Pumpkin Dump Cake

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.89 from 44 votes

Magic Pumpkin Cake

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
4.91 from 20 votes

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
4.9 from 19 votes

Pumpkin Roll

Total Time: 35 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

Total Time: 47 minutes
4 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Lasagna dessert up close

Pumpkin Cheesecakes, Pies, and custards

Want to go a little more fancy with the pumpkin recipes? Cheesecakes, pies, custards and more are the way to go. These sweet treats are great for holidays too and make the perfect addition to any fall holiday meal.

Dessert No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Individual No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes are easy and perfect for the holidays!! Crushed gingersnaps fill the bottom of each jar, layered with a mixed pumpkin puree, and topped with Whipped Cream and caramel!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Not only is this pumpkin pie incredibly easy - it's the most moist, flavorful, all around perfect pumpkin pie! Made from canned pumpkin, seasonal spices, and evaporated milk, this pie is a must have dessert during the holidays.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Pumpkin Pie Bites
Dessert Mini Pumpkin Pies
Mini Pumpkin Pies - the perfect, bite-sized fall treats perfect for any party or occasion!
4.6 from 5 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Custard Recipe
This pumpkin custard dessert is a cinch to prepare and will satisfy that pumpkin craving! It's rich and creamy and full of pumpkin spice with a delicious nutty, crunch topping.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Lasagna Recipe
This Pumpkin Lasagna dessert is stacked with the most delicious layers - a Pumpkin Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, pumpkin pudding layer, and topped off with cream and white chocolate curls.
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
4.8 from 15 votes
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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oreo Crust
Dessert Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Oreo crust, two layers of cheesecake (one plain and one with pumpkin puree), whipped cream, and chocolate ganache! Everything about this chocolate pumpkin cheesecake is heavenly.
Total Time: 7 hours 25 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Delight Recipe
With a buttery pecan crust, a whipped cream cheese layer, light and fluffy pumpkin spice pudding, and more whipped cream topped off with chopped pecans, this pumpkin delight dessert is absolutely irresistible! 
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
4.85 from 65 votes
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Pumpkin Lasagna

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
4.8 from 15 votes

Pumpkin Custard

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Total Time: 7 hours 25 minutes
5 from 2 votes

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Total Time: 28 minutes
4.72 from 7 votes

Pumpkin Delight Dessert

Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
4.85 from 65 votes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins in a large bowl

Pumpkin Breads and muffins

Don’t forget all the delicious pumpkin breads and muffins that are great to bake in the fall. Not only do they fill the house and kitchen with the delicious scents of fall, but they make great after school treats, neighbor gifts and more.

Bread, Breakfast Pumpkin Banana Bread Recipe
If you're looking for the best pumpkin bread recipe around - then try this Pumpkin Banana Bread. It's moist, tender, filled with bananas and pumpkin spice, & perfect for fall. 
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.85 from 20 votes
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Bread, Breakfast Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe
You can never have just one of these soft and delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. After trying several recipes, this one is our favorite!
Total Time: 27 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Bread Pumpkin Bread Recipe
This moist Pumpkin Bread has become a favorite fall treat in our family! A delicious pumpkin loaf, topped with irresistible cinnamon sugar, and packed with amazing flavor. Best of all, this easy pumpkin bread recipe doesn't require any yeast!!
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 6 votes
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Pumpkin Bubble Bread
Bread Pumpkin Bubble Bread
Pumpkin-flavored bread filled with lots of cinnamon, and topped with a delicious cream cheese glaze, ready to be pulled apart and devoured.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Bread Pumpkin Streusel Bread Recipe
This soft and delicious Pumpkin Streusel Bread recipe is filled with the flavors of fall!
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Muffin Top Recipe
One of the most delicious muffin top recipes you'll ever try! These Pumpkin Muffin Tops are full of pumpkin spice goodness, and topped with a delicious oat and pecan brown sugar streusel.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Breakfast Mini Glazed Pumpkin Donut Muffins Recipe
A donut muffin filled with pumpkin and cinnamon flavors, topped with a spiced white chocolate glaze. These mini glazed pumpkin donut muffins are totally irresistible!!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Bread, Breakfast Biscoff Streusel Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
Delicious Biscoff Streusel Pumpkin Muffins! Packed with flavors of fall topped with a streusel made with biscoff cookies, biscoff spread, cinnamon & cream cheese.
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Bread, Breakfast Easy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
These Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins are so moist and full of cinnamon, sugar, and pumpkin. Top them with cinnamon sugar, or with a delicious cinnamon buttercream spread!
Total Time: 32 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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BEST Pumpkin Bread

Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 6 votes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Total Time: 27 minutes
5 from 16 votes

Pumpkin Muffin Tops

Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 4 votes

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Total Time: 32 minutes
5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Bubble Bread

Total Time: 35 minutes
4 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Butter in a glass jar

More Pumpkin Recipes

We have a few more pumpkin recipes for you. From sweet to savory, don’t forget to check out these other favs!

Dressing Pumpkin Butter Recipe
Pumpkin butter is all of your favorite fall flavors in one spreadable and smooth mixture. Make a batch to spread on bagels or toast! Or, package it up and give it to friends and neighbors.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Snack Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
Nothing says fall season like roasted pumpkin seeds! This is one of my favorite traditions this time of year. Pumpkin seeds are the best salty little snack ever!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
4 different spices combine to make Pumpkin Pie Spice — something you will want to use in ALL your autumn recipes!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Pie Dip Recipe
Delicious and creamy Pumpkin Gingersnap Dip recipe. A rich and smooth dip for cookies! Ingredients include cream cheese, solid-pack pumpkin, cinnamon, and marshmallow fluff.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Soup Pumpkin Chili Recipe
Loaded with vegetables, this Pumpkin Chili is healthy and delicious. A perfect fall soup recipe that the whole family will love!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Cobbler Recipe
Easy Pumpkin Cobbler recipe - all the flavors of Pumpkin Pie in an easy to make baked dessert! Recipe includes yellow cake mix, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and some seasonings, topped with your favorite nut!
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Try more Pumpkin Recipes from Life Made Simple:

Pumpkin Cobbler

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes

Pumpkin Dip

Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Pumpkin Chili

Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 10 votes

Pumpkin Butter

Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 9 votes

Pumpkin Seeds

Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 11 votes

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes

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