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.37362

  • Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls – Delicious cinnamon rolls with just the right hint of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, smothered in a pumpkin spice glaze.
  • Pumpkin Pancakes – Soft and fluffy pancakes filled with fall flavor. They taste even better when topped with a delicious cinnamon buttermilk syrup!
  • Pumpkin Waffles – Flavorful waffles with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and just a hit of caramel from brown sugar. Serve with syrup for a sweet breakfast, or with a scoop of ice cream for an indulgent treat!
  • Pumpkin French Toast Sticks – Kids go crazy over these french toast sticks! With pumpkin and cinnamon sugar flavor, these tasty dippers are a fun fall breakfast.
  • Pumpkin Coffee Cake – A fall twist on our classic coffee cake recipe—perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!
  • Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Bites – If you want the flavor of pumpkin cinnamon rolls but don’t have the time, try this simplified bites version that uses canned cinnamon rolls.
  • Pumpkin French Toast Bake – For a great fall overnight breakfast casserole, try this pumpkin french toast bake! It’s good for serving a crowd, and it tastes divine.

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.

  • Iced Pumpkin Cookies – These little cookies are soft, spice-y, and topped with a simple glaze that makes all the difference!
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – A classic fall favorite—chewy pumpkin cookies chocked full of sweet chocolate chips.
  • Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies – These pumpkin oatmeal cookies are extra soft and chewy, filled with cinnamon and just the right amount of pumpkin flavor.
  • Pumpkin Cake Cookies – The easiest, softest, and chewiest pumpkin cookies made from a box mix with just a handful of additional ingredients.
  • White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles – Your favorite cinnamon-y cookie with the addition of pumpkin spice to the cinnamon sugar. Best of all, it’s filled with melty white chocolate chips to perfectly compliment the flavor.
  • Pumpkin Lofthouse Cookies – Soft and chewy pumpkin sugar cookies topped with a cream cheese frosting.

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 – A classic fall favorite! Cakey pumpkin bars topped with a rich cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
  • Pumpkin Brownies – Brownie batter and a pumpkin puree swirled together in a delicious duo of flavors. These have everything you could want from a brownie—fudge-y texture, big flavor, and the perfect moist consistency.
  • Gooey Butter Pumpkin Bars – Gooey layered bars made up of a buttery crust, pumpkin cream cheese layer, and a cinnamon cream cheese frosting on top.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars – The perfect way to make individual servings of pumpkin cheesecake. Layers of buttery graham cracker crust, classic cheesecake, and pumpkin on top.
  • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars – Soft and cake-y pumpkin bars with cream cheese swirled throughout. Topping with mini chocolate chips is entirely optional, but I highly recommend it!

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.

  • Pumpkin Crunch Cake – A smooth pumpkin base with a crunch pecan topping. Super quick and easy to prepare!
  • Pumpkin Roll – Pumpkin cake full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger all rolled up with a delicious cream cheese filling.
  • Magic Pumpkin Cake – This 3 layer magic cake is made up of a creamy pumpkin puree layer, a layer of yellow cake, and lastly a white chocolate pumpkin spice frosting topped with white chocolate shavings!
  • Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake – This fall twist on our classic favorite (cinnamon roll cake) is a delicious buttery cake swirled with globs of cinnamon and pumpkin spice mixture, topped with an irresistible pumpkin spice glaze.
  • Pumpkin Dump Cake – You’ll love how easy this “dump and go” recipe is. A yummy pumpkin puree base, with yellow cake mix, pecans, and butter dumped on top!
  • Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cake – Two layers of buttery pumpkin goodness! Top it off with some whipped cream for an extra special treat.
  • Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – This one is always a crowd favorite. Moist pumpkin cake with spices and brown sugar, and the most amazing homemade cream cheese frosting to top it all off.

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.

  • No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes – No Bake pumpkin cheesecakes served in individual glasses, with crushed gingersnaps in the bottom, a pumpkin puree/cream cheese mixture, and whipped cream on top.
  • Homemade Pumpkin Pie – The only pie recipe you’ll need during this season! Delicious homemade pie crust filled with the perfectly flavored homemade pumpkin pie filling.
  • Mini Pumpkin Pies – If you don’t want to make a full pie, try these mini pumpkin pies! Made using a muffin tin, these bite sized portions are the perfect way to treat guests.
  • Pumpkin Custard – This pumpkin custard dessert is a cinch to prepare, full of pumpkin spice with a delicious nutty, crunch topping.
  • Pumpkin Lasagna – Our absolute FAVORITE layered pumpkin dessert—made up of a pumpkin Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, pumpkin pudding layer, whipped cream, and white chocolate curls.
  • Double Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake – The perfect marriage of Oreos, cheesecake, pumpkin, and chocolate ganache. You’re sure to impress any guests with this fabulously layered cheesecake!
  • Pumpkin Delight Dessert – 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 dessert is as delicious as it sounds!

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.

  • Pumpkin Banana Bread – The best way to spice up your typical banana bread! Filled with pumpkin spice, bananas, and walnuts (optional, of course), you will love this tasty banana bread.
  • Best Pumpkin Bread – 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!
  • Pumpkin Bubble Bread – A pumpkin-flavored bread filled with lots of cinnamon, and topped with a delicious cream cheese glaze, ready to be pulled apart and devoured.
  • Pumpkin Streusel Bread – Another favorite pumpkin loaf topped with a cinnamon sugar streusel topping.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins – These moist pumpkin muffins are dipped in a cinnamon sugar mixture the moment they come out of the oven. This recipe also includes a cinnamon buttercream spread that is absolutely divine on these muffins.
  • Mini Glazed Pumpkin Donut Muffins – Tiny bite sized donut muffins that contain all the best flavors of pumpkin, and smothered with a tasty glaze.
  • Biscoff Streusel Pumpkin Muffins – Biscoff and pumpkin are an unexpected combination, but one that is beyond delicious! Once you experience the tasty cookie butter streusel, you’ll never be the same.
  • Pumpkin Muffin Tops – Also known as “pumpkin muffies” these muffin tops (the best part of a muffin!) are filled with pumpkin flavor and topped with yummy brown sugar oat and pecan streusel.
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins – A tasty combo of pumpkin and chocolate in muffin form. They’re soft, delicious, and have just the right amount of scattered chocolate chips.

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!

  • Pumpkin Butter – All of your favorite fall flavors in one smooth spread. Put it on toast and bagels, or package it up to give to friends and neighbors.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – Roasting pumpkin seeds is a fun fall tradition to do with the kids after roasting pumpkins. All it takes is a little bit of butter, and your favorite seasoning (I love garlic salt)!
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – Pumpkin spice is the culprit behind all the delicious fall flavored treats! Make your own pumpkin pie spice at home for much cheaper than you buy it at the store.
  • Pumpkin Gingersnap Dip – A yummy dip made from just four simple ingredients—cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon. It’s delicious when you dip gingersnaps or wafers in it!
  • Pumpkin Chili – This savory recipe featuring pumpkin is actually a newfound favorite. It has all the regular flavors of a meaty chili, with a subtle pumpkin twist.
  • Pumpkin Cobbler – Cobbler is always a favorite dessert, especially when served warm with some vanilla ice cream. This pumpkin version is no different! And it includes a yummy pecan topping.
  • Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna – With layers of pumpkin sauce and cheese, you definitely can’t go wrong with this lasagna.
  • Pumpkin Honey Butter Crescent Rolls – Soft, fluffy and buttery these rolls are perfect for fall.
  • Pumpkin Bagels – No one can resist these savory bagels with a whipped honey pecan cream cheese spread.


Kristi Ritchey

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