The 50 Best Pumpkin Recipes

Here's a list of 50 of our favorite pumpkin recipes. Make a pumpkin dessert or season your pumpkin seeds before roasting them. Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes, including cakes, a flan, bread pudding, brownies, and more.

Whether you're planning a Thanksgiving dinner or want to make something to celebrate the fall season, any one or more of these recipes would be an excellent choice.

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    pumpkin creme brulee
    Diana Rattray

    Pumpkin creme brulee is an extra special dessert and it's surprisingly easy to make and bake.

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    Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing
    Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing. Diana Rattray

     These delicious soft pumpkin cookies are topped with a wonderful brown butter icing. Spread or drizzle the icing on the cookies. The icing takes just a few minutes to prepare with the brown butter, but you could use a simple vanilla icing if you prefer.

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    Pumpkin Puree From the Slow Cooker
    Pumpkin Puree From the Slow Cooker. Diana Rattray

    Pumpkin puree is a snap to make with a slow cooker. Just cook, mix, and store in the refrigerator or freezer.* Use this method for pumpkins and other winter squash varieties. 

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    Pumpkin Bread
    Pumpkin Bread. Diana Rattray

    This recipe makes a big spiced pumpkin bread in a Bundt cake pan. The moist bread is filled with raisins and walnuts, but feel free to leave the raisins out or substitute dried cranberries. I used chopped pecans in the pumpkin bread pictured.

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    Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls
    Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls. Diana Rattray

    These pumpkin cloverleaf yeast rolls are baked to perfection with a topping of hulled pumpkin seeds. They are the perfect dinner rolls for your Thanksgiving feast!

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    10 Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
    10 Minute Pumpkin Pie, No-Bake. Photo: Diana Rattray

    It takes just 10 minutes to prepare the filling for this pie. It's a snap to prepare, especially if you use a "ready" graham cracker crust. Or, if you have a little more time, make a homemade graham cracker crust or gingersnap crust. 

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    Pepita Brittle (Pumpkin Seed Brittle)
    Pepita Brittle. Diana Rattray

    This delicious, crunchy pepita brittle is made with hulled, salted and roasted pumpkin seeds, or "pepitas." You can use raw pumpkin seeds as well, or use the unhulled roasted pumpkin seeds from the Halloween pumpkin. 

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    Cranberry Muffins With Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
    Cranberry Muffins With Pumpkin Seeds. Diana Rattray

    These wonderful muffins are loaded with texture and flavor. The flavor of the fresh cranberries stands out, and pumpkin seeds are the perfect addition for the season. 

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    Pumpkin Cake Roll
    Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling. Photo: Diana Rattray
    Freeze slices of this amazing cake to have on hand for guests.
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    Pumpkin Sheet Cake
    Pumpkin Sheet Cake. Diana Rattray

    Cut this sheet cake into individual bars and pipe the cream cheese frosting. These moist cakes are bursting with pumpkin and spice flavor, and they are really very easy to prepare and bake. 

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    Classic Pumpkin Pecan Pie
    Classic Pumpkin Pecan Pie. Diana Rattray
    A classic pumpkin pecan pie recipe, the best of both worlds!
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    Pumpkin Cake With Broiled Coconut Topping
    Pumpkin Cake With Broiled Coconut Topping. Diana Rattray
    This pumpkin cake is easy to prepare with a cake mix and the delicious broiled coconut-pecan topping makes it a hit with everyone.
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    Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake
    Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake. Diana Rattray

    From the homemade cinnamon-spiced graham cracker crust to the luscious double layer pumpkin filling, this cheesecake will look (and taste!) like you spent half the day in the kitchen!

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    Homemade Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
    Homemade Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon. Diana Rattray

    This pumpkin pie is made with a little bourbon in the filling, but orange juice, milk, or an orange flavored liqueur would be delicious as well. 

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    Pumpkin Cornmeal Pancakes
    Pumpkin Cornmeal Pancakes. Diana Rattray

    These flavorful pumpkin pancakes get extra texture from the cornmeal. A little brown sugar and a few subtle spices flavor the pancakes perfectly. 

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    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel. Photo: Diana Rattray
    The sweetened cream cheese filling in the center of these pumpkin muffins makes them extra-special.
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    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Diana Rattray
    These tender, delicious cinnamon rolls will delight everyone on a holiday morning.
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    Pumpkin Oat Muffins with Dates
    Moist Pumpkin Oat Muffins with Dates. Photo: Diana Rattray

    These moist pumpkin date muffins get extra texture from the oats, and the simple streusel topping makes them special. 

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    Spiced Pumpkin Fritters
    Spiced Pumpkin Fritters. Diana Rattray

     These delicious little pumpkin fritters (or drop doughnuts) are an excellent way to enjoy the special flavor of pumpkin, and they make a fabulous fall treat. 

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    Pumpkin Rice Pudding in Mini Pumpkin
    Pumpkin Rice Pudding in Baked Mini Pumpkin. Photo: Diana Rattray
    Brown sugar and vanilla combine with cinnamon to flavor this wonderful rice pudding. Use Arborio or short-grain rice in this recipe, and garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon and brown sugar or chopped dried cranberries and pecans. This is a great recipe to use up that extra 3/4 cup of pumpkin in a can.
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    Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
    Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie. Photo: Diana Rattray
    This pumpkin pie is made with a great tasting cream cheese layer and classic pumpkin filling. Use a homemade or frozen pie crust for this pie.
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    Pumpkin French Toast with Spiced Cider Syrup
    Pumpkin French Toast with Cider Syrup. Diana Rattray

    This pumpkin French toast makes a fabulous fall breakfast. The French toast is perfectly spiced, with just enough pumpkin to make it moist and flavorful. 

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    Pumpkin Squares With Oat Crust
    Pumpkin Squares With Oat Crust. Diana Rattray
    These delicious pumpkin squares are made with a oat pecan crust and crumbly topping.
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    No-Bake Pumpkin Butter Pie
    No-Bake Pumpkin Butter Pie. Diana Rattray
    Pumpkin butter gives this easy no-bake pie a delicate spiced pumpkin flavor. Top this wonderful fall dessert with a big dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
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    Pumpkin Butter Muffins
    Pumpkin Butter Muffins. Diana Rattray
    These moist, great tasting muffins are made with pumpkin butter, spices, and chopped pecans. They're topped with more chopped pecans and a cinnamon sugar mixture.
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    pumpkin bread pudding
    Pumpkin Bread Pudding. Diana Rattray
    This fabulous pumpkin bread pudding is the perfect dessert for a fall dinner party, a Halloween or Thanksgiving gathering, or a special family meal. Feel free to use raisins in place of the dried cranberries, or try it with chopped dates or pecans.
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    pumpkin pudding
    Pumpkin Pudding. Diana Rattray
    This pumpkin pudding is like a pumpkin pie without the crust. Enjoy pumpkin pudding with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.
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    Pumpkin Biscuits
    Pumpkin Biscuits. Diana Rattray

     These savory pumpkin biscuits have a pleasant flavor and texture, and it's a great way to use your pumpkin puree.

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    Filled Pumpkin Cookies
    Filled Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing. Diana Rattray
    These soft pumpkin cookies are sandwiched together with cream cheese filling. If you're pressed for time, use purchased cream cheese frosting in place of the cream cheese filling.
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    Autumn Pumpkin Pie
    Autumn Pumpkin Pie. Photo: Diana Rattray
    A delicious pumpkin pie, spiced with ginger and cinnamon. Serve this pie with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with a little cinnamon or cinnamon-sugar.
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    Pumpkin Corn Muffins
    Pumpkin Corn Muffins. Photo of Pumpkin Corn Muffins © Diana Rattray

    These moist and tasty corn muffins are a great alternative to plain corn muffins, and they're wonderful with beans, greens, or a big bowl of chili.

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    Pumpkin Pound Cake With Maple Pecan Glaze
    Pumpkin Pound Cake With Maple Pecan Glaze. Diana Rattray
    Serve this delicious pumpkin pound cake with the included simple maple pecan glaze or dust it with powdered sugar. It's a delicious cake for Halloween or any other fall or winter holiday gathering. Also, feel free to leave the pecans out; it's delcious with or without.
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    Pumpkin Pie With Molasses
    Pumpkin Pie With Molasses. Diana Rattray

    Molasses and a variety of spices flavor this delicious pumpkin pie. 

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    Pumpkin Streusel Bars
    Pumpkin Streusel Bars. Diana Rattray
    Pumpkin bars are so tasty topped with a crumbly, buttery, pecan streusel topping.
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    Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crumble
    Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crumble. Diana Rattray

     A crunchy, buttery graham cracker crumble creates a topping for this great tasting pumpkin pie or sprinkle it over individual servings. The pumpkin pie filling is a classic mixture of spiced pumpkin puree with brown sugar and eggs. 

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    Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Streusel
    Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Streusel. Picture of Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Streusel © Diana Rattray
    This mouth watering pumpkin pie is baked with a crunch brown sugar and pecan streusel topping.
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    Pumpkin Cookies With Caramel Icing
    Pumpkin Cookies With Caramel Icing. Diana Rattray

    These delicious soft pumpkin cookies are topped with a simple caramel icing. The icing is made with powdered sugar and a little caramel or butterscotch ice cream topping. Sprinkle the tops with a little cinnamon before the icing sets, or sprinkle with ​a cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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    Pumpkin Bread
    Pumpkin Bread. Diana Rattray

    This recipe makes two loaves of pumpkin bread, perfect for fall gatherings and parties. Freeze one loaf and take the second along to a party or potluck.

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    Pumpkin Praline Pie
    Pumpkin Praline Pie with Ice Cream. Diana Rattray

     The pecan praline topping gives this pumpkin pie extra flavor and a nice crunch. Serve this pie with a scoop of ice cream or top it with fresh whipped cream.

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    Mini Pumpkins With Rice Pudding
    Spiced Mini Pumpkins With Rice Pudding. Diana Rattray

    Use these pumpkins to serve pumpkin pudding or custard, or fill the warm pumpkins with scoops of vanilla ice cream or a serving of apple cobbler. 

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    Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
    Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. Diana Rattray

    Use dried raisins or cranberries in these tasty pumpkin oatmeal cookies, and feel free to use your favorite chopped nuts.

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    Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
    Chocolate Pumpkin Cake. Photo: Diana Rattray
    Cocoa and cinnamon pair with pumpkin to make a moist and rich chocolate Bundt cake. Frost this flavorful cake with an orange tinted vanilla icing or dust with powdered sugar.
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    Pumpkin Cake With Brown Butter Icing
    Moist Pumpkin Cake With Brown Butter Icing. Diana Rattray
    The browned butter icing is a delicious way to top this great fall cake, but feel free to use your favorite cream cheese icing or, if you're pressed for time, use a purchased frosting.
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    Sweet Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
    Sweet Spiced Pumpkin Seeds. Diana Rattray

    One large pumpkin will generally yield 1 cup or pumpkin seeds, and smaller pie pumpkins will yield about the same amount.

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    Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
    Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Joy Skipper/Stockbyte/Getty Images

    This top-rated pumpkin layer cake is made with a wonderful cream cheese frosting.

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    Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
    Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix. Diana Rattray

    This is an essential spice blend to have on hand for fall and winter baking. Use it in any recipe that uses a combination of these spices. 

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    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies. Diana Rattray
    Cake-like pumpkin brownies are made more interesting and flavorful with swirls of cream cheese batter.
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    Crockpot Pumpkin Pudding
    Crockpot Pumpkin Pudding. Diana Rattray

    his tasty pumpkin pudding is easy to prepare and bake in the slow cooker.

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    Perfect Pumpkin Pie
    Perfect Pumpkin Pie. Photo: Diana Rattray
    This great tasting pumpkin pie is a classic, made with fresh or canned pumpkin puree and a variety of spices.
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    Bread Machine Pumpkin Yeast Bread
    Diana Rattray

     This savory pumpkin yeast bread is another great way to use canned or homemade pumpkin puree.