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20 Best Ever Pumpkin Recipes

Welcome Fall and all things Pumpkin!

I love everything pumpkin! Fall is my favorite season and maybe that is due to the fact that I celebrate my birthday and my favorite holiday (Halloween!) during this time of year.  I have even thrown myself several pumpkin-themed birthday parties over the years which means I have tried out a TON of different pumpkin recipes.  Don’t get stuck on the idea that all you can make with pumpkins is pumpkin pie.  There are so many possibilities! I would like to share some of my favorites and also a few I’ve been dying to try.

  1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies — Of course this is at the top of my list! These are a classic that I like to make all year long. Who said that pumpkin is limited only to the Fall?                                                                                                                                                 pumpkin chocolate cookie
  2. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips — Speaking of pumpkin and chocolate chips, how about trying this decadent quick bread?  It also has peanut butter which, strangely enough, works with the other flavors.
    peanut butter pumpkin bread
  3. Mini Pumpkin Pie Croissants — The thing I like about these rolls is that they are SO easy! They work for breakfast, a snack, or side for a meal.  They are sweet but not overly sweet.
    pumpkin pie croissants
  4. Honey Butter Pumpkin Dinner Rolls — Speaking of rolls, here’s another recipe I’ve been dying to try.  I think it would make a great side for Thanksgiving dinner!
    honey butter pumpkin rolls
  5. Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake — Okay, so two of my favorite things are pumpkin pie and cheesecake so I just had to try this recipe.  I made this recipe for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and it was so good! Very, very rich (like I could only eat one slice) but good.
    marbled pumpkin cheesecake
  6. Traditional Pumpkin Pie — And for you traditionalists out there, here is a traditional pumpkin pie recipe that you can’t go wrong with.
    pumpkin pie
  7. Dinner in a Pumpkin — My mom made this meal every Halloween night and it was such a fun tradition! There are some variations of this recipe but this one is my favorite.
    pumpkin dinner
  8. Harvest Pumpkin Soup — I think that we sometimes forget that pumpkins can be used for savory dishes as well.  I love a good bowl of soup in the fall and this recipe is a winner.
    pumpkin soup
  9. Pumpkin Gingersnap Parfaits — I love the combination of gingersnaps and pumpkins! This is a great no-bake dessert option.
    pumpkin parfait
  10. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles — Another great mash-up is the combination of pumpkin with the classic snickerdoodle cookies.
    pumpkin snickerdoodles
  11. Perfect Pumpkin Seeds — Don’t forget about the seeds! I never liked eating pumpkin seeds until I tried this recipe.  You can also try some variations for seasoning them such as cinnamon and sugar or garlic salt.
    pumpkin seeds
  12. Pumpkin Spice Baked Donut Holes — I have yet to make any pumpkin donuts but it is on my to-do list! These ones look especially delightful and I like that they are baked and not fried.
    pumpkin spice donut holes
  13. Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze — Here’s a donut recipe with a maple glaze that looks absolutely scrumptious.
    pumpkin donuts
  14. Pumpkin Dump Cake — This is a recipe that a roommate shared with me years ago and I was amazed out how easy it was to make! It is definitely a good one to have on hand when you are feeding a large group of people.
    pumpkin dump cake
  15. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal — How about pumpkin for breakfast? My husband has been eating a lot of oatmeal lately so this is one that I’ve been wanting to try.
    pumpkin pie oatmeal
  16. Pumpkin Waffles — Another breakfast classic with a twist.  If adapted slightly, this would also be a great recipe for pumpkin pancakes.
    pumpkin waffles
  17. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles — I’ve been looking for an excuse to make these.  Perhaps for a fall bridal or baby shower?
    pumpkin truffles
  18. Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate — I love a warm drink on a chilly autumn night! This recipe only has 3 ingredients and is super easy to make.
    pumpkin spice white hot chocolate
  19. Skinny Pumpkin Pie Dip — For those of you on a diet that still want to get their pumpkin fix, try out this easy dip recipe.  Perfect for dipping pretzels, gingersnaps, apples, or graham crackers.
    pumpkin pie dip
  20. Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting — I have to end with a recipe that is somewhat nostalgic.  My mother used to make this recipe growing up so I have some fond memories of it.  And anything with cream cheese frosting is a winner in my book!
    pumpkin spice cookies                                                                                                                                                                                                                Any other pumpkin recipes that you absolutely love?                                                                                                      

About the author

Erica Mackay

Erica is a speech language pathologist at Northlake Pediatric Speech. She loves hanging out with her family, celebrating holidays, and taking on ambitious home projects.

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