Halloween Pumpkin Recipes

No other flavor makes us think of fall more than the warm, golden, gently-spiced goodness of pumpkin. There are dozens of pumpkin recipes that will please any kind of cook, whether a beginner or a pro, from simple pumpkin cookies to classic maple-scented pumpkin pie, or a batch of playful and surprising pumpkin whoopie pies. If you feel like going all out this year, try serving your holiday treats a la mode, with a scoop of homemade pumpkin pie ice cream. More of a savory person than a sweet? Pumpkin isn’t only good for dessert! It shines as a main course in a buttery pappardelle with pumpkins and caramelized onions and a creamy pumpkin soup makes a quick weeknight dinner seem luxe. And don’t forget to use every last bit! Save and roast the pumpkin seeds when you’re done with carving, and you’ll have a speedy, healthy snack to munch on all season.

No-Churn Pumpkin Ice Cream With Cranberry-Raspberry Compote

This semifreddo-style frozen custard provides all the satisfaction of your favorite slow-churned pint without the need for a bulky ice cream machine. The only special equipment you’ll need is a candy thermometer (about $10 and great for frying too, so go ahead and invest in one). Serve this creamy treat with caramel sauce or hot fudge but we think it’s especially pretty with the cranberry raspberry compote. Make them both ahead of time and a lovely seasonal dessert will be ready and waiting for you when guests come calling. And here you thought you couldn’t make ice cream at home.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

These individual pumpkin cakes have been a fall standby long before Pumpkin Spice Lattes came on the scene. Indeed, our cupcakes are deliciously moist, bursting with pumpkin flavor, and topped with a creamy icing that’s decadent but not too sweet. Not to mention, we devised a shortcut that makes whipping up these pumpkin cupcakes for a Halloween party or autumn potluck so much simpler: We start with a box of yellow cake mix to eliminate lots of measuring and mixing. The quick batter comes together with pumpkin puree (rather than the water typically called for on the box), for a dense, satisfying cupcake.

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Cacao Nib and Pumpkin Seed Toffee

Give homemade toffee a decidedly adult upgrade with cocao nibs, nature’s chocolate chips. Cocao nibs are made from crushing and crumbling cocao beans, so they have a deep, tart chocolate flavor and a nice crunch. In other words, they’re practically made for sprinkling over this toffee. Salty pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) a nutty crunch and a little bit of color. Simply cover your base of crackers with homemade caramel (a mixture of melted butter, cane syrup, and sugar), then chocolate, then the toppings. The preparation does require a candy thermometer and a pastry brush—worth-it additions to any kitchen where a sweet-tooth cooks!

Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds

Turn each and every pumpkin seed you pull from that Halloween Jack-o-lantern into a tasty treat. Yep, our recipe, which calls for the seeds of two medium fresh pumpkins, results in the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and crunchy—the trifecta for one sanely addictive snack. After you rinse and pat dry the seeds, you’ll toss them with butter, sugar, salt, and a bit of cinnamon. Sip some warm apple cider and bask in one of those ideal fall days that combines sweater weather, pumpkin crafts, and this homemade classic the whole family will love. You’ll want to Pin this for next year, too.

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Pumpkin Pavlova With Roasted Apples

Pavlovas usually make their way to the dessert table in high summer, with fresh berries and whipped cream piled on top. For the rest of the year, we dreamed up an autumnal version you can make now and all the way through winter. Meringues are pretty easy to make, they just need enough time to dry out in your oven, so just give yourself a head start. Pumpkin whipped cream and broiled sweet-tart apples get layered with the meringues for a dramatic layer cake-like presentation. It’s a great idea for Thanksgiving but we think it makes a great birthday cake too.

Pumpkin Pecan Crisps

Alright, alright, we know some of you still need your pumpkin pie fix. So we dreamed up this inverted pie-like dessert just for you: A creamy warmly-spiced custard hides beneath a nutty crunchy streusel topping. It’s like an individually made pumpkin pie with the crust on top. You can substitute any nut you like for the pecans—walnuts or almonds would be nice—and feel free to have some fun with the whipped cream. Crème fraiche would be an unexpected twist but we might even serve these with a dollop of Greek yogurt and call it breakfast.